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Free Medical Air Transport for Patients with Limited Financial Resources

AirLifeLine is a national, non-profit organization of private pilots who donate their time, skills, aircraft and fuel to fly medical missions. Founded in 1978, the program assists ambulatory patients who need life-sustaining treatment at a medical facility far from home and who cannot afford the cost of travel. This includes “stand-by” missions where timing is critical, such as in the case of an organ transplant. (The program also provides efficient transport of time-critical medical cargo.)

Transportation is also provided for an accompanying support person. There is absolutely no charge to the patient. The pilot donates the entire expense of the mission.

AirLifeLine screens potential passengers using the following criteria:

  • The patient must be ambulatory.
  • The patient should be medically stable and able to fly in an unpressurized plane. (The pilots and aircraft flying these missions do not qualify as professional air ambulances under federal aviation regulations.)
  • The patient must demonstrate financial need and be unable to afford other means of commercial transport.
  • The patient’s flight must be less than 800 miles from his or her home to the medical destination.

The services are not limited to patients within a specific age group or with a specific diagnosis/condition. All pilots meet the federal aviation proficiency requirements and have a current medical certificate and aircraft insurance.

For more information, contact AirLifeLine at 6133 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822, (800) 446-1231 or (916) 429-2500.

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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