Becoming a Volunteer Pilot
As a volunteer pilot, you have the opportunity to use your flying skills to provide much needed transportation at no cost to medically and financially needy passengers. This is a significant humanitarian act on your part as a pilot. Each pilot must meet the qualifications listed below. The pilot is also responsible for meeting the FAA minimums regarding flight status and currency. LifeLine Pilots will need a completed and signed pilot application and a cover sheet from your owner’s insurance or renter’s insurance policy.
Even with the FAA and LifeLine Pilots requirements met, the volunteer pilot must be at a point in life where “giving back” is important. You, the pilot, must make the financial and emotional commitment to help a family in need. Only you can evaluate the aircraft operating cost and the value you place on your time against the reward of serving those in need. Yes, it is tax deductible.
Once your commitment has been made, the rest is easy. At LifeLine Pilots, the role of the mission coordinator is to ensure that all of the details concerning a mission are handled. After an individual has qualified for a mission and the purpose of the mission confirmed, the potential mission is broadcast with a suggested flight route. Should you elect to take a leg of a mission, the necessary paperwork is provided to you via your chosen method of communication. The mission paperwork includes flight planning information such as the number of passengers, weights, distances, recommended FBOs and phone numbers so that you can make contact with passengers and linking pilots. You, as pilot in command, make all go or no-go decisions. LifeLine Pilots does not make nor override any pilot decision.
Qualifications for Volunteer Pilots:
- 21 years of age or older;
- Must be current with a minimum of 250 hours of pilot in command time;
- Submit a completed and signed application;
- Provide proof of insurance with a copy of the declaration or certificate page;
- Send a copy of most recent log book entry for BFR or wings phase;
- Successfully completed the AOPA Public Benefit Flying On-line Course and submit certificate of completion;
- Provide updated information whenever reportable changes occur such as loss of privilege, contact or aircraft insurance information;
For Volunteer Pilot Application questions, please contact LifeLine Pilots at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-822-7972.
To submit your Volunteer Pilot Application, email it to email@example.com or fax it to 309-210-9800.