About ACA

What is the Air Care Alliance?

The Air Care Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization supporting the work of volunteer-based charitable organizations whose members fly to help others. ACA is devoted to fostering, enhancing, and promoting public benefit flying in the United States and other countries.

Our Mission

To promote, support, and represent public benefit flying through communication and cooperation among organizations facilitating flights for health, compassion, and community service. 

Our Vision

To maximize charitable aviation through organizations and pilots flying to serve the needs of humanity.

What We Do

Referrals

The ACA is a one-stop-shop for passengers and pilots alike who seek information about public benefit flying groups. We maintain the only directory of public benefit flying groups and our automated referral system helps connect those seeking services with the right PBF organization.

Promotion

ACA promotes public benefit flying nationally through seminars, exhibit booths, and at major aviation events. ACA also works with aviation and general media outlets to promote public benefit flying stories and individual group accomplishments.

Support

ACA supports our members by providing member resources and best practices to help groups better achieve their missions. This includes safety programs, fundraising techniques, development of emergency preparedness programs, intergroup linking, and leading edge administrative techniques.

Representation

ACA serves as the “voice of public benefit flying”. We develop our members’ joint consensus and bring it to the attention of large aviation associations, government agencies, our elected officials, and the general public. We represent PBF groups on important regulatory and legislative issues affecting our industry. ACA representatives provide information and testimony to regulatory and governmental agencies, ensuring they understand the capabilities and roles of those flying to help others.

Communication and Cooperation

ACA works to develop consensus among groups regarding appropriate regulations, to work with other aviation associations as well as governmental agencies, to promote charitable aviation, and to encourage the groups to work together in mutual support. Our annual Air Care conference serves as an open forum for frank discussions of issues impacting our groups, as well as fostering collaborative relationships among our members.

Recognition

Working with the National Aeronautic Association we have created an enduring set of national awards presented annually. In this way we celebrate the accomplishments of public benefit flying volunteers and their groups, thus highlighting this work before Congress, aviation leaders, and the public.

Accomplishments

Online Referral System
ACA created and maintains the only all-inclusive, automatic online referral system to benefit passengers, pilots and member groups.
Safety Resources
In conjunction with the Air Safety Institute, ACA has developed a safety guide and companion video for volunteer pilots, and more recently the only interactive online course geared for volunteer pilots and charitable operations: Public Benefit Flying Online Safety Course
COMPASSION CMF Call Sign
ACA instituted and administers the ICAO COMPASSION call sign CMF which 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.
Legislative Successes
    • Prevented attempts to stop charitable deductions for pilots’ expenses.
    • Argued successfully in Washington D.C. against proposed Air Tour regulations that could have crippled pilots’ ability to fly charitable missions.
    • Volunteer Pilot Liability reform – helped pass a provision in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 that allows pilots to contribute their skills and resources for the public good without fear of liability in excess of insurance limits. (Non-pilot volunteers have long enjoyed the same protection under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997.)