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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Angel Flight soaring needy people to recovery

ALBANY HEARLD | Jennifer Parks
Photo: Jennifer Parks

Angel Soar consists of volunteer pilots transporting patients long distances for medical treatment

ALBANY — Flyers with a pilot’s license who want a reason to get up in the morning during their retirement can find purpose through an organization that operates under the belief that transportation barriers should not compromise the ability to get medical care.

Doug Ellis, a pilot and board member for Angel Flight, shared what he has gained from being a part of that organization during a recent visit to Albany.

Angel Flight, based out of the DeKalb Peachtree Airport, is an organization made up of volunteer pilots who fly patients who are medically stable and ambulatory — free of charge — to distant medical facilities for lifesaving treatment when there is a financial need or inability to use commercial transportation due to their affliction.

Ellis, a former service member in the U.S. Navy, has been flying for several decades. As he’s aged, Ellis has found that there is a tendency to gain experience while also losing sharpness. Continue reading. Continue reading
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