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Public Benefit Flying Awards – Tips for Nominating

It’s that time of year again! Nominations are open for the Public Benefit Flying Awards. These national awards were created by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) to recognize the significant contributions of volunteer pilots and the outstanding work of those engaged in Public Benefit Flying. Don’t miss your chance […]

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Support Charitable Aviation with Cryptocurrency

Did you know cryptocurrency donations are on the rise? In the last few years, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies have been donated to charities. But accepting crypto donations isn’t something top-of-mind for most nonprofits and it’s not something they’re set up to do. With a reported 100 million people using cryptocurrency today […]

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Meet the Flying Rotarians

If you’re a Rotarian and have an interest in aviation, you’ll want to check out the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR). What is the IFFR? The IFFR is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opportunity for fellowship and service. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, […]

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Nominations for Public Benefit Flying Awards Open May 1st!

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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One Woman Started a Movement, Another Carries it Forward

When the last of her four children went off to college, Wanda Whitsitt learned to fly. At 48 years old, she decided to begin flight lessons with her husband. He never finished, but Wanda got hooked. She reveled in the challenge and proudly earned her pilot certificate. Despite such a noteworthy achievement, Wanda believed there […]

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A New Approach to Referrals

Cited as the third most common barrier to care, transportation is a considerable problem for all patients. Children and adults with advanced cancers, rare illnesses, pre- and post- transplant needs, and other serious maladies, often require medical treatment they simply cannot access where they live. Those in need of free air transportation to access life-saving […]

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Vaccines and Volunteer Pilots – FAQs

With welcome news of the COVID-19 vaccines, there have been some common questions regarding the vaccine and volunteer pilots. Can they deliver it? Can they receive priority to get it? Read on to learn more…   Which vaccines are approved by the FAA for use by pilots and are there any special considerations? The Pfizer […]

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Two 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 2020 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 […]

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A Guide for Using Your CMF Call Sign

You’ve received your new CMF call sign and are ready to fly your first volunteer flight using it. Great! The COMPASSION call sign has many benefits. It alerts ATC that you are on an important charitable mission and provides a measure of safety and comfort for your passengers. Controllers may be more likely to clear […]

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In the Shadow of 9/11: Volunteer Pilots Take Action

“…on a day that aviation was used as a weapon, it was also used as a means of rescue, relief and recovery by selfless aviators who picked themselves up and dove into constructive action in spite of the confusion.” Read the story of how volunteer pilots and organizations became a lifeline after 9/11. In the […]

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