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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care, Human Services, Transportation Assistance

Mission: The mission of Angel Flight West is to arrange FREE air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs.

Results: Angel Flight West will be flying its 50,000 mission in 2011. Started in 1983, in our first full year of operation we flew 12 missions.

Target demographics: Those who need to get from where they are to where they need to be for compelling reasons in the western United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6500 flights arranged annually.

Programs: Angel flight west's network of 1,878 volunteer pilots, including 1,085 command pilots, donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical or geographic limitations. There is never a charge for an angel flight west mission. In 2014, afw arranged 6,011 flights and flew 3,882 flights.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angel Flight helps so many people that otherwise would not have access to the medical care that they need. Great people doing great things!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was priviledged to fly 87 missions for AFW, then I got caught out of town in Santa Rosa, CA in a medical emergency of my own. After 3 months in hospital - mostly in ICU - AFW helped me get home to Seattle where I could complete skin grafts and be closer to home. This they did for me even though I did not fit the usual criteria for transportation as I was not yet ambulatory. I am so grateful to this great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy my time in the air as a pilot. One of my greatest joys in life is to share this passion with others. Angel Flight West (AFW) makes it possible for me to fly passengers with a real purpose and they do all the work! I have worked closely with many of the staff at AFW and have found them to be the most caring, sincere, and dedicated people you would ever meet. The organization has systems and processes in place to administrate all of the logistics. It is wonderful to volunteer in the capacity of a pilot and not have to worry about anything other than the actual flight and comfort of the passengers. All of the passengers that I have met have only good things to say about AFW when we fly. They are as amazed as I am that such an organization can exist. It is a testament to their sincere concern for those with special transportation needs. All the volunteers play their part and with the structure that AFW provides, great things are accomplished. It is a pleasure to serve with them!

Airplanenut

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well before I started flying, I knew of Angel Flight and thought it was a great idea. After having my license for a few months shy of 5 years, I finally met the requirements to become a pilot for AFW and joined as quickly as I could. I'm always looking for an excuse to fly, and what better excuse could there be than helping someone else? After only a few flights, I've seen just how wonderful Angel Flight is. I've taken patients on their first trip in a small airplane, hopeful that a new trial treatment far from home would prove successful, and I've taken patients who fly every week to receive life-saving treatments. Some patients enjoy a good conversation and the view, while others just sleep after a long and tiring day, grateful that a 2-hour flight can replace a 5+ hour drive. But regardless of their condition or prognosis, all patients have been beyond grateful at the opportunity to receive necessary medical care, along with transportation that allows them to have a bit or normalcy return to life. When I first joined Angel Flight, I was hoping to do some good and log a few hours in the air. I never expected to be so touched by the opportunity to help so many wonderful people in a unique way. Angel Flight is truly an amazing organization with a most noble mission.

swpilot101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Pilot for many years and I am glad to be able to participate for the noble cause this organization offers. You have no idea on the level of satisfaction you get from those grateful eyes of the passengers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Pilot for many years and I am glad to be able to participate for the noble cause this organization offers. You have no idea on the level of satisfaction you get from those grateful eyes of the passengers.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Angel Flight West is a wonderful organization. I can't say enough about the staff & volunteers. Top notch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West for three years and have flown some 40 missions. Each passenger trip that I fly is a vignette of life's deepest struggles: being seriously ill, with inadequate funds and away from those you love and who care for you most. Every such plane ride is an emotional experience, not only in empathy for those seeking or returning from treatment, but also in knowing that but for the slightest turn of fate, it could so easily be one of my family riding in the back. Angel Flight is a fabulous organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I began volunteering for Angel Flight as Utah Mission Coordinator quite a few years ago. I loved the compassionate and giving spirit of the organization. :-) Then, in 2004 I became very ill and was flown as a patient. Many heartfelt thanks go out to the Angel Flight Pilots who flew me back and forth from Salt Lake City, UT to Dallas, TX so I could see my family while I was in treatment. They lifted my spirits and brought light into my life during a very difficult time. Currently, I still volunteer for Angel Flight West as Mission Coordinator.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Imagine a child with a serious health problem who needs treatment hundreds of miles away from home — and may have to make the voyage repeatedly. Her parents can’t afford the airfare, and a long, uncomfortable road trip is out of the question. This is a real-life situation far more common than many realize. There are countless thousands of people who require, but cannot afford, air transportation for medical and other compelling human needs. This is where Angel Flight West steps in to help. Their volunteer pilots and assistants, located throughout the 13 western states, donate their time, planes and fuel to fly missions for those in need of transportation. There is never any charge for this service.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never cease to be amazed by the innate goodness of the volunteer pilots who fly for Angel Flight West. Whether it's flying kids to special needs camps, flying patients for treatment, flying blood after 9-11, or Santa Flight delivering toys to needy kids, these are good & generous people. They make my eyes wet.

Review from Guidestar