AIR CARE 2015

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AIR CARE 2015

Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015
The Beautiful El Tropicano Hotel
San Antonio, Texas

Hosted by:

Agel Flight South Central logo

Air Care 2015 is in the Air!  Register to Attend Now!

 

 

Our annual national conference is the place to be to meet leaders of volunteer pilot organizations nationwide, share ideas, and learn the latest news about Public Benefit Flying. As part of our Air Care  conferences we have wonderful social events in the venue and nearby areas. You will be happy to hear that Air Care 2015, your premier event for leaders of all Public Benefit Flying Organizations, will be held in San Antonio, Texas on April 24-25, 2015.  And some attendees will arrive early on Thursday the 23rd and share an informal dinner together.

 

 

The location of the conference is San Antonio, Texas, one of the nation’s top tourist and convention destinations - and our venue is the historic and beautiful El Tropicano Hotel in the heart of San Antonio’s picturesque River Walk.  It’s within walking distance of a variety of tourist and entertainment points of interest including the Alamo, El Mercado, and the RiverCenter Mall.  Also just steps away are dozens of restaurants, bars, and other attractions.  

 

You can view great information on the hotel and the Riverwalk at www.eltropicanohotel.com and also www.visitsanantonio.com and www.thesanantonioriverwalk.comAnd here is a great VIDEO about San Antonio's RiverWalk, museums, and other attractions!  https://vimeo.com/105620358

 

 

The Alamo is just one of the many attractions featured in the video!

You can reserve your steeply discounted rooms for the Air Care conference for $129 per night, with breakfast available for an additional $8 per person.  Make your reservation by calling the hotel's reservation line at 877-736-4311 or by emailing reservations@eltropicanohotel.com.  Be sure to mention that you are with the Air Care Alliance when making reservations in our block!

 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - THE BLOCK OF ROOMS IS LIMITED!  THE DEADLINE FOR THE HOTEL BLOCK RATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 7th BUT WE EXPECT OUR BLOCK TO BE FILLED QUICKLY.

 

ALSO - PLEASE MAKE YOUR AIR CARE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION BY USING THE FORM BELOW.  FORM DUE BY APRIL 15 BUT WE MUCH APPRECIATE EARLIER REGISTRATIONS AND THAT ENSURES WE HAVE ROOM FOR YOU.  IF NEEDED WE CAN TAKE LATE REGISTRATION UP TO APRIL 20.

 

See many additional details below!

 

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Prior Air Care conference session with speaker

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION FORM

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Dinner and drinks for early arrivers at an informal no host Restaurant to be announced soon.  A good reason to arrive early!

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 

Special Excursions: The Angel Flight South Central team is happy to encourage you to enjoy outings to local points of interest on Friday, April 25th.  Many wonderful attractions are an easy walk from the hotel, as mentioned above.  We also plan to have a Rendezvous Point near the hotel where we can tough base between excursions and gather prior to the evening events.

Opening Reception:  In the evening visit with your friends and colleagues from public benefit flying organizations from across the country and enjoy refreshments and libations, hosted and provided by Angel Flight South Central.

Tropicana roof deck patio

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

The theme of this year’s conference is How to Greatly Enhance Your Group by Telling Your Story, Embracing New Technologies, and Improving Your Board's Effectiveness.

In addition to VIP speakers welcoming us to San Antonio and regaling us at the closing banquet, we will have speakers and panels covering a variety of topics, including:
 

The morning will be devoted to topics of general interest to all VPO staff and leadership including 
 
 — “Telling your Story” led by Aaron Bramley of lightscamerahelp.org.  Aaron is a speaker, videographer, storyteller, and founder of lightscamerahelp.org, an Austin Texas based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. They do this through our education program (Learn with LCH), the Reel Change Film Frenzy and an annual film festival.  
 
Air Care Alliance leadership survey Results  — We will reveal the results of our recent survey of VPO founders, officers, directors, and Executive directors and discuss what seem to be their priorities for ACA in the future.
 
Strategic Information Technology for VPOs led by Stephan Fopeano.  Stephan is an information technology strategist with deep roots in the Volunteer Pilot movement and is a key resource to VPOs in the development and deployment of VPOIDS (AFIDS).  Stephan will describe new and emerging trends in information technology to help VPOs efficiently and effectively carry out their mission.
 
