Air Care 2013 National Conference

We extend our many thanks to our gracious host organizations Angel Flight West and Angel Flight South Central for their warm hospitality in bringing us AIR CARE 2013.  The delegates from many Public Benefit Flying Groups enjoyed wonderful presentations, wonderful social events in Albuquerque, delicious meals, and a great conference. 

Thank you to our hosts, all the delegates, their groups, and the presenters for making Air Care 2013 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 2013 Archive:

  AIR CARE 2013 National Conference

April 26-27, 2013
Albuquerque, New Mexico
At the Beautiful Hotel Albuquerque

Co-Hosted by:

You and your Colleagues are cordially invited
to join many other leaders and supporters in Public Benefit Flying
at Air Care 2013!

Each year the Air Care Alliance holds its AIR CARE national conference to bring together those most involved in public benefit flying.  Attendees enjoy learning from, sharing knowledge with, and building relationships among their peers from across the country.

Why attend? You will join other leaders and staff members of many public benefit flying groups who believe that we all benefit from the goodwill and mutual support gained from working together and learning from one another. And we have fun doing it!

In addition to our informative conference in the magnificent Hotel Albuquerque you will experience the magic of Old Town Albuquerque and the enchantment of New Mexico.   Visit to learn about Old Town!   Of course you will also enjoy the camaraderie of your public benefit flying friends from across the country as we experience together the fun activities planned and the sessions that will deal with the issues you confront in providing leadership for your charitable aviation organization, as well as current aviation matters that impact your daily operations.

Here are a few of the accomplishments from our past conferences: 

  • developed goals for improved understanding of volunteer pilot operations by the public, 
  • initiated appropriate treatment ofpublic benefit flying by FAA and other regulatory agencies,
  • discussed how to improve our scheduling systems, 
  • encouraged all groups to develop emergency preparedness programs, 
  • completed a campaign for an international call sign, 
  • worked with the AOPA Air SafetyInstitute for a guidebook and video improving safety of our pilots’ flight operations, and now for a high quality interactive online course
  • clarified liability and insurance issues, 
  • shared information on how to best conduct media and public information campaigns, 
  • learned about the unique ways each group’s volunteers help those in need, 
  • And -collaborated with the National Aeronautic Association to create the first ever National Public Benefit Flying Awards for volunteer pilot groups and volunteers.

Air Care 2013 promises to be two great days with your charitable aviation friends and colleagues in magical Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico!  Visit to learn about Old Town!

Hotel, Transportation, and Conference Registration Information is provided below.  Note these deadlines:
NOW – April 12  for our highly discounted block room rate at the Hotel Albuquerque
Our original block sold out so the hotel added rooms and extended the date
April 14  for advance conference registration



6:30      Wine Tasting Dinner for early arrivers – St. Clair Winery (across street from hotel) Order from a tasty menu and pay separate checks.

10:00    Moonlight “Ghost Tour” of Old Town. This tour is conducted only on full moon days and this date happens to be a full moon day. www.t .  ($18 per person – see registration form below)


12:00    Walking History Tour of Old Town Albuquerque. Discover the magical and fascinating history of Albuquerque with this walking history tour of Old Town. The tour begins at our hotel.$18 per person – see registration form below) 

Although you may schedule this optional Walking History Tour of Old Town, remember that the rest of this day is wide open for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the most fascinating cities in our country. 

6:30 – 8:30        Opening Reception

Graciously hosted by Angel Flight West and Angel Flight South Central. Visit with your friends and colleagues from public benefit flying organizations from across the country. Then go out to dinner in one of the many exotic restaurants in Old Town Albuquerque, just steps from the hotel.


8:00 – 8:30        Continental Breakfast 

8:30 – 9:00        Welcome and Introductions

Rol Murrow, Chairman
Lindy Kirkland, President

9:00 – 9:15        Welcome Speaker 

Timothy Hale, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, will welcome our group to The Land of Enchantment.  Tim is a volunteer pilot, too!

9:15 – 9:30        Air Safety Project and Online course – Lindy Kirkland

An update on the success of the Air Safety Project which created a high quality online course for volunteer pilots and VPO staff members.  The course is a joint venture of the Air Care Alliance and the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute..   

9:30 – 10:30      Volunteer Pilot Recruitment, Retention and Recognition

A panel of veteran public benefit flying staff will share their thoughts on how to increase your volunteer pilot base, how to hang on to them, and how to tangibly give them the kudos due them. 

10:30 – 10:45    Break 

10:45 – 11:45    AFIDS 2.0 Presentation by Angel Flight West

The staff of Angel Flight West will share and demonstrate their new and enhanced version of AFIDS (Angel Flight Information Database System), offering it at no cost to any charitable aviation organization. About 5 organizations are already utilizing it. 

