Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic (AFMA) must limit its services to assist children and adults who cannot afford any means of long-distance transportation as our volunteer pilots donate their time and absorb all flight expenses. Our mission is to help ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances, therefore appointment verification, approved medical clearance and financial income verification are required.
Qualify for charitable Patient Air Transportation – Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic
To qualify for an Angel Flight, passengers must:
- Provide total household income documentation
- Signed medical clearance to fly in a non-pressurized small aircraft
- Walk independently and able to bear weight on one leg to step up into plane
- No medical care during the flight
- Not have a communicable disease
- If supplemental oxygen is required, patient is responsible for providing it and be in a Dept. of Transportation (DOT) pressure test approved bottle.
- Ground transportation to and from airports and lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the patient
Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic (AFMA) recipients must answer several health questions in order for Transportation Coordinators to assess their fitness for flight in an unpressurized aircraft. If the answers to any of these questions causes concern for the Transportation Coordinators, written permission for the flight must be obtained from the passenger’s physician. No one will be transported if they have a readily communicable disease. Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic (AFMA) passengers must be considered outpatients. If a passenger requires supplemental oxygen, he or she must provide the oxygen, and it must have a tag confirming the tank is DOT approved. Passengers are responsible for their own medications. Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic (AFMA) pilots are not trained in medical emergencies, and are unable to provide any medical assistance. Once the patient application is approved, a Transportation Coordinator coordinates travel dates with the passenger and volunteer pilots based on total weight and routing of the flight.
The aircraft flown by our volunteers have 4 to 6 seats (includes seats for pilot and copilot) and very little space for baggage. Although the cabin is comfortable, weight and space are limited. Passengers must provide their accurate weight, height and weight of carry-on items. Safety is our highest priority. It is important to have alternative travel options in the event a flight is delayed or cancelled due to technical or weather challenges. AFMA is unable to guarantee air transportation.
Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic does not certify the pilots or the aircraft used for angel flights. This is the responsibility of the Federal Aviation Administration. Once flight coordination is fulfilled, the pilot in command (PIC) is responsible for all final details regarding the flight. If, for any reason the pilot and/or passenger is not comfortable with the match, they may contact our office, and we will try to suggest an alternative.
Medical Air Transport Departing from Mid-Atlantic – Request Assistance
- Ambulatory outpatients residing in District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia traveling less than 750 miles may qualify
- Ambulatory outpatients residing in North Carolina and Tennessee: Airlift Hope or call 800-325-8908
Medical Air Transportation – Patient Transport Security Protocol
It continues to be the intent of Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic to maintain the safety and security of passengers and pilots.
With FAA’s focused attention on General Aviation security measures, the following procedures contained in this protocol are designed specifically to protect the pilots, passengers and ground personnel involved directly or indirectly with all Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic flights in accordance with the National Policy on Homeland Defense.