The Air Care Alliance
(ACA) is an American
group founded in 1990 that acts as an umbrella organization
for Public Benefit Flying
(PBF) organizations. PBF organization members use their aircraft to transport needy patients
and to assist in disaster relief
. Most PBF members are volunteer pilots
, thus many PBFs are also called Volunteer Pilot Organizations
(VPO). The ACA website Listings Page is the only place where all such groups are listed for the benefit of patients, social workers, medical referral groups, agencies needing assistance, or the volunteer pilots who wish to find all groups they might want to join.
The Air Care Alliance exists to promote Public Benefit Flying so that patients and others can learn about the services provided by volunteer pilots and charitable aviation groups. ACA also encourages communications and cooperation among PBF organizations in order that their members share experiences and learn from one another. ACA has held annual "Air Care" conferences since 1990 where leaders in Public Benefit Flying gather to meet one another and learn the latest about this charitable activity.
Most Public Benefit Flying organizations are chartered as non-profit organizations
, permitting their members to take the costs of a flight as a charitable donation. The groups generally do not offer flying services themselves, rather they connect someone seeking a flight with a pilot or pilots willing to provide it.
In 1990, the first national conference... Read More