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Dear Volunteers, Leaders, and Friends of Public Benefit Flying,

Our AIR CARE 2006 Conference was great!

Representatives of public benefit flying organizations met to hear the latest news, learn from experts in various fields, and share ideas on how to better un our organizations.

We will leave the conference information on this page to give you an idea of the proceedings. We may publish photos and reports from the conference later - so stay tuned!

Please see the AIR CARE 2007 page for information about that conference.

AND! Consider joining us for AIR CARE 2008 in Atlanta, the last weekend in April 2008.



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


When: Friday evening and Saturday all day,
 April 28 and 29, 2006

Where: Hilton Garden Inn in Aviation rich Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

What:    Many exciting activities and events, including:

Friday Informal Reception, BBQ and Country Western Entertainment
     Saturday all day seminars and workshops
    - see description and agenda below
Saturday night informal dinner with keynote speaker
     Sam Porter, Director of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief 
Tour of the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum
Hospitality Room Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings

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, encouraged all groups to develop emergency preparedness programs, 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 Public Benefit Flying Awards for volunteer pilot groups and volunteers.

Conference Events and Details (for last minute information visit www.aircareall.org)

Each year the Air Care Alliance holds its AIR CARE national conference to bring leaders in public benefit flying together to enjoy sharing information and learning about their groups' recent work. This year the conference will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our host volunteer pilot organization this year will be Angel Flight of Oklahoma - www.angelflight.com

Air Care 2006 National Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Events:
Friday, April 28, 2006

(Transportation to activities will be provided by Angel Flight of Oklahoma upon request when you arrive @ hotel)

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Altitude Chamber - Airmen Education
20 slots available (1st 20 to register)
Qualifies for Wings Program

3:30 -5:30 PM Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum Tour

6:00 - 7:00 PM Hospitality Room Open

7:00 PM Welcome Dinner with Entertainment

8:30 PM Hospitality Room Open

Annual Conference Events:
Saturday, April 29, 2006

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

8:00 - 8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
    Rol Murrow, Chairman, Air Care Alliance

8:30 - 8:45 AM Angel Flight of Oklahoma Welcome

8:45 - 9:45 AM The FAA and Public Benefit Flying
Byron Walton, Oklahoma City FSDO Director

9:45 - 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15-12:00 PM Disaster Relief Panel and Group Discussion

12:00 - 1:00 PM LUNCH (Vote on 3 topics for inter-group discussion)

1:00 - 2:00 PM How to Talk to the Media
Amy Lester, KWTV9 Weekend News Anchor

2:00 - 3:00 PM Open Inter-group Discussion (on 3 group-determined topics)


3:30 - 4:00 PM Public Benefit Flying the Global Perspective: an overview of Flying to Help Others
Rick Durden, AVweb and AOPA Pilot Author, and Executive Director, LightHawk

4:00 - 5:30 PM Annual Membership Meeting and election of Directors 

7:00 PM Dinner with presentation by Sam Porter, Director of Disaster Relief, BGCO

8:30 PM Hospitality Room Open

Register Now For the AIR CARE 2006 Conference:

1) Conference Registration:
Click to download, print out, complete, and mail the PDF Registration Form by April 4th
(contact us after that date)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: It is now after April 4th so please contact Jeanine at jeanine@angelflight-ga.org to register for the conference.

2) Hotel Registration:
Call the Hilton Garden Inn 405.942.1400
Deadline: April 4, 2006
IMPORTANT! Ask for Celeste !  
ALSO see update below - hotel may be full.

Registration Block under Angel Flight / Air Care Alliance
include price breakfast coupons
Rooms: Single occupancy - $85.00 per night
Double occupancy - $ 91.00 per night

King Suite - $ 105.00 single occupancy per night; $111.00 double

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our hotel appears to be sold out, unless rooms become available if room reservations are cancelled. There are other hotels nearby. We understand there may be inexpensive rooms available at the Sleep Inn across the street. Call them at 405-946-1600.

Transportation From Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)
Our h
otel is located directly north of the Will Rogers Airport on Meridian

Free Shuttle service is available. Courtesy phone at airport baggage area

The following car rental agencies are available at the Will Rogers airport:

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

Area Activities:

Bass Pro Shops 405-219-5200 www.basspro-shops.com

Bricktown Entertainment District 405-236-8666 www.bricktownokc.com

Civic Center Music Hall 405-297-2584 www.okcciviccenter.org

Cole's Garden 405-478-1529 www.colesgarden.net

Express Ranches Clydesdale Center 405-350-6404

Frontier City 405-478-2412 www.sixflags.com/parks/frontiercity

Ford Center 405-602-8700 www.okfordcenter.com

45th Infantry Division Museum 405-424-5313

Governor's Mansion 405-521-9211

Harn Homestead Museum 405-235-4058 www.harnhomestead.com

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame 405-235-5600 www.gymnasticsfame.com

Martin Nature Park 405-755-0676

Myriad Botanical Gardens 405-297-3995 www.myriadgardens.com

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 405-478-2250 www.cowboyhalloffame.org

National Softball Hall of Fame 405-424-5266 www.softball.org

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 405-236-3100 http://www.okcmoa.com/

Oklahoma City National Memorial 405-235-3313

Oklahoma City Zoo 405-424-3344 http://www.okczoo.com/

Oklahoma Firefighters Museum 405-424-3440

Oklahoma Heritage Center

Omniplex 405-602-6664 http://www.omniplex.org/

Overholser Mansion 405-528-8485

Paseo District 405-525-2688 www.okclive.com/paseo

Remington Park Race Track 405-424-1000 http://www.remingtonpark.com/

SBC Bricktown Ballpark 405-218-1000 http://www.redhawksbaseball.com/

Stockyards City 405-235-7267 http://www.stockyardscity.org/

Water Taxi 405-221-8263

Ballet Oklahoma 405-235-5905 http://www.balletoklahoma.com/

Oklahoma Opry 405-632-8322 http://www.okopry.com/

Red Earth Gallery http://www.redearthgallery.net/

Oklahoma City Convention and Visitor's Bureau http://www.okccvb.org/


Driving Directions:

Travel on I-40 West to Meridian Exit
Turn right at bottom of ramp.
At red light turn right on
Meridian South Travel 4.8 miles

From I-40 Take Meridian Avenue Exit. Turn left. 
The hotel is on the SW side of the intersection.

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

Click here for a printable PDF file with this conference information.

Click here for the Registration Form PDF File.


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