British Columbia’s vast geographical area poses unique challenges for residents living in remote areas, especially when it comes to specialized healthcare services only available in large cities. For example, cancer patients requiring regular treatments face prohibitive transportation costs, particularly if there is more than one family member that needs to travel.
That’s where Angel Flight B.C. comes in. Angel Flight is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that was the brainchild of Chuck Lavallo and Jeff Morris, an ex-Cathay Pacific pilot. Working closely with regulators, airports, aircraft owners and volunteer pilots, Angel Flight provides complimentary, accessible air transportation for those who have to travel for medical treatments. Since 2002, small aircraft such as Pipers, Beechcraft, Stinsons and Cessnas have transported more than one thousand patients and their families providing what amounts to a private flight, ensuring a contagion-free environment.
Vancouver Airport Authority has been a proud sponsor of Angel Flight from the beginning, supporting its services into YVR’s South Airport by waiving all aircraft landing and parking fees. Angel Flight of B.C. is run by volunteers and relies heavily on donations. For more information about Angel Flight of B.C. or how you can get involved, visit the website at www.angelflight.ca