November 4, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
Corporate Angel Network flew 317 cancer patients to treatment facilities in October, the most the organization has ever transported in one month during its almost 30-year history.
“This second record in the past three months is remarkable,” said Corporate Angel Network Executive Director Peter Fleiss, referring to the record 307 patients flown in July. “It demonstrates the willingness of business aviation to help cancer patients through the use of this flexible and convenient transportation asset.”
Corporate Angel Network, based at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., arranges free flights for cancer patients on participating companies’ corporate aircraft with open seats on business flights.
The two records reached in 2010 represent a much more positive year than the organization experienced in 2009 when business aviation was under scrutiny in Congress and the media. Early in 2009, the organization lost between 15 and 20 major participating corporations.
OpenAirplane is a new service that simplifies the process for pilots wanting to rent aircraft outside of their home base.
The GACE Flying Club, which grew from a club for Grumman employees, prides itself on offering members low-cost, safe flying and social events.
Chris Lawler, AOPA's Flying Club manager, explains what makes a 501(c)(3) a tax-exempt charitable organization; what makes a 501(c)(7) a social organization; and what advantages a flying club may receive by organizing as a tax-exempt organization.