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April 2nd Announcement Regarding Our Annual Conference

Notice: this page has been retained so visitors can see the events of our 2004 national public benefit flying conference.

When:    Friday evening and Saturday all day, April 30 and May 1, 2004

Where:   Wyndham Hotel, Palm Springs, California
                    photo: our meeting room, the Mojave.

Dear Volunteer, Leader, or Friend of Public Benefit Flying,

Here is your update of event and hotel registration information for the Air Care Alliance's fourteenth annual public benefit flying national conference:

1) Register Now For the AIR CARE 2004 Conference:

Click here to print and complete the Air Care 2004 Event  Registration Form and send it to us at the address shown.


When:    Friday evening and Saturday all day, April 30 and May 1, 2004

Where:   Wyndham Hotel, Palm Springs, California


Please follow the instructions at the end of this notice below to reserve your room.

What:      Friday Night reception and dinner 

                 Saturday all day seminars and workshops  
                      - see description and agenda below

                 Saturday night informal dinner and socializing

                 And a wonderful weekend at a great hotel!                      

Join us for a kickoff dinner Friday night, followed by a full day of enjoyable seminars, speakers, brainstorming, and socializing with your fellow volunteers and group leaders.

On Saturday we will have a full schedule of seminars, panels, and workshops, including a session led by AVweb Legal Advisor Phillip Kolcyzinski. He will provide an update on volunteer pilot liability, insurance, and "Good Samaritan" protection issues.

Events also include the annual membership meeting, elections, and an open board meeting.

Who: All leaders and supporters in public benefit flying are welcome, including staff members and nonflying volunteers such as flight coordinators. Your hosts are the Air Care Alliance and Angel Flight West.

Why attend? By meeting together we all benefit from the goodwill and fellowship of mutual support. Every year our conference promotes a strong future for all charitable flying. Working together and learning from each other we all become better equipped to lead our organizations and to collaborate more effectively in helping our communities.

And we all have fun, too - which is why this year's conference also promises to provide you a wonderful vacation at a great hotel in Palm Springs!

At past conferences we developed goals for improved understanding of volunteer pilot operations by the public, initiated appropriate treatment of our activities by FAA and other regulatory agencies, discussed how to improve our scheduling systems, completed a campaign for an international call sign, worked with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation for a guidebook and video improving safety of our pilots' flight operations, clarified liability and insurance issues, shared information on how to best conduct media and public information campaigns, and learned about how each group in its own way tries to use aviation to help those in need.

Last year we also worked with the National Aeronautic Association to create the first ever National awards for public benefit flying groups and volunteers, with the program first announced at Air Care 2003. These awards were presented by NAA in the U.S. Capitol Building and also in local venues convenient to winning groups (See the NAA website http://www.naa-usa.org for their press release and additional information about the awards).

Equally important, attendees represent the leadership of many public benefit flying groups who agree with the idea that by sharing ideas and working together we benefit not only our own groups but also our overall service to help those in need. At the same time we who have participated have formed many new relationships and friendships, which have led not only to groups cooperating to link flights, but also to the successful formation of some new groups and long term good relations among others.

Saturday Conference Schedule:

Introductions  - Jim Weaver, Executive Director, Angel Flight West

ACA Review  - Rol Murrow, Chairman, ACA

Getting to Know You: LIGA - Ray Hendrickson, LIGA

International Issues Discussion 

Media Know How - Responding to a Crisis - Dan Meyer, LightHawk, and panel

 - Catered Lunch - 

Organizational Liability and Volunteer Protections - Phillip Kolczynski, Attorney at Law

Legislative and Regulatory Issues - Jeff Kahn, Angel Flight East

NAA Public Benefit Flying Awards - Dan Meyer and Rol Murrow

ACA’s Role and Initiatives - Group Roundtable Discussion

Membership and Board Meetings

Dinner at the Coyote Blue Restaurant


We look forward to seeing you at AIR CARE 2004 !

Cordially yours,

    The Officers and Directors of the Air Care Alliance

Click here to print and complete the Air Care 2004 Event  Registration Form, and send it to us at the address shown.






2) Hotel Registration Information:

Make your hotel reservation now!

The deadline for our Air Care Alliance block of rooms and discount was March 31. 

Note: As of April 1 the HOTEL IS NOW SOLD OUT!  However, thanks to Jim Weaver of Angel Flight West, our Wyndham representative researched other hotels in the area and landed an additional block of rooms at a very nice hotel nearby. They will provide free shuttle service from that hotel, the Dorel - formerly operated by Princess Cruises. It is only about five minutes away.

The Wyndham has taken these rooms for us and will handle the booking, but it MUST be done through JENNIFER SHAW ONLY. The registration desks at both hotels are not likely to know anything about this.

If you still need a room please immediately call JENNIFER SHAW at the Wyndham, 760-416-2942 or email her at email  jshaw@wyndham.com and say you wish to take one of the Angel Flight / Air Care Alliance rooms being held for us. 
NOTICE: there are only a few rooms left - first come first serve.

If the rooms are gone then be sure to leave your name and contact information with Jennifer - she is compiling a waiting list in case of vacancies.

You may also reserve your room in any other hotel in Palm Springs or nearby towns but you may have to go some distance to find any.



Additional information about our conference hotel:

Let the Wyndham Palm Springs make your meeting a Retreat!

bulletConveniently located in the heart of the Palm Springs Village, we are walking distance to casino gaming, day spas, historic Indian Waterfall Canyons, shopping, over 30 dining options, tennis, museums, The Follies and more. 
bulletOnly one mile from the Palm Springs International Airport, from which we transport our guests 
bulletPalm Springs International is a great general aviation airport as well as an airline destination. 
bulletIn addition Palm Springs is easily accessible by rental car from any of a number of Los Angeles and other Southern California commercial service airports. And after the conference take a drive through beautiful Joshua Tree National Monument!
bulletAttendees can enjoy their own personal oasis at our beautifully landscaped 60,000 square foot courtyard that features a spectacular 5,000 square foot swimming pool; surrounded by two whirlpools, children's pool, putting green, beauty salon, complete body spa, sauna and a fully equipped health club. 
bulletAdditional attractions, including many championship golf courses, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, horseback riding, jeep tours, and more are all within minutes from the hotel. 
bulletA limited set of Air Care Alliance peak period guest rooms are set aside for the nights of April 30-May 1, 2004 at the following rates: 

Standard Room Single or Double Occupancy Rate $129.00
These rates are subject to Palm Springs Transient Occupancy Tax, which is currently 13.55%, a City Utility Tax of $.89, and an $8.00 Resort Fee. Tax, City Utility Tax and Resort Fee are per room, per night, and are subject to change. 
The Resort Fee includes: Unlimited local phone calls, credit card calls and 800 calls, parking, airport shuttle to the Palm Springs Airport, and two (2) pages incoming or outgoing fax. 
Internet access charges are not included in the Resort Fee.



Hotel website: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/PSPPS/main.wnt   

For a VIRTUAL TOUR video of the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel please see: http://www.visualfrenzy.com/vf/play?id=170073&st=wynpopup>

Note: As of April 1 the HOTEL IS SOLD OUT!  Please follow the instructions above to reserve a room.

Conference Location:
Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel 
888 Tahquitz Canyon Way 
Palm Springs, California 92262 
Reservations: 760 322-6000


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