Our Air Care Conference was great, thanks to so many generous sponsors and supporters and all the enthusiastic attendees and speakers!
This page is an ARCHIVE PAGE for future reference, and contains all the information we published regarding the conference.  Stay tuned for announcements of next year’s Air Care 2017 Conference – and be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter list if you are not already registered.
Friday and Saturday May 20-21, 2016
at the Beautiful JW Marriott  Hotel
at Cherry Creek

Denver, Colorado
In Conjunction with
at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Hosted by
      Angel Flight West
 Air Care Summit Conference Attendees
Sponsored by
“Living in the Age of Airplanes” narrated by Harrison Ford,
Presented in IMAX!

The director, Brian J. Terwilliger, will be present to speak about the film.
Information in the schedule below.
Air Care Summit 2016 is in the Air!   
Register to Attend Now!
The Air Care Alliance/Public Benefit Flying Summit will be an extra special event this year!  Angel Flight West will be hosting and arranging the Air Care Summit in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Endeavor Awards in Denver, CO on May 20-21, 2016.
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.  This event is special because we are attempting to bring as many group reps together and at the same time make it easy for them to attend the Endeavor Awards, a dazzling celebration featuring three amazing and eminently worthy Endeavor Award recipients.
Awards Venue: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The theme for the Summit will be to challenge our respective organizations to grow and to inspire others to participate so that we can expand our outreach.

The Endeavor Awards will recognize three outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to public benefit flying.  They are: Colonel Richard Iversen (ret) with Veterans Airlift Command; Jim Platz with Patient Airlift Services (PALS); and Dianna Stanger with Angel Flight South Central.
Limited free complimentary and special low cost options are available for representatives of volunteer pilot and public benefit flying organizations: 
We are pleased to announce that Cirrus Aircraft will be providing significant financial support for the Summit.  CEO and Co-Founder, Dale Klapmeier, attended the 2015 Endeavor Awards and was extremely impressed with the passion and commitment our pilots and volunteers represent.  He wants to be sure that the Summit is well attended and successful and that representatives of volunteer pilot groups will be able to attend.
Therefore, Cirrus will provide free complimentary registration for the first 50 registrants representing Public Benefit Flying Groups shown on the ACA Directory of Groups found in the listHERE. This is a $1,250 value including the $1,000 Endeavor Awards celebration and the $250 Air Care Summit conference registration.  There will be a limit of two representatives per public benefit flying organization. Our thanks to Cirrus for this very generous support!
NOTE: Before registering for complimentary tickets please check with your group administrators to make sure you can represent the group at the Air Care Summit in Denver and that no one else has already used the group’s two passes.
If a group representative wishes to bring a spouse or other guest, or group members beyond the two complimentary  passes per group, the per person fee would be $50 for the Friday evening reception and a steeply discounted $200 for the Endeavor Awards on Saturday (actual costs for the meal and event).  Conference attendee registration would be $250.
The Endeavor Awards is black tie optional.  It will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
You will be able to secure rooms at a discounted rate at the Conference hotel (see link below).
Our thanks to the Endeavor Awards Sponsors for their generous support:  AOPA, the Jeff and Linda Hendricks Foundation, Jeppeson, Tempus Jets, Alaska Airlines, NBAA, and Windemere Real Estate.  For complete information about the Endeavor Awards please do visit the website
Overview of the Conference agenda:
Thursday evening May 19:  those arriving early may choose to have a no-host dinner together informally at a local restaurant.  We will send a notice of the restaurant to those who chose that option.
Friday, May 20
2:30 – Arrival and Meet and Greet
3:00 – Welcome and Weekend Overview
3:15   Roundtable introductions and discussion:
     The Value to You of ACA plus Q & A.  What are we accomplishing, does ACA meet our expectations, and what could we do better?  What are your priorities and needs?
AND    Volunteer Pilots and Emergency Relief Operations Nationwide
     Group Discussion: How have groups responded in the past and how can we be better prepared for future disasters and emergencies
5:30 – Cocktail Reception and Light Appetizers
6:30 SHARP – BUS DEPARTS from lobby for free IMAX screening of “Living in the Age of Airplanes” narrated by Harrison Ford.  The director, Brian J. Terwilliger, will be present to speak about the film.  Special separate registration procedure required! Register online and learn more at
Saturday, May 21
8:00 – Continental Breakfast, Welcome, Introductions, and Summit Updates
8:30 – VPOIDS (Volunteer Pilot Organization Information Database System)
    Introduction and how to get started for those not using the system
Updates, improvements, issues
Opportunities for improvement, prioritization
Opportunities for VPO collaboration, information sharing, and enhancement
10:00 – Social Media and online marketing for your cause ;
Garlic Media Group
11:00 – Policy, legislative, and regulatory issues impacting VPOs
        Class III medical reform and how it impacts VPOs
Volunteer pilot liability relief progress
Pilots Bill of Rights updates
        Outcome of NTSB recommendations, AOPA Online Safety Course
12:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Annual Inspection: Mission Coordination, Fundraising for VPOs, Board Management
    Breakout Session 1:  Board Management
Non-profit board best practices
Safety policies, procedures, etc…
Discussion of standard procedures
    Breakout Session 2:  Mission Coordination
Best practices
Review of processes, requirements, etc… by each organization
Opportunities for flight sharing, collaboration, and increased efficiency
    Breakout Session 3:  Fundraising for VPOs
Grant writing strategies and successes
1:30 – Air Care Alliance annual membership business meeting including election of Directors
1:45 – Closing Remarks
Saturday Evening:  The gala Endeavor Awards Celebration!
       at the beautiful Denver Museum of Nature & Science
6:00 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm – Endeavor Awards
Register in three steps:  reserve your hotel room, register for the Friday IMAX movie, and then go to our form below for full instructions, registration form, and special online registration for paid registrations.
Our steeply discounted block room rate at the conference hotel ended on April 29.  However you can reserve beautiful luxury rooms at the Beautiful JW Marriott  Hotel by going to their website:
There are also other hotel options located 1 mile away from the JW Marriott, including:
 The Hilton Garden Inn: http://www.hgicherrycreek.com/

