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Located at the Dekalb Peachtree Airport, ANGEL FLIGHT SOARSTM 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 SOARS has taken off! 

Service Area MapANGEL FLIGHT SOARS is the original volunteer pilot organization serving those who reside in, are traveling to or through the states of:
  •  Georgia
  •  Alabama
  •  Mississippi
  •  Tennessee
  •  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 SOARS philosophy is that the cost of travel should never stand in the way of people receiving medical care. 

Since incorporating in 1984, we have increased volunteers to over 1,500 pilots and non-pilots (earth angels). That is a lot of angels earning their halos!

In the initial years ANGEL FLIGHT SOARS would coordinate a few hundreded missions annually. Since the year 2000, ANGEL FLIGHT SOARS has really taken off and in 2021, we coordinated 3,680 missions, serving patients from 34 different states and more than 250 different medical facilities. That's 10 flights per day, 7 days a week!

Robert Blades

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 SOARS was 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 SOARS 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. 

After Hurricane Harvey arrived in 2017, ANGEL FLIGHT SOARS coordinated the relocation of nurses, relief workers and volunteers to both Texas and Luisiana. Less than 2 weeks later we responded to cries for help to survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We delivered hope to thousands on St. Thomas and Puerto RIco, delivering over 10 tons of critical medicines and supplies with the aid of our incredible pilots, generous donations and volunteers.

In the wake of COVID-19 ANGEL FLIGHT SOARS saw an opportunity to help. We immediately furthered relationships with healthcare facilities throughout our service area to fly COVID-19 test specimens to their proper labs. Our work enabled patients to receive test results in 8 hours - opposed to waiting a week or longer for ground transportation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we've coordinated 804 missions for COVID-19 relief.

Along with our COVID relief missions, we also partnered with Be the Match®,  a global in bone marrow transplantation. Through our partnership with Be The Match, we worked around the clock to ensure the safe a timely transport of life-saving bone marrow. Many of these missions originated from donors in Canada. Through an expanded network of volunteer pilots, we were able to fly this bone marrow to people waiting for a new transplant.

It is our goal to remove transportation as an obstacle to medical care completely. ANGEL FLIGHT SOARS 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?