“From flying cancer patients to treatment and air ambulance operations to water rescues and even saving threatened animals, aviation has a long, notable history of being used for the public good — often by people who volunteer their time and aircraft to make it happen,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs.
Air Care Alliance
The Air Care Alliance and the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians have created a presentation available to Rotary Clubs, as well as other organizations, that not only publicizes the availability of free air transportation for non-emergency medical and other compelling needs, but also highlights the opportunities for general aviation pilots to get involved as volunteer pilots.
“Each year, hundreds, even thousands, of pilots and volunteers use their aviation skill to assist others in time of need,” said NAA President Greg Principato. “From responding to disasters, to bringing life-saving treatments to patients, to bringing others to receive the care they need, these pilots and organizations serve their communities well and often without notice.”
“Volunteer pilots deliver help, hope, and humanity to those in need every single day. Yet few people know that the critical services they provide are available to the public for free,” said Kristinia Luke, executive director for the Air Care Alliance.
“Every volunteer pilot has a ‘why’ for doing what they do,” says Kristinia Luke, executive director for the Air Care Alliance. “This contest is a fun way to promote volunteer flying and encourage pilot volunteerism by highlighting some truly inspiring reasons to volunteer.”
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