 The Holiday Inn: http://www.cherrycreekhoteldenver.com/

Airport Transportation: view these options for traveling from Denver International Airport:

Local General Aviation Airports:  
These three airports serve the area and Signature Flight Support will waive ramp fees and offer fuel discounts for anyone flying in for the conference and Endeavor Awards:
KAPA Centennial Airport
KBJC Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
KDEN Denver International Airport
“Living in the Age of Airplanes” narrated by Harrison Ford, Presented in IMAX!  The director, Brian J. Terwilliger, will be present to speak about the film.  Special separate registration procedure required! Register online and learn more at
Please complete the PDF form below to register group representatives for complimentary Air Care Summit and Endeavor Awards tickets, and to gain access to the online system for registering additional paid attendees at the special discounted Air Care Summit rates.
Read the form instructions carefully. You may type the information directly into the form while viewing it on your computer.  Afterwards complete the online form provided in the PDF for registering paid attendees for the conference and Endeavor Awards.


AIR CARE SUMMIT 2016 Registration Form – book early but best if by April 30

IF NEEDED WE MAY BE ABLE TO TAKE LATE REGISTRATION BUT CAPACITY IS LIMITED.  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) View the PDF form at the link below, type your information into it, save it, and send it back as shown below.

2) For attendees beyond the two free complimentary attendees per group, in addition to listing the additional attendees on the PDF form please then register them using the online form link shown at the end of the form to pay for their highly discounted tickets.

3) The PDF form can be filled out using your computer, saved, and then emailed or faxed.



Please email the PDF of the completed and saved form to mail@aircareall.org 
       OR fax the form to 815-572-9192                  

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

Thank you!  If you have additional questions please contact us at mail@aircareall.org

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We very much look forward to seeing you at the Air Care Summit and Endeavor Awards in Denver!