The mission of Angel Flight West
(AFW) is to deliver health and hope using donated flights
to serve those with healthcare or other compelling human
needs. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, AFW
links volunteer private pilots with people whose
non-emergency healthcare conditions require them to
travel long distances to and from medical facilities. AFW
serves 12 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California,
Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah,
Washington, and Wyoming.
When weather or other circumstances keep small aircraft
grounded, AFW's partners – Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian
Airlines, JSX, and Mokulele Airlines – donate tickets.
AFW also has a Passenger Assistance Fund that allows them
to purchase airline tickets or ground transportation when
volunteers are not available.
The costs of all flights are donated and there's never a
charge for an AFW mission.
The initial request for an AFW flight can be submitted by
a passenger or medical professional online or over the
phone. Typically, AFW requires a minimum of one week's
To be eligible for an AFW mission, a person must have a
financial or other compelling need. Another reason for
using AFW is living in a rural area where the closest
medical facility for treatment of their condition may be
hundreds of miles away. With over 5,000 general aviation
airports located throughout the nation, access to
healthcare using air transportation has become easier.
Funding for Angel Flight West comes primarily from
individual and corporate donations (both cash and
in-kind), and foundations.