Angel Flight East (AFE) provides FREE flights to individuals requiring crucial medical care at distant facilities. Additional services include the delivery of supplies to disaster areas and other compelling needs.
Angel Flight East provides an average of 900 flights annually
30% of all passengers flown are children
92,000 Miles Flown & 1,500 hours in the air each year
What We Do
Angel Flight East (AFE) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home.
AFE serves the Northeastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond our reach, we link with other volunteer pilot organizations. Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small non-pressurized aircraft. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft to fly patients to their destinations. These men and women pay for all expenses for each mission they fly. Most AFE patients require air transportation numerous times over several years for treatment of and follow-up for their conditions.
Who We Are
2020-2021 Board of Directors
Christina Morrison, AFE President
John Stubbs, AFE Vice President
STUBBS & HENSEL Pharma Consulting, LLC
Michael Stepanovich, AFE Secretary
Frank Cannon, AFE Treasurer
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Jeffrey S. Kahn, Esq., General Counsel
Jeffrey S. Kahn Attorney at Law
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Daniel Slaim, MD
Paul L. Staudenmeier
Independence Blue Cross
PA Health & Wellness
Angel Flight East (AFE) was founded in Pennsylvania by Harry Morales, a general aviation pilot, who wanted to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He created Angel Flight East, with the help of Jeff Kahn and Joe Staples, among others. Their vision and commitment to the principles of public benefit flying drove the dynamic force of what was to become AFE. Immediately, the organization began to fill the gap between the need to access crucial medical care at a distance and the high cost of transportation to get there.
In 1993, the first year of operations, AFE’s small band of new volunteer pilots flew 17 flights. Today, 900 to 950 flights are scheduled each year in the Northeastern United States.
What is Angel Flight East?
A. Angel Flight East (AFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home and other compelling needs. AFE’s footprint is Virginia to Ohio to Maine and for destinations beyond that; we link up with other volunteer pilot organizations.
If I need the services of Angel Flight East, how much will it cost?
A. There is absolutely NO charge to the services provided by Angel Flight East. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft and take on all costs of the flight including fuel, landing fees, and other expenses.
What type of flights does Angel Flight East make?
A. Angel Flight East pilots provide non-emergency transportation for a variety of illnesses and conditions including: follow up for organ transplantation, ongoing burn treatment, chemotherapy, and other medical issues that must be addressed far from home.
Does Angel Flight East provide flights for people in non-medical situations?
A. Yes, such a flight would be considered a compassion flight. A few examples include visiting a loved one in treatment and disaster relief. All necessary paperwork is still required to facilitate such a flight. These situations are handled on a case by case basis.
Who can request a flight?
A. Requests come from social workers, physicians, and other health care professionals who are in a position to verify both a passenger’s financial need and medical suitability to fly.
What are the criteria for receiving transportation?
A. Angel Flight East is not an air ambulance service. Passengers must be medically stable, ambulatory, and able to sit upright for the duration of the flight. AFE requires patients have a compelling need and must have a medical approval form signed by their doctor before coordinating the flight. Once all necessary paperwork is filled out and approved, mission coordinators will begin looking for pilots. We require a 5-7 day notice to schedule a flight.
After I submit my request, is my flight with Angel Flight East guaranteed?
A. Unfortunately, we cannot 100% guarantee your flight. Passengers are always made aware to have a backup plan or be flexible with rescheduling their appointment. Although we have a large network of pilots, these men and women are all volunteers. We do not have any on call pilots. Other reasons for cancellation may include weather and mechanical issues.
How many times can I fly with Angel Flight East?
A. There is no maximum limit to the amount of times you can use our service.
How can I become involved?
A. Angel Flight East has many ways to become involved. As a pilot, you must have a private pilot’s license, 300 hours of logged flight time, instrument rated and current for the carriage of passengers. We always welcome volunteers to help with ground support, committee work, special events, or a board member.
Angel Flight East does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.