Pilot Volunteer Work & Stories

Heartwarming Stories from AFNE Pilots

Our volunteer pilots share their experiences transporting thousands of patients to lifesaving medical care. Many of our pilots have provided hundreds of patients flights over the years while others are just getting started. Each flight not only transforms our patients’ lives and their families, but also everyone involved at Angel Flight NE.

Pilot Quotes

” I (flew a patient) from DCA to FRG without Angel Flight, the patient would have had to take a flight from DCA to LGA, them transportation to Penn Station then the RR to Farmingdale. I was able to transport from DCA to FRG in 45 minutes. FRG was just 5 minutes from their house. I got tremendous satisfaction from the “thank you’s” that I received from all my passengers. Angel Flights are better than any $100 hamburger!”

“I flew a little girl and her prospective father, when she was going to be adopted by a new family, after she has spent years in various foster homes. . . Spoke with the father after the flight. . .A very moving story with a happy ending.”

“(The Flights) remind me of all that I have and how small our efforts to help with flying is compared to the effort of those whose entire daily existence is a struggle.”

“I’ll never forget my first Angel Flight, nearly 20 years ago.  It was for an older woman dealing with a chronic condition.  At the destination, she said “I have something for you”.  From her bag, she pulled out a gold pin of an airplane with an angel on its wing.  It almost brought me to tears.  To this day, I proudly display that pin on the outside of my flight bag.  It accompanies me on every flight!”

“The Angel Flight NE community of volunteer pilots are always there with their kindness, empathy and compassion when the need is the greatest among patients and their families. Gratitude on the faces of the patients is immeasurable. Gratitude for the privilege to serve as a volunteer pilot is also immeasurable.”

Recognizing Our Volunteer Pilots for Their Service

who fly patients to healthcare facilities across the nation.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.