Jason Schappert

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Jason Schappert
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Born (1988-05-23) May 23, 1988 (age 30)
Baltimore, Maryland
Residence Ocala, Florida
Occupation Founder of MzeroA.com
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Ashley Schappert (m. 2011)
Children Ella & Gavin

Jason Schappert is an American pilot and entrepreneur. Schappert is a CFII and ATP rated pilot, founder of MzeroA.com, and author of eight aviation flight training books. Schappert was named AOPA's Top Collegiate Flight Instructor in 2008, Outstanding Flight Instructor of 2014 and 2015, has amassed over 8000 hours of in-flight instruction since learning how to fly, and produces MzeroA.com's Online Ground School.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Schappert began flying at age 12, and had his first solo flight at 16. He subsequently became a flight instructor, and earned the ratings up to ATP, including private pilot certificate, instrument rating, and Commercial Pilot Certificate. Schappert worked as a banner towing pilot and a traffic pilot in Jacksonville, Florida prior to starting MzeroA.com.[citation needed] Schappert currently flies a Cessna 172 and owns another Cessna 152.[citation needed]

In 2007, Schappert, as an eighteen year old aviation student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, saved a drowning man from the icy water of Long Pond.[3][4] He received a Carnegie Medal[5] and was written into the congressional record.[6] He was named National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Top Collegiate Flight Instructor in 2008 and 2012.[7] In 2009, he created a program called Future Pilots Flight Academy for aviation-minded youth in conjunction with the Discovery Science Center.[8]


In 2010, Schappert, teamed with Swiss flyer Vincent Lambercy, flew a Cessna 150 on a round-trip Flight Across America from Daytona Beach, Florida to Catalina Island, California and back. Funds raised from the trip were used to promote general aviation.[9][10]

Schappert and his team flew around the U.S. in 2014 on the Good Pilot Tour, one of their many stops was at the Southeast Aviation Expo.[11]

He was named an AOPA Regional Outstanding Flight Instructor of the year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.[12][13][14]

His company, MzeroA, was named one of Grow Florida's '2017 Florida Companies to Watch Honorees'[15] MzeroA.com was named in the Inc. 500's 2017 top growing private companies as #230.[16]

Schappert produced the Flying Again film [17] featuring rusty pilots who have not flown for two to thirty years. This was then featured on the TV series The Aviators.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Flying Again Movie Himself Flight instructor


  1. ^ Godlewski, Meg (6 November 2014). "MZero Aviation: A new kind of online ground school". Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Today's Flight Plan". Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Byrnes, Joe (21 March 2007). "Rescue earns West Port graduate angel wings". Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lakeville rescue Feb. 11, 2007". 
  5. ^ "Ocala man given Carnegie Hero Medal". 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Congressional Record". 26 July 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jackson University". Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Kossick, Betty (29 September 2009). "Flying instructor shares passion with youth". Ocala Star Banner. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Social Media Leads To Project To Promote GA For All - AVweb flash Article". www.avweb.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "'Flying Across America' to promote GA in Cessna 150". AOPA.com. AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Good Pilot Tour.Com at Southeast Aviation Expo - South Carolina Aviation Association". scaaonline.com. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS". www.aopa.org. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Flight Training Magazine". aopa.org. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "404 Error". www.aopa.org. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "2017 Honorees - GrowFL". GrowFL. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  16. ^ "The Complete Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies of 2017". Inc.com. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  17. ^ "Flying Again Movie -". flyingagainmovie.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 

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