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

We had a wonderful AIR CARE 2007 in Albuquerque in April!. Representatives of about two dozen different 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 consider joining us next year for AIR CARE 2008 in Atlanta, the last weekend in April 2008.




Join us APRIL 27 - 28, 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico !

Each year the Air Care Alliance holds its AIR CARE national conference to bring together those most involved in public benefit flying. Attendees enjoy learning from, sharing knowledge with, and building relationships with their peers from across the country. ACA is pleased to invite you to the 2007 conference, which will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque in Historic Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We owe many thanks to our gracious host organization Angel Flight West for bringing us Air Care 2007 - with a southwestern flair. It will be a very exciting weekend to be in Albuquerque, as it is also the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow. Native American Indian cultures will come alive with indigenous dancers and singers representing 500 tribes participating socially and competitively at the Powwow. This will be a great cultural event for all of our guests to experience. However, with the influx of visitors that weekend, ACA attendees should be sure to make hotel reservations now. The hotels in the city will sell out early! Following is the hotel and event registration information for the Air Care Alliance 18th annual public benefit flying national conference. We hope to see you in Albuquerque!


When: ½ day Friday April 27 and all day Saturday April 28, 2007

Where: Hotel Albuquerque in ‘Historic Old Town Albuquerque,’ New Mexico

Call the Hotel Albuquerque at (505) 843-6300 Make your reservation ASAP. The rate is only guaranteed until sold-out or by April 13th 2007. Air Care Alliance Room Rate: $108.00 (Rate is available for rooms 4-26 thru 4-28)


Friday: ½ day optional sightseeing activities, including an Eclipse Aircraft Facility Tour 1:00 - 4:00 PM and Gathering of Nations activities; and afternoon seminar sessions, including new group orientation 4:30 - 5:00 PM.

Friday evening: Welcome Reception in the Hotel Albuquerque Fireplace Room, then dinner on your own at any of the many excellent restaurants in Historic Old Town.

Saturday: all day seminars and interactive workshops (more detailed agenda coming soon to the Air Care Alliance website. Please check back here  and/or join our announcement list!

Saturday night: dinner at an elegant dinner venue in Downtown Albuquerque.

Our Hotel Hospitality Room  will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.


All leaders and supporters of public benefit flying are welcome, including staff members, pilots, other volunteers, and public benefit flying supporters.


To benefit from the goodwill and mutual support gained from working together and learning from one another (and to have fun doing it)!

Some accomplishments of ACA and past conferences:

· Learned how each group serves those in need and how we can work together to help more

· Joined with the National Aeronautic Association to create the first ever National Public Benefit Flying Awards for volunteer pilot groups and volunteers

· Developed the FAA international call sign for all public benefit flying groups

· Worked with the AOPA Air Safety Foundation for a guidebook and video improving safety of our pilots' flight operations

· Initiated appropriate treatment of our activities by FAA and other regulatory agencies

· Helped FAA establish the current policy affirming volunteer pilot operations and permitting pilots to take tax deductions for their expenses

· Developed goals for improved understanding of volunteer pilot operations by the public

· Clarified liability and insurance issues

· Shared information on how to best conduct media and public information campaigns

· Encouraged all groups to develop emergency preparedness programs

· Testified regarding new FAA Air Tour Rules and successfully argued for maintenance of volunteer pilot operations as not subject to new restrictive rules governing charter or charitable event flights. (See our News Page for details).


Conference registrations is a simple two-step process.  First call Hotel Albuquerque to reserve your room, then complete and return the conference registration form as soon as possible. For a final agenda or last minute information, please visit this page again, www.aircareall.org/aircare2007.htm

Make Your Hotel and Travel Plans Now For the AIR CARE 2007 Conference:

1) Hotel Registration: Call the Hotel Albuquerque (505)843-6300

Make reservation ASAP; rate available only until sold out or April 13th 2007, whichever comes first. Air Care Alliance Room Rate: $108.00. (Rate is available 4-26-07 thru 4-28-07) 

2) Conference Registration:

Conference registration fee: $75.  Complete and mail the Registration Form below by April 16th 2007 (contact us at 770.452.7958 after that date). Space is limited so it is best to register early!

Transportation information: see below

       ---- AIR CARE 2007 Conference Registration Form ----
April 27-28, 2007 at Hotel Albuquerque, NM


Name: __________________________________________________________

Group or Affiliation: ______________________________________________

Email address: __________________________________________________

Phone #: ________________________ Cell #:________________________

Conference Registration Fee $75 per person including conference daytime meals:
   Fee includes: Friday night reception and Saturday Conference with continental breakfast and deli luncheon.  (Does not include optional Saturday night dinner - add that below).

