Our mission is to promote an interest in aviation through educating and directly engaging the general public while simultaneously using aviation as a platform to benefit other charitable causes that alleviate human suffering.
Boldly aiming to serve both aviation and each other.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
"This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could. It won't get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house. But if you treat it with some respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you of some things you used to know - that life is in the moment, joy matters more than money, the world is a beautiful place, and that some dreams really, truly are possible."
- Lane Wallace
ABOUT BURLAS AVIATION
Burlas Aviation Story
In May 2015, Joe Burlas was preparing to graduate from an aviation graduate program when he learned of his father's terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Instead of reflecting on recent achievements, he spent the next six weeks saying goodbye to his greatest mentor, friend, and supporter. On July 1, 2015, his father Joseph Earl Burlas III lost his battle with cancer at the age of 56.
During the months that followed, Burlas was determined to make meaning of his father's loss and sought to do so with what his father had supported him in the most, Aviation. At the suggestion of respected colleagues, classmates, and friends, he had decided to set up a flight in honor of his father that would also raise money for cancer research. However, it was during the first meeting to plan the flight that he heard other stories of loss that asked the following questions:
- What if Aviation could be used to help people and at the same time further its own goal to sustain itself?
- Was it possible to address Aviation issues while also garnishing support for equally worthy causes?