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Air Care 2005 Form


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

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

AIR CARE 2005 - REGISTER NOW!   (Link to Registration)

When:    Friday evening and Saturday all day, April 29 and 30, 2005

Where:  Lake Logan Conference Center, 
                in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina  


What:    Friday "Meet the Board" event, reception, and dinner with speaker

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

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                 Saturday night informal dinner and socializing

                 And a wonderful weekend at a beautiful facility!                      

Join us for a "Meet the Board" session, a reception, and then a kickoff dinner with presentation Friday night, followed by a full day of informative seminars, speakers, brainstorming, and socializing with fellow volunteers and group leaders. Saturday's events will conclude with an open membership and board meetings followed by an informal dinner.

Who: All leaders and supporters in public benefit flying are welcome, including staff members and non-flying volunteers such as mission coordinators. 

Why attend? Attendees represent the leadership and staff members of many public benefit flying groups who believe that we all benefit from the goodwill and mutual support gained from working together and learning from one another. And we have fun doing it!

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 helps those in need. We also joined with the National Aeronautic Association to create the first ever National awards for public benefit flying groups and volunteers. 

Conference Events and Details

Each year the Air Care Alliance holds its AIR CARE national conference to bring leaders in public benefit flying together to enjoy sharing Fall color along the Parkway information and learning about their groups' recent work. This year the conference will be held near Asheville, North Carolina at the beautiful and historic Lake Logan Center. Our host volunteer pilot organization this year will be SouthWings, http://www.southwings.org

Visit the Lake Logan Center website at http://www.lakelogan.org to see the incredible venue for our meetings.    

Air Care 2005 National Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Events: 
Friday, April 29, 2005

3:00 - 5:00 PM Meet the Air Care Alliance Board
Informal discussion of the ACA mission; trends in public benefit flying; current and future events

5:00 - 7:00 PM Informal reception - meet and greet your fellow leaders in public benefit flying

7:30 PM Welcome Dinner and Opening Presentation
Dinner Speaker: Lt. Col. "Lindy" Kirkland, Pilot, Marine 1 
Topic: "When your Passenger is the President of the United States"
       (Note: Room fees include all meals)

Annual Conference Events:
Saturday, April 30, 2005

7:00 - 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:00 - 8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
Rol Murrow, Chairman, Air Care Alliance
Rol is the Executive Director of the Wolf Aviation Fund

8:30- 9:30 AM Organizational Liability and Insurance Issues 
Rick Durden, Chairman of LightHawk
Rick is an Aviation Attorney and a regular contributor to AOPA Pilot Magazine and AVWEB.

9:30-10:00 AM BREAK

10:00-11:00 AM "Update on Legal and Regulatory Matters Effecting Volunteer Pilot Organizations" 
Jeff Kahn, Vice President and General Counsel, Angel Flight East. 
Jeff is an attorney in Philadelphia. His private law practice includes aviation law. He is a member of the AOPA legal services plan panel and also serves on the ACA Board

11:00-12:00 Noon - "Ethics and the Public Benefit Flying Community" Presentation and Discussion
Ken McAlear, President and CEO, Mercy MedFlight. 
Ken is a retired Air Force colonel, and one of the founders of Mercy MedFlight, the nation's only national scale charitable volunteer-flown air ambulance service.  He also serves on the ACA Board.

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch with presentation
      (Note: room fees include all meals)

    Afternoon sessions will follow two tracks:

TRACK ONE: General Public Benefit Flying Issues and Medical and Emergency Relief Missions  
TRACK TWO: Environmental Flying Missions, Procedures, and Inter-group Relations

1:00-2:00 PM

TRACK ONE: Publicity, Public Relations, Recruiting & Fund Raising - 
Keith Laken, Executive Director, LifeLine Pilots and member of ACA Board
Keith is COO of Interact Communications, and CEO of Mugby Junction. Primary interests are business and product development with major focus on human capital and systems.

TRACK TWO: Low, Slow and Safe - Getting Great Aerial Photos for Environmental Support
Cameron Davidson, photographer. 
Cameron has published several books of his aerial images (www.camerondavidson.com)

2:00-3:00 PM

TRACK ONE: Coordinating Missions, Improving Operations
Keith Laken (introduced above) and Tami Bream, former Executive Director, Angel Flight East 
Tami is a corporate consultant with significant expertise in enterprise management and serves as an ACA Director

TRACK TWO: Cooperative Environmental Missions - Groups Working Together
Susan Lapis, Volunteer Pilot, SouthWings
Susan Lapis is a PhD. trained biochemist. She has flown over 300 hours  of missions including taking 200 persons over mountain top removal and pollution sites in the Southern Appalachians


3:30 - 4:30 PM Annual Membership Meeting and Elections of Directors followed by Annual Board meeting and election of Officers . All attendees are invited to these open sessions.

6:00 PM Informal dinner and social event

Post-Conference Activities
Sunday, May 1, 2005

Stay and enjoy this beautiful historic area, continue discussions with conference attendees, or simply sit back and relax! See the list of local attractions below.

Register Now in Two Steps For the AIR CARE 2005 Conference:

Step 1) Housing and Meal Registration: 


Lake Logan Center 800-616-0095 during weekday business hours.
Deadline: April 19, 2005.  When rooms are gone you will be referred to alternatives. 
Contact Name: Linda Hammer  email address:  linda@lakelogan.org
Rooms: Double occupancy - $86.71 per person per night, includes meals & taxes 
Single occupancy - $107.31 per person per night, includes meals and taxes.

