The pilot requirements are basic, but must be
- Appropriate Airmen's Certificate (Sport Pilot or higher)
- Current Medical Certificate (if applicable)
- Current Flight Review
- 500 hours as PIC
- 90-day currency in aircraft used
- Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance for aircraft used (owned, rental or borrowed).
- Must be current to carry passengers in the aircraft used.
- The aircraft used for the flight must be in airworthy condition.
for Conducting a Dreams & Wings Flight
Read all the guidelines carefully. In addition to a memorable
flight experience, the kids you fly will also remember their pilot. If appropriate,
provide your name and telephone number to your young passengers for any questions
their parents or guardians may have.
Each child should already have a registration form.
This includes important pre-flight information. Photocopies
are acceptable. Prior to the flight, you must receive a signed
registration from the legal guardian of the participant.
Discuss what you will do and see on your flight. Stress ramp
safety, emphasizing caution around propellers and moving aircraft.
Conduct a pre-flight inspection accompanied by your young passenger(s).
Help them into their seat. Buckle their seat belt and shoulder
harness. Explain the operation of the aircraft door. Describe
the interior of the airplane. Allow time to answer any questions they may have
before you start your engine.
The experience you provide your young passengers will be
cherished for a lifetime. Someday, some of them may share a
flight experience with another generation of aviation enthusiasts.
Maintain a common-sense approach to the flight. You may take
more than one young person at a time, but consider the experience
from the participant’s perspective. Allow the participant’s parent(s) to observe or take part
as circumstances allow, but remember the child is the focus of the event.
Plan your flight to be as smooth as possible. VFR weather
is required--at least a 3000 foot
ceiling and 5 miles visibility. You may let passengers follow
through on the controls, but you must be in command of the
aircraft at all
aerobatic maneuvers, unusual attitudes or formation flights
are permitted in the Program. However, you may want
to demonstrate how the airplane is controlled through demonstration
of simple climbs, turns and descents. Apply see-and-avoid techniques at all times.
Congratulate your young passengers! Share the excitement
and encourage questions. Take as much time as possible with
them. They have just completed an experience they will long remember. Consider having a camera available for pictures.
I fly in my licensed "Experimental" aircraft? Yes. All aircraft are eligible provided they are properly licensed and flown in accordance
with appropriate FARs (or the country's equivalent).
not a pilot. How can participate? Volunteers are needed to assist in finding young people, flightline safety, registration and coordinating
pre- and post-flight activities.
I deduct expenses incurred while flying for Dreams & Wings? Yes. The IRS has ruled that volunteer pilots can deduct direct,
out-of-pocket expenses incurred in direct connection with
and solely attributed to the Program. If these conditions
are met, volunteers can deduct direct out-of-pocket expenses
- (1) fuel and oil directly consumed by the aircraft
in the demonstration flight, not to exceed 200 miles;
fuel and oil to another airport within 50 miles to meet a
- (3) transportation, not to exceed 30 miles
one way, to and from the airport;
- (4) the rental charge for
a bus or van to bring a group of young people to the airport;
- (5) the rental expense of an airplane used only for the Program;
- (6) extra liability insurance purchased solely for flights
for the program;
- (7) landing and tie down fees at a non-home-based
- (8) aeronautical education materials;
- (9) meals
for the young person (but not the volunteer); and
- (10) film
and development of pictures for the young person.
expenses, such as hangar fees and annuals, are not considered
Please maintain reliable records (receipts or
written log) of out-of-pocket expenses. For
the purposes of computing the expense of transporting the volunteer
and/or young person to and from the airport in a passenger
automobile, a standard mileage rate can be used
instead of operating expenses. Please consult a tax professional
with any specific questions related to your finances.
if the child does not meet the age criteria? The program guidelines are that children should be between
the ages of 8 and 18. We understand that there are
times when younger children
may benefit from the Dreams & Wings experience.
You should carefully assess the individual child and their
ability to learn from the experience. We will enroll children
younger than the minimum age criteria (but not younger than
5 years old). In all cases, consideration
must be given to maturity and physical size to ensure safety
and maximum benefit from the flight.