Our Safety Course Receives a Refresh!

The AOPA Public Benefit Flying Course that we use for orientation has been updated!  Newly joined members and seasoned command pilots alike will find important information on safe decision-making, working with passengers, and planning for flights. Now is the perfect time to start your command pilot orientation if you have not yet done so and we encourage you to start as soon as possible! You will be able to receive FAA Wings credit upon completion. We also encourage those with more mission experience to review it and stay fresh on the material.

Access the course here: www.airsafetyinstitute.org/publicbenefitflying

Make Caring Easy: Options for Caregivers and Patients

Are you one of the 34.2 million people in America that is a caregiver? In many caring scenarios, the caregiver may find that they cannot provide what their loved one or patient needs. Sometimes the elderly member needs to travel to a location that is far away – be it a hospital, or to visit with family. In these situations, it can be difficult to find an airline or any means of transportation to deliver the person that you are caring for safely. 

If the senior citizen you are caring for faces difficult medical challenges that you are not equipped to handle on your own, there are ways to overcome these tough hurdles. Many organizations are available to assist you in ways you may not have thought possible, like our volunteer air travel at Angel Flight West.

Doing the right research can help you find any of the numerous programs available to assist caregivers, including:

  • Administration on Aging, which helps senior citizens find the means to live independently
  • National Respite Network, allowing caregivers to take a needed break
    Benefits Checkup, which researches the system of benefits available for your elderly patient
  • Family Care Navigator, a site that specializes in finding the care options in your geographic location

Along with these outstanding organizations, you can guarantee that the elderly person in your life has proper care, which will save you from worry. Awareness of the resources for senior caregivers will help you deliver the best treatment for the senior citizens in your life.

Good news for members who want to serve as Mission Assistant

In the past, finding opportunities to fly on Angel Flight West missions as a Mission Assistant has been a bit challenging. We’re working on a feature that will make it easier for Command Pilots and potential Mission Assistants to connect with each other.

The feature will be launched in a few weeks, but we wanted to give both Command Pilots and Mission Assistants advance notice on how the feature will work.

Currently, Command Pilots can indicate that they are interested in having a Mission Assistant when they submit a pilot request. Now, checking this box will trigger an email to potential Mission Assistants within a reasonable driving distance of the Command Pilot’s home base airport.

Potential Mission Assistants can respond to this email if interested in the flight. These responses are sent to the Command Pilot for review, and the Command Pilot can choose the most appropriate Mission Assistant for the mission.

How do we know that you’re a potential Mission Assistant? It’s a checkbox option in your Account Settings. For instructions on how to update your Account Settings, please review this help desk article.

We’ll be sending more information as launch approaches to provide more specific instructions. We look forward to your feedback, and we hope that these new features make it easier for Mission Assistants to find missions.

Log in using Facebook

You can now log into VPOIDS (formerly referred to as AFIDS) using your Facebook credentials. This makes the login process easier, and saves you from having to enter your VPOIDS username and password.

Facebook login works when the email address in your Facebook account matches the email in your VPOIDS account.

For complete instructions, please refer to this help desk article.

Give it a try today! Log in at https://afids.angelflightwest.org

AFW has a new partner, especially for pilots: ZuluLog

ZuluLog is offering 10% discount to all AFW members and also a donation back to Angel Flight West with every purchase!

ZuluLog is a professional, cloud-based online pilot logbook system that can help you track flight hours, pilot currency and training, schedules, type ratings, flight and duty limits, rest requirements, certificates, medicals, and much more. ZuluLog is fully FAA-compliant and has multiple, secure data centers across North America. ZuluLog guarantees acceptance by employers and government agencies. The system is accessible via Web as well as apps for iOS and Android. Unlimited phone support is provided at no extra charge. Use code ZULUAFW  when ordering!

Here’s what their customers say:

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I am loving your product and your service is outstanding. I will tell everyone I know to use ZuluLog. –Chris, Valley Village, CA

ZuluLog is a fantastic system. I’m recommending it to all my coworkers. –Riley, Edmonton, AB

Sign up today!! Use code ZULUAFW when ordering. (website is www.zululog.com)

AFW at the Reno Air Races!!

