PowerChute Education Foundation, Inc., was founded
in February of 2003, by Baron Tayler. Those who
know Baron will tell you he never does anything
half-way. "It may be an old cliché,
but I've always believed that if something's worth
doing, it's worth doing right."
While earning his BFI rating in 2002, Baron scoured
the Internet for PPC information. Reviewing the
web sites and information available through the
benefit of experience gained by being a professional
full-time webmaster for 6 years, Baron concluded
that although there is a substantial amount of
PPC-related information available, which is good,
the down side was that it's scattered hither and
yon all over the place, "hidden" among
the billions of pages on the Internet. The need
for one web site to truly serve as the nexus for
PPC information seemed obvious, yet it didn't
exist. That's not to say some sites weren't close.
Some are. But to Baron that wasn't the point.
There wasn't a "unifying" site to tie
it all together into one cooperative online community.
The other motivating force behind the creation
of the PCEF was Baron's desire to present the
activity of PPCing to a large general public audience.
After experiencing PPCing himself, he wondered
how such an incredible and enjoyable activity
could be such a "well kept secret."
So in addition to wanting to create an online
PPC nexus, he was motivated to give PPCing a higher
These desires manifested themselves in the creation
of the PowerChute Education Foundation, Inc. From
the very beginning Baron realized that education
and promotion, both within the PCC community,
and to the general public, would be essential
elements for success. After seeking guidance,
the PCEF was formed as a non-profit educational/charitable
organization. Those of you who may have tried
to form a 501(c)(3) organization probably know
that the IRS doesn't bestow that "rating"
easily to any organization which it deems to be
involved in a sporting or recreational activity.
Those types of organizations usually receive a
501(c)(4) rating. But the PCEF did receive the
501(c)(3) approval because of its stated commitment
to education, as well as its charitable project,
The Board of Directors of the PCEF consists of
Baron, as well as George Begué (author
of the Powered Parachute Bible) and Robert Goode,
a law enforcement officer with several decades
Our newly formed PCEF Advisory Board currently
has two members, and more will be added over the
next few months. Advisory Board members are people
from within the PPC community who have a wealth
of knowledge and talent they are willing to share
with the PCEF when the PCEF is planning educational
and/or promotional activities. If you know of
anyone who matches that description, (yourself
perhaps), please don't hesitate to contact us.
The PCEF was created for you. As with most organizations,
what you get out of it is usually tied to what
you put into it. We hope that all PPCers and manufacturers
will join together and help make our vision a