What is AeroAngel?
AeroAngel is a Denver-based air charity that provides free medical flights for really sick kids using a donated Lear Jet.
What kids get to fly?
Every situation is different. In general most of our kids have a fragile medical condition that prevents them from flying on a commercial airliner. Most of our kids also need to travel a long distance for a medical procedure, operation, checkup or initial evaluation. Many of the children have some form of cancer and many have a weak immune system that prevents them from being in a crowded environment such as a large airport terminal.
Are there distance requirements for the flight?
While there is no set minimum mileage distance requirement, most of our flights are at least 500 miles long from the child’s home to their destination. Our jet has a non-stop range of 4 hours or about 2,000 miles.
We don’t live in Denver, will you fly to us and pick us up?
Absolutely. Most of our flights involve us flying empty from Denver to another city where we pick up our kids and fly them to their destination.
Is there any cost to transport to my child?
There is no cost to any of our families for the flight. We are completely dependent on donations to cover our costs.
We live in a rural area, and there is a small airport near my home, can you pick us up there?
Most likely yes. Our goal is to minimize your ground travel time. Our Learjet is capable of flying into much smaller airports than a typical airliner.
How much notice do I need to give you for a flight?
Ideally we would like at least 2 weeks’ notice. However, we understand that kids with serious medical conditions have urgent needs. We will do everything we can to serve your situation.
Is there a limit to the number of flights I can request?
Absolutely not. We will support you until you no longer need our services.
What percentage of donations are spent on flights?
97% of our donations go directly to the cost of our flights. AeroAngel has only one paid staff member and relies upon the generous donation of time and talents from our volunteer staff and volunteer professional pilots.
Does AeroAngel make a cost-benefit analysis in deciding which flights to accept?
Yes. The decision to undertake a flight is entirely discretionary. In order to be a good steward of the limited resources entrusted to AeroAngel, priority is given to those flights which are not feasible by commercially available air transportation.
To what states will AeroAngel make flights?
Our Learjet is capable of going non-stop to either coast, thus we serve kids nationwide.
Does AeroAngel accept stretcher and non-ambulatory patients?
At this time, AeroAngel is unable to provide such a service.
What is the organizational structure and governance of AeroAngel?
AeroAngel was founded in early 2010 as a Colorado nonprofit corporation. It is overseen by a Board of Directors. It is managed by its President and an Executive Director.
Are contributions to AeroAngel tax deductible?
Yes. The IRS has issued AeroAngel a determination letter that it is exempt under section 501(c)(3) and that contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
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