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FF October 2013




Air Care Alliance // Moving Forward!
From the Chair
Rol Murrow


Keeping Your Group's Information Up to Date


Rol MurrowThe Air Care Alliance has a major objective of maintaining a list of all the volunteer-based public benefit flying groups and referring those persons needing aviation transport or services to those groups serving their needs and geographical areas. 

Usually site visitors simply look through the long list until finding one or more groups serving their area, but this is a tedious process. Each year we send each group a form showing the current information we have on file, and ask for any updates or changes to be provided back to us.

This will be even more important very shortly, because we are about to launch our new website which includes an interactive "Find a Group" module that depends on accurate information about each group.

A site visitor soon can fill out a simple form and the system returns a list of all the groups fitting the visitor's needs and destinations. The visitor can forward the information to specific groups by clicking on a button next to a group's listing.


When we launch the site we expect that some groups may receive inappropriate requests because we have not received updated information in spite of our annual requests. 

Feel free to visit our current listings and see if the information for your group is correct. If you wish to provide an update, please use this form and send it as noted - no dues are required.

The page also provides a bit of information about the benefits of Membership in ACA, which includes the opportunity to collaborate with representatives and volunteers from other groups and help us all work together to promote public benefit flying and to build strong relationships with the various aviation associations and the governmental organizations responsible for regulating our flights. For those groups not yet ACA Members the forms provide that option too. In addition individuals and companies can also use the form to become supporting Members of ACA.

And when you have the opportunity - please remember to thank all the current Member groups of ACA and our other supporters for their efforts and help benefiting all our public benefit flying organizations and the work of our volunteers!

From the President
Lindy Kirkland


A New Look for The Air Care Alliance


Lindy Kirkland

In the coming months you will see a new look to The Air Care Alliance.  We have updated our logo to make a cleaner, more identifiable brand for our organization.  We hope to capitalize on this new look in all our marketing materials and in the upcoming launch of our new website. 


Please use the link below to update your individual websites with our new logo to reflect the new look! 


View & Download the New Logo


The new logo was designed by Angel Flight West graphic artist, Tim Pavell. Tim's efforts were sponsored by Angel Flight West and we very much appreciate their generosity in providing Tim's services in developing this new logo.  The process has been ongoing for several weeks when Tim provided several draft ideas for the logo.  Once the team decided on the basic design, we set about looking at colors and tweaking the details to provide a logo that accentuates the aviation side of the organization.  


We tried to think of how to encompass "compassion" in a logo and found that the breadth of our compassionate activities was too broad to encompass in a simple logo design.  What we all have in common is aviation so we focused on that as a design concept and Tim captured it in a very striking way.  Thanks to the team, to AFW and to Tim for working together to come up with this new look.  Please use the links below to update your individual websites with our new logo to reflect the new look!


AOPA Foundation Awards the Air Care Alliance a "Giving Back" Grant

The Air Care Alliance is pleased to announce that we have been named as one of the ten recipients of the inaugural AOPA Foundation Giving Back awards!  We were informed of the decision in September by Adam Smith of AOPA.  


In an email to Lindy Kirkland, Adam wrote,  "We received dozens of grant applications, many of them from the individual groups.  But I'm really glad AOPA is able to help ACA directly as it's very important to have an umbrella organization. "  


The award was made after a call for nominations went out in March of this year. LifeLine Pilots volunteer Brooke Hermann assisted the Air Care Alliance with the grant application and with gathering the initial documents required for the submission. It is due to her direct efforts that we were able to submit a complete package and tell the story of how the ACA is helping all of Public Benefit Aviation.


"...I feel that the whole category of Public Benefit Flying is of huge value," said AOPA's Smith, "not just the great work that each group does, and the PR value to aviation, but the broader issue of keeping the pilot population active and engaged, with a sense of purpose to their flying."   


This sentiment was surely prevalent with the award committee as evidenced by the large number of the recipients being members of the ACA and participants in Public Benefit Flying.  Along with the Air Care Alliance, the other recipients were: Pilots N Paws; Challenge Air for Kids and Friends; Duluth Aviation Institute; Girls Inc.; Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education; LightHawk; Recreational Aviation Foundation; Veteran's Airlift Command; and Young Aviators.  


