Veterans post a travel request online at the VAC website indicating where they need to travel, the dates, how many passengers and their reason for wanting the flight. An e-mail is then sent to volunteer pilots to see who is willing and available to take the flight. Fricke says that within minutes of posting a request there are often responses from volunteers wanting to take the mission. Since it was founded in 2006, VAC has signed up nearly 1,000 volunteer pilots, flown more than 720,000 miles and carried some 1,400 passengers. The volunteers are unpaid and cover all their own costs to fly the missions. The Airlift prefers that volunteers have high-performance airplanes and requires an IFR rating.