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Air Care Alliance Elects New Directors

Air Care Alliance is pleased to announce the election of three new Members to its Board of Directors: Mark Hanson, Jim Stratton and Katharine Zimmerman. “Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team of leaders committed to fostering and enhancing charitable aviation,” said Jim Hesseman, President of Air Care Alliance. “We are excited […]

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COVID-19 Disrupts Public Benefit Flying, but We Are Resilient

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed life as we know it. Amid an aviation industry nosedive, sweeping stay-at-home orders, and widespread panic, the Public Benefit Flying industry–like so many others–is left to wonder what the future holds. Each year, more than 25,000 flights are made by volunteer pilots across the country in support of humanitarian […]

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SFAR Grants Relief for Expired Medical Certificates and Recency Requirements

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FAA has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) the extends the duration of medical certificates to all pilots.  It also provides relief from recent flight experience requirements, but only to certain pilots and operations. The FAA emphasizes that apart from the limited relief provided by the SFAR, […]

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Nominations for Public Benefit Flying Awards are Open!

Do you know someone doing great things for Public Benefit Flying? Whether a volunteer pilot, a non-flying volunteer, or an individual or organization providing extraordinary support, you can help give them the recognition they deserve. Nominate someone deserving today! About the Awards The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) created the […]

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COVID-19 Considerations for Volunteer Pilot Operations

As volunteer pilot organizations around the country grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the safety and well-being of passengers and pilots has remained top focus in a rapidly changing landscape. Many Volunteer Pilot Organizations have temporarily suspended passenger-carrying operations and others are considering that decision on a day-to-day basis in light of current government restrictions, new […]

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Fuel Reimbursement for Volunteer Pilots

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 […]

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President’s Announcement: ACA Hires First Executive Director

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 […]

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Member Spotlight – Winter 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 […]

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Changes to FAA Call Sign Requirements Affect CMF

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 […]

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2019 NAA Awards

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 […]

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