"This program was developed to spotlight the good work being done in the GA community," said Stephanie Kenyon, the AOPA Foundation's vice president of strategic philanthropy. "It's also our way of supporting those groups that are making a difference through charitable programs that rely on general aviation."


With this grant of $10,000 the Air Care Alliance intends to finalize the ongoing website update project and to provide seed funding for a part-time staff person to help provide day-to-day support for communications and administration of the ACA.  We are very excited to represent each of the groups and organizations in the Public Benefit Flying community.  


It is easy to shine when we are telling the very compelling story of the great work that each of you and your organizations are doing every day.  Please keep up the tremendous effort.  You ARE making a huge difference in your communities and across the country.

Recipients announced for the 2013 Public Benefit Flying Awards



Distinguished Volunteer Pilot - Hank Stoebenau- Angel Flight East 

For demonstrating extraordinary commitment, generosity, and dedication to countless patients and to the mission of Angel Flight East for more than 13 years as a pilot, organizer, and Board Member. 


Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying -- AERObridge 

For creating a network of volunteer aircraft owners, operators, FBOs, and pilots donating their time and resources to alleviate suffering after disasters, most recently following Hurricane Sandy. 


Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying-Civil Air Patrol 

Whose Hurricane Sandy response was critical for the welfare of affected East Coast residents and which set a new standard of service for future natural disasters. 


Public Benefit Flying Teamwork Award - ORBIS and FedEx 

In recognition of their thirty year partnership employing flying eye hospitals and medical personnel in public benefit flying to fight blindness and vision impairment around the world. 


Champion of Public Benefit Flying - AOPA Air Safety Institute 

For its online course "Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion," enhancing public benefit flying's safety culture by helping volunteer pilots manage risk and avoid harm. 


Champion of Public Benefit Flying-Greater Washington Aviation Open 

For more than 25 years raising funds for organizations flying cancer patients and wounded warriors, and for educating future aviation leaders, while bringing the entire aviation community together "Fore a Great Time...Fore a Great Cause." 


This year's awards were presented at the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Fall Awards Banquet, held on Tuesday, November 17, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. 


National Aeronautic Association President & CEO Jonathan Gaffney and ACA Chairman Rol Murrow presented the awards to recognize the contributions of volunteer-based Public Benefit Flying and the outstanding work of individuals and groups engaging in this humanitarian activity. Also representing ACA at the event were our ACA President Lindy Kirkland and Treasurer Jeff Kahn. 

Save the Date!


Air Care Alliance Conference

April 25-26, 2014



Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in suburban Philadelphia will be the venue for the 2014 Air Care Alliance Conference hosted by Angel Flight East. Grab your calendars now and ink in the dates of Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2013, for two great days with your charitable aviation friends and colleagues.   


We have obtained a very favorable room rate of $129.00, plus tax, per night.  This rate will be available from Thursday night the 24th through Sunday night the 27th for those who may want to enjoy the area.  Center city and its historic areas are easily accessible by car or commuter train and the world famous King of Prussia Mall is also nearby.   Attendees are also welcome to book a round at the neighboring Blue Bell Country Club's 18-Hole Arnold Palmer signature designed golf course.


We are planning a reception on Saturday night at the historic Philadelphia Aviation Country Club (www.paccwings.com) at Wings Field, the birthplace of the AOPA.


Normandy Farm is easy to get to by car or shuttle from Philadelphia International Airport and if you plan to rent a car, you might check on flights/fares to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, less than an hour from the hotel.


For private aircraft, Normandy Farm is also less than 4 miles from Wings Field (KLOM, 3,700 Ft.), and nearby Northeast Philadelphia Airport (KPNE, 7,000 Ft.).


Of course you will also enjoy the camaraderie of your public benefit flying friends from across the country as we experience together the fun activities planned and the sessions that will deal with the issues you confront in providing leadership for your charitable aviation organization, as well as current aviation matters that impact your daily operations. Many more details to come later.


See you in Philadelphia in 2014.  Save the dates now!

GA Survey


Please help us provide accurate information on aviation activity and aviation safety. The 35th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2012 began in early June.


The FAA's annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. These data help to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The GA Survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among general aviation aircraft.


If you were selected to complete this year's survey, you received a postcard invitation to participate in the GA Survey in early June. You can complete the survey on-line, or use the survey form mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope.


