Category: “Pilot Stories”

“You All Are the Pilots?”

Angel Flight passengers often do a double-take when they first meet volunteer pilot Zach Kilgore. Zach, 23, is one of the youngest pilots flying for AFSC, but don’t let that youthful face fool you. He has more than 1,000 hours of flight time under his belt and is a certified flying instructor. And he has an ageless care for his passengers, keeping water and blankets on board and nearly always bringing his friend Will Kyle along as a flight assistant to make sure passengers are comfortable during their journey.

Angel Flight South Central on CBS-4 News

CBS-4 News travels with Veronica Bishop as Angel Flight South Central volunteer pilot Ernesto Lugo flies her to her treatment for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Every day, AFSC provides free flights for people with medical and humanitarian needs.

Pilot Don Lawton looks back over his 200 missions with AFSC

Donald Lawton has been flying for Angel Flight South Central for more than 15 years and this month will undertake his 200th mission. Here we take a look back with Don on his experiences with passengers and on how Angel Flight has changed over the years. What got you flying with Angel Flight? It was probably a pretty typical reason,...

Vote for our 2018 Endeavor Award finalist!

Melvin Jenschke has flown more than 1,200 hours and spent nearly $1 million of his own money to fly relief missions for Angel Flight South Central. He is now a finalist for a 2018 Endeavor Award. If he wins, AFSC will receive a $15,000 grant.

Eileen Isola

When Eileen Isola flew her first mission for Angel Flight South Central in November, the experience came packed with meaning. Her primary passenger, 7-year-old Susana, has been living with leukemia for five years, but her intelligence and spark still shine through her, just as they do in her mother, also named Susana. But the importance of this trip to Eileen went beyond the reward of helping people in need of care. This mission was Eileen's first solo flight in decades, and represented an important personal challenge she made to herself during her ongoing recovery from her breast cancer treatment.

Angel Flight South Central pilots stretch their wings during Hurricane Harvey

It was late afternoon, and Carolyn Brown looked over at her 82-year-old husband, Philip. It worried her terribly to see him lying precariously on the bleachers of the elementary school gym, his head propped on a waterlogged duffel bag. This was no place to sleep for a man with a heart condition who had just visited MD Anderson for cancer treatment. But Hurricane Harvey had flooded them out of their home in Orange, Texas, and this was their only option for the night. They hadn’t eaten for two days, but Carolyn’s gravest concern was her husband’s sleeping situation. “I’m not sure he would have made it through the night in that shelter,” she says. That’s when she learned that help was on the way. Angel Flight South Central was flying water and food into Orange – about 80 miles east of Houston on the Louisiana border – because all the roads were closed due to flooding.

Dianna Stanger Endeavor Award

Angel Flight South Central's Board Chairperson, Dianna Stanger is being recognized for her philanthropic commitment and volunteerism.  She will be awarded the Endeavor Award for leadership and service in Public Benefit Flying at this year's event, which will be held in May. To read more about her story, click HERE.

Patrick Andrews

He was a military man with some rank, but not much.  I had met him on a few occasions—those casual in-the-office types of introductions.  Then, the unthinkable happened to his family.  Their little five year old daughter was fighting a losing battle with one of those cancers that is devastating to all who are...

Pilot Tom Goodson

Tom Goodson not only flew his first Angel Flight recently, but he was also featured in an article by an online news journal.   Goodson learned about Angel Flight at a meeting for Cirrus pilots, where he met Angel Flight pilot and board member Dianna Stanger.  He signed up and we are happy to see him helping patients in...