August 15, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute has been awarded the “Champion of Public Benefit Flying” Award by the National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations.
The Air Safety Institute’s online course entitled Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion received the award for increasing the safety culture of public-benefit flying by helping volunteer pilots manage risk and avoid harm.
The prestigious Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to recognize the significant contributions of volunteer-based public-benefit flying and the outstanding work of the individuals and organizations engaged in this humanitarian activity.
“We are grateful to the National Aeronautic Association and Air Care Alliance for recognition of our safety work focused on public benefit flying,” said Bruce Landsberg, president of the AOPA Foundation and the Air Safety Institute. “Our goal with the course was to address the risks and safety solutions involved in this unique general aviation activity, and we hope our work has made public benefit flying safer for both pilots and passengers.”
Public-benefit flying involves such activities as volunteer flights to transport medical patients, wounded warriors, emergency supplies, and even animals.
“The recipients of the 2013 Public Benefit Flying Awards demonstrate again the diversity of public-benefit flying in America and the many different people who benefit from it,” said NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney.
Air Care Alliance Chairman Rol Murrow noted, “We honor these recipients not only for their own contributions but also because they represent all those others who fly patients for care, respond following disasters, provide educational flights for youth, protect our environment, help our veterans, and provide support in many other ways to those in need.”
Safety and Education,
Public Benefit Flying,
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>