A Letter About You, Your Group, and the Air Care Alliance!

Free Listings, Updates, and/or Member Renewals  

A Letter from Lindy and Rol:

Dear Friends and Leaders in Public Benefit Flying,

In 1990 more than one hundred representatives of twenty-five volunteer pilot groups met at AOPA headquarters to share ideas.  Out of that meeting came the Air Care Alliance, and since then, working with you, we have continued promoting, supporting, and representing public benefit flying.

During this time we have made great strides improving all our organizations by encouraging communication and cooperation among volunteer pilot groups whose members fly to help others.    

We invite you to review some of the highlights of our accomplishments in the attachment below.

Each year we ask that ACA members and non members alike update their referral information. Having current contact and service area information is critical in serving the public who needs you and your volunteer pilots, and in making sure your group receives appropriate referrals.   You can view your current Listing at http://www.aircarealliance.org/directory-groups

Please look over your information on the enclosed form, change or add to it, and return it as soon as possible.  If we do not receive a completed form verifying your group is operating we may have to delete you from our listings.    NOTE: Your listing does not require any fee or Membership in ACA.

However, many of you have been Members of the Air Care Alliance for many years.  To you we say: "Welcome back for another great year!"  We are delighted that you have chosen to continue supporting our ability to help you and all those who fly to help others.

For those who have not yet joined us, we are pleased to offer you and your volunteer pilot organization the opportunity to join ACA as a Member, and to thus enjoy sharing your achievements and concerns with others who believe general aviation can serve well their communities and those in need.

Add your voice to ours and help us present the 'Big Picture' about public benefit flying on the broad, national canvas.  By doing so you will help not only your group, but all those served by all groups, and the volunteer pilots who wish to help them.

Also note that individuals, companies, and other organizations can join ACA as Supporting Members too!

In closing, just as you extend your hand and ask others to join you in helping others, so we extend ours to you and ask you to please join us as an Air Care Alliance Member organization and thus show your support for all those who fly missions of service.  In addition to submitting your group’s information update form, please add your request for membership, sign the form, and send it in with the nominal dues.  It's probably the best investment you and your group will make all year!

Sincerely yours,

        Rol                                   Lindy

Rol Murrow, Chairman           Lindy Kirkland, President

ENC:   ACA Accomplishments;   Listings Update & Member Renewal form

Selected ACA Accomplishments as of March, 2014

Over the years ACA has attained many objectives, hoping they will help you in your and your group’s work.

Referrals and Promotion: Our website www.aircarealliance.org is heavily used as a resource by organizations and individuals seeking the services provided through the groups we list. We recently released a completely new site with automated referral capabilities to better serve those in need.  Using the information you provide us, clients can send automated inquiries, make calls to our toll-free phone number, and send us emails so that those in need can be quickly connected with groups like yours.  That’s why our having your updated information is so important.

Annual National conference: The Air Care convention serves as an open forum for our frank discussions of issues impacting our groups and all our volunteers' work flying for the public benefit.  Since 1990 we have discussed topics that included insurance and liability concerns, the regulatory environment, safety programs, fundraising techniques, how to develop emergency preparedness programs, intergroup linking, and up to the minute administrative techniques to help make the work go more smoothly.  And we all have fun and get to develop great friendships with other leaders!

Representation with Government:  ACA representatives have provided information and testimony to regulatory and governmental agencies ensuring they understand the capabilities and roles of those flying to help others. ACA has provided groups and pilots appropriate recognition and treatment in rules regarding aviation and nonprofit organizations. In the 90’s we were successful in preventing attempts to stop charitable deductions for pilots’ expenses.  ACA representatives also argued successfully in WashingtonD.C.against proposed Air Tour regulations that could have crippled pilots’ ability to fly charitable missions.  ACA continues work on the issue of fuel reimbursement.

National Awards: Working with the National Aeronautic Association we have created an enduring set of national awards, presented in the U.S. Capitol Building and other venues.  In this way we celebrate the accomplishments of publi benefit flying volunteers and their groups, thus highlighting this work before Congress, aviation leaders, and the public.

Media Relations: ACA enjoys an excellent relationship with aviation and general media outlets, and refers reporters to individual groups so their stories can be told.  AOPA and ACA also collaborated on a successful outreach campaign.

Safety Initiatives: The AOPA Air Safety Foundation and ACA first collaborated in the development of a safety guide for pilots and a companion video, distributed to all volunteer pilot groups in 1999. More recently the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute worked with ACA and its Members to develop an excellent online safety course geared specifically for volunteer pilots and charitable operations.  Safety continues to be a main topic at our Air Care conferences and we hope all groups keep this as the highest priority in their work with their pilots.

International Public Benefit Flying Call Sign “COMPASSION:” In 1998 ACA worked with the FAA in Washingtonto draft procedures and institute an international ICAO call sign. COMPASSION may be used by all pilots in public benefit flying groups to indicate to air traffic control that they are flying patients or performing a public service mission. These procedures were the first ever to be developed, and have been used as a template by others.

Representation at AOPA, EAA, and other events: ACA has regularly staffed exhibit booths or presented seminars at major aviation events, such as AOPA SUMMIT and the special “Fly4Life” set of events at EAA AirVenture.

Developing Fellowship and Consensus Among Group Leaders: Through Air Care and our other initiatives we have developed our members' joint consensus and brought it to the attention of large aviation associations, government agencies, our elected officials, and the general public.  ACA seminars and literature reflecting our first-hand knowledge of the best practices and strategies are being used by various groups around the country, assisting their members in carrying on their good works.  Helping any group work better improves the results for all groups and their volunteers.

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Referral System Information and/or Membership Joining or Renewal Form:

The following form may be used by group leaders who wish to have their organizations and information listed by the Air Care Alliance and referrals made to them.  It may also be used for groups wishing to apply for ACA membership.

The form is provided in web page format. The form may be printed out, completed, and mailed or faxed to the Air Care Alliance as indicated on the form.

>>   Click here for the form:  http://www.aircarealliance.org/form-html