Types of Missions We Fly

Angel Flight West flights serve a wide variety of needs. All are intended for situations in which the passenger cannot afford to purchase commercial airline tickets, or when travel by land or commercial airline would be a physical hardship. Other situations include, but are not limited to, a compromised immune system or living in a remote area without access to commercial transportation.

The following is a list of the most common types of missions flown:

Medical Transport
Compassion
Special Needs Camps
Domestic Violence Relocation
Assistance for Military Personnel
Blood, Organ, and Tissue Donations
Disaster Response
Transplant Recipients


Medical Transport
Flights for travel to and from medical treatment. Patients with all medical conditions who are ambulatory and medically stable are accepted except for those whose conditions would make flying a health risk.

Compassion
Flights for persons traveling for compassionate reasons such as, but not limited to, travel to provide caregiving for an ill family member or friend, and travel to visit a seriously or terminally ill family member.

Special Needs Camps
Flights for children and adults going to camps for a variety of special needs – including burn survivors, children with diabetes, families impacted by HIV or AIDS, children who are cancer patients or cancer survivors, and many others.

Domestic Violence Relocation
Flights that enable domestic-violence survivors to move to a safer location.

Assistance for Military Personnel
Flights for active-duty military personnel, in particular those who have been or will be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, in situations where the military cannot provide that assistance. In some situations, we may be able to assist with longer-distance travel via commercial airline.

Blood, Organ, and Tissue Donations
Flights to transport blood, blood products, organs and/or tissue to and from hospitals or other agencies.

Disaster Response
After floods, earthquakes and other disasters, AFW can dispatch a large number of aircraft to the disaster scene to help relocate displaced residents, to transport small rescue-type cargo and/or relief supplies, and to transport rescue workers and/or rescue dogs.

Transplant Recipients
Flights to bring transplant recipients to hospitals for organ transplants. These missions are accepted on a limited basis due to the time constraints and the distances involved.