Who we are

Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. ...

based at Frankfurt Airport spreads its wings worldwide to help people in need. The areas of responsibility are the immediate care of needy children and families after natural and humanitarian catastrophes as well as the transport of medical emergencies from all over the world for medical treatment to Germany.

In addition to numerous aid projects worldwide, including in Haiti / Pakistan (earthquake), Myanmar / Indonesia / Japan (tsunami), Syria / Iraq / Greece (refugees) and Mozambique (current cyclone disasters) Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. builds for Children and adolescents computer schools, such as in Myanmar, Nepal, Puerto Rico and Kurdistan. Our credo: Education is the sustainable basis of young generations who receive new perspectives and opportunities via electronic media and thus have access to the rest of the world.

Our organization, founded in 2003, works together with airlines, logistics companies and a large number of renowned German and globally engaged companies. In the 20 years since its founding, we have quickly and non-bureaucratically delivered supplies, food and much-needed pharmaceuticals worth more than 140 million euros and a volume of more than 7,000 tons to needy people on every continent. This is done on site in cooperation with local and global aid organizations.

Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. as a charitable recognized aid organization issues donation receipts to its supporters.

Our Team

Managing Director

Frank Franke


Journalist and author | Legends Wings of Help Award 2018 | Former editor-in-chief on Hessischer Rundfunk | Vice-President ASF International  | Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany | WACS Humanitarian Award 2012

Ralf Bülter

Vice President, Executive Board Member

Founder of Top Alliance, business economist/focus on logistics, management consultant, international experience with global and regional aid projects

Dr. Ulf Merbold

Honorary President

Astronaut & Cosmonaut | 1983 – 2nd German in space | first German with 3 space flights Mission STS 9 Space Lab 1, shuttle flight | Later as the only one 3 times in space: Missions STS 42 Shuttle Flight- Spacelab & Mir 94 – 32 days on the Mir Station | 1984: Federal Cross…

Executive Board

Marie-Luise Thüne

International and Political Relations Secretary General Aviation Sans Frontières

actress | playwright | Medal of Merit Rhineland-Palatinate 2015 | Ehrensache SWR 2010

Dr. med. Markus Schmitt

Board Member Medical Consultation

Internal Specialist and Sports Medicine

Hans-Joachim Sauer

Board member Lawyer, legal advisor

Lawyer and board member for legal matters

Werner Claasen

Media & PR

With Werner Claasen, Wings of Help has more than four decades of intensive experience in corporate communications.

Guido Holz

TV and Film

TV producer | Owner of Timeline TV | German Human Rights Film Award 2014 | Robert Geisendörfer Film Award 2015

Rolf Geyer

coopted Chief Financial Officer

Former manager of a large “Sparkassenbank” branch in Frankfurt | Since 2018 Carrier | Federal Cross of Merit | Silver honorary pin of the EKHN

Peter C. Manz

IT & Security Board Member

Computer specialist since 1983. IT consulting, PC emergency service, PC emergency help, Internet, network planning and network solutions as well as telecommunications.

Our team at the Frankfurt headquarters

Felix Groh

Chief Operations Officer

Graduated in business administration and logistics expert. Responsible in particular for the preparation, coordination and safe transport of all relief goods that are dispatched globally by LOG.

Leonora Plaschek

Office Assistance

Tobias Seidel

Office Assistance

Management Assistant for Office Communication | aircraft handling

Simone Keßler

Donation Support & Cash Audir

Anja Gerauer

Social Media Production

Maximilian Baumann

Graphic design

With his agency “Nashorn Design” at LOG responsible for the graphic appearance combined with marketing including social media.

Daniel Claasen

Homepage Support

Council of trustees


Jürgen Harrer (Chairman)

Eckhard Zanger (Co-Chairman)

Bruno Gantenbrink

Silke Kadach

Ulf Köper

Marina Noble

Michael Roll

Johannes Winter

Anton Wüstefeld

Mourning for Christian Poppe

After a serious illness, the co-initiator of Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help e.V. (LOG/WoH), Christian Poppe, passed away. Together with President Frank Franke, Poppe brought to life Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen 20 years ago. Both were inspired by the humanitarian missions that Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) had been doing in France for years. At the beginning of the 2000s, Poppe headed the EADS corporate communications (today Airbus), which also supported social projects through aviation. 

After the founding of Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen in Germany, Poppe was a board member for many years and until recently a co-opted board member of the organization. LOG/WoH mourns the loss of a good friend with great commitment and tireless supporter, who was extremely committed to humanitarian issues on an international level. Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help will honor the memory of Christian Poppe and continue to be guided by his social commitment.

Wings of Help Award

Award for humanitarian commitment worldwide: The Wings of Help Award is presented at irregular intervals to personalities who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way for their humanitarian commitment. In recent years, these wings of help, among others, have been awarded to the Hamburg entrepreneurs Claus and Gunnar Heinemann, the journalist Stefan Aust and the Frankfurt music and event entrepreneur Bernd Breiter.

The prize was first awarded to LOG-WoH President Frank Franke as part of the Living Legends of Aviation, which has been a major American event for decades and is also known as the Oscars of aerospace. At this event, an independent consortium delegated the task of presenting the award to a jury from Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen/Wings of Help. e.V. in Frankfurt/Main.

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