The Angel Flight Soars Story
Located at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport, Angel Flight Soars was formed by Jim Shafer in 1983 as a loosely organized group of volunteer pilots that helped out patients whenever possible. Due to increased media coverage in 1990, and an alliance with several other similar organizations (Air Care Alliance), Angel Flight has taken off!
Angel Flight Soars is the original volunteer pilot organization serving those who reside in, are traveling to or through the states of:
• North Carolina
• South Carolina
We also have angels throughout the country to work with when needs extend beyond this region.
Our missions include: routine treatment flights, compassionate care, and other medical related flights as referred to us by health care providers. The Angel Flight philosophy is that the cost of travel should never stand in the way of people receiving medical care.
In the initial years, Angel Flight would coordinate a few hundred missions annually. Since the year 2000, Angel Flight has increased our annual number of missions by over 950%. In 2014, we completed 2,384 missions; in 2015, we completed 2,861 missions.
Since incorporating in 1984, we have increased volunteers to over 1,200 pilots and non-pilots (earth angels). That is a lot of angels earning their halos!
The year 2005 was a record-breaking year, coordinating 1786 missions, as compared to 1200 in the previous year. While no mission is "typical," we coordinate medical and compassionate care flights regularly and on a daily basis. However, in times of natural and man-made disasters, we also answer the call.
Angel Flight was also instrumental in the 9-11-01 relief efforts by transporting disaster relief workers, firefighters, mental health workers, Red Cross personnel and FBI agents to NY and DC
when all commercial air traffic was grounded. Our organization also received the "Outstanding Group Award' from the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of Red Cross for their support during the 2004 Hurricane Relief Efforts.
In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Angel Flight was privileged to be a first responder and fly over 450 relief missions transporting life sustaining supplies, medical equipment, and volunteer personnel into some of the hardest hit areas of the disaster. Just as important, we also re-united dozens of Gulf Coast families. These missions were of critical and lifesaving importance to those in the hurricane ravaged zone.
It is our goal to remove transportation as an obstacle to medical care completely. Angel Flight is always looking for more angels to help us reach this goal and be a part of our ever evolving story. Won't you be an angel and join us?