Public Benefit Flying

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Life-changing flights

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Challenge Air has given hundreds of children with special needs a brief flight in a general aviation aircraft with lasting benefits.

Recruiting for a cause

Article | Jul 09, 2014

With hundreds of volunteer pilots logging hundreds of hours each year to support conservation, LightHawk offers pilots a chance to make a difference.

Cessnas deliver Special Olympians to games

Article | Jun 17, 2014

More than 100 Cessna aircraft delivered hundreds of athletes to the start of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey on June 14.

Donated flights advance delta restoration effort

Article | May 20, 2014

Volunteer pilots from conservation nonprofit LightHawk have flown more than 100 missions that were “critical in energizing the push” to revitalize a western ecosystem.

Civil Air Patrol highlights stories of WWII volunteers

Article | May 20, 2014

The Civil Air Patrol has released a website highlighting the work done by cadets during World War II.

NTSB seeks better weather delivery

Article | May 07, 2014

Citing general aviation crashes in which weather information provided to pilots was incomplete, the NTSB is calling for better forecast delivery.

Aviation shines at Endeavor Awards

Article | May 05, 2014

A star-studded evening at the California Science Center in Los Angeles honored those who volunteer their time and aircraft to helping others.

2014 Giving Back grant applications open

Article | May 01, 2014

The AOPA Foundation on May 1 opened the application period for its annual Giving Back grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to nonprofit aviation organizations.

AOPA FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING 2014 'GIVING BACK' GRANT APPLICATIONS

News release | May 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation today opened the application period for its annual “Giving Back” Grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to non-profit aviation organizations.

AOPA Foundation helps fund Pilots N Paws fly-aways

Article | Apr 23, 2014

Pilots N Paws is using a $10,000 AOPA Foundation grant to rescue more than 200 animals.

Question of the week: Acting as pilot in command

Article | Apr 21, 2014

Question: One of my friends is working to raise money for a charity. She wants to offer an airplane ride as a prize to one of the donors and has asked me to be the pilot in command. If am a private pilot, then how many hours of flight time would I need to have logged in order to act as pilot in command on this flight?

Lightspeed names 2014 grant finalists

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation named 15 aviation charities as finalists in the 2014 Pilot's Choice Awards program April 2 at Sun ‘n Fun.

AOPA Foundation grant supports Air Care Alliance

Article | Mar 21, 2014

The Air Care Alliance, which promotes public benefit flying, is putting a $10,000 AOPA Foundation Giving Back grant to good use.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2014

What is a realistic per-hour cost of flying as a member of a club?

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

Coast to coast for animal rescue

Article | Jan 27, 2014

A New York pilot's first animal rescue flight took him coast to coast and became a mission to deliver one dog to a new home.

Flight Training scholarship winner gets pilot certificate

Article | Jan 07, 2014

Ryan McFarland, winner of the 2013 Lou Torres Flight Training Scholarship, has earned his private pilot certificate.

Applications open for Lightspeed Aviation Foundation awards

Article | Jan 07, 2014

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is now taking applications for its Pilot's Choice Awards.

Pilot's Choice grants fund mission work, new-pilot outreach

Article | Nov 20, 2013

An organization dedicated to transporting rescue, shelter, and foster animals was selected as the top charity in Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's 2013 Pilot's Choice Awards.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 11, 2013

A look at the history of the Reading Aero Club based at Reading Regional Airport (RDG) in Pennsylvania.

Air Safety Institute receives public-benefit flying award

Article | Aug 15, 2013

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.

Angel Flight West launches Endeavour Awards

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Angel Flight West’s new Endeavour Awards put the spotlight on public benefit flying.

Visual Approach

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.

Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons

Article | May 16, 2013

A routine stop led to an extensive search of aircraft and occupants, a practice that may be becoming a (troubling) routine.

41 ways to save

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Illustration By A.J. Garces Here are some practical ways to lower flying costs gathered from the personal experiences of AOPA staff pilots, and fellow pilots through AOPA Forums and the AOPA Facebook page.

Lightspeed Foundation announces grant finalists

Article | Apr 11, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller and Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader announce the finalists for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Awards. To applause and laughter, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Pilot’s Choice Awards grants program on April 11 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

Plan could ease charitable flight reimbursement rules

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2013

The Air Care Alliance, which serves the interests of organizations engaged in public benefit flying, informed its members Feb. 25 that it planned to brief FAA officials on proposals "to reduce the burden on pilots and groups that choose to reimburse for fuel."

Event spotlight: Starting from the ground up

Article | Dec 02, 2012

Flying over Manhattan en route to Nantucket for the event. Nantucket Flying Association President Chris McLaughlin introduces the documentary "Shady Lady" before a packed audience at the Dreamland Theater.

Answers for Pilots: Sightseeing Flights

Article | Nov 02, 2012

Charitable or community flying events, which this article focuses on, are typically sightseeing flights

Temporary MOA would block airway access

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2012

AOPA is urging members to review and submit comments by Nov. 2 on a request by the Air Force to establish a temporary military operations area (TMOA) in New Mexico that could impede the use of several victor airways and a T-route.

AOPA Foundation names 'Hat in the Ring' award winners

Article | Oct 11, 2012

The AOPA Foundation has recognized four members of the general aviation community for their efforts to promote and grow GA. The Hat in the Ring Society awards were announced at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Redbird names Pelton to board, announces partners

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Former chairman and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Co. Jack Pelton has been named to Redbird's board of directors, and ForeFlight has been added as a new partner.

Aviation groups, volunteers receive public benefit awards

Article | Sep 17, 2012

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has been honored in Washington, D.C., for its work to promote growth of the pilot population and advance aviation education.

Tragedy in Mexico

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Humanitarian group suffers fatal accident

Volunteer pilots, organizations honored for service

Article | Jul 11, 2012

Pilots who fly in service of others, and the organizations that support work on disaster relief, helping sick children, animal rescue, and many other causes will be honored at a special ceremony in September. The National Aeronautic Association and Air Care Alliance have named the recipients of this year's National Public Benefit Flying Awards.

Volunteer group named 'Healthcare Hero' in South Florida

Article | Jun 21, 2012

Angel Flight Southeast was recognized recently with the 2012 Healthcare for Heroes Award in the Institution/Program category by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Pilot, Citation V speed travel for sick children

Article | May 17, 2012

Greg Greenbaum uses his Cessna Citation V jet to fly volunteer missions with Atlanta-based Angel Flight Soars. According to Executive Director Jeanine Chambers, Greenbaum, who has been a pilot since 1995, is one of her most dedicated volunteers, flying 25 missions since joining Angel Flight Soars in 2005, including 10 in 2012 alone.

Charities nominated for lift from Lightspeed

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, the charitable arm of the popular headset manufacturer of the same name, has announced this year's 20 finalists eligible for grants from the company.