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Qualify for Free Medical Air Transportation – Airlift Hope of America

To qualify for an Airlift Hope of America passengers must:

  1. Have financial need for assistance
  2. Be medically cleared to fly in a non-pressurized small aircraft
  3. Be ambulatory and sit upright in a standard aircraft seat
  4. Not require medical care en route.
  5. Not have a communicable disease
  6. If supplemental patient oxygen is required, it must be provided by the patient and be in a Dept. of Transportation pressure test approved bottle.
  7. Provide own ground transportation to and from airport as well as be responsible for lodging arrangements.

Be it a child requiring access to medical treatment in another area of the country or an adult requiring travel due to a family crisis, Airlift Hope of America attempts to match each special need with a volunteer pilot who can help.

Airlift Hope of America recipients must answer several health questions in order to assess their fitness for flight in an unpressurized aircraft. If the answers to any of these questions suggest a problem may exist, written permission for the flight must be obtained from the passenger’s physician. No one will be transported if they have a readily communicable disease. All passengers must be ambulatory which means getting in and out of the airplane on their own and sitting upright during the flight lasting from one to three hours depending on the passenger’s destination. Airlift Hope of America passengers must be considered outpatients. If the person requires supplemental oxygen, he or she must provide the oxygen, and it must be in a DOT approved container. Passengers are responsible for their own medications. If passengers require any medical assistance during the flight, they must bring someone who can assist them. Airlift Hope of America pilots are not trained in medical emergencies, and will not be able to provide any medical assistance. Once approved, a volunteer flight coordinator arranges each flight with the passenger and a volunteer pilot based on type of aircraft needed and geographic location of the flight.

The aircraft flown by our volunteers are able to carry 3 to 5 passengers, plus the pilot and very little baggage. Although the cabin is comfortable, weight and space are issues. For this reason, passengers must also provide information about their weight and weight of carry-on items. In helping people, we also make safety our highest priority. It is important to have alternative travel options if possible in the event a flight is delayed or cancelled due to technical or weather challenges.

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