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Who We Are & What We Do

Inspire Aviation is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Wadsworth, Ohio. Our purpose is to provide educational opportunities for youth and adults in the general public in the areas of aviation and STEM. We provide the community an opportunity to learn about Aviation as a career or hobby through community events. Throughout the year we are partnered with Akron Public Schools and United Way to provide students an overview and exposure to aviation topics as well as the needed mentoring to be successful in the STEM career field.

Our main fundraising events are the annual Props and Pistons Festival and Balloons over Wadsworth. The goal of these events is to help make the public aware of aviation related topics through expert discussions, historic, military, and commercial aircraft displays.

Our events are paid for by generous sponsors and a small gate admission. 

Inspire Aviation is proud to have earned Candid Guidestar’s Gold Seal of Transparency. Candid Guidestar is a one stop site for all publicly accessible data for every registered nonprofit. Our level of transparency from our financials to our board member background info puts us in the top .5% of all nonprofits!!!!

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Meet the Team

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2024-2025 Board of Directors backstage at Blossom Music Center

(L-R): Noral Copeland, Megan Zimmerman, Hans Krah, Matt Baranyk, Mike Bowser

Mike Bowser


Megan Zimmerman


Hans Krach


Noral Copeland


Matt Baranyk


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