Combined Organizations to Represent Estimated
90% of All Charitable Non-Emergency Medical and Compassion Flights in
the United States
Oshkosh, WI, July 30, 2003
– Angel Flight
America and AirLifeline, the two oldest and largest charitable aviation
organizations in America, have agreed to merge, it was jointly announced
today by Doug Breckenridge, Chairman, Angel Flight America, Bill Ayer,
Chairman, AirLifeLine, and Randy Quast, President and CEO, AirLifeLine,
at a press conference held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2003.
merger, which is expected to be effective at the end of August 2003, will
result in the integration of Angel Flight America and AirLifeLine, The
combined organization—which will operate under the name of Angel
Flight America--promises to provide increased advantages for people in
need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities
or travel due to family, community or national crisis. The merger will
also produce, by far, the largest volunteer pilot organization in the
country with over 5,000 volunteer pilots and the coordination of more
than 20,000 mission requests each year.
This is the most exciting development in our joint
efforts to help people access the health care they need,” said Doug
Breckenridge, chairman of Angel Flight America. “Our volunteers’
hearts are all in the same place, and now by operating under one umbrella,
we will be able to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness.”
goal has always been to reach out and help more people in need,”
said Randy Quast, president of AirLifeLine. “By combining our efforts
into one united organization, we will grow by leaps and bounds, which
we could not have done on our own.”
The organizational structure of Angel Flight America
will continue to include six autonomous regional Angel Flight member organizations
including Angel Flight West, Angel Flight Central, Angel Flight South
Central, Angel Flight Northeast, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, and Angel
Flight Southeast. Mercy Medical Airlift is also a member of AFA providing
access to free or discounted airline tickets for passengers needing to
travel more than 1,000 miles. AirLifeLine’s current volunteer pilot
members will be automatically added to the pilot roster of their respective
regional Angel Flight organization. All mission requests will be coordinated
by Angel Flight in the region from which a passenger request is received.
The merged organization will be headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
Thanks to the work of Angel Flight America’s
and AirLifeLine’s corps of volunteers, supporters and staff, missions
counts have been growing every year. In 2002 alone, nearly 11,000 missions
were flown and over 23,000 passengers were served by Angel Flight America,
while AirLifeLine’s pilots flew nearly 4,500 missions and served
over 9,000 passengers. Nearly 40% of both organizations’ missions
were for children.
For more information about Angel Flight America and
its members, please visit www.AngelFlightAmerica.org.
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Angel Flight pilots participate in Flight Across America
A 9-11 Tribute Flight
As part of the Flight Across America, one pilot from each of the 50 states has been chosen to carry an official state flag to be presented to the City of New York as a show of national solidarity. One of the largest contingents of flag bearers is a group of 10 volunteer pilots who are a part of Angel Flight America, a non-profit organization of private pilots and ground volunteers who flew over 100 missions during the September 11th rescue efforts. "Having Angel Flight pilots who flew relief missions after 9/11 join us on Flight Across America is an honor for us. Their presence underscores how much we want to show our support for the country on this terrible anniversary," said Molly Peebles.
Following the terrorist attacks, commercial air traffic was grounded and airports were closed, but FAA allowed Angel Flight volunteers to fly. Angel Flight pilots flew firefighters, families of victims of the bombings, Red Cross personnel, medical and other supplies including the protective booties for the Search and Rescue dogs to New York and Washington, DC. The Angel Flight network counts over 4,500 pilot members and will fly over 10,000 missions this year, representing nearly 70% of charitable aviation flights in the United States.
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"After the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, commercial airspace throughout the country was virtually shut down—but Angel Flight America pilots were granted special permission to fly more than 100 emergency missions that included family members, firemen, blood, and other supplies. The dog pictured above is wearing booties similar to the ones that Angel Flight transported for the Search and Rescue dogs at Ground Zero."
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