Member FAQ

  1. What is Angel Flight West?
  2. How can I help Angel Flight West to fulfill its mission?
  3. How do I join Angel Flight West?
  4. I’ve submitted my application. What happens next?
  5. Does Angel Flight West have any membership fees or dues?
  6. How do I become an Angel Flight West Command Pilot?
  7. As a Command Pilot, what is my liability on an AFW flight?
  8. As a Command Pilot, how much flight insurance do I need?
  9. Who pays for an AFW flight?
  10. After I become a Command Pilot, how do I sign up for a flight?
  11. What can non-pilot members do to help?
1. What is Angel Flight West?
Angel Flight West (AFW) is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air transportation within the 13 Western states for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. AFW matches up volunteer pilots to people in need, enabling them to receive medical treatment and other vital care that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.Angel Flight West has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service, which means that contributions to AFW are tax-deductible.

2. How can I help Angel Flight West to fulfill its mission?
As a charitable, nonprofit organization, AFW depends on the service and generosity of individuals, corporate sponsors and foundation partners.If you’re a pilot, Angel Flight West gives you an opportunity to use your love of flying to help those in need. Our volunteer pilots tell us that the time they spend in the cockpit on AFW missions is some of the most rewarding time in their lives.

If you’re not a pilot, you can assist us in a variety of ways. You can donate cash, stocks, or other valuables, or give of your time through a variety of volunteer opportunities. No matter how you serve, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re playing a key role in the hope-giving, lifesaving mission of Angel Flight West.

3. How do I join Angel Flight West?
The easiest way to join Angel Flight West is to complete the online application. If you’re a pilot, please have your plane and pilot information handy to answer some of the questions on the application. If you’d like to have more information mailed or faxed to you, please send an email to memberinfo@angelflightwest.org.
4. I’ve submitted my application. What happens next?
After you’ve submitted the online application, we will send you an Angel Flight West hat. You will also receive the AFW Member’s Handbook via email, a laminated ID badge, and a subscription to our informative quarterly newsletter, “Flights of Hope.” If you’re a pilot, the next step to becoming an AFW Command Pilot is to complete the Mission Orientation.
5. Does Angel Flight West have any membership fees or dues?
No. Joining Angel Flight West is free. (In the past, Angel Flight West did charge dues, but the dues were eliminated in early 2014. If you paid dues or a member application fee in 2014 and you want to have that fee refunded, please contact the office at (310) 390-2958 or memberinfo@angelflightwest.org.
6. How do I become an Angel Flight West Command Pilot?

If you meet the qualifications for Command Pilot status, you may schedule a Mission Orientation with an Mission Orientation Pilot (MOP). If you do not meet the requirements for a Command Pilot, we have many opportunities for you to assist us in our mission, including flying as a mission assistant.

7. As a Command Pilot, what is my liability on an AFW flight?
AFW flights have the same status as any flight made with passengers by a private pilot, under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Each of your Angel Flight West passengers will need to sign a Waiver of Liability before boarding the plane. This waiver covers you, the pilot, as well as the Angel Flight West organization. Please mail or fax the waiver to the Angel Flight West office before you take off, or use the electronic waiver with your tablet or smart phone.
8. As a Command Pilot, how much flight insurance do I need?
All Angel Flight West Command Pilots, whether they’re aircraft owners or renters, are required to have liability insurance in order to fly missions. Because Angel Flight West pilots receive no financial compensation for their services, the flights are non-commercial and covered under a pilot’s normal liability policy. The minimum liability insurance coverage required is $500,000, with a minimum of $100,000 per seat. For more information, see our Pilot Requirements.
9. Who pays for an AFW flight?
The Command Pilot is responsible for all mission costs, including fuel. These costs may be tax deductible as a charitable donation. (Please consult with your tax advisor.) Many fix based operators offer fuel discounts to pilots who are on an Angel Flight West mission, and many airports throughout our area have agreed to waive landing and tie-down fees.
10. After I become a Command Pilot, how do I sign up for a flight?
To view a list of missions that need pilots, go to the Available Missions page. When you see a mission that you’d like to take, there are two ways you can sign up for it. You can submit a Mission Request online at the Available Missions page, or you can call the Angel Flight West office at 310-390-2958 and speak with a mission coordinator.
11. What can non-pilot members do to help Angel Flight West?
A lot! Many non-pilots join Angel Flight West because of their belief in our cause, and we welcome their enthusiasm and support. As a non-pilot member, you can assist in your own areas of interest or expertise – such as writing, computer work, mission coordination, telephoning, fundraising or planning special events. Read more on Volunteer Opportunities.