Air Care 2011 National Conference

We extend our many thanks to our gracious host organization, Operation Angel Planes, for their warm hospitality in bringing us AIR CARE 2011.  The delegates from many Public Benefit Flying Groups enjoyed wonderful presentations, a delightful tour of Newport, delicious meals, and a great conference.

Angel Taveras, the Mayor of Providence, and Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse graciously took time from their busy schedules to welcome us to Rhode Island and congratulate all the groups and the volunteers for their work helping others and providing community service with general aviation aircraft.

Thank you to our hosts from Angel Planes, all the delegates, their groups, and the presenters for making Air Care 2011 so memorable and valuable!

The following schedule is being retained here in the archives so site visitors can see what they missed or remember what they enjoyed.

Air Care 2011 Archive:

You and your Colleagues are cordially
invited to join many other leaders in
Public Benefit Flying at Air Care 2011!

April 15 – 16, 2011
Marriott Courtyard Hotel
Providence, Rhode Island

Hosted by
Operation Angel Planes
of Rhode Island

Dear Leaders, Volunteers, and Friends of Public Benefit Flying,

Each year the Air Care Alliance holds its national AIR CARE conference to bring together leaders, staff members, and supporters of public benefit flying. Attendees like you enjoy sharing knowledge and building relationships with industry professionals and peers from across the country.  

We are pleased to invite you to the AIR CARE 2011 conference, which will be held in Providence, Rhode Island.

We extend our many thanks to our gracious host organization, Operation Angel Planes, for their warm hospitality in bringing us AIR CARE 2011.

We have included your hotel and event registration information below for the 21st annual Air Care Alliance national public benefit flying conference.

Warmest Regards,

  The Air Care 2011 Team

Air Care 2011


We are planning quite the conference here in the ‘biggest little’ state. 

We provide basic information, schedule, and registration formsbelow.  We will be providing more details so please check back for the final schedule including presenters.

The registration form is designed for ease of printing it, filling it out, and mailing it to us with a check with your preferences.  Please alsocall the hotel directly to reserve any/all rooms in your behalf.

HOTEL: The deadline for a guarantee of the room and the conference price is EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY APRIL 5, 2011. Therefore, you should call the Marriott Courtyard Hotel now to ensure that you secure a room at the conference rate of $122 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Once more, you should call the hotel’s reservation line directly at 401.752.3003 and indicate that you are attending the Air Care Alliance conference at the hotel. This is a direct line to Ms. Helaine Gallagher.  You can also call the hotel’s number as shown on the hotel website below.

Included in this information bulletin if you will, are the ‘computer links’ which will provide you with all of the information that you will need about the Providence conference and our environs, as well as our planned, but still optional, foray into Newport – City by the Sea – the day before the conference.

The important links are as follows: 

The hotel and all of the information about where you’re staying is located at:   

We’ll say just one thing about your stay: even if you were told that you couldn’t venture out more than a hundred yards from your hotel, you’d still have yourself a fabulous time while visiting with us! 

But with your choice of also visiting Newport the day before the conference, with all-day chauffeuring around the city to boot, you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t join us: especially when you have to keep hearing about what a great conference ‘the biggest little’ had in 2011.  

Hell, even the ‘goodie bags’ are something else! 

That being said: please also enjoy these links:   

Don’t put off registering for the conference and reserving your hotel room(s)! 

Your hosts, Operation Angel Planes

Conference Schedule

Friday and Saturday, April 15 – 16, 2011

  Friday, April 15, 2011 

       All day:                                 Bus Crawl:  Newport – City by the Sea – Tour & Visit – Optional Day of Fun

A dedicated tour bus with a knowledgeable tour guide will depart the hotel and travel to Newport, stopping at great destinations on the way there and back.  This will be repeated all day and participants may get off and visit the destinations, then get back on the next time around and visit more places.        

       6:00 PM – 7:30 PM               Cocktail Reception                              ACA  Lounge

       7:30 PM – Whenever             Dinner in the area / So Many Choices / So Little Time

Saturday, April 16, 2011:      All sessions are in the Ballroom unless otherwise noted

        8:30 AM – 9:00 AM              Continental Breakfast                 

        9:00 AM – 9:30 AM              Welcoming Remarks – Gary St. Peter – Rol Murrow – Lindy Kirkland

        9:30 AM – 10:15 AM            NTSB Safety Recommendations and Related Issues – AOPA Air Safety Institute Online Course – Lindy Kirkland

      10:15 AM – 10:30 AM                  Break

      10:30 AM – 11:45 AM            New ACA Web Site and Automated Referral System Demonstration and  rientation – Stephan Fopeano

“How to Make the New Referral System Work Best for Your Group and Those in Need” – Stephan Fopeano and the website design team; followed by Comments, Questions, & Answers.

      11:45 AM – 12:15 PM            The National Public Benefit Flying Awards – Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO, National Aeronautic Association       

Jonathan Gaffney and the awards committee will describe how the awards not only honor those performing exemplary work in public benefit flying, but also inform the public and our elected officials about this wonderful activity which helps so many in need as well as our communities nationwide.

      12:15 PM – 1:30 PM                     Lunch            

        1:30 PM – 2:30 PM              Crisis Management  –  Rick Durden

We and our staffs and pilots need to understand the do’s and don’ts on managing a crisis, and how to deal with difficult situations, often involving agencies and the media.

        2:30 AM – 3:15 PM              ‘Best Practices’ for Volunteer Pilot Organizations – Sandy Johnson
Location:  Salon

Sandy will present a collection of ideas and procedures which can help make your organization function more effectively.  And she will moderate a discussion where you can bring your group’s own ideas and processes to the table.

        3:15 PM – 3:30 PM                              Break  

        3:30 PM – 4:00 PM               Recent Issues and Actions Concerning Public Benefit Flying – Jeff Kahn 

We will bring participants up to date on the recent issues and events affecting your group, your pilots, and the public benefit flying community, and ask for your comments about them.  Topics may include Exemptions, Liability Relief, General Aviation Caucuses, EAA and AOPA Conferences, etc.

        4:00 PM – 4:30 PM              Good of Association /The Future – Rol Murrow – Lindy Kirkland – Gary St. Peter

In this wrap-up session we will encourage a discussion of how we can all more effectively work together, and think about what current rends portend for the future of Public Benefit Flying.

        4:30 PM – 5:00 PM              ACA Membership Meeting and Elections – ACA Board Members      


        6:30 PM – 7:30 PM              ACA Cocktail Party                                Operation Angel Planes
Location: In the Offices of Operation Angel Planes

        7:30 PM – 9:30 PM              ACA Banquet                                          Waterman Grille
           Location: in Connected Building

Sunday, April 17, 2011:              Board Meeting

        8:30 AM – 1:30 PM                     Air Care Alliance Semi-Annual Board Meeting
Location:  Salon C                          ACA Members Welcome