1) Total # ______ of people @ $75 for conference = $_________ registration total

Please list names below:

Name #1: ___________________________ Name #2: ___________________________

Name #3: ___________________________ Name #4: ___________________________

Name #5: ___________________________ Name #6: ___________________________

If you would like to include a spouse and/or guest(s) for the Friday night reception only (who will not be attending the Saturday conference), add $25 per person and list their names below:

FRI Guest #1: ____________________________ FRI Guest #2: _______________________________

FRI Guest #3: ____________________________ FRI Guest #4: _______________________________

2) Total # ______ of guests @ $25 for Friday night reception = $_______ Reception Guests total

Equals $ ______ Total Registration cost (=Total for # at conference + total for Friday guests)


Saturday Night Dinner at the elegant Albuquerque Petroleum Club $38 per person

3) Total #_____ of people @ $38/per person = $______ Total Saturday Night Dinner cost


Friday Optional Events (Please indicate the number of people that will participate)

______ Eclipse Facility Tour 1:30 – 3:30 PM (Free of charge)

We may add additional sessions on Thursday, please check this page on our website for agenda updates.  

Total Costs Above:

1) $ _________ Registration total including reception and daytime meals

2) $ _________ Spouse and/or guests total for Friday reception

3) $ _________ Saturday Night Dinner total all persons

$ _________ Grand Total Payable to ACA

Please complete and mail this form and your check directly to:

Angel Flight of Georgia
2000 Airport Road, Suite 227
Atlanta, GA 30341

REMEMBER: Hotel Registration is a separate step

This Conference Registration form must be received by 4/16/07. Hotel Reservation (not covered by this form) must be made by 4/13/07 Call #505.843.6300 SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTER ASAP

For Late Registration Call (770) 452-7958 ext 7, Fax 770.452.7391 Email: admin@angelflight-ga.org

Area Activities:

Cultural Corridor: Albuquerque's rich history offers many different cultural attractions. Adjacent to the historic Old Town Plaza is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the LodeStar Astronomy Center and the Albuquerque Museum. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center features the history, art, and culture of New Mexico's 19 Indian Pueblos, and the new National Hispanic Cultural Center is the largest facility of its kind dedicated to preserving Hispanic art, culture, and traditions.

Visitors can explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and "Old Town." The Cultural Center provides an introduction to New Mexico's Native American heritage while Old Town is the core of the old Spanish colonial settlement. Old Town features the historic San Felipe de Neri Church along with many craftsman, artists, and restaurants with authentic New Mexican cuisine.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow:

Native American Indian / indigenous culture comes alive at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Indian Traders Market, and the crowning of Miss Indian World at the University of New Mexico Arena - the "PIT. More than 3,000 dancers and singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Albuquerque annually to participate socially and competitively. The trading of intercultural traditions and crafts is an experience for all who attend. The Indian Traders Market offers a very special shopping experience and an exhibition of Native American artifacts. More than 800 artists, crafters, and traders will place their wares on display and for sale. Each year at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow a young Native American (indigenous) woman is crowned Miss Indian World. The selection is based upon an assessment of personality, knowledge of tribal tradition, and dancing ability. The Gathering of Nations is an experience for all people, Indian and non-Indian. Seeing the colorful dancing and hearing the songs becomes an enlightening and emotional happening ... For Everyone!

Galleries and Shopping: Shops and galleries abound in the historic adobe buildings that surround Old Town Plaza. Explore the treasures of this quaint Old World area as you wander along charming pathways with hidden patios. Albuquerque is home to more than 100 galleries and studios and is considered part of the New Mexico Arts Corridor, which includes Taos and Santa Fe.

The center of the original villa of Albuquerque, Old Town's quaint streets now house a variety of southwestern shops, restaurants, and art galleries. More than 130 shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants are located in the Spanish-style plaza, bounded by Rio Grande Blvd., Central Ave., and Mountain Road.

Hot Air Ballooning: Albuquerque is considered to be the ballooning capital of the world. With cool desert mornings, Albuquerque offers the perfect environment to enjoy ballooning year round with balloon rides available to those wanting to see the City from a different perspective. www.balloonfiesta.com


Indian Pueblo and Cultural Center: Discover arts and crafts from New Mexico's 19 pueblos. Indian dances are held on weekends year-round at 11 am and 2 pm. 2401 12th Street NW, (505) 843-7270. Open daily as follows: museum 9-5, gift shops 9-5:30; American Indian restaurant 7:30-3:30. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 students, Pueblo Indians and children 4 and under free.

Indian Pueblo Tours: Acoma Pueblo: An hour west of Albuquerque is the entrance to Acoma Pueblo- "Sky City". One of the state's most dramatic landmarks, Acoma sits atop a 376-foot-tall mesa overlooking the desert. Walking tours through the pueblo, the plaza, and the 17th century mission church are available on the hour. (505) 469—1052. Please call in advance of your visit. Open daily in summer 8-5:30, last rough at 4:30. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. Still camera permit $10.

Sandia Peak Tramway: Enjoy the high desert beauty as you ride 2.7 miles up the Sandia Tram, the world's longest continuous single span aerial tramway. Sandia Peak sits at 10,400 feet above sea level and provides a birds-eye view of Albuquerque.