Why is your participation important?

bulletWe need your help so that we can prepare accurate estimates of aviation safety. Data from this survey are used to calculate fatal accident rates for general aviation and Part 135 aircraft.
bulletWe need to hear from everyone who receives an invitation to participate! Please respond, even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2012, you sold it, or the aircraft was damaged
bulletYour responses are confidential. Tetra Tech is an independent research firm that conducts theGA Survey on behalf of the FAA. The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.
bulletA short version of the survey form is available for owners of multiple aircraft. We know your time is valuable. If you own three or more aircraft and receive several surveys, please contact us.

Questions? Own three or more aircraft? Please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 1-800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@tetratech.com. Thank you!

In This Issue
From the Chair
A New Look for ACA
AOPA Foundation Awards ACA Grant
Public Benefit Flying Award Winners Announced
ACA 2014 Conference - Save the Date
GA Survey
Board of Directors



Rol Murrow
ACA Board Chairman
Emergency Volunteer
Air Corps

Charles (Lindy) Kirkland
ACA President
Angel Flight East

Jim Weaver
ACA Vice President
Angel Flight West

Karen Lavezzi
ACA Secretary
Lifeline Pilots

Jeff Kahn
ACA Treasurer
Angel Flight East

Bill Worden 
ACA President Emeritus 
Angel Flight West & EVAC




Judy Benjamin

Angel Flight Central

Hume Davenport


Alan Dias

Angel Flight West


Rick Durden

Charlie Schobel
Angel Flight Soars

Kevin Sell
Volunteer Pilots Association

Charlie Schobel
Angel Flight Soars

Christopher St. Peter
Operation Angel Planes &
Angel Flight West

Gary St. Peter
Operation Angel Planes
ACA Member List


Dozens and dozens of groups serve our communities and those in need, including international, national, regional, and statewide groups - and even small local groups with just a few pilots serving their immediate area. 

The Air Care Alliance lists and makes referrals to all the groups we can find. If your volunteer pilot organization is not on the Air Care Alliance Listings Page,
please send us your information so we can include you!
ACA Member Groups

Angel Flight Central
Angel Flight East
Angel Flight Northeast
Angel Flight Soars
Angel Flight South Central
Angel Flight West
Angel Flight of Oklahoma
Badger Aviators
Bahamas Habitat
Cair Flight
Calm Air Visibility Unlimited
Children's Flight of Hope
Dreams and Wings
Emergency Volunteer Air    Corps
Hope Flight Foundation
Houston Ground Angels
LifeLine Pilots
Operation Angel Planes
Patient Airlift Services
Pilots for Patients
Pilots N Paws of Canada
SkyAngels International  Rescue
South Wings
Veterans Airlift Command
Vital Flight
Volunteer Pilots Association
Wings Flights of Hope
Wings of Mercy East  Michigan
Wings of Mercy West  Michigan

Also in Our Listings

Air Charity Network
Air Mercy
Angel Flight Alberta
Angel Flight Australia
Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic
Angel Flight Southeast
Angel Flight of Vancouver  Island
Aviation for Humanity
Challenge Air for Kids &  Friends
Christian Air Ministry
Civil Air Patrol
Cloud Nine Rescue Flights
Corporate Angel Network
EAA Young Eagles
Flights for Life
Flying Paws
Flying Samaritans
Freedom Flight
Grace on Wings
Help Four Paws
His Wings Aviation Ministries
Hope Air of Canada
Hope Wings Foundation
International Shrine Aviation
Kids Wings
Liga - Flying Doctors of  Mercy
Los Medicos Voladores
Medflight of Indiana
Mercy Flight Alabama
Mercy Flight Indiana
aka Wings of Mercy-Illiana
Mercy Flight Southeast
Mercy Medical Airlift and its
 fully administered  subgroups
Mercy Wings Network
Miracle Flights for Kids
Missions Made Possible
NC Baptist Men Aviation  Ministry
Northwoods AirLifeLine
One Heart Missions Services
Pilots for Christ International
Pilots N Paws USA
Remote Area Medical
Volunteer Corps
Servant Air Ministries
Sky Hope Network
Volunteer Mercy Pilots
Wings for Children - SC
Wings of Hope
Wings of Mercy - MN

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