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Public Benefit Flying Day Scheduled for July 29 at AirVenture
May 26, 2022 -Public Benefit Flying Day is scheduled for Friday, July 29, during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. The day recognizes those who volunteer to fly as a way to give back to the community. Whether that is in healthcare to get treatment at a hospital in another state or to help a veteran get home, these flights are examples of how aviation is a positive enhancement to our society every day.
Volunteer flying is not a new activity within the aviation industry. Each year thousands of volunteer pilots provide free flights for health, compassion, and community service. The pilots donate their time, skills, and all flight expenses for a variety of humanitarian purposes.
EAA is working with Air Care Alliance (ACA) to raise visibility for public flying and to promote pilot volunteerism by honoring this special day at AirVenture. ACA is an umbrella group that promotes, supports, and represents public benefit flying and is composed of more than 50 volunteer pilot organizations nationwide that form an impactful and inspiring use of service through aviation.
ACA members such as the Angel Flight organizations, Pilots N Paws, Operation Airdrop, SouthWings and STEM Flights, provide access to distant medical care, relocate endangered animals, assist with disaster relief efforts, provide conservation support, and much more.
To remember and honor the selfless acts of these pilots and organizations by putting others before them, EAA’s Public Benefit Flying Day honors those who participate in any type of public benefit flying. Volunteer pilots should meet in the Vintage HQ area at 10 a.m. on Friday for a group photo. Participants who are affiliated with a public benefit flying organization are encouraged to wear their organization's shirts for the group photo.
As a benefit to those who are interested in Public Benefit Flying Day, preferred seating at Theater in the Woods for that evening’s programs is being offered for people that arrive wearing their public benefit flying shirts.