Aviation's Volunteer Groups To Meet In April

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Since charitable contributions have been sinking across the board, and the endowment funds that many nonprofit groups depend on have shrunk, we expect that the challenging economy will be a major topic of discussion at the upcoming Air Care 2009 national conference, scheduled for April 17-18 in Kansas City, Mo. Leaders of volunteer pilot groups from around the nation will discuss strategies for fundraising, lobbying and organizing. A keynote talk and discussion with Bruce Landsberg, executive director of AOPA Air Safety Foundation, will address safety issues affecting public benefit flying.

The annual event is organized by the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilot members are dedicated to community service. Volunteer pilots support missions for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, educational experiences for youth, environmental support and other types of public service. For more information about the conference, or to register, click here. To learn more about the Air Care Alliance and public benefit flying, click here for a classic column by AVweb's Rick Durden. Public benefit flying will be showcased this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, in a "Fly for Life" program that will recognize those who fly to serve others around the world. Activities will include a major display adjacent to AeroShell Square, aircraft displays, numerous forums and presentations, an evening program and other events.