Volunteer Individuals & Pilots Wing (VIP Wing)
The Texas Pilots Association's "VIP Wing" aims
to lead Texas General Aviation (GA) NPO's in serving our State, and the nation, by
providing support -through our membership- for community and educational efforts
, emergency events, humanitarian causes and "flights of compassion", also to
augment law enforcement and search & rescue efforts -when requested, and
supporting legislative issues of significant impact on our over-all goals.
The Lecture Circuit: This effort primarily entails visiting
educational institutions and other organizations, including NPOs, and "clubs"
-by invitation- to educate people about aviation and its different business and
non-business segments, and contributing (or supporting) industries and services.
Furthermore, to inspire others to participate in the field or support its
growth. For this task, we require professionals and enthusiast who are willing
to donate their time for such prescheduled events. These prospect volunteers
will either need to reside in Texas or be willing to travel to the state. If you
are interested in sharing your knowledge and inspiration with others through
this effort, please contact us and advise us of your
availability and preferred chosen venues and locales.
"Keeping the DREAM alive!": We believe that the
best method to "recruit" new or young future aviation talent is to grant them
their first taste of what it is like to start their practical journey
into aviation -starting from physically touching a aircraft or spacecraft
(connecting imagination to reality)! This Discovery Flight takes them and a trained pilot on an
approximately 30-minute-long flight to familiarize them with the airplane, the
airport and the general awe of taking the controls of a safe and reliable
aircraft, for the first time, thousands of feet above the earth! Once they
continue to demonstrate the interest in the field, we will help them find the
resources to move on to the next step!
Flights of Compassion:
Many of the
nation's charitable organizations utilize air travel resources from GA and the
airlines to provide no-cost travel for financially-challenged patients. During
calendar year 2006 approximately 48,000 patients plus family members were served
by the different components of these networks. Volunteer Pilot Organizations (VPOs)
utilize volunteer general aviation pilots who either own their own aircraft or
rent aircraft for use in serving needy patients.
One of the
roles we serve as an organization is:
to recruit and orient volunteer pilots who
want to serve needy patients;
to educate the public and the health care
system about the availability of charitable medical air transportation;
to match together the needy patient and the
willing volunteer pilot and assist in the mission coordination
to stay in touch with the patient or patient
family to ensure that their needs have been met in a caring and loving
It might also be important to
point out that...
Patient transport mission
numbers are increasing 25% or more per year.
More volunteer pilots are needed
in every region of the country.
We will work hand in hand with
other volunteer regional and State groups and do not intend to duplicate
Mentors: We are seeking science,
technology and engineering, and mathematics volunteer mentors who are
interested in giving back to the community. We need experienced and committed
professionals who can dedicate time and effort to mentor high school/collage
level students who are interested in fields that cater to GA and AGA.
We are seeking a qualified volunteer
member of The TPA to lead and promote the VIP Wing; these are the essential
qualities we are seeking in such an individual:
1. Strong leadership
2. Ability to develop people
3. Excellent communication skills
4. Good interpersonal skills
5. Problem solving skills
6. Time management skills
VOLUNTEER PILOTS ARE NEEDED TOO!
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of being a volunteer with
The TPA then please contact us with the
details of your desire. If you are not able to volunteer your time or expertise,
then perhaps you would be interested in supporting the organization via
donating funds or being a sponsor... to learn more about supporting The TPA
and its goals, please visit the "support page"