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Dierks Bentley and Michael Goulian Team Up For Aviation

They are at the top of their respective industries: one an award-winning country music superstar, entrepreneur, and pilot; the other a renowned airshow performer, aerobatic champion, and 13-year Red Bull Air Race World Championship pilot.

Now they are teaming up through their love of aviation as AOPA’s You Can Fly Champions.

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley and three-time National Aerobatic Champion and member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team Michael Goulian are hoping to inspire people from all walks of life to go up for their first flight and enjoy the experience of flying as much as they do.

AOPA announced the You Can Fly Champions on August 19—a fitting day, National Aviation Day, which coincides with Orville Wright’s birthday. As AOPA's You Can Fly Champions, Bentley and Goulian will engage with and attract student pilots, increase the diversity of the pilot population, and create a greater appreciation for aviation.

“Aviation is my business, and so it’s a difficult business to make a living in but it is just such a satisfying business,” Goulian said. “I’ve been lucky that aviation has been good to me. When I look at our flight school, why are we doing it, it’s not to make a huge living, it’s really to expose more people to aviation.”

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