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.

Fuel Reimbursement for Volunteer Pilots

February 5, 2020

Do you receive fuel reimbursement for your volunteer flights? Do you want to? Would you accept more flights if you could? Under current FAA regulations, a pilot cannot accept any compensation for these flights other than in the form of logging time or taking a tax deduction. This is true unless the organization arranging your […]

President’s Announcement: ACA Hires First Executive Director

February 4, 2020

In 2019, the Board of Directors of the Air Care Alliance developed a new vision for the future of our organization: “The Air Care Alliance will maximize charitable aviation through organizations and pilots flying to serve the needs of humanity.” This new vision leads to new strategies for ACA and a support model that ensures […]

Member Spotlight – Winter 2020

January 2, 2020

The Air Care Alliance is proud to support the many public benefit flying organizations that impact our communities and individuals in need. Check out some recent news, stories, and noteworthy achievements of a few member groups below.     Exemplary training exercise demonstrated by DART – Disaster Airlift Response Teams     Soaring with the […]

Changes to FAA Call Sign Requirements Affect CMF

January 2, 2020

FAA and ICAO changes to call sign requirements meant a revamp of the way volunteer pilots use the COMPASSION call sign. The original filing process using a portion of the aircraft’s tail number is no longer valid and ACA has begun assigning discrete COMPASSION call signs to verified pilots of authorized organizations. “ACA has worked […]

2019 NAA Awards

November 6, 2019

Aviation Volunteers Honored for Public Benefit Flying The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), in partnership with the Air Care Alliance (ACA), a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Public Benefit Flying Awards. These awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and organizations engaged in flying […]

CMF History

November 5, 2019

Original 1999 Letter to Public Benefit Flying Groups and Pilots May 29, 1999 TO: Public Benefit Flying Organizations and Pilots RE: Call Sign COMPASSION and three-letter designator CMF Dear Friends, On the first of this month at the Air Care Alliance 1999 national conference in Kansas City I announced that at our request the FAA […]

Air Care 2020

November 4, 2019

**DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, AIR CARE 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED**   Air Care 2020 hosted by Angel Flight West in Van Nuys, CA When? Friday Afternoon and All Day Saturday April 17-18, 2020  Where? Airtel Plaza Hotel & Conference Center – Van Nuys, California A blend of aviation history and L.A. hospitality, Airtel Plaza Hotel […]

Air Care 2019

May 16, 2019

This page is an ARCHIVE PAGE for future reference, and contains all the information we published regarding the AIR CARE 2019 Conference. One and a half days of great panels, presentations, and workshops! April 26 – 27, 2019 Hosted by Vital Flight at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida Includes Friday afternoon special session! […]

NAA Fall Awards Dinner November 27, 2018

November 9, 2018

The NAA will holds its annual Fall Awards Dinner, “Honoring our leaders in Aerospace,” on November 27, 2018 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Arlington VA. The Public Benefit Flying Awards, given in cooperation with the Air Care Alliance, will go to: Distinguished Volunteer Pilot: Merry Schroeder Distinguished Volunteer: Lt Col John Henderson & 2nd Lt […]

2018 Awards

January 1, 2018

The 2018 National Public Benefit Flying Awards The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) have created a set of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of those individuals in aviation who fly and volunteer for the benefit of others, public benefit flying organizations, and those who support them. Aviation Volunteers […]