NBAA Convention News

Volunteer Pilots Group Celebrates 25 Years

 - November 13, 2006, 6:04 AM

Lifeline Pilots, a Peoria, Ill.-based nonprofit organization of 525 fliers who volunteer to ferry critically ill and injured patients, organs for transplant and other emergency missions, is marking its 25th year. Representatives at Booth No. 1618 are distributing information about the program and signing up pilots who meet its requirements. Lifeline is also accepting individual and corporate donations.

Lifeline recruits age-21-and-older pilots of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft who have a minimum of 250 hours experience as pilot-in-command, own or have immediate access to aircraft and carry insurance. On October 28, the organization will celebrate its silver anniversary with a banquet in Chicago.

Founded in 1981, Lifeline began operation with 40 volunteer pilots. Donations from individuals and companies are deductible up to the limits set by the IRS.