News & Events

We will periodically publish our bulletin, Flight Following, on our website and also send it directly via email in order to make sending and receiving it as convenient as possible for everyone.

This journal is intended for volunteer pilots, group leaders, other volunteers, professional staff, and all those interested in the incredible world of public benefit flying! Feel free to pass it along to others. We hope it provides useful information making it easier for those who use aviation in public service do a better and more enjoyable job of flying to help others!

We will also post news and event information from the world of charitable aviation on our blog.

A Message From the President of ACA

January 25, 2023

I learned many years ago that a vision for any organization must be repeated often for it to become an integral part of the future direction and the impact it may have on those you are striving to serve. So, with that in mind, it’s important to emphasize that our vision at Air Care Alliance […]

Air Care Alliance Seeks Leaders for Board of Directors

January 20, 2023

The Air Care Alliance (ACA), a 510(c)(3) non-profit that promotes, supports, and represents public benefit flying, is seeking volunteer leaders to join its dynamic board of directors. ACA strives to maximize charitable aviation through organizations and pilots flying to serve the needs of humanity. More information is available at www.aircarealliance.org The ACA Board of Directors […]

Crowdfunding for Volunteer Flights

December 15, 2022

Volunteer flying gives pilots an opportunity to combine something they love with a meaningful way to help others. But as we all know, flying is an expensive activity and the current economy is certainly not helping. Many volunteer pilots are finding it difficult to do as many flights as they’d like, and some are looking […]

Aviation Volunteers and Organizations Honored with 2022 Public Benefit Flying Awards

November 7, 2022

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), in partnership with the Air Care Alliance (ACA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Public Benefit Flying Awards. These awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and organizations engaged in flying to help others, as well as those supporting such work. “Each year, hundreds, even […]

30th Air Care Conference Takes Place in Los Angeles

October 10, 2022

After a two-year pandemic pause, the Air Care Alliance (ACA) resumed its annual Air Care Conference in-person in Los Angeles, California on September 30th and October 1st. The 30th iteration of the conference was hosted by ACA member group, Angel Flight West. A dozen different public benefit flying groups from all across the country attended […]

Safety Recommendations for Volunteer Pilot Organizations

April 27, 2022

In 2010, following four accidents involving volunteer pilots, ACA worked with the NTSB to develop and distribute safety recommendations for Volunteer Pilot Organization (VPOs). Our work is never done when it comes to improving safety of volunteer flights. Here again are ACA’s recommendations. REINFORCE PILOT CURRENCY Institute procedures that reinforce pilot currency under FAR 61.57 […]

“But I’m a Commercial Pilot…”

February 28, 2022

Latest FAA Notice Addresses Common Misconceptions On February 1st, 2022, the FAA issued a letter explaining some commonly held misunderstandings with regard to expense sharing and pilot privileges. (See Notice number: NOTC2238, reprinted here.) This letter is the latest of a series of efforts by the FAA to combat unauthorized Part 135 operations which the […]

Beware Call Sign Mismatch

January 4, 2022

Many volunteer pilots use special call signs on their volunteer flights. Whether you use the “Compassion” call sign (CMF) , “Angel Flight” (NGF), “Aerobridge” (BGE), “Pals Hope” (PLZ), or any other call sign that is not the aircraft’s registration number, you must be careful to avoid “Callsign Mismatch” (CSMM). CSMM is a problem for airliners, […]

2021 Awards

December 13, 2021

The Air Care Alliance (ACA), in partnership with the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Public Benefit Flying Awards. These awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and organizations engaged in flying to help others, as well as those supporting such work. “The toughest times often […]

5 Ways to Put Your Piloting Skills to Good Use

October 13, 2021

Combining your passion for flying with service to others is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a pilot. If you’re looking for a good reason to fly, check out these five ways to get involved. Patient Flights Flying patients to medical care is one of the most common ways to volunteer. […]