For many years, the Nevada Wing, led by Tom Porta, has been a fixture at the Races by hosting an information booth benefiting Angel Flight West. And, Barb Ausherman, and Dave & Sandy Norton have been supporting our cause by volunteering every year. Pictured are Barb, Dave and Sandy standing in front of Sandy’s hand made airplane quilt. Some lucky winner will take this quilt home on Sunday!

A big shout out to volunteers Tom, Barb and Tel Paris for organizing our booth and to Dave and Sandy for their time and generosity!

Breaking News: 2017 Sketchers Performance LA Marathon + AFW

We are thrilled to announce that Angel Flight West has been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon for 2017! This program offers nonprofits the chance to increase awareness, raise funds and engage supporters.

For our first year, we decided to recruit participants for the LA Big 5K which takes place the day before the LA Marathon. What do we need from you? Only $40 to register and $350 in funds raised to enjoy a day of fun and giving back.

We are only 7 months away and time will pass quickly – so dust off your running shoes, get into shape and begin recruiting friends and family for a terrific AFW team building experience. All the funds raised will go towards increasing the number of missions that AFW provides.

Join us by registering here:

Register for the Los Angeles Big 5K Angel Flight West Team

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM Race Start
Place: Dodger Stadium
Registration information is forthcoming. Please place this event on your calendars!

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AFW Golf Event: Fun in the sun on October 21!

Few golf experiences can match those at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. This par-70 championship course offers an unending variety of play plus commanding sweeping views to the sea.

Join us on Friday, October 21, for a day of golf and late afternoon/evening of celebration. Be an angel and become a sponsor, a golfer or donate to our auction, the proceeds of which will enable us to increase our missions and people supported.

For more information on how you can be a part of this memorable event, see this flyer.

Angel Flight West SoCal Fly-In

The Annual SoCal Fly-In on July 16 at McClellan Palomar Airport (Carlsbad) was a huge success! Over 40 AFW volunteers, pilots and soon to be pilot members, and staff attended to network and learn more about Angel Flight West. A highlight of the meeting/luncheon included passenger Santiago and his mom Irma’s testimonials, which aired on the Saturday CBS Channel 8 news. (See:  http://www.cbs8.com/story/32462074/pilots-recognized-for-work-with-angel-flight-west

At the end of the day, pilots were recruited and excitement was created about the current AFW Camp Season and upcoming Golf Fundraiser on October 21 in Dana Point.  Photos include:  Vince, SoCal Wing Leader, plus Rock and Genevieve Lavin, who planned the event. The other photo: Ivan Martinez, AFW Mission Operations with Irma and Santiago, and the pilots who flew them from San Diego, James Dell and Walt Harrison.

 

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Angel Flight West has a new, fabulous partner!

Angel Flight West is pleased to be partnering with Optima Publications, publishers of the best-selling Pilots Guide VFR Airport Information Guides.  For a limited time, members of AFW can purchase any of the popular Pilots Guides direct from Optima and save 10% off the retail price. In addition, AFW will earn 20% of each purchase! Pilots Guides are now exclusively in digital format, with Data Plans available for the Apple iPad and iPhone, and a new PDF Edition for any internet-connected computer device.

To take advantage of this opportunity go to: www.pilotsguide.com/afw. Be sure enter Promo Code “AFW2016” during checkout.

Donate $1 a mile – let’s get the kids to Camp this summer!

Pilot Neal Dillman is flying Jose C. and Elias A. 186 miles to Champ Camp, a special camp for kids who are burn survivors. Over 500 AFW flights take place each summer, transporting children to camps like Camp Kindle (affected by HIV/AIDS) and The Painted Turtle (serious medical conditions). You can enable a child to spend some fun, quality time with children like themselves. No amount is too little! Click onto: https://afids.angelflightwest.org/give. Please make a note that this is a tribute gift for camps. We thank you and so do these kids!

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