The Emergency Volunteer Air Corps promotes
and coordinates effective and useful additional General Aviation volunteer
participation in emergency relief efforts, especially following disasters.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR VOLUNTEER PILOTS
READ ABOUT RECENT DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS INCLUDING FOR THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE
and guidelines for responding to disasters and other
Working with the Air Care Alliance, EVAC has prepared
information related to emergency relief efforts, including for events
such as Hurricanes
Katrina work and the prior 9/11 attacks and emergency response, as well
as the 2004 Tsunami and Haiti earthquake efforts. If you
wish to help in such a situation, please read the guidelines we have published on our
EVAC Volunteers fly to help
others! During emergency situations EVAC pilots and other volunteers
provide the resources of General Aviation to help affected people and
communities. While such help can be organized quickly on an ad hoc basis,
it is better to plan beforehand so that lines of communication are clear
and available resources are already identified.
In addition, operations are safer and more efficient if
periodic exercises are conducted. Such events also help local emergency
services agencies understand how to best utilize pilots and aircraft at
their local airports, and show the entire community how General Aviation
can help during emergencies.
Note that the largest volunteer group involved
in emergency aviation assistance is the
Air Patrol, a large national organization affiliated as an auxiliary
of the United States Air Force. CAP members also provide essential search
and rescue services, fly some law enforcement support missions, and conduct extensive
cadet training and aviation education activities. The Civil Air Patrol
has a long and proud history of service to the nation. Click on the CAP
link above to learn more about how you might enjoy participation in CAP
activities. You should also visit the American
Red Cross site for more general information about how volunteers
can help their communities.
Conversely, EVAC is intended to operate on
a more informal, grass-roots level. EVAC volunteers work at the local level
with local agencies, and devise simple programs designed to involve pilots,
airport businesses, and others in very basic preparations for disasters
and other emergency situations. Such efforts have already proven very helpful
throughout the history of aviation, as discussed in our Introductory Manual
EVAC is a
Member group of the Air
Care Alliance, a national coalition of volunteer-based
public benefit flying groups which lists all of such organizations
flying in the United States. Members include various Angel Flight groups,
Volunteer Pilots Association, LightHawk, LifeLine Pilots, Childrens Flight of Hope, Flights for
Life, LIGA, and many more. Click on the ACA link above
to see the complete list, including links to the groups' own home pages. The
Air Care Alliance was founded following a national conference on public
benefit flying, AIR MED 90, held at AOPA
headquarters in Frederick, Maryland in 1990. Since then ACA has held national
meetings and workshops annually and also presents seminars at many public
events, including AOPA's annual exposition.
Most of the Air Care Alliance groups fly regular medical transportation
missions for needy patients, or transport organs for hospitals. Many also
help in other programs, too, such as flying Make-A-Wish type missions or
participating in special airlifts, such as those taking needy city
children to special camps. Some like LightHawk provide vital conservation
and environmental support using aircraft.
guidance and operating manuals to the ACA groups, too, to aid them in
providing additional valuable assistance during emergencies in the regions
where they operate. Since EVAC first presented a seminar on this subject
at ACA's Air Med 90 conference we are pleased to see that most groups have
developed emergency relief programs. We encourage volunteers to
investigate and register with all groups in their operating area that
might provide opportunities to help others! Click on the link above to
find out about groups flying medical or other missions in your area.
EVAC is a relatively new program, most active
in its originating chapters in Southern California. Through the work with
the Air Care Alliance groups, the importance of such a program is spreading
nationally and has led to the adoption of emergency preparedness programs by
many of the groups listed by the Air Care Alliance. If you wish to learn more or register for possible volunteer
participation in the future, please contact the national office as shown
below, and provide your mailing address. EVAC will also list other local
aviation groups involved in emergency assistance, so if you know of such
groups please tell us about them.
A priority mission for EVAC volunteers is
transporting emergency service workers to
areas affected by disaster during the first hours.
Resources: See our
Manual for a longer description of the EVAC program
See our abbreviated operations
guide for airport associations, volunteer pilot
other groups which may have an immediate need to conduct emergency relief operations.
Note our special page on the EMP threat for
information on this real possibility for widespread disruption to the world, our
nation, our communities, and our own electronically dependent lives.
NEW! Essential Safety Resource for Pilots and
The Air Care
Alliance and AOPA Foundationís Air Safety Institute have released a new Public
Benefit Flying Online Course. The course, named "Public Benefit
Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion," is a highly professional
online course designed for volunteer pilots and staff members of public benefit
flying groups to become familiar with safety and operational issues. Read about
it and follow the link to it at
Taking the course will lead to a completion certificate for
Wings credit ... and make all operations safer.
The Volunteer Pilot Call Sign "COMPASSION" is
available to highlight the purpose of your relief flights. See the
description and procedures for use on the ACA website at
Pilots - See the Air Care Alliance Page on
FAR's and Tax Deductions.
The FAA says voluntarily flying patients for nonprofit groups
without compensation and taking a proper tax deduction for approved expenses
is perfectly OK!
Important Planning Documents:
FAA Advisory Circular 00-7C - State and Regional Disaster Airlift
Download and View ac00-7d.pdf PDF Format 4 MB
[ Prior Version]
FAA Advisory Circular 00-59 Integrating Helicopter and Tiltrotor
Assets Into Disaster Relief Planning
Download and View ac00-59pdf PDF Format
Alternate: Link to HTML
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Manual
Volunteer Pilots - Recommendations for Enhanced Safety - 1998
Download and View Manual in PDF Format
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