Birds of a Feather
is a worldwide organization based on the principles of
It has been established for pilots
and cockpit crewmembers who are
active or inactive in private, commercial or military
We provide AA meetings worldwide, a yearly
this website for
pilots and cockpit crewmembers in recovery.
Statement approved by Trusted Servants, June 2009
Who is this website for?
Birds of a Feather Statement of Intent
Birds of a Feather was
formed in response to the need for meeting places for pilots and cockpit
crewmembers where the subjects of addiction to alcohol or drugs might be
discussed with impunity and anonymity. The cultural bias concerning
these subjects has prevented many pilots in the past from seeking advice in
this area. Birds of a Feather intends to address, in an
atmosphere of support, the facts--in that the members are alcoholic
themselves and have a means whereby productive lives in their chosen
profession can be maintained.
Our concern is recovery from alcoholism. We have no
loyalties to any company, government institution, medical facility, union, Employee Assistant Program, treatment center
or specific recovery program. The fear of loss or limitation to our careers
because of this misunderstood disease has been a very real concern to all of
us and the understanding of those concerns to be found here is priceless. BOAF has contributed immeasurably to our own recovery and the spirit of
passing this philosophy on to others who also might benefit is the reason
for Birds of a Feather.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
AND ITS BEGINNINGS
Excerpt from an address given on behalf of BOAF,
at the Alcohol Awareness Hour, Eisenhower Medical Center,
by Ward B. (SEA).
"About BOAF. A clinical diagnosis of alcoholism or a history of an excessive
drinking habit disqualifies an aviator from holding the FAA medical
certificate which permits him to work as an airman. Thus an aviator
having a problem with alcohol whose condition became known was
automatically grounded. BOAF was formed in 1975 to assist troubled
airmen to sobriety, thereby saving lives and careers. It was formed by
three recovered pilots and two non-pilot airmen in the Pacific
Northwest. In 1976 the Federal Air Surgeon, H. L. Reighard, a very
perceptive and realistic practitioner, believed that air safety is to be
enhanced by assisting airmen to recovery rather than having them remain
in the closet along with their booze. There are now ten BOAF organizations
in the U.S. and two International. BOAF has done exactly as the founders
had hoped: assisting airmen toward sobriety."
Today, Birds Of A Feather International
serves the same purpose: to assist troubled airmen toward sobriety,
thereby saving lives and careers. There are now many more "Nests"
throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
Suggested pages: NESTS
Orville C. Gull
IF YOU ARE A PILOT OR COCKPIT CREWMEMBER IN PRIVATE, COMMERCIAL, AIRLINE OR
MILITARY AVIATION (or know of someone who is) AND NEED HELP WITH AN ALCOHOL OR DRUG PROBLEM, WE ARE HERE
TO ASSIST YOU. CHECK OUT OUR DIFFERENT WEBPAGES AND IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL ANY OF THE PHONE NUMBERS LISTED THERE.
for updates and new information
(and to see info on BOAF registered trademarks)
*Note: "Birds of a Feather" is a
U.S. government registered trademark. Click
Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion of
this website or any of the institutions, programs, procedures or
recommendations given herein. This is in keeping with Tradition 10
which states : "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues,
hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy" and
Tradition 6 which states in part: "An AA group ought never endorse or
lend the AA name lest we are diverted from our primary purpose."