On June 16, 2014 Angel Flight West received a grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. The Eccles Foundation is dedicated to serving the people of the State of Utah by carrying forth the philanthropic interests and goals of its founders. The Foundation supports projects and programs that have the potential to make a significant difference in bettering Utah’s communities and enriching the quality of life of its citizens. To learn more, please visit the Eccles Foundation Website.
THANK YOU to Eccles Foundation for your support of Angel Flight West and the Utah Wing. It’s your support that keeps us soaring!
On Wednesday June 11, 2014 by The Global Dispatch news website published an article announcing that Angel Flight West, along with two other public benefit aviation organizations, will be featured in the international hit docuseries “The Aviators.” As the author of this article explains, “The Aviators is an award-winning weekly TV series featuring interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations. It’s action, intensity, and adrenalin mixed with education, entertainment, and beauty. The Aviators is about all things aviation – for everyone who has ever gazed skyward.”
Producer and host of the show, Anthony Nalli, explained his inspiration for the upcoming segment: “It is important to put the spotlight on volunteerism in aviation because it has the potential to improve millions of people’s lives by bringing them one step closer to the assistance they need — whether it is medical treatment, disaster relief or in the case of Pilots and Paws, animal rescue. We hope this segment will inspire pilots to reach out with their time, skills and aircraft, and we hope non-pilots will support these organizations in any way they can.”
Make sure to tune in to Season 5, episode 4 of “The Aviators”! We are excited about the opportunity to have Angel Flight West and the good work of our volunteer pilots spotlighted for the series’ audience of over 50 million viewers.
Over 100 people gathered at the Harris Ranch Restaurant on Saturday May 31st to enjoy an afternoon of fun and good food. Several pilots were given awards and Josh Olson, the new Executive Director of AFW gave a “State of AFW Address.”
Southern California Command Pilot Randy Bresnik regaled the crowd with stories of his long career in aviation, beginning with his father – aka Amelia Earhart’s photographer. His presentation included some amazing pictures of his career in the military and law enforcement and ended with the story of his son, Randy Bresnik, Jr., and his career as a shuttle astronaut.
There was a terrific lunch buffet, a small auction and an opportunity drawing, where one lucky winner walked away with two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines! We made nearly $3000.00 to help Angel Flight West continue to serve those passengers who so desperately need to get to medical treatment. Those funds allow the AFW Staff to continue to coordinate those flights – giving you – the generous and compassionate pilots – the opportunity to fly! Without you – we don’t exist.
Thanks again to the Harris Ranch folks for their generosity in waiving so many of the fees and for providing us with a great venue and terrific food. And many thanks to George Morse and his crew for the speedy and organized manner in which that many planes get in and out of that small air park!