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UPDATE! AFW: Toys for Tots!

Pilot Luis Perez and his 50 furry passengers wait for the weather to break in San Diego during Memorial Day weekend as the group is making their way to AFW office at Santa Monica airport. The  toys will be gifts provided to our littlest passengers during missions. A huge thanks to Pilot Perez for his time and fuel for the plane,  the Literacy First Charter School 7th grade class of El Cajon for collecting the toys and Cartwright Termite & Pest Control for donating the use of the plane. What a team effort!

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50+ furry friends delivered to AFW on June 2, 2016. Thank you pilot Luis Perez and Team!!

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We VALUE our volunteers!

On Friday 4/22, AFW hosted a luncheon for our volunteers in recognition of National Volunteer Week. During 2015, AFW had 1,912 magnificent volunteers who served 3,863 people. Soon, all volunteers will receive their member decal to affix to their plane or auto.

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Pictured are some of our awesome office volunteers: Christina, Christian, Margot and Ari.IMG_0357

Our volunteers wear many hats!

Mike Forney, Angel Flight West volunteer for over 13 years, wears many hats in service to AFW. Mike has been a command pilot and serves as Wing Leader for the Colorado Wing. In addition, he leads outreach efforts to educate those who may request missions from Angel Flight West. Mike attended the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Conference recently and is pictured here touting our great services to a nurse attendee.

Thank you Mike, for giving back!

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It’s National Volunteer Week – meet one of our volunteers who goes above and beyond: Idaho Wing Leader Steve Laflin

 

I have been flying with AFW for about ten years.  I am a U. S. Navy submarine veteran and a graduate of Idaho State University.  I have been running a small business that I started nearly twenty years ago in Idaho Falls.  In addition to flying my wife Dottie and I love the outdoors especially time on our Tennessee walking horses in the mountains.Steve Laflin

I knew I wanted to fly for AFW even before I finished my private pilot lessons because it seemed such a great opportunity to help people in a unique way.  I have found my participation in AFW to be one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.  Our AFW passengers are going through very tough times.  Yet without exception their optimism, inner strength, and courage are a continuous inspiration to me.  I am proud to be a small part of an organization that plays such an important role in helping people.

Thank you Steve, for giving back!!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s National Volunteer Week – meet one of our Idaho volunteers who goes above and beyond: Ryan DeLuca

I’ve lived in Boise, Idaho for almost all of my life and fell in love with fitness in high school.  In 1999 I founded Bodybuilding.com, which is now the world’s largest online supplement retailer, and retired from it late last year at 38 years old. I tried to stay retired but couldn’t, recently starting a new company, Black Box VR, to create virtual reality boutique gyms. I earned my pilot’s license in 2004 and fly my PC-12 almost every week for fun, charity and business. My biggest life accomplishment is being the father of three amazing kids that love to assist on Angel Flights.

I’m very fortunate to have the resources and ability to quickly fly to many cities around the western United States at a moment’s notice. Using my airplane to help others is a great way to give back in a unique way and make a difference for people that need to get to doctors or specialists. The passengers are always very grateful for the help in their time of need. I’m very lucky to be able to help in this way and appreciate the hard work that Angel Flight West puts in to make this possible. (In photo, Ryan is pictured on the left.)

Thanks for giving back, Ryan!

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It’s National Volunteer Week – meet one of our volunteers who goes above and beyond: Claudio Friederich

Being able to fly an aircraft had been a childhood dream of mine.  Although I pursued other interests in school and university programs, exposing young people to aviation simply did not exist in Hawaii during my childhood. So, learning to fly remained a fascination of mine.  At the University of Hawaii at Manoa I majored in physics, first intending to study astronomy in graduate school and becoming an astronomer. But my plans changed and after undergraduate school I turned my other hobby, software development, into a career.  I took a job as a software developer in a local engineering firm, TRI-L Data Systems Inc., a company with whom I have remained for the last 18 years.  About 12 years ago, I decided to actually learn to fly as a hobby, attended AirVenture Oshkosh to learn more, and earned my private pilot certificate later that year from a local flight school, Big Kahuna Aviation, at Honolulu International Airport . Not long after that, I bought a used Cessna 172, the aircraft I still own and fly now.  In 2008 I trained for and earned my instrument rating, also at HNL, from another local flight school, Noah Flying.  I enjoyed carrying passengers, but without a large social circle, there was little occasion for that.  This was a major reason Angel Flight West was attractive to me.  It gave me a reason to fly, provided passengers who were truly helped, and was something I would feel good about doing.  So I joined AFW a few years after I earned my instrument rating and acquired the needed qualifications.  I have enjoyed being an AFW member ever since! (In photo, Claudio is pictured on the right.)

