March 6th, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. Social
7:00 p.m. meal, program & auction
Speaker: Jim Gardner
Oklahoma's Own Jim Gardner has joined the News 9 team as the pilot for SkyNews9 HD. Jim has been a pilot for 28 years. He started his career with Cine/Exec Helicopters in Burbank, California, where his flying duties involved various film and photo work, and the transporting of numerous celebrities.
In 1993, Jim became the morning pilot for KCAL Channel 9 in Hollywood, California, where he covered a wide variety of stories including the LA riots, earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, mudslides and the O. J. Simpson chase.
When Jim came back to Oklahoma his outstanding work as a pilot and reporter covering everything from the May 3rd tornadoes in 1999, to wildfires that swept
across the state, to a chemical spill in Wewoka, earned him recognition in many forms. Jim has been awarded 6 Emmy awards, 7 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards, the "Salute to Excellence" award from the Helicopter Association International, and "Pilot of the Year" from Bell Helicopter Textron. Jim has even been honored by the Governor of Oklahoma twice.
Jim graduated from Wynnewood High School in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Jim
and his wife Tonie now live in the Oklahoma City metro area with their child
James Ty. (Biography and Photo courtesy of News 9)
Oklahoma Pilots Association (OPA) is a member controlled Not-For-Profit Organization for all pilots and aircraft owners. OPA strives to serve the needs of general aviation pilots statewide, promoting aviation, education, and safety in personal and business flying.
Membership consists of students pilots through airline transport pilots, both civil and military and is open to all pilots and aircraft owners. Annual membership dues are currently $35.00.
OPA holds monthly dinner meetings at the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. Distinguished guest speakers present educational and safety related programs at the monthly dinner meetings.
OPA hosts monthly Fly Aways for lunch or dinner and weekend Fly Aways to interesting destinations.
OPA, through its charitable non-profit corporation, accepts money or property donated to the Vic Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund which is awarded annually to a college student with career aspirations in the field of aviation. Your contributions of money or property are tax deductible.