Our Air Care Conference was great, thanks to so many generous sponsors and supporters and all the enthusiastic attendees and speakers!
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The Air Care Alliance/Public Benefit Flying Summit will be an extra special event this year! Angel Flight West will be hosting and arranging the Air Care Summit in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Endeavor Awards in Denver, CO on May 20-21, 2016.
Our annual national conference is the place to be to meet leaders of volunteer pilot organizations nationwide, share ideas, and learn the latest news about Public Benefit Flying. This event is special because we are attempting to bring as many group reps together and at the same time make it easy for them to attend the Endeavor Awards, a dazzling celebration featuring three amazing and eminently worthy Endeavor Award recipients.
Awards Venue: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The theme for the Summit will be to challenge our respective organizations to grow and to inspire others to participate so that we can expand our outreach.
The Endeavor Awards will recognize three outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to public benefit flying. They are: Colonel Richard Iversen (ret) with Veterans Airlift Command; Jim Platz with Patient Airlift Services (PALS); and Dianna Stanger with Angel Flight South Central.
Limited free complimentary and special low cost options are available for representatives of volunteer pilot and public benefit flying organizations:
We are pleased to announce that Cirrus Aircraft will be providing significant financial support for the Summit. CEO and Co-Founder, Dale Klapmeier, attended the 2015 Endeavor Awards and was extremely impressed with the passion and commitment our pilots and volunteers represent. He wants to be sure that the Summit is well attended and successful and that representatives of volunteer pilot groups will be able to attend.
Therefore, Cirrus will provide free complimentary registration for the first 50 registrants representing Public Benefit Flying Groups shown on the ACA Directory of Groups found in the listHERE
. This is a $1,250 value including the $1,000 Endeavor Awards celebration and the $250 Air Care Summit conference registration. There will be a limit of two representatives per public benefit flying organization. Our thanks to Cirrus for this very generous support!
NOTE: Before registering for complimentary tickets please check with your group administrators to make sure you can represent the group at the Air Care Summit in Denver and that no one else has already used the group’s two passes.
If a group representative wishes to bring a spouse or other guest, or group members beyond the two complimentary passes per group, the per person fee would be $50 for the Friday evening reception and a steeply discounted $200 for the Endeavor Awards on Saturday (actual costs for the meal and event). Conference attendee registration would be $250.
The Endeavor Awards is black tie optional. It will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
You will be able to secure rooms at a discounted rate at the Conference hotel (see link below).
Our thanks to the Endeavor Awards Sponsors for their generous support: AOPA, the Jeff and Linda Hendricks Foundation, Jeppeson, Tempus Jets, Alaska Airlines, NBAA, and Windemere Real Estate. For complete information about the Endeavor Awards please do visit the website
Overview of the Conference agenda:
Thursday evening May 19: those arriving early may choose to have a no-host dinner together informally at a local restaurant. We will send a notice of the restaurant to those who chose that option.
Friday, May 20
2:30 – Arrival and Meet and Greet
3:00 – Welcome and Weekend Overview
3:15 Roundtable introductions and discussion:
The Value to You of ACA plus Q & A. What are we accomplishing, does ACA meet our expectations, and what could we do better? What are your priorities and needs?
AND Volunteer Pilots and Emergency Relief Operations Nationwide
Group Discussion: How have groups responded in the past and how can we be better prepared for future disasters and emergencies
5:30 – Cocktail Reception and Light Appetizers
6:30 SHARP – BUS DEPARTS from lobby for free IMAX screening of “Living in the Age of Airplanes” narrated by Harrison Ford. The director, Brian J. Terwilliger, will be present to speak about the film. Special separate registration procedure required! Register online and learn more at
Saturday, May 21
8:00 – Continental Breakfast, Welcome, Introductions, and Summit Updates
8:30 – VPOIDS (Volunteer Pilot Organization Information Database System)
Introduction and how to get started for those not using the system
Updates, improvements, issues
Opportunities for improvement, prioritization
Opportunities for VPO collaboration, information sharing, and enhancement
10:00 – Social Media and online marketing for your cause;
Garlic Media Group
11:00 – Policy, legislative, and regulatory issues impacting VPOs
Class III medical reform and how it impacts VPOs
Volunteer pilot liability relief progress
Pilots Bill of Rights updates
Outcome of NTSB recommendations, AOPA Online Safety Course
12:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Annual Inspection: Mission Coordination, Fundraising for VPOs, Board Management
Breakout Session 1: Board Management
Non-profit board best practices
Safety policies, procedures, etc…
Discussion of standard procedures
Breakout Session 2: Mission Coordination
Review of processes, requirements, etc… by each organization
Opportunities for flight sharing, collaboration, and increased efficiency
Breakout Session 3: Fundraising for VPOs
Grant writing strategies and successes
1:30 – Air Care Alliance annual membership business meeting including election of Directors
1:45 – Closing Remarks
Saturday Evening: The gala Endeavor Awards Celebration!
at the beautiful Denver Museum of Nature & Science
6:00 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:30 pm – Endeavor Awards
Register in three steps: reserve your hotel room, register for the Friday IMAX movie, and then go to our form below for full instructions, registration form, and special online registration for paid registrations.