Thank you Claudio, for giving back!!

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It’s National Volunteer Week – meet one of our volunteers who goes above and beyond: Phil Rosnik

It is my pleasure and honor to be associated with Angel Flight West (AFW) as a Mission Command Pilot.  I joined Angel Flight West in the Spring of 2015 as a way to combine my passion for aviation, general aviation in particular, and my desire to help families and individuals dealing with difficult medical situations, seeking out medical services not accessible to them near their homes.

Aviation seems to have always been in my DNA.  I started flying lessons as soon as law would allow at age 16, here in Denver at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield (known back in the day as Jeffco Airport).  I earned my Private Pilots license in 1982 at the age of 17.  My training continued without pause both here at Jeffco and then at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where I entered college adding Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Certified Flight Instructor credentials.   I spent the next 26 years advancing a career with several aerospace companies, moving through 7 states, and finishing my career with a 17 year tenure as a VP/GM for the Electronics Division of Goodrich Corp, which merged with United Technologies Corp (UTC) in late 2012.  Throughout those years in industry, my passion for piloting aircraft was ever present.  We owned an Aerobatic Cessna for many years and enjoyed flying it around the Seattle area for the 15 years we spent there.  I retired from my Senior Executive position with UTC post merger because it was time to return home to Denver and spend time with extended family.

Angel Flight Pilots and the dedicated support personnel help to fill that very important need by providing free transportation to and from cities linking people in need of medical care with facilities that provide this care.  My very busy life as a corporate exec did not allow me to join AFW until my transition back to Denver, but now is my time to give back! It is my pleasure to participate with such a great group of dedicated individuals.  I have met many wonderful people with the organization and the passengers have all been a pleasure to assist.  I hope to continue my involvement with AFW for many years to come.

Thank you Phil, for giving back!!

 

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It’s National Volunteer Week – meet one of our volunteers who goes above and beyond: Rick Holloway

I am truly touched to be the Pilot of the Year for the Idaho wing for 2015.  I did a lot of flying for AFW last year, and hope to have even more flights for 2016.

Pilots for AFW generally do not seek recognition for their service. The knowledge that we are helping people whose travel would be difficult or impossible as they struggle with life situations that they did not choose for themselves is rewarding enough.

I have been a licensed pilot since November 1999, accumulating nearly 1,200 hours of time in a variety of single engine airplanes.  My wife, Mission Assistant Jackie Holloway, and I joined AFW in August 2014.  I flew 7 missions in 2014, and followed it up with 20 missions in 2015.

I am based in Caldwell, Idaho but my flights have picked up and delivered people to and from Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Spokane, Yakima, Salem, OR, Susanville, CA, Truckee, CA, and Reno, NV.  Each flight is somewhat different in duration and location, but each is remarkably similar in the appreciation the passengers have in being able to fly to their destinations, turning hours of travel by car into a fraction of that time. The ages of passengers I have flown range from newborn babies, toddlers, young adults, grown men and women, and the elderly up to 75 years old.  Teenagers with cancer, combat wounded veterans, a 3 year old heart transplant patient, a domestic abuse case, and children needing care at Shriners Hospitals have all been transported hundreds of miles each to their destinations.  Along the way, I have met several other AFW pilots, each who share the same passion for helping someone –whose thanks and a smile are payment enough for a safe, free flight to and from appointments.

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Thank you Rick, for giving back!!

Exhibit Extended!

The Unsung Heroes, Portraits of Compassion exhibit, featuring Steve Danz and AFW pilots will be extended through April 30. You don’t want to miss this powerful display of everyday people doing extraordinary things. Free admission and located at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 1-888-488-8083