Ryan Chappell (Pilots for Patients) Spoke to Kiwanis

Ryan Chappell, a director of PILOTS FOR PATIENTS, spoke to the Kiwanis club, Monday March 12th. PILOTS FOR PATIENTS was started in 2008 by Phillip Thomas. Their mission is to assist those in need of air transportation for medical purposes. The goal is to eliminate the burden of travel and to let the patient concentrate on getting better. The program is completely free of charge to qualified patients. The pilots whether they own their plane or have to rent a plane are not allowed to accept any money per FFA regulations. As of March 5th there have been 3841 missions. They fly into the smaller airports in these large cities for safety sake and less air space congestion. Most flights are to MD Anderson in Houston but they also go to St. Jude, The Texas Christian Children’s Hospital and others as needed. Usually the flights are limited to 300 – 350 miles but longer flights may be available. Patients must be ambulatory and medically stable. They have to be able to fly in an unpressurized aircraft. There is no medical care provided.

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