iFly, a GA fractional club started by Erik Lindbergh, will donate 20 flight hours per year per member to fly Angel Flight missions in its fleet of Columbia 350s.
“I am an Angel Flight member and a strong believer in their mission,” Lindbergh said. “Those living in rural areas, or needing specialized care that can only be found in a few locations, face a real challenge. The speed, safety, utility and comfort of our aircraft lend themselves well to these types of flights and our membership is very supportive of the organization.”
iFly member Dean Shold made iFly’s first Angel Flight, transporting a 6-year-old girl between her home in Hanford, Calif., and UCLA Medical Center where she’s undergoing treatment.
Angel Flight West serves 13 Western states. Since its inception in 1983, it has coordinated more than 30,000 missions. It has more than 2,000 member pilots.
Meanwhile, Angel Flight of Tennessee has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families that will help it expand its outreach to rural communities throughout the state.
“We hope to reach many people with life-threatening medical situations, especially those who live in rural communities,” said Jim Smith, executive director, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. “We also hope to expand our network of volunteer pilots statewide.”
In 2006, Angel Flight of Tennessee had 105 volunteer pilots who completed 295 missions serving 450 passengers. Public benefit was $235,363.
Angel Flight of Tennessee is part of Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. In 2006, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic had nearly 1,500 volunteer pilots in 10 states who flew 1,812 missions, with a total of 3,393 passengers flown. Public benefit was more than $1.8 million.
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