Since our pilots donate the entire cost of each flight, including their aircraft, we must make absolutely certain their resources are going to those truly in need. Therefore, the following criteria must be met:
Requirements All passengers must be ambulatory. Our planes are 4 or 6 seat, non-pressurized general aviation aircraft. Getting in and out of one may be compared to getting in and out of the back seat of a small car. Therefore, all passengers must be able to sit upright for the duration of the flight and wear a seat belt.
Normally, at least ten days are needed in advance. In some cases we can accommodate shorter lead-times.
Back up plan Safety is our top priority! Since bad weather could prevent our pilots from flying a mission, all passengers must have a back up plan. For example, if we cannot fly due to weather, a passenger may drive to their appointment. Or, if the appointment can be rescheduled, we will try to reschedule the flight around the new appointment date and time. The Pilot In Command has the final authority when making the go, no-go decision. Airborne Rescue Society, its directors, affiliates, volunteers and pilots will not be held responsible for any damages resulting in a canceled flight.
While we provide transportation to meet a variety of needs, there must ordinarily be a financial need on the part of the recipient. Our pilots are volunteers who make substantial financial contributions (sometimes as much as $1,500 for one flight) in addition to their time, so please be aware the flight should be a charitable cause. There may also be some reason why private aircraft is the only option over commercial transportation. For example, if an individual lives in a rural area without easy access to commercial transportation, or a person is highly susceptible to infection and cannot be exposed to crowds, or if someone cannot afford commercial transportation.
Passengers must be medically stable, ambulatory, and be able to sit up in an airplane seat for the duration of the flight. Our pilots are not medically trained. Airborne Rescue Society is not an air ambulance service, nor do we provide medical assistance during our flights.
Passengers will be required to provide a medical release signed by their local physician indicating the passenger has a satisfactory medical condition to take the flight. Airborne Rescue Society will fax the release from our office to your local physician.
While there is no formula for screening passengers, we must still determine, at our discretion, whether there is a demonstrated financial reason that conventional transportation cannot be used. You will be required to provide information regarding your financial situation, including your income. We must also be able to verify with a third party, such as a social worker or doctor, that there is truly a need for our services.