Angel Flight West
Angel Flight West (AFW) is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air transportation within the 13 Western states for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. AFW matches up volunteer pilots to people in need, enabling them to receive medical treatment and other vital care that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.
Angel Flight West flights serve a wide variety of needs. All are intended for situations in which the passenger cannot afford to purchase commercial airline tickets, or when travel by land or commercial airline would be a physical hardship. Other situations include, but are not limited to, a compromised immune system or living in a remote area without access to commercial transportation. The following is a list of the most common types of missions flown:
Flights for patients traveling to and from medical treatment. Patients with all medical conditions who are ambulatory and medically stable are accepted except for those whose conditions would make flying a health risk.
Flights for persons traveling for compassionate reasons such as, but not limited to, travel to provide caregiving for an ill family member or friend, and travel to visit a seriously or terminally ill family member.
Special Needs Camps
Flights for children and adults going to a variety camps – including burn survivors, children with diabetes, families impacted by HIV or AIDS, children who are cancer patients or cancer survivors, and many others.
Domestic Violence Relocation
Flights that enable domestic-violence survivors to move to a safer location.
Assistance for Military Personnel
Flights for active-duty military personnel, in situations where the military cannot provide that assistance. In some situations, we may be able to assist with longer-distance travel via commercial airline.
Blood, Organ, and Tissue Donations
Flights to transport blood, blood products, organs and/or tissue to and from hospitals or other agencies.
After floods, earthquakes and other disasters, AFW can dispatch a large number of aircraft to the disaster scene to help relocate displaced residents, to transport small rescue-type cargo and/or relief supplies, and to transport rescue workers and/or rescue dogs.
Flights to bring transplant recipients to hospitals for organ transplants and living donors. These missions are accepted on a limited basis due to the time constraints and the distances involved.
Please start here to: Request A Flight.
|Schedule Method:||Arrange ahead of time using website/service|
|Service Type:||Air Transportation|
|Service Areas:||State of Oregon, State of Washington|
|Service Days:||Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
|Service Hours:||Depends on individual trip|
There are NO costs of any kind for an AFW mission, not to the patient, the patient’s family, or the healthcare provider. AngelFlightWest calls upon a network of volunteer pilots who fly their own private or rented aircraft. To be eligible for an AFW mission, a person must demonstrate a financial need or other compelling reason, such as an inability to use public transportation because of a medical condition, or living in a rural area that doesn’t have easy access to commercial transportation.