East Hill Aviation Foundation was founded in 2011 with an initial gift from a former student at East Hill Flying Club. The gift was made in appreciation for what the Flying Club had done for him. In his words, his experience there “...changed his life”. In 2013, EHAF further defined its educational mission and applied to the IRS for a tax exemption under the IRS Code 501(c)(3). The Foundation has received additional gifts from pilots, aviation students, and others to support our mission.

Donations made to EHAF are tax exempt under IRS 501(c)(3) Rules. The Foundation accepts donations in nearly any form and with any special terms or conditions. We work closely with donors, grantors, and other foundations to find and fit gifts with the appropriate purpose. EHAF is able to accept gifts in the form of: - Cash or Credit Card – via PayPal or contact us directly - Grants - Appreciated Securities - Aircraft, simulators, or other aviation oriented equipment - Bequests E-mail us at donations@aspiretofly.org to begin discussion regarding any type of donation or program.

Our Director Profiles

Larry Baum, Board President, began his interest in aviation in 1973 by purchasing 1/3 of a 1952 Piper Tri-Pacer. The following year, he learned to fly and has owned aircraft ever since. Over the years, he has mentored many individuals who had interests in aviation. He is a member of East Hill Flying Club. With a partner, Larry owns a 1979 Aerostar 601P/700P twin engine aircraft. Larry has served on a number of Foundation Boards and currently is a trustee of Legacy Foundation in Ithaca, NY and the Wings of Eagles Foundations in Big-Flats, NY. He is a Director of Tompkins Trust Company and serves as Board Chair of Cayuga Medical Center, both in Ithaca.

Mike Meador, Vice President, happened to read a dog-eared copy of an aviation classic, “Stick and Rudder”, and determined on the spot to get a pilot’s license. His aviation passion apparently blended well with romance, since many of the early dates with Rhoda, the woman he married, involved meeting in a warehouse to rebuild a 1942 Aeronca Chief. They flew that airplane all over the eastern US before settling in Ithaca in 1988 when Mike joined the East Hill Flying Club, where he remains as an active pilot. In addition to being a past treasurer of EHFC, Mike was treasurer of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and a past board member of Pendleton Community Care, Ecovillage at Ithaca, Johnson School Alumni of Ithaca, North Pendleton Community Council, and The Mountain Institute. He founded the Finger Lakes Entrepreneurs Forum and is currently on the board of the Black Oak Wind Farm. Mike is a Principal Consultant with the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology where he assists companies with strategic planning, marketing, succession, and related challenges. He also mentors early-stage entrepreneurs, both one-on-one and as a facilitator the Pre-Seed Workshop program.

Mark Sanford, Secretary, has been enthralled with flight for the last 40 years starting with his first glider ride. He has eagerly flown and taught in an assortment of aircraft both professionally and just for the fun of it. He is also a passionate and nationally rated hang glider pilot. His latest adventure was a flight across America in a 1947 Piper Cub where his fondest memories were people he met along the way. Mark deeply enjoys sharing aviation with those around him especially exposing kids to wonders if flight. Mark is a long time member of the East Hill Flying Club and is currently the President of the Ithaca chapter of the the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Mark has worked in IT management roles for Cornell University and companies in the Ithaca, NY area and is specializing in IT security and operational best practices.

David St. George, Treasurer, learned to fly in 1970 at Flanders Valley Airport and after college, earned all his pilot and instructor ratings through multi-engine ATP. David works for the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner and teaches part-time at East Hill Flying Club. David has earned the distinction of Master Flight Instructor ten times and received numerous awards from the FAA. David finds the greatest satisfaction working with the young pilots of the local Aviation Explorer Post 4062 at the East Hill Flying Club. This growing organization was the primary inspiration for the formation of this foundation. David is a board chairman of the national aviation organization SAFE, and owns a 1946 Aeronca Champion which he flies on wheels and skis all over the Finger Lakes.    [Foundation home]