11:45 – 12:15    Report from AOPA and Discussion of Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Melissa Rudinger, AOPA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, will brief us on the latest aviation issues “inside the Beltway” and then then will be joined by Attorney and ACA Board Member Jeff Kahn of Angel Flight East for a discussion of current legal and legislative and regulatory issues.  Subjects will include those which may have a bearing on our public benefit flying, among them fuel reimbursement issues, liability relief for volunteer pilots, and the work of the GA Caucus.

12:15 – 1:30      Lunch and time to enjoy the company of your colleagues

1:30 – 2:30        Fundraising Best Practices

This will be a “Fundraising Show and Tell” session, which will feature several personnel from various organizations sharing what’s working in fund development. The floor will also be open to all who wish to share their ideas. Bring 60 copies of any information for distribution. 

2:30 – 3:30        Emergency Preparedness

ACA Board Chairman Rol Murrow will facilitate a panel of individuals from organizations whichhave been involved in emergency and disaster response to share what they have learned, ensuring that all public benefit flying organizations can develop response plans and have their volunteers ready to help when crises occur.

3:30 – 4:00        ACA Business Meeting

Election of ACA Board Members and the conducting of Air Care Alliance annual business. 

4:00                  Closing Remarks 

6:00                  Cocktail Hour Hosted by Air Care Alliance 

6:30                  Closing Banquet with Selena Shilad of the Alliance for Aviation Across America

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Hotel Albuquerque. Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, will speak about how aviation organizations and elected officials at every level are working to support General Aviation.  (Separate dinner cost: $50 per person)


10:00 – 3:00    ACA Board Meeting


Airports & Ground Transportation: 

 Commercial Airlines:   Albuquerque International Sunport  KABQ

     Hotel Albuquerque is an inexpensive 10-15 minute taxi ride from the Airport. No hotel shuttle is available.  Many major airlines serve Albuquerque including Southwest Airlines. 

General Aviation:   Double Eagle Airport KAEG;  or land at KABQ above

     Rental cars are available through the Bode FBO or city rental agencies

Trains:   The AMTRAK station is just two miles from the hotel.

 Hotel Reservation:

You must make your hotel reservations at Hotel Albuquerque directly by:
> NOW – April 12 for our highly discounted block room rate.
Our original block sold out so the hotel added rooms and extended the date

Our Discounted ACA Block Room Rate: $102 per night (Thursday thru Sunday)
Reference the Air Care Alliance Annual Meeting or Block Code 1304AIRCAR. (Yes, it’s AIRCAR.)  

Hotel reservations may be made online at the link below or by calling (800) 237-2133(800) 237-2133 – 
     The following link will take you directly to the hotel reservation page with the Air Care Alliance Conference code already entered:

Hotel Albuquerque is a 15-minute drive from Albuquerque International Sunport Airport.  Interstate 40 is within easy access, and taxi, limousine, and bus services are available. 

To contact the hotel directly call 1 (800) 237-2133(800) 237-2133 or visit

Conference Registration Information:

Conference Registration Fee $75 per person:  Includes Friday welcome reception at the Hotel Albuquerque, Saturday conference with breakfast buffet, lunch & snack.               

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Print this form, complete it, and send it to the address below

 All completed AIR CARE 2013 registrations forms and payments must be received by April 15, 2013! or a late fee applies

Registrant/Contact Name: ____________________________________________________________
Group(s) and/or Affiliation(s):_________________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________       Email Address: _______________________________ 

Please list attendees below and check off activities in which they will participate


Attendee Name


Email Address

RSVP for Dinner at St. Clair Winery
(Order & Pay on own)

Moonlight Tour 
of Old Town Albuquerque

Walking History Tour of Old Town Albuquerque

































#_______ x $18/per person Moonlight Tour of Old Town Albuquerque =    $________________

#_______ x $18/per person Walking History Tour of Old Town Albuquerque =    $________________

#_______ x $75/per person REGISTRATION FEE   = $________________  ($95 / person if paid after April 15)

#_______ x $50/per person SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER BANQUET  =    $________________

                                    GRAND TOTAL $___________ 

I am paying by:     ___ check       ___ credit card/PayPal 

**Please note that each person is responsible for his or her own dinner Thursday night if joining us at the St. Claire Winery**

 All completed AIR CARE 2013 registrations forms and payments must be received by April 15, 2013 or a late registration price of $95 for the conference will apply.   Send late registration forms via fax or email.

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1)  Please send your completed AIR CARE 2013 Registration Form to: 

AIR CARE 2013 Registrar
c/o Angel Flight
Dekalb-Peachtree Airport
2000 Airport Road   Suite 227
Atlanta, GA 30341
                 or via fax to 815-572-9192  or email to

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

You may send Credit Card and payment information to PayPal using this button.  For cards click on the “Don’t Have a PayPal Account” link if card options do not appear:  


We all look forward to seeing you and your colleagues representing your public benefit flying group at Air Care 2013!