Celebrating AFW and Steve Danz at the National Philanthropy Day Awards

12249709_10153105704347187_8746444409538760465_n

We are giving ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back courtesy of the recognition from the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Awards!

On November 10 at Paramount Studios, Angel Flight West and board chair/command pilot Steve Danz received awards for the 30th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day Awards, sponsored and presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Angel Flight West was honored with the Nonprofit Achievement Award and Steve as Outstanding Volunteer; he accepted the award on behalf of the volunteer pilots. It was a richly deserved celebratory event for Angel Flight West!

We are so grateful for the recognition and intend to use this honor as fuel to our fire and never let up in the fight for our cause.

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside each November- the purpose of which is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world. President Ronald Reagan signed the official proclamation for NPD in 1986.

 

How to Take Great Photos and Videos of your Angel Flight West Mission

08466f90ec8cb86d082d31b254913c985ec59df9

Angel Flight West missions will always be remembered. Sometimes you fly in a small four person aircraft; loud propeller engines, a tight space and controls all around you. Other times you could be sitting in a ten person aircraft, consisting of DVD monitors, walking space and a restroom. Each ride is an experience that you will always remember. What could be the easiest way to remember your mission? Angel Flight West has created a list of helpful hints and tips that can be used when you want to document your mission using your camera or video camera. Follow this list and your flight through Angel Flight West will never be forgotten!

 

1. Be Prepared
Whether it’s a phone or an SLR camera, always be prepared! Don’t forget to charge your camera or video camera the night before. Also, don’t forget any cases or accessories you might need to document the ultimate flight! Always bring a case and a fully charged phone or camera. If you are going to be taking pictures at night, make sure to bring some sort of flash to have the correct amount of light in your photos!

imgres

 

2. Don’t Be Full
There are thousands of cameras that you could use for the mission. Whichever camera you choose, make sure you have lots of memory / storage! Running out of room for pictures on your memory card is the worst, and it means you won’t be able to document the trip at all. If you’re bringing a phone, make sure you have enough room for lots of pictures. Bring extra memory cards if you’re going to be using an SLR or handheld camera.

imgres

 

3. Pass It Around
Although you might want to be the photographer of the trip, don’t forget to let others take photos as well! To get the full view of your mission, make sure to pass the camera around. Take photos of the flight, with the pilot, and let the pilot take photos of you (only when on autopilot, of course!). Take photos of your sleeping family members, and let them take photos of you! You won’t get a scope of the entire trip without everyone being involved!

nikolay and adrian

 

4. Get the Angles
Similar to Pass It Around, make sure your photos are all different perspectives and styles. Take a close up of the controls, and take a group photo when you have landed! Getting all types of photographs will give your mission that ‘story book’ feel. You will capture the entire idea of the flight!

58212ff3508dc2babd159434d3ef5f7e627e3fa5

 

5. Enjoy the Sky

What could we possibly forgetting? Have Fun! You’re on one of your first Angel Flight West missions as a passenger, so remember to enjoy the sky, enjoy the mission, and enjoy the airplane your pilot has let you fly in. Soar through the clouds and capture the memories you and your family will never forget!

0f1a21166fe0462f6ba40a56bfa2d9f23d2c7238

Endeavor Awards – AOPA Writeup

Party under the space shuttle

Public benefit flying feted at Endeavor Awards

June 1, 2015
By Julie Summers Walker
0601_Endeavor_Banquet

The good pilots are doing to help others was given a Hollywood bash May 30 at the Los Angeles Science Center.

Movie stars and movie clips lent some Hollywood flair to the second annual Endeavor Awards, which combine celebrity, remarkable surroundings, and fanfare to honor those who contribute their time, money, and aircraft to help others. Hosted by “aspiring” pilot actor Greg Kinnear, the Endeavor Awards were created by Mark Wolper, a Hollywood producer and an active pilot who works extensively with Angel Flight West.

Honorees included 91-year-old pilot John Billings, who flies for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic; Rick Durden, who flies for LightHawk; and Steve Purello, who flies for Angel Flight Southeast. Each received a $15,000 grant for their organization to help continue its work.

Billings, a retired Eastern Airlines captain who flew the B-24 Liberator in World War II, has flown more than 300 missions for Angel Flight. He places a stuffed animal in the seat of his aircraft for his passengers. “The greatest payment I get is a big hug,” he said after receiving his recognition. “That’s my salary.”

