The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) recently opened a chapter in Canada, boosting the organization to 13 chapters based there and in Britain and the U.S., and bringing together Canadian airline sponsors to establish a regional network for its members.

“The goal is to bring our members and sponsors and others together in the interest of a seamless understanding of equality,” NGPA Executive Director David Pettet said.

The association now has more than 4,000 members. The NBAA became a sponsor in late 2016 and seven members of the NGPA attended the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, cosponsored by the NBAA.

The mission of the NGPA is to build, support and unite the LGBT aviation community worldwide, Pettet said. Members include general aviation, commercial and business aviation pilots, along with flight instructors, air traffic controllers, aviation mechanics, airport managers and other aviation professionals. The association sponsors include more than 11 airlines. Four university chapters have been established over the past 18 months.