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Charities for Aviation Enthusiasts

The holidays are a time to reflect, give thanks for family and friends, and give back to our communities. There are several aviation related charities that count on pilots for ongoing support. Here are a few of our favorite.

  1. Above the Clouds (Norwood Memorial Airport)

Above the Clouds brings joy and hope through the wonder of flight to children and teens who have a serious illness or disability, are underserved, or facing other serious adversity. ATC’s programs provide important relief for kids under tremendous stress and inspire disengaged youth to participate in making their dreams come true.

Volunteer Pilot Requirements:

  • Minimum of 300 hours total flight time

  • Minimum 30 hours flight time during 12 calendar months prior to Dream Flight

  • Instrument Rated (currency not required)

  • Current with all requirements of FAR Part 61, appropriate to the license held

  • Valid Medical Certificate

Email for more information:

2. LifeLine Pilots, Peoria, IL.

LifeLine Pilots mission is to facilitate free air transportation through volunteer pilots for financially distressed passengers with medical

and humanitarian needs.

Qualifications for Volunteer Pilots:

  1. 21 years of age or older;

  2. Must be current with a minimum of 250 hours of pilot in command time;

  3. Submit a completed and signed application;

  4. Provide proof of insurance with a copy of the declaration or certificate page;

  5. Send a copy of most recent log book entry for BFR or wings phase;

  6. Successfully completed the AOPA Public Benefit Flying On-line Course and submit certificate of completion;

  7. Provide updated information whenever reportable changes occur such as loss of privilege, contact or aircraft insurance information;

Call for more information: 1-800-822-7972.

3. Pilots N Paws Network

The intent of Pilots N Paws is to provide an environment in which volunteers can come together and arrange or schedule rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter, and all other related activities operated as a nonprofit.


Pilots are asked to create an online profile which will allow them to reply to requests for their flight time and transport services in their selected region.

For more information, click here.

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