11 Amazing Organizations Offering Private Flights for those with Medical Needs
When a child needs treatment at a medical facility far from home, transportation is one of the many costly dilemmas families face. Fortunately, there are volunteer pilots that make it their mission to offer free medical transportation to get patients wherever they need to go to get better. Check the following list to find pilot organizations in your area, and follow the links to find more information.
Website: aircharitynetwork.orgLocation: Network of regional organizations throughout the US.
Contact: (877) 621-7177
Requirements: According to the website, “passengers must be medically stable, ambulatory, and be able to sit up in an airplane seat for the duration of the flight" and there should “be some reason why private aircraft is the only option over commercial transportation,” but requirements may vary among regional organizations.
Get started:Go to the site of the organization in your region to request a flight.
Website:www.hopeflightfoundation.org/Welcome.htmlLocation: Hayward, California
Contact: (510) 427-3956 | [email protected]Requirements: According to the website, requirements include “Medical Release from Patient's Doctor; Be in Stable Condition; Financial Hardship or other Compelling Need.” The organization flies children from California, Nevada, and Oregon to hospitals in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.
Social media:FacebookGet started: Read the Services page for more information.
Website:kidswings.orgLocation: Brighton, Michigan
Contact: (810) 599-8765 | [email protected]Requirements: According to the website, Kids Wings provides flights for “those who cannot travel on commercial aircraft due to time or medical conditions. Examples include immune system deficiency dictating avoidance of crowds, or frequent trips for treatment which would be financially difficult for the client to afford” and ”transplant flights to provide time critical air transportation for organ recipients.”
Get started: Kids Wings takes referrals from Angel Flight and Air Care Alliance, or contact the organization directly.
Website:lifelinepilots.orgLocation: Peoria, Illinois
Contact: (800) 822-7972
Requirements: According to the website, patients must “have a medical or humanitarian need distant from home; have a financial need for assistance; be able to fly in a non-pressurized aircraft; be able to board the aircraft with minimal assistance; be able to sit upright in a standard aircraft seat; be willing to sign a liability release form; and provide own transportation to and from the airport; submit a completed Mission Request Packet for consideration.” The organization's service area is Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio.
Social media:Facebook | Twitter | LinkedInGet started:Fill out an online Mission Request Form.
Website:miracleflights.org/Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact: (800) 359-1711 | [email protected]Requirements: According to the website, “Qualifying families can receive travel assistance for the child patient and up to 2 parents or legal guardians. Flights for adult patients (age 18 and up) are provided for the patient and caregiver, if medically necessary. Applications should be submitted a recommended 14 days prior to departure. … Flights are subject to household income eligibility with supporting documentation.”
Social media:Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTubeGet started:Download an application.
Website:www.wingsflight.orgLocation: Orchard Park, New York
Contact: 1-866-61-WINGS(94647) | [email protected]Requirements: According to the website, “Wings Flights are available to all that may need medical attention … Many of our patients are children, however, adults of all ages are also flown FREE of charge. … Commercial flights often restrict patients from travel, due to germs and schedule. This is where Wings Flight can fly the patient as the aircraft are continually taking in fresh air through the flights. Patients are allowed to keep their oxygen with them and in use on all Wings Flights. Wings Flights requires that all passengers, including the patients, to be in stable condition, and able to get in and out of small aircraft with little or no assistance, along with other restrictions, that will be reviewed upon your flight request.” The organization flies to locations in the northeast US.
Social media:FacebookGet started:Fill out an online application.
Website:wingsofmercy.orgLocation: Zeeland, Michigan
Contact: (616) 396-1077
Requirements: According to the Wings of Mercy website, patients must "meet our limited disposable income requirements; have a medical need for long distance transportation east of the Rocky Mountains; be cleared by a doctor for travel in a small aircraft without in-flight medical personnel or critical care equipment; currently reside in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana or Illinois.”
Social media:Facebook | Twitter | YouTubeGet started:Fill out an online application.
Have you been helped by a pilot organization offering free medical transportation that's not on this list? Tell us about it in the comments. And if this service isn't something your family requires, consider donating to one of these organizations in your area to help other families in need.