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News Release 5-1-09




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Lindy Kirkland 540.903.7580

The Air Care Alliance Announces a new President, Charles L. “Lindy” Kirkland

(Atlanta, GA)  --- Volunteer Pilots Flying to Help Others.

Volunteer pilots utilize the versatility of General Aviation aircraft to lend a hand whenever air transportation can help serve the community. This includes making health care accessible for patients who cannot afford air travel, aiding in disaster relief efforts, and providing environmental support.  The Air Care Alliance (ACA) serves as an umbrella for all volunteer-based public benefit flying organizations across the country.  The Air Care Alliance is here to help connect people in need with the organizations that can help them, when and where they need it most.   

The Air Care Alliance is pleased to announce the election of a new President, Lindy Kirkland.   Rol Murrow, ACA co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and past President, introduced Lindy to the attendees at ACA’s recent national Air Care conference. He notes that “It is with great pleasure that we are able to welcome Lindy as our new President, continuing our tradition of public service while building the organization to provide new capabilities serving the nation and the volunteer pilot organizations whose members do so much good.”   .  

Lindy is looking forward to taking the Air Care Alliance into the future, “I envision the Air Care Alliance as an advocate and a voice for all Public Benefit Flying organizations and as an organization that will foster greater cooperation, education, and communication involving all PBF groups.  I am very excited to help the Air Care Alliance lead the charge as we all move forward providing an invaluable service to our communities.”  

Lindy Kirkland is a native of Chipley, Florida, a small town in the panhandle of Florida.  After graduation from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for duty as a student Naval Aviator. After receiving his “Wings of Gold,” awarded to all Naval Aviators as they complete the U.S. Navy Flight Training, he was assigned as an AH-1W Cobra Attack Helicopter pilot and served various tours at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, NC and Camp Pendleton, CA.  These tours included a number of shipboard and overseas deployments and participation in Operation Desert Storm.  Lindy also served as the Deputy Program Manager for the H-1 Helicopter Upgrades Program with the Naval Air Systems Command at NAS Patuxent River, MD. 

His final assignment on active duty was as the Executive Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) at Quantico, VA.  There he flew three different helicopters and served as a Pilot in Command of Marine One, flying in support of the Office of the President of the United States.  

Since retirement from the USMC in June 2006, he has been serving as a civilian in the Department of Defense.  He is an active general aviation pilot and has been a member of the ACA board since 2005.  In 2004, he set a U.S. National Record for the “Fastest Time to Visit all the Hard Surfaced Public Airports in Virginia,” landing 102 times and raising over $20,000 for Angel Flight East.  He is married to the former Anita Reece of Murphy, NC and they live in Fredericksburg, VA with their 4 children.  

The mission of the ACA is to promote, support, and represent public benefit flying through communication and cooperation among organizations facilitating flights for health, compassion, and community service.  Public benefit flying organizations have existed for decades, but the need to share resources and coordinate efforts became clear in November 1990.  Under the direction of founder Bill Worden, nineteen volunteer pilot organizations met at the national headquarters of Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) to form the Air Care Alliance (ACA). Currently there are more than 60 such pilot organizations that can be contacted through the ACA list. By promoting interaction and cooperation among these nonprofit groups, the Air Care Alliance is able to direct the public to an organization that best meets their needs. This will help ensure a quick and qualified response. If you require assistance, have resources, or are involved with other volunteer pilot organizations, please do not hesitate to contact us or the groups listed on the ACA website www.AirCareAll.org or through the help-line at 888.260.9707. 

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