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The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilot members are dedicated to community service. This site will introduce you to us and to all the groups we list whose volunteers perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, educational experiences for youth, environmental support, and other missions of public service.   


 
   HERE IS YOUR ONLY ONE-STOP
CENTRAL LISTING for FREE AIR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES provided by volunteer pilots and dozens of charitable aviation groups.

    TO FIND A GROUP NEAR YOU: click the LISTINGS button here or to the left - and please give the page plenty of time to load - the listings are extensive!  
 

Read on below for the latest NEWS and for more information about the Air Care Alliance, pilot groups, and volunteer flying activities.  Whether you are a patient, family member, pilot, agency, or service provider, you will likely find what you are looking for by starting here!  

Join our announcement list and we will send you important notices regarding volunteer pilot operations and events. 

News and Announcements:

Recipients of the 2013 Public Benefit Flying Awards have been announced!  The 2013 National Public Benefit Flying Awards were presented at the Fall Awards Program of the National Aeronautic Association on November 12, 2013. See complete information on our 2013 Awards Page!

The Air Care Alliance and AOPA Foundationís Air Safety Institute have released the new Public Benefit Flying Online Course.  The course, named "Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion," is a highly professional online course designed for volunteer pilots and staff members of public benefit flying groups to become familiar with safety and operational issues.  Read about it and follow the link to it at News Release 10-11-12  Taking the course will lead to a completion certificate for Wings credit.

See Our Short Video on YouTube!  Link below

Air Care 2013 was great!  We had our annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 26-27, 2013, at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque!  Visit our Air Care 2013 Page for the archive of the information, including schedule and speakers - and be sure you are on our quarterly newsletter list so you receive announcements regarding future events.

See our latest Flight Following newsletter at   http://www.aircareall.org/newsltrs.htm
 and Join Our Mailing List to receive emailed copies. 

Air Care Alliance Responds to NTSB Safety Recommendations:   Input from many groups shaped the letter.  See the NTSB Page for the NTSB Recommendations, ACA's response letter, and ACA's recommendations to volunteer pilot organizations.

Disaster Relief Information:  please visit our Relief information Page for useful guidance on how you can help.

Join the Alliance for Aviation Across America: This coalition of general aviation pilots and groups fights for general aviation's ability to serve the nation! See the Special Bulletin
   AAAA Website: www.aviationacrossamerica.org
   See the Airports Journal Article on the campaign

Enjoy Rick Durden's AVweb article on ACA and Public Benefit Flying - see:  http://www.avweb.com/news/pilotlounge/189942-1.html.

ACA's "COMPASSION"sm Call Sign: See our Regulations page.

photo of volunteer pilot and plane with children he transportedMISSION STATEMENT: 

"The Air Care Alliance promotes, supports, and represents public benefit flying through communication and cooperation among organizations facilitating flights for health, compassion, and community service."

HOW PUBLIC BENEFIT VOLUNTEERS HELP OTHERS:

Using their own time and general aviation aircraft, pilot volunteers from the many public benefit flying organizations help hundreds of people each month. They and many other non-flying volunteers work to transport needy patients to facilities where they are able to receive medical attention they might otherwise have to do without. Many groups also play a significant role providing disaster and emergency relief, flying for environmental support,  or performing other community service missions.     

However, do note that these groups do NOT fly patients or supplies when insurance or other funds can provide commercial transport via air ambulance, charter, or airline. The public benefit flying volunteers fly only when financial need or other special circumstances mean a compelling human need would go unfulfilled.

Public benefit flying organizations utilize the unique capabilities of General Aviation aircraft to lend a hand whenever rapid and safe air transportation is needed to make health care accessible, save lives, or otherwise serve the public. Individual organizations with this mission have been in existence for decades, but in 1990 the need to share resources and coordinate efforts became clear. At that time AIR MED 90, the first national conference of public benefit flying organizations, was organized by Bill Worden, one of our founders, at the headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Thus was born the Air Care Alliance.

Please investigate the information on this site and on those we list on our next page.  You will learn about all the groups doing this work, discover the rich world of public benefit flying, and enjoy hearing about the generous people who use their skills and resources to help others.  We also provide information for pilots and groups regarding regulations applying to flights, and a page with links to many other health resources on the web.

View Our Six Minute Video on YouTube

About the Air Care Conferences:

The AIR CARE Annual Conferences are held each Spring.  See our Conferences Page for information about this year's conference and for photos and schedules from prior years' conferences.

Our annual conferences provide a wonderful opportunity for highly motivated volunteer pilots, group leaders, and flight coordinators to meet and learn from one another at an information-packed and enjoyable gathering.


Doug Vincent Leads an Air Care Seminar

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Some Air Care Delegates

Other Stories on our NEWS page:

Articles on Volunteer Response to 9/11 crisis
AOPA PILOT MAGAZINE article "Compassion in Action
Photos from prior Air Care conferences.
 
"Learn to Fly" article in July 2000 Air & Space Magazine
"Compassion Seven-One-Golf" article in Air & Space Magazine

Pilots - Volunteers - Groups:

See our Resources pages for useful information about public benefit flying, including helpful links, details about the "COMPASSION" call sign, applications for membership, and guidance regarding FAA and IRS regulations.

Contacts:  See our Board and Contact List for complete information

 Keep in touch -   Click here and Join Our Mailing List to receive our Flight Following eNewsletter

Patients or others needing transport:
     Please first visit our Listings Page.
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f you do not find help from a group in our Listings please do email us at mail@aircareall.org or call our help line number below.

Notice regarding Disaster Relief inquiries: If you wish to help as a volunteer pilot please first read all the information on this site especially our Relief information Page for useful guidance about what you can do and then contact the groups shown on our Listings Page directly. Contact one or more groups that serve the area where you are based or wish to work. 

If you have a question and must contact the Air Care Alliance regarding disaster relief please send an email message to relief@aircareall.org - that way we can capture your information and forward it appropriately.

PLEASE send emails to only one of these addresses:

General email:    mail@aircareall.org

Office and Administration: admin@aircareall.org
Disaster Relief:
relief@aircareall.org
Office Phone and Patient Transport Help Line:   
Toll Free:     888 260-9707
Office Fax:     815-572-9192
Webmaster:              
webmaster@aircareall.org

The Air Care Alliance is the Recipient of 
  the 1996 Wolf Aviation Fund
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