The afternoon will be focused on breakout sessions targeted to specific staff and leadership within VPOs and will include:
 
Mission Coordinators' Workshop — Eileen Minogue of PALS will facilitate a discussion among Mission Coordination staff and volunteers focused on current issues with coordination, cooperation across organizations to complete missions, new ideas for improving efficiency and effectiveness, etc.
 
Introduction to VPOIDS — Stephan Fopeano will offer a breakout session for any VPOs not currently using VPOIDS who might be interested in utilizing this industry standard mission coordination technology platform
 
Current VPOIDS User Group Workshop — Stephan will also facilitate this separate discussion for current VPOIDS users to talk about new features, potential improvements, issue resolution, tips and tricks, etc.
 
Trends in Executive and Board Leadership — This breakout session will be focused specifically on Executive Director/CEOs and board members and will provide an opportunity to share best practices, board recruitment and engagement strategies, cooperation between VPOs at a strategic level, etc.
 
Regulatory and Legislative Update — Our panel will reveal the status of reforms and legislation regarding FAA's treatment of fuel reimbursement, volunteer pilot and group liability relief in the Pilots Bill of Rights, and related issues.
 
Membership Meeting and Board elections — a final General Session and elections plus important announcements and news such as the Public Benefit Flying Awards - East and West - and many other items of interest!
 

SATURDAY EVENING

Cocktail Hour and Closing Banquet with Guest Speaker and Entertainment to be announced!
 

SUNDAY/MONDAY

Enjoy the day getting to know San antonio better - and enjoy your travels home!

Mariachi band floating on river

Mariachi Bands on the River - April 21-24


GETTING THERE:

For those flying commercially:        

If you will be flying commercially, San Antonio's International Airport is served by Delta, Southwest, US Airways, American, and Alaska Airlines, and ground transportation to the hotel is available by taxi (about $25), rental car, and VIA Metropolitan Bus service.

 

For those flying privately:

If you are flying yourself, Stinson Field (SSF) is located just south of downtown and is very convenient to the Riverwalk area.


HOTEL - book by  NEW APRIL 7 deadline for block discount; but note the block could fill up earlier.  (The hotel kindly extended our deadline date but most of the rooms in the block have now been taken)

Our conference hotel is the El Tropicano located on San Antonio's historic and beautiful Riverwalk.  You can view great information on the hotel and the Riverwalk at www.eltropicanohotel.com and www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

 

You can reserve your steeply discounted rooms for the Air Care conference for $129 per night, with breakfast available for an additional $8 per person.  Make your reservation by calling the hotel's reservation line at 877-736-4311 or by emailing reservations@eltropicanohotel.com.  Be sure to mention that you are with the Air Care Alliance when making reservations in our block!

 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - THE BLOCK OF ROOMS IS LIMITED!  SEE FORM BELOW.

 

Tropicano hotel on the Riverwalk

 

We look forward to seeing you on the Riverwalk!

 


AIR CARE 2015 Registration Form - book early but best if by April 15 IF NEEDED WE CAN TAKE LATE REGISTRATION UP TO APRIL 20.  We need this information as early as possible to order meals and provide for seating.  If we reach capacity we may have to deny attendance.

1) Print out this webpage, complete this form, and send it back as shown below;

2) Include your check payable to Air Care Alliance or pay via credit card/paypal as indicated below.


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Registrations best if received by April 15.  IF NEEDED WE CAN TAKE LATE REGISTRATION UP TO APRIL 20 but please - earlier is better.
Please list additional attendees below and check off activities in which they will participate. Do include email addresses so they can receive last minute information.

Dinner at a fine local restaurant is your RSVP for Thursday's no host dinner (Order & Pay on own)    
The Friday reception is hosted - no fee or RSVP necessary!  

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THE FRIDAY RECEPTION is hosted! No fee required!

# __________ x  $99 per person SATURDAY REGISTRATION FEE =   $______________

# __________ x  $59 per person SATURDAY EVENING BANQUET =   $______________

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I am paying by:     ____ check          _____ credit card/PayPal

Please mail this completed form and any payments to this address below;
    OR fax the form,
    OR pdf scan the form,

then mail any payment
    OR pay using your credit card or PayPal account, using the button below.

AIR CARE 2015 Registrar
Linda Tangen, ACA Administrative Director
1932 Gunnison Place NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87120

Or: FAX to 815-572-9192   or   email PDF scan to mail@aircareall.org

You may be able to fold the form so the address above shows in a window envelope 

Include your check payable to Air Care Alliance   or   Pay via Credit Card / PayPal:
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