On February 17, DynCorp International team members John Leavitt, Sr. Manager, Project Management Team and Thomas Karika, Director of Safety, sponsored an Angel Flight mission by donating their time, flying expertise and personal aircraft to transport 80-year-old Forest Meadows.
Meadows, a legally blind veteran, needed transportation from the North Palm Beach County Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla. to the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Fla. Meadows underwent blind rehabilitation training at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Leavitt flew his J-35 Bonanza aircraft while Karika acted as co-pilot.
“We were able to fly right along the Florida coastline and Forest enjoyed the trip. He even commented that the ride was ‘pretty darn comfortable’ and remembered the Bonanza from his days in service,” said Leavitt of Meadow’s experience.
Angel Flight is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends. Angel Flight seeks to arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals and health care organizations who need transportation but are financially distressed, or are in a time-critical situation due to their medical condition.
Angel Flight primarily serves patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region. By coordinating with other organizations, Angel Flight can arrange transportation for patients on longer flights to other parts of the country outside of the Heartland region. Angel Flight has also flown blood products for the Oklahoma Blood Institute and Red Cross in emergency situations. Patients are usually traveling for surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, and other treatments. Angel Flight is a member of the Air Care Alliance, a group of organizations providing similar services throughout the United States.
Angel Flight is financially supported primarily by the pilots who fly the missions (by donating the use of their airplanes and operating expenses) and by contributions from individuals, service clubs, social and religious groups and corporations. Angel Flight receives no financial aid from any government entity. There is never a fee of any kind, either to the patient or the health care provider for an Angel Flight.