News Release 10-22-12

The Air Care Alliance and AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute Unveils Public Benefit Flying Online Course

October 22, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information contact: Lindy Kirkland 540.903.7580 Lindy.kirkland@aircareall.org

Palm Springs, CA – The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI), in conjunction with The Air Care Alliance has released Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion, an online course designed to assist volunteer pilots and those interested in becoming volunteers.

The course was produced with input from the entire volunteer pilot community and the generous support of Welles Murphey, Jr., the AOPA Foundation, and several ACA groups. A complete list of financial sponsors is provided in the course.

“As an organization dedicated to community service through public benefit flying, the Air Care Alliance was pleased to partner with ASI on this new online course,” said Lindy Kirkland, president of the alliance. “We hope that after viewing this course, more pilots will want to get involved in volunteer flying efforts.”

The course’s flight profiles and interactive decision-making scenarios quickly help viewers understand how volunteer flying demands professionalism and responsibility that goes far beyond that of a leisurely personal flight. Viewers will learn how to mitigate pressures, recognize treacherous mindsets that could cause harm and become adept at managing the unique risks of volunteer flying.

“ASI and the Air Care Alliance were natural partners for this effort,” said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Foundation. “The course fits in with ASI’s ongoing mission to educate pilots and with the alliance’s mission to encourage the use of general aviation for the public benefit.” The course can be found at:

www.airsafetyinstitute.org/volunteerpilots

The Air Care Alliance strongly encourages all volunteer pilots to take the online course and earn a completion certificate. Likewise all the volunteer pilot organizations should consider making completion of the course a prerequisite for pilots to join as members and for recurrent training, and for staff members to become familiar with volunteer pilot operations and safety concerns.

- The Air Care Alliance -

The Air Care Alliance promotes, supports, and represents public benefit flying through communication and cooperation among organizations facilitating flights for health, compassion, and community service.