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Northeast Times | September 21, 2019

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North Richland Hills resident Volunteer Pilot celebrates 100th flight milestone

North Richland Hills resident Volunteer Pilot celebrates 100th flight milestone

Angel Flight South Central Volunteer Pilot Rob Garrett will fly his 100th mission with the organization. His passenger is a toddler who will be traveling with his mother from Perry Lefors Field in Pampa, TX to Forth Worth Meacham International Airport – American Aero/Signature FBO in Fort Worth, TX for treatment at Metroplex Foot and Ankle Center.

They will be flying in Garrett’s Cessna 182 series plane, which seats four people. Almost two years ago, Rob flew Cohen and his mother for their first flight to receive treatment. Since then, Cohen has taken nine Angel Flights with various pilots. Without Angel Flight, Cohen and his mom Kimberly would have to endure a five-hour drive from their home in White Deer, Texas to the DFW area. This is a long trip for a toddler to make, and a challenging one for a medical appointment that might only last for one hour.

Rob, a North Richland Hills resident, began volunteering as a pilot with Angel Flight South Central in 2014. Since then, he has flown patients to/from 5 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Kansas in 100 missions. When Rob and Cohen land in Dallas on Friday, they will have flown Rob’s 100th mission with AFSC. When they land, they’ll be greeted by American Aero line staff who will be wearing glasses in the shape of the 100. A photo opportunity will follow.

Since 2000, AFSC has had 1,900 pilots fly missions. Only 3% of these pilots have flown 100+ missions. AFSC pilots volunteer their skills and cover the cost of the flight to provide free transportation for people in need of critical medical treatment not available to them locally. Angel Flights save patients time and make for a much more comfortable trip.

Who: Volunteer Pilot Rob Garrett, patient passenger Cohen, and his mother Kimberly

What: Photo/video opportunity as the group will land Garrett’s 100th flight with Angel Flight South Central

When: Friday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: American Aero – Fort Worth Meacham Airport, 251 American Concourse, Fort Worth, TX 76106

 

About Angel Flight South Central

The mission of Angel Flight South Central (http://www.angelflightsc.org) is to help people in need of free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. Angel Flight arranges to travel through a network of volunteer pilots for people who require specialized medical treatment not available to them locally.

Angel Flight South Central encourages America’s General Aviation pilots to volunteer their skills to provide free transportation for people in need of critical medical treatment not available to them locally. Every year Angel Flight pilots fly thousands of “missions” making it possible for people to access lifesaving medical care which would otherwise be unavailable to them.

Our volunteer pilots provide this transportation at no cost to the patients or passengers. Since 1991, our pilots have flown nearly 38,000 missions and have contributed over $90 million to this effort.

Angel Flight South Central cooperates with hospitals, physician’s offices, social workers, and social service agencies to identify those who need our services the most. Some hospitals (such as Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center) have integrated us into their admissions and social services departments to ensure availability to their clients.

Our mission coordination team connects passengers in need of transportation with pilots available for missions so that details including airport of departure and destination can be confirmed. On the day of travel, the passenger or patient meets the pilot at a local airport and is flown to an airport near their treatment facility. When necessary, multiple trip “legs” are arranged with additional pilots.

Angel Flight South Central coordinates with several similar agencies across the nation, which allows us to provide service to patients and passengers who require travel beyond our primary service region. Because of the sacrifice and commitment of our volunteer pilots, we believe that no one has to be denied critical medical care solely due to the barrier of distance.