CONTINUE READING ON AOPA WEBSITE…

BloodworksNW celebrates 10 years with Angel Flight West

“BloodworksNW celebrates 10 years with Angel Flight West”

Guest Post from BloodworksNW Blog The Blood Line

1st-Flight-039

Most blood donors know that a pint of blood can save three lives because it can be separated into three components: red cells, plasma, and platelets. What you may not know is that this processing needs to done within five hours of drawing it from your arm. Otherwise, only the red cells are viable (up to 24 hours).

Between ferries, distance, and our region’s notoriously bad traffic, this critical time frame presents a challenge. BloodworksNW’s service area spans from Bellingham to Eugene and remote areas in between, but all blood is processed in our Renton laboratories.

We wouldn’t be able to save nearly as many lives without the special volunteers at Angel Flight West.

Angel Flight West is non-profit organization that primarily arranges free, non-emergency air travel for patients with serious medical conditions.

However, in May 2005, their all-volunteer crew of pilots began helping BloodworksNW transport thousands of units of blood each year from drives to our testing facilities, allowing us to process more units of platelets and plasma from whole blood and save more lives.

“The pilots are blood donors, in a way, because they create exponential value to the patients in the Northwest,” says Kyle McDaniel, Regional Operations Supervisor on our Transportation team, who has worked closely with Angel Flight West pilots for the past five years.

Angel Flight West typically only flies people, so it came as a surprise when they approached us about delivering blood.

This was perfect timing; the flights we previously relied on from private companies and commercial airlines for far-away pick-ups for all donated blood were costing our organization tens of thousands of dollars a year.

Continue Reading…

Alaska Air Blog: “Angel Flight West connects critically ill patients to life-saving medical care”

Posted on Alaska Airlines Blog on May 20, 2015 By Halley Knigge, Staff Writer

AF Pauline 1

In July 2014, Mike Rogers was given three months to live.

He’d been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive tissue cancer. But Rogers and wife Betty weren’t willing to accept the prognosis.

“They told us he had three months to live,” says Betty. “We thought ‘No. No, no, no, no, no.’”

The Anchorage, Alaska, couple started to research, finding a cardiothoracic surgeon and expert on treating mesothelioma seemed to be the answer to their prayers. The only problem: he was based in Los Angeles; the Rogers, live thousands of miles north. And Mike was too sick to travel alone.

That’s when the Rogers learned of Angel Flight West – a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free air travel for people with serious medical conditions. For patients in Alaska, all flights are on Alaska Airlines, which has contributed more than $12 million in in-kind donations to the organization since 1986.

Want to help? Donate miles today, by visiting alaskaair.com/charitymiles and selecting Angel Flight West from the drop-down menu.

Continue Reading on the Alaska Air Blog

Randy’s Alaska Air Angel Flight

FROM A PASSENGER by AFW Passenger Randy F.
Excerpt from AFW Winter 2015 Newsletter

I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in June 2014. I started chemotherapy the day after I was diagnosed. My oncologist let me know that I needed a bone marrow transplant and that they do not do these transplants in Hawaii. I needed to go to a facility on the mainland.

Fortunately for me, my brother was a match and we chose City of Hope in California for the procedure. The bone marrow transplant took place November 2014. I was in the hospital for one month and then two more months close by so City of Hope could monitor my progress. After approximately 100 days post-transplant I was released to return back home to Honolulu in February 2015.Untitled

I found out about Angel Flight West from my insurance plan case manager. I was asking her about the out-of-pocket airfare expenses I was going to have to pay to fly from Honolulu to L.A., and if it was covered under my insurance plan. She indicated it was not, but that there were several nonprofits that donated flights for cancer patients.

She sent me a multipage list of several different organizations to contact and mentioned that AFW was probably my best bet. When I first read how AFW works with pilots and plane owners donating their time and aircraft to patients needing transport, I did not think it applied to Hawaii since no small planes would make the journey! I went ahead and completed the “Request A Flight” on the angelflightwest.org website just in case, and received an email back with a phone number to call requesting more information. I called and provided the requested information but didn’t hear anything further.

On my next appointment with my oncologist, I asked his office manager, Gemma, about it and she indicated that AFW would want something from the doctor to indicate medical necessity and that she would take care of it.

