Q. I love to fly. How can I help? MedFlight uses our network of volunteer pilots to provide free transportation via private aircraft to and from medical facilities. Our pilots donate their time, aircraft and fuel to help those whose medical problems have left them without the funds to reach places where they can get needed diagnosis or treatment. MedFlight is a non-profit organization. This allows for flight expenses to become tax-deductible. (Consult your tax advisor for details.) If you are tired of punching holes in the sky, flying in circles or going for the hundred dollar hamburger, let us show you how to put your aviation skills and talents to wonderful use. In order to keep up with the tremendous increase in mission requests, we must constantly increase our pilot member base. To complete a pilot membership application, please follow link below.

Q. What is MedFlight? The mission of MedFlight is to facilitate access to health care by arranging free air transportation in private aircraft. MedFlight links volunteer private pilots with needy people whose health care problems require long distance travel to and from medical facilities.  MedFlight is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization.  MedFlight is an opportunity to combine your love of flying with volunteer community service. Your participation will benefit people whose medical problems have left them without the funds to reach places where they can get needed diagnosis or treatment

Q. Who Belongs to MedFlight?  The members of MedFlight are private pilots (aircraft owners and renters) and Earth Angels (ground support volunteers). Q. What are the pilot requirements?An instrument rating is necessary to fly P.I.C. on ALL MedFlight missions. The minimum number of hours for pilot participation is 250 logged time. It is also required that you attend a pilot orientation session within sixty days of application. Pilot documentation such as license, medical, insurance and current bi-annual reviews will also be needed.

Q. Who Does MedFlight Transport?  MedFlight offers transportation to people whose medical problems make it necessary for them to travel for diagnosis or treatment, and who lack the financial resources for transportation. MedFlight will also carry people whose condition or location makes it difficult or impossible for them to use other means of transportation.  Typical examples of MedFlight missions include carrying cancer patients for chemotherapy, surgery or other treatment, between their home and the treatment facility; carrying people with kidney problems to obtain dialysis or kidney transplants; carrying patients with heart problems for specialized diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up; and transporting children to and from "special needs camps" such as camps for burn survivors, camps for children with renal disease and camps for children with life-threatening illnesses. MedFlight also responds to many other compelling human needs for which free air transportation would be of value.  The patients flown by MedFlight must be ambulatory and medically stable. They must be able to get in and out of the aircraft on their own (or with limited assistance), sit up for the duration of the flight, and not require medical treatment during the flight.  Patients often have a friend or family member accompany them.  MedFlight pilots also transport corneas, blood, other tissue, and technicians for harvesting of organs as well as organ donors themselves (kidney/bone marrow).

Q. Where Do the Calls Come From?  Most requests for MedFlight missions come directly from a patient or patient family member.  Many time they have been referred by a social worker or discharge planner at a hospital or health care agency. We also deal directly with healthcare professionals. Other requests come from charitable organizations and societies such as: the American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross, Duke University, Emory University, Scottish Rite, and many other hospitals and foundations. We also get referrals from related aviation-oriented charities such as the Air Care Alliance.  We also receive many requests via our website and toll free number. By using the expertise of these agencies and their personnel, we determine that a person meets our medical and/or financial-need criteria and thus justifies the pilot's donation of time and flying expenses.

Q. What Kind of Aircraft Do MedFlight pilots Use?  Most MedFlight pilots' aircraft are single or twin-engine, propeller-driven aircraft, jet aircraft are also welcome and ideal for the longer distance missions. The majority of our missions are flown in single-engine, four to six-seat aircraft. Most mission requests we receive are well within the capability of such aircraft. You do not need either a large or a fast airplane to be of assistance to most people who seek MedFlight's help.

Q. How Far Will MedFlight Fly on a Mission? The pilot makes the determination of how far they are willing to fly by registering for flights that meet their personal limits.  Most of our missions are within a 600 round-trip mile radius of the pilot's home base airport.  Longer missions usually require "handoffs" with other volunteer pilot organizations.   We do not fly outside the borders of the United States. We occasionally connect with corporate or commercial flights for longer distances. In such cases our role is often to bring a patient from a remote location not served by public transportation to a major airport

Q. What is My Liability?  Flights you make for MedFlight have the same status as any flight made with passengers by a private pilot under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. You have no greater liability when flying a passenger for an MedFlight mission than when flying a friend or neighbor. Pilots are required to have liability insurance but do not have to name MedFlight as an additional insured.   

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