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Run for the Angels at RMMA on the RUNWAY! Sat. Oct. 7th, 2017

Join AFW for our Inaugural 5k Run
presented by our partner HDR in Broomfield, CO

Want to run on an airplane runway – here’s your chance! We are so excited to announce our Inaugural Run for the Angels 5k run/walk/ramble at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport on Sat. Oct. 7th, 2017! All ages and race abilities are welcome. This one-of-a-kid experience is hosted by our title sponsor and community builder, HDR, in conjunction with their 100-year Anniversary! All funds raised will go towards AFW and our volunteer pilots’ efforts to deliver health and hope using donated flights to serve those with healthcare or other compelling human needs.


Every adult registration will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Private Plane Ride with an Angel Flight West pilot. Check out Denver and the surrounding areas with a birds-eye view!

Race Details:

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
  • Time: 8 a.m. (runners); Joggers and walkers will follow the runners at start in 30-second intervals
  • Location: Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, CO 80021


  • Adults: $35 early-bird (before Aug. 15); $40 (Aug. 16-Oct. 6); $45 (race day registration)
  • Kids (under 13 years old): $10 anytime

Important Information:

  • Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start to pick up race materials (no pre-race packet pick-up available)
  • Parking will be available on-site at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
  • The race will be certified for accurate distance so come beat your personal best!

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring the event? See our sponsorship packages here or contact Mary Hunter at

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.

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

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!

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:

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: Be sure enter Promo Code “AFW2016” during checkout.

Painted Turtle Camper

Angel Flight West is the official airline for The Painted Turtle Camps where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 70 medical conditions visit the camps each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. Valerie H. attended the Painted Turtle camp recently and was flown home by pilot Harmik DerSahakian.

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Champ Camp!

AFW’s Josh and Isabel greeted 29 campers (all burn survivors) and 21 pilots last Saturday, 6/18 at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT). Campers were returning home from a week long summer Champ Camp run by the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. AFW has been flying campers to and from Champ Camp for over 20 years. Pictured is 18 year old Anthony M and Pilot Dave Lombard who has flown for AFW for 13 years and especially likes the camp missions.