The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest jigback passenger tramway in the world. Ride 2.7 miles up to the 10,378 foot Sandia Peak, passing through four of the Earth's seven life zones on the way. Wildlife such as bear and mule deer can sometimes be seen on the slopes below, and the view from the top is breathtaking. (505) 856-7325. Open daily 9am-10pm, except Wed 5-8. $14 adults, $10 seniors, and ages 5-12, under 5 free.

Chaco Canyon National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park:

Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of America's most significant cultural and historic areas. Chaco Canyon was a major center of Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. The Chacoan sites are part of the sacred homeland of Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the Hopi Indians of Arizona, and the Navajo Indians of the Southwest, all of whom continue to respect and honor them. The park features self-guided walking tours and trails, and a beautiful museum telling the story of this remarkable ancient community.  Learn more at www.nps.gov/chcu/

Los Alamos National Laboratory & Bandelier National Monument: … is best known for its mesas, sheer-walled canyons, and several thousand ancestral Pueblo dwellings. Bandelier National Park also includes over 23,000 acres of designated Wilderness. This monument contains some of the nation's most visited Ancestral Pueblo sites and is part of a 50-square-mile wilderness area. Miles of trails to ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs radiate from the visitor center.

Nearby Los Alamos, home of Los Alamos National Laboratory, is known as New Mexico's "secret city." Los Alamos is now a thriving community of nearly 19,000. Perched high on Pajarito (pa-ha-REE-tow) Plateau, it offers galleries, museums, restaurants and lodgings. It's also a four-season sportsman's paradise. Enjoy the scenery on the drive back to Albuquerque! www.nps.gov/band

Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden: Discover aquatic habitats, including a walk-through eel cave and a 285,000-gallon shark tank. You can also see films or visit the gift shop and restaurant. The Botanic Garden showcases the natural environment of the Rio Grande Valley through specialty gardens as well as desert and Mediterranean conservatories. There is also a children's fantasy garden to explore. 2601 Central Ave NW, (505) 764-6200. Open Tue-Sun 9-5. $4.50 adults, $2.50 seniors and children 3-12.

Ghost Ranch Living museum: Evidence of our distant past in a natural setting - www.ghostranch.org

Sandia Mountain Hiking Trails: www.sandiahiking.com

Turquoise Trail Turquoise Trail: National Scenic Byway where you can venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National scenic Byway. This historic area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid and Cerrillos, now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, and music.www.turquoisetrail.org


New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: http://museums.state.nm.us

For More Local Information about the Land of Enchantment:

BALANCING ROCK - CLICK TO ENLARGEAlbuquerque Chamber of Commerce www.abqchamber.com

Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau www.itsatrip.org

Transportation Details:

The Air Carrier Airport is Albuquerque International Sunport - ABQ

General Aviation Aircraft can use ABQ or nearby Double Eagle II Airport (AEG)

Shuttle services are available directly from the shuttle companies, not through the hotel:

Sunport Shuttle Services Cost $13 one way, $20 round trip. Telephone #505.883.4966 or email: reservations@sunportshuttle.com

Airport Shuttle Cost $14 one way, $26 round trip Telephone #505.765.1234

Car rental agencies:

Contact the FBO at Double Eagle Airport for Enterprise cars, or

Call the following rental companies for cars available at ABQ airport:

Advantage Rent A Car Telephone (505) 247-1066
Alamo Rent A Car Telephone 1-800-GO-ALAMO (1-800-462-5266)
Avis (Auto Rental) Telephone (800) 331-1212
Budget Rent A Car of NM, Inc. Telephone (800) 527-0700
Hertz Corporation Telephone (800) 654-3131
Enterprise Rent A Car Telephone (800) 736-8222
Dollar Rent A Car Telephone (800) 800-4000
Thrifty Car Rental Telephone (800) 847-4389
National Rent A Car Telephone 1-800-CAR-RENT (1-800-227-7368)

Driving Directions to Hotel:

From Double Eagle (AEG) inquire at the FBO directions to I-40 via Paseo Del Vulcan

Then travel East, Left Turn onto I-40 several miles towards downtown
Exit Right on Rio Grande Boulevard / NM-194 South
End at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard, at Hotel Albuquerque

From Albuquerque/Sunport Airport (ABQ):

Estimated Travel Time: 13 minutes, Total distance: 8.48 miles
Travel East on Sunport Blvd (SE) toward Sunport Loop SE (less than 1/10th of a mile)
Sunport Boulevard becomes Sunport Loop SE (.7 miles)
Turn slightly right onto Sunport Blvd (.9 miles)
Merge onto I-25 North toward I-40 / Downtown & Santa Fe (3.6 miles)
Merge onto I-40 West via exit 157A (.2 miles)
Turn left onto Rio Grande Boulevard / NM-194 South (.3 miles)
End at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard, at Hotel Albuquerque

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


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