July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Benevolent
flying by general aviation is in the spotlight this week as EAA’s Fly
for Life program recognizes those who fly to serve others around the
world. The Fly for Life program will highlight both public-benefit
aviation activities and mission-based flight operations that represent
more than 200 organizations.
Photo by Abbey Haug
The Fly for Life display along AeroShell Square.
Activities include a major display adjacent to
AeroShell Square, aircraft displays, and a special evening ‘Fly for Life’
recognizes humanitarian flight program at Theater in the Woods on Monday
featuring representatives of Public Benefit Aviation and Mission Aviation
and hosted by Miles O’Brien, former CNN science editor.
Many humanitarian organizations have been
longtime participants at EAA AirVenture through individual exhibit areas
and presentations. The Fly for Life program marks the first time all these
public-benefit and mission-based flight organizations have come together
to highlight the ways that general aviation serves people worldwide.
“There is an incredible story to tell of the
hundreds of airplanes and thousands of dedicated people, including many,
many EAA members, who generously devote themselves to using their flying
abilities to make our world a better place,” said former EAA Vice
President Bob Warner, who is serving as the program’s volunteer
chairman. “It may be a flight that carries relief supplies to a disaster
stricken area, or flies transplant organs to waiting recipients, or
supports faith-based missions.
“This is a story that we want to share not
only with the aviation community at EAA AirVenture, but to the public that
does not always understand the depth of aviation’s contribution to our