Sunday, 16 September 2012

VOLUNTEER PILOTS


Angel Flight New Zealand:
Volunteers flying sick Kiwis
From the Angel Flight website: http://angelflightnz.co.nz/about-us


Our ground volunteers
Angel Flight NZ pilots donate their time and all of their aircraft costs, but we still need lots of other help. Car transportation for patients and carers, fundraising and running information booths at special events, schools and air shows are just a few ways our ground volunteers, who are affectionately known as ‘Earth Angels’, help out.
How is Angel Flight NZ Funded
Angel Flight NZ is funded by private donations. We rely entirely on donations from Individuals, Rotary, Service Clubs, Companies large and small and deceased estates.
Donations are used to pay for:
  • A Commercial Flight Fund so if we do not have a Pilot available we can pay to transport very deserving cases by an Airline Flight.
  • Limited uniforms for our Volunteer Earth Angels and Pilots.
  • Aeronautical Charts for our Pilots.
  • Our very modest administration costs.
We rely heavily on our Earth Angels to co-ordinate fundraising activity. We also receive some discounted services from various professional advisors and suppliers who are listed on our website. Click here to view our supporters.
Who is behind Angel Flight NZ?
Angel Flight NZ was founded on 23 November 2011 by retired businessman and pilot, Lance Weller, who has flown ten Angel Flight missions in Australia.
‘I have seen firsthand on all of these ten flights, how appreciative our patients were by reducing their previously stressful travel time down to just a few hours. On returning to New Zealand after being away for 43 years, I asked about the possibility of flying Angel Flights in New Zealand but was told the organization didn’t exist.
Considering the time some people were spending travelling for their medical care, it was disappointing to me that they didn’t have the option of an Angel Flight as they do in Australia and USA.
Our goal is to improve lives, one flight at a time, by providing not just less stressful transportation, but also care and compassion’ says Lance.
Lance flew his Cirrus SR20G3 aircraft from Brisbane to New Zealand via Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands in January 2012 so he would have his own aircraft in NZ to begin flying Angel Flights.
‘In our first few months I was assisted in establishing Angel Flight NZ by two Whangarei Businessmen, Wayne Hill of Hill Construction Ltd and John Shaw of Shaw Motorcycles who were also Trustees of the Angel Flight NZ Charitable Trust.
My hope and vision is that we can offer the people of New Zealand who are suffering ill health and often financial distress, the same travel assistance they would receive as if they were in Australia, Canada or the USA’ says Lance.
SITUATION AT 11 AUGUST 2012.
3,164 kilometers flown.
$4,361 of Aircraft time donated by Pilots.
622 km driven by Earth Angels.
25 registered Pilots and Aircraft in Whangarei,North Shore,Whenuapai,Ardmore,Hamilton,Wellington,Nelson
and Christchurch.
Landing Fees waived at all Airports we fly to.
24 Earth Angels mainly in Auckland but also in Whangarei,Wellington and Christchurch.
5 Mission Coordinators.
Total Volunteer Team of 54 people ready to help people in more distant towns of New Zealand
travel free by Air to major Hospitals for non urgent Medical Appointments or Care.

Peter’s Piece
This is a wonderful organization doing wonderful work and reading about these people made me wish I was still licensed to fly.

New Zealanders should do all they can to help this charity fly high from its small beginnings less than a year ago.

Many precious lives will be saved by these angels of the air. Please help them in any way you can.