Who we are

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

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

In addition to numerous aid projects worldwide - including in Ukraine (war), Turkey, Haiti and Pakistan (earthquake), Myanmar/Indonesia/Japan (tsunami), Syria/Iraq/Greece (refugee aid) and Mozambique (cyclones) as well as in flood disasters (e.g. Ahr River Valley, Germany) -- Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen / Wings of Help e.V. (LOG/WoH) builds computer schools for young people in difficult places such as in needy schools, migrant accommodations or refugee camps. This is happening in Myanmar, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Greece, Romania and in Kurdistan/Northern Iraq. Our credo "Bildung ist Zukunft/Education is Future" forms the sustainable basis for young generations, who receive new perspectives and opportunities through modern media and thus find access to education systems in the rest of the world.

Our organization, founded in 2003, works with airlines, logistics companies and a large number of well-known German and globally active companies. In the 20 years since it was founded, we have quickly and un-bureaucratically brought relief goods, food and urgently needed pharmaceutical aid with a volume of more than 9,000 tons to people in need on all continents. This is done locally in cooperation with non-political, local and global aid organizations. Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. /Wings of Help e. V., as a non-profit and charitable aid organization, is happy to issue a donation receipt.

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

Professor Dr. Hauke Lang

Board Member Medical Consultation

Responsible for medical matters. He is director of the clinic for general, visceral and transplant surgery at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He has held several leadership positions in global committees, most recently as President of the German Society for Surgery.

Hans-Joachim Sauer

Board member Lawyer, legal advisor

Lawyer and board member for legal matters

Guido Holz

TV and Film

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

Werner Claasen

Media & PR

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

Jürgen Wingenfeld

Chief Financial Officer

He is responsible for the finance department. Wingenfeld works as a management consultant for small and medium-sized companies with a focus on financial accounting, financing and public funding. He comes from the banking and accounting business.

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

Assistant to the Management

Social work course. At LOG/WoH, assistant to management and board members, responsible for office administration activities, graphic designs, coordination and organization.

Sylvia Plaschek

Head of Fundraising

Commercial education. Decades of experience as an editorial assistant for well-known programs on radio hr1 broadcast. Responsible participation in public events in the relevant departments of Hessischer Rundfunk (HR).

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.

Tobias Seidel

Office Assistance

Management Assistant for Office Communication | aircraft handling

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*

*LOG/WoH mourns the loss of Anton Wüstefeld, who worked for our organization for many years. We will honour his memory and his strong LOG/WoH-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, the chairman of the board of Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG, Andreas Pohl 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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