A few days later, my wife was contacted by AFW saying we were approved for travel and that they would book a flight for us. We just had to let them know where and when! It was a Godsend! They booked a flight for both me and my wife to LA on Alaska Air. They told my wife when we were done with the bone marrow transplant and the doctor released us to go home, to call them for the return trip!

Four months later we called and they booked our return flight again on Alaska Air–no problem! The whole experience was nothing but great!

What did this flight mean for me? Having AFW cover our airfare to and from California from Honolulu was a huge help. Since both my wife and I had to leave work during this whole procedure we had no income, and with the added medical expenses growing that we were incurring, funds were extremely tight. Not having to worry about how we were going to pay for airfare was an enormous relief!

 

alaska

 

DONATE MILES TO ANGEL FLIGHT WEST

 

Endeavor Awards Live & Silent Auction

https://afids.angelflightwest.org/donation/endeavorTicketsEndeavor Awards - Tickets On Sale Now

Aviation Goes to the Movies
Join Host Greg Kinnear for a Magical Evening

Angel Flight West Presents

2015 Endeavor Awards Ceremony & Gala
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion California Science Center in Los Angeles

www.endeavorawards.org

Live Auction Items

 

Go on vacation to Hawaii aboard a Gulfstream IV
with your family and friends.
Value: $80,000

Three experiences with Sean D. Tucker in one package! Aerobatic Flights  •  Golf  •  Dinner
Value: Priceless

 

Silent Auction Items

 

Yuneec Typhoon Q500+ Aerial Photography & Videography Drone with personal instruction in Los Angeles area.
Value: $1,400

Hacienda de los Santos Resort & Spa
Romantic Fly-in Mexican Resort Package.
Value $2,500
Space Shuttle Model 1/100 Scale Signed by Astronauts
Attending Endeavor Awards in 2014 & 2015.
Value of Model $150 | Opening Bid $500
Round of Golf for two with Greg Kinnear
at the Bel-Air Country Club.
Value: Priceless
Aerial Photograph on Canvas 24″ x 36″
Centennial Valley by Christopher Boyer,
Value $600
 List in process. Full details for all items available at the event.
endeavor post 1endeavor post 2

AFW Volunteers Rock!

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, 2015. Angel Flight West would not exist if not for our incredible volunteers, from our volunteer pilots to our volunteers on the ground. We have a huge network of volunteers who fly for us, help us in the office, drive passengers to and from treatment, attend conferences to exhibit for AFW,  and do in-service presentations. To wrap up National Volunteer Week, we want to let everyone know why we think our volunteers are some of the best out there! 🙂

53 (2)

Angel Flight West volunteers are awesome because they are. . .

  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Thoughtful
  • Selfless
  • Empathetic
  • Respectful
  • Talented
  • Safe
  • Enthusiastic and ready to work
  • Dedicated to using their time to help people
  • Willing to take on  on multiple projects that help us with our time management
  • Willing to go the extra mile for our passengers (both literally and figuratively!)

THANK YOU to each and every AFW volunteer. Your work makes all the difference in the world for so many people every single day.  We are truly grateful for all of your hard work.

 

 

Ask Josh: What’s the deal with the AFW call sign?

For anyone not aware, Angel Flight West has a unique three-letter call sign (NGF) designated by the FAA for handling, priority and marketing. Many pilots using this call sign have experienced some level of priority and other pilots have joined AFW after hearing the call sign used by controllers. As of January 1st this year, the FAA changed the way in which we are to use the NGF (Angel Flight) Call Sign in response to concerns about unauthorized aircraft trying to access US Airspace using designated three-letter call signs like ours.

Each volunteer pilot is now assigned with a unique four-digit number to file with NGF for Angel Flight missions. Pilot numbers will currently show up on your Mission Assignment Form and in the future will be found in your pilot record. You can send an email to coordination@angelflightwest.org to receive your number, or just wait until your next mission assignment and it will be on the form. Please note using NGF + your tail number is no longer accepted by the FAA. We strongly encourage everyone flying an AFW mission to file using the Angel Flight Call Sign. While it is not required, it is helpful for the coordination team to track locations of flight, help us recruit more pilots, and offers some preferential treatment for your flying.

For further information and instructions please view our previous blog post on the call sign change: Call Sign Changes.

Should you have any questions about this change or anything else, please give us a call at (310)390-2958 or email us at info@angelflightwest.org. Thank you and happy flying!