Briefing August 2013 Issue
Briefing: August 2013
Operation Migration Seeks Crowd Funding For New Aircraft
Operation Migration has been using ultralight aircraft to help train wild birds to migrate for almost two decades, but now the nonprofit group faces a challenge — the FAA says since the highly trained pilots are salaried employees, they must have at least private pilot certificates and the aircraft must be SLSA compliant. The group is using the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo to appeal to the public for support, with a goal of raising $84,700 by July 26 to help buy three new aircraft. Although some sites require that the entire goal be realized before any funds are paid, Indiegogo will contribute to Operation Migration all the funds collected by the deadline. By June 25, the donations were more than a third of the way to the goal.
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