The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) are seeking nominations by June 30 for awards that recognize individuals “who fly for the benefit of others and their public-benefit flying organizations.” Nominations are currently being accepted for five categories: distinguished volunteer pilot; distinguished volunteer; outstanding achievement in advancement of public-benefit flying; public-benefit flying teamwork award; and champion of public-benefit flying. Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.
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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new online course aimed at educating pilots about how to stay safe while volunteering their services for emergency relief.
Angel Flight America and AirLifeLine, said to be the two oldest and largest charitable aviation organizations in the U.S., announced at EAA AirVenture their merger, expected to be effective by the end of last month.
General aviation trade groups based in the Washington, D.C. area have joined with a disparate group of mostly rural communities, organizations and the volunteer-pilot Air Care Alliance in battling the Bush Administration’s plan to hike fuel taxes and institute a series of user fees to help fund the FAA and the NextGen ATC system.
An article by attorneys John Copley and John Hoover contains a wealth of information regarding FAA and IRS rules applicable to such flights and applicable potential tax deductions. Copley is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Garofalo, Goerlich, Hainbach. Hoover is an attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, also of Washington, D.C.