Will Donate 20 Hours Flying Time Per Member For Mercy
Fractional ownership program iFly tells ANN it aims to donate
hundreds of hours in its fleet of Columbia 350s each year in an
effort to shrink the distance between those in need and medical
care they require often hundreds of miles away. In partnership with
Angel Flight West, an organization that matches those in need with
aircraft and pilots, iFly will donate 20 flight hours per year, per
member, to fly Angel Flight missions.
According to iFly cofounder and Angel Flight member Erik
Lindbergh, the program is a natural way for iFly to give back to
"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. We’re
pleased to enable our members to use these aircraft for such a
Program member Dean Shold made iFly's first Angel Flight last
week, transporting a six-year-old girl between her home in Hanford,
CA and UCLA Medical Center, where she's undergoing treatment for an
illness. The flight cut the travel time for the girl and her mother
by about two-thirds.
"Angel Flights are a way that we pilots can really provide a
valuable service to people who need assistance while doing
something that we love to do – fly. I'm really proud of iFly
for establishing this program and look forward to flying more
missions in the future," Shold said.
The flight was organized
by Angel Flight West, a member organization of Angel Flight
America. Angel Flight West serves 13 Western states providing
access for people in need seeking free air transportation to
specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to
family, community or national crisis. Since its inception in 1983,
Angel Flight West has coordinated more than 30,000 missions and now
has more than 2,000 member pilots.
"I am pleased with Angel Flight West's unique partnership with
iFly," said Jim Weaver, Angel Flight West executive director. "I am
delighted with their willingness to use their resources to make a
difference for those in need."