Who Are We
VOLUNTARY PILOTS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist all people in distress at sea. It implements its actions in adherence with the International Conventions on the Law of the Sea.
VOLUNTARY PILOTS is an association that is based on respect for human rights and dignity, regardless of nationality, origin or social, religious, political or ethnic affiliation.
VOLUNTARY PILOTS exists to assist without discrimination any person identified through its maritime air search operations to be in distress at sea. The people concerned are exiled men, women and children who end up in danger of death while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
VOLUNTARY PILOTS is financed by private donations. The funds collected are allocated to the running costs of the association, including all logistics expenses related to the use of our airplane for search and rescue missions.
Our team is made up of professional pilots, observers and many other volunteers, without whom the association could not exist. Learn more about joining our team here.
Our Plane: Colibri (The Hummingbird)
VOLUNTARY PILOTS uses a MCR-4S, which is a light aircraft with four seats. It is able to fly ten hours and travel more than 1,500 km per day.
We have named our plane the Hummingbird, in reference to a Native American legend that recounts how :
One day there was a huge forest fire. All the terrified animals watched helplessly as the fire consumed the forest. Only the little hummingbird was busy fetching a few drops of water with its beak to throw on the fire. After a moment, the armadillo, annoyed by the hummingbird’s actions, said to him, “Hummingbird! Are you crazy? It is not with these drops of water that you will extinguish the fire!” And the hummingbird replied, “I know it, but I am doing my part.”…
Thanks to our light aircraft, Voluntary Pilots also wants to do its part to identify and rescue persons in distress at sea.