TigerFlight Foundation, based at Richard B. Russell Airport (RMG) in Rome, Georgia, is a (501c3) non-profit foundation leading youth to the dream of flight and providing an opportunity for adults to serve through aviation activities. The TigerFlight Foundation’s mission is to inspire youth and adults to become “Pilots in Command” of their own lives. The pipeline of good, qualified pilots is decreasing and TigerFlight is working to help introduce youth to aviation and to be the spark that ignites a lifelong passion for aviation.
Major foundation components include our Children’s Education and Motivational Program, the Boy Scouts of America Aviation Merit Badge Program, our ROTC partners from neighboring high schools and our TigerFlight Formation Flight Team, where we honor veterans with fly-overs for funerals and special occasions. TigerFlight was founded in 2001 by two Atlanta-area pilots to help inspire youth to be the best they can be, and use a unique aircraft to reach children of all ages. TigerFlight now consists of four aircraft, and fourteen active pilots, two skilled formation flight coaches and several skilled ground crew members.
Jake Skyler is a typical 12-year-old — handing out with his buddies, surfing the Net and playing video games — until one day a formation of twin tailed airplanes soars overhead. Jake’s obesssion this the TigerFlight pilots and their amazing aircrafts turns into a dream of learning to fly.
TigerFlight Foundation offers several programs to help the youth reach their potential, including, TigerFlight Pilot in Command motivational presentations, TigerFlight Youth Challenge Coin Program, and classroom or school visits.
A member of TigerFlight can inspire your students to become Pilots in Command of their own lives. The pilot in command is the person who it ultimately responsbile for its operation and safety during all flight operations. We use this idea as a metaphor for believing in oneself and reaching for your dreams.