Note: The Waynesville, NC listings at the bottom of this page will be the closest facilities: 
Area Bed and Breakfasts list: http://www.bbonline.com/nc/ncbbi/region1.html   
Also try Pisgah Inn:           http://www.pisgahinn.com/

If you are registered for housing off-site, please indicate the meals you will be having with us on the conference registration form described next. A separate meal charge will apply as follows Breakfast: $7.00 Lunch: $8.50 Dinner $12.50 2 & under No Charge

The SouthWings staff is also working to identify housing. If you need further help please call John Milner or Taylor Barnhill at 828-225-5949 direct (or 800-640-1131).

Note: Alcoholic beverages are not served at Lake Logan but visitors and guests may bring their own beer and wine to enjoy with meals.

If you do not register for the conference we may not have a seat for you.

Step 2) Conference Registration: Click here to print and complete the Air Care 2005 Event  Registration Form and send it to us at the address or fax number given.  FAX is BEST.

Note: as of April 15 the event is filling up rapidly and we may have to terminate registrations soon. Please do not delay registering.  

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Lake Logan is in the mountains, some 40 minutes west of the Asheville Airport NC (AVL) by car.

Also Greenville/Spartanburg SC (GSP) is an alternative destination served by a number of airlines.  It would be a somewhat longer drive - about 2 hours. But it is served by lower cost carriers including  Independence Air www.flyi.com  which flies to many destinations in the Eastern U.S., with its hub at Dulles DCA). Note: their club members receive email notices with special extra-low fare sales.

The regular route from either airport is beautiful and the drive is especially spectacular if you have time to take the longer Blue Ridge Highway route.  See the map and driving directions below and at the Lake Logan Conference Center Website at http://www.lakelogan.org .

Shuttle service is available, at $25 each way per person, from Asheville Airport. Notify the conference center of your arrival time. (If for some reason the shuttle is unavailable, call SouthWings to see if someone would be available to pick you up. They'll need several days notice to see whether this will work for you ( SouthWings: 828-225-5949 ).

The following car rental agencies are available at the Asheville airport:

    Avis 800-331-1212 
    Budget 800-527-0700
    Enterprise 800-261-7331 
    Hertz 800-654-3131


If you plan to rent a car, check fares for both Asheville (AVL) and Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP). The driving distance is greater from GSP, but the lower airfare cost could make it worthwhile.

Flying in via General Aviation

The closest airports to the conference center that have good GA services are the Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL - Class C) and the Transylvania County Airport (22W; 100LL - tie downs available). 

Million Air in Asheville will have no trouble arraigning rental cars, and the Lake Logan Conference center will provided a shuttle for $25/person as described above. SouthWings on prior notice may be able to assist with rides to the conference center.

Transylvania County Airport is a great airport with an extremely helpful staff. This is where SouthWings' aircraft is based. Arrangements for a rental car can be made through the local Ford dealer (Susanne Mathers 828.884.4151). They have a good reputation and usually have the vehicle and paperwork at the field the day before your arrival. On a side note this would be the most scenic drive to the conference center, with no major highway involved. SouthWings may be able to provide rides from this airport too.

Area Activities:

Asheville has many fine restaurants, art galleries, and craft shops. In addition, popular tourist attractions include:

The Vanderbilt Estate and Winery Tours http://www.biltmore.com/ 
Blue Ridge Parkway http://www.nps.gov/blri/ 
Cherokee Reservation and Casino http://www.harrahs.com 
Cold Mountain of movie fame, view from parkway or a 10.5 mile hike 
Cradle of Forestry http://www.cradleofforestry.com
Great Smoky Mountain National Park http://www.nps.gov/grsm/ 
Grove Park Inn and Spa http://www.groveparkinn.com/ 
Pisgah National Forest, hiking and beautiful scenic drives on US 176, Thomas Wolfe's Home, and many other attractions.

Activities at Lake Logan Center

The center grounds are excellent for contemplative walks along pristine trails. The Pigeon River is nationally famous for its rainbow and brown trout, and 87 acre Lake Logan is home to trophy class largemouth and small-mouth bass, crappie, trout and walleye. They also offer boating and canoeing, and five scenic golf courses are within a 30-minute drive. The proximity to Asheville, Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Brevard make shopping and sightseeing an attractive alternative. Visit the Lake Logan Center website at http://www.lakelogan.org .

Driving Directions to Lake Logan: 



Travel east on Hwy 23/74 to Exit #98 (West Waynesville). Exit here. Turn right at bottom of ramp. Travel 1/10 of a mile. Turn left onto Hwy Business 23. Travel 2.0 miles into Waynesville. Turn right onto Hwy. 276 South. Travel 5.7 miles. Turn right onto Lake Logan Road. Travel 5.8 miles to Lake Logan Episcopal Center


Travel on I-40 West to Exit #37 (East Canton). Exit here. Turn left at bottom of ramp. At red light turn right on Hwy 19/23 South Travel 4.8 miles to 2nd traffic light in downtown Canton. Veer right across intersection to remain on 19/23 South Travel only 2/10 mile (about 5 blocks) Turn left on Hwy 110 South (Sorrells St.) just before bridge. Travel 5.4 miles to a traffic light. Go straight onto Hwy. 215 South Travel 2.8 miles to Lake Logan Road. Turn left. Travel 3.6 Miles to Lake Logan Episcopal Center


Travel Southwest on GSP Drive toward Aviation Drive (0.32 miles). Turn left onto Aviation Drive (0.80 miles). Merge onto I-85 N toward Spartanburg (13.90 miles).  Merge onto I-26 W via Exit 70 toward Asheville (58.02 miles).  Merge onto I-40 W / US-74 W via Exit 32B on the Left toward Canton Knoxville (8.53 miles). Continue with the instructions above FROM THE EAST.

REGISTER NOW!  We expect this conference to fill up very rapidly!


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