ANGEL FLIGHT AND PILOTS AND PAWS
Members of the aviation community are given so much so its important that they give back just as much. Reid Hillview is home to a number of wonderful organizations that provide services free of charge to those who need them the most.
Humanitarian Organizations at the Airport
Pilots n' Paws
Pilots n' Paws is a nonprofit organization which connects those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals with pilots and plane owners. Their goal is to utilize aviation to assist with transporting at-risk animals to safety. Each year they save thousands of rescue animals, service dogs, and adopted dogs along with providing transportation to safe havens. These animals include but are not limited to dogs, cats, pigs, reptiles, and rabbits.
RHV-based Pilots n' Paws flights, standing in front of the furry friends that needed their help!
Transportation is cited as one of the biggest barriers for receiving medical treatment after cost! The American Hospital Association currently estimates that 3.6 million Americans are unable to receive medical care because they cannot get transportation to the relevant medical centers. Angel Flight West flies those in desperate need of medical care to where they need to go. Of those 3.6 million cases, 25,000 are transported by Angel Flight, according to the Air Care Alliance.
A vIdeo featuring RHV-based Angel Flight Pilot Chris Bennett transporting patient Eileen Ambrosini from Atwater, CA to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto for treatment; saving her the burden of a six hour drive every Friday.
Currently, 36 Angel Flight pilots fly out of Reid Hillview, and have, across their lifetime, flown 1,628 missions at no costs to those helped! In 2021 alone, there were 120 missions! There have also been some very special flights that have taken place at the airport.
On Friday March 23rd, 2018, the 75,000th Angel Flight took place, originating from Reid Hillview, with passenger Juan, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Juan required treatment from a Cardiologist once a month in Los Angeles, and has been flown at no cost by Angel Flight.
Juan E. on an Angel Flight from his home in San Jose, CA to his treatment at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles CA by volunteer Command Pilot Bryan Juarez and copilot Zach Miklos.