MISSION CENTRAL | SEPTEMBER 2019
Angel Flight Log
It has been a busy summer, as you have probably noticed with the large number of mission requests. We appreciate every leg that our pilots fly to support our mission. We’ve had an exciting month with several pilots hitting major milestones.
Rob Garrett recently celebrated his 100th mission in a special flight with a young passenger who has flown with him before. In 2017, Rob took baby Cohen and his mom Kimberly on their first Angel Flight. Two years later, Rob marked his 100th mission as he again flew Cohen and Kimberly to Fort Worth. They were greeted by the American Aero FTW team with a 100-themed celebration (see photos below).
Rob flies a Cessna 182F. He has photos of himself in front of the plane when his dad owned it in 1974 and again more recently when he obtained his advanced pilot ratings. After a 20-year separation from the plane, Rob tracked it down in 2014 and has spent the past five years rebuilding it. He likes to say that he has a “new” 56-year-old Cessna 182F.
Larry Forney joined AFSC in September of 2015 and set a lofty (pun intended) goal: he would fly 200 missions in four years. When you do the math, that boils down to about one mission per week. He achieved this goal ahead of schedule by flying his 202nd AFSC mission on August 28th. Larry has not only succeeded in accomplishing what he set out to do, but he has made a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients he has flown. Larry’s AFSC missions have facilitated the travel for patients to life-saving appointments from 78 different cities across 12 states.
Larry served as the Southeast Texas Wing Leader for two years shortly after joining AFSC. In 2017, he became a member of the Board of Directors, where he now serves as the Vice Chairperson.
Congratulations to Larry and Rob for hitting these major milestones!
Congratulations to the following pilots who have hit 100+ mission milestones this year!
100 Missions - Bob Baker, Del Christensen, Frederick Greene, Jack Long, John Key, Joe Grimes, Robert Garrett
150 Missions - Larry Forney, Jerald Molleston
200 Missions - Todd Quesnel, Larry Forney
While our pilots volunteer their time, skills, and flight costs, they also get help from some very important people on the ground. Many FBOs have partnered with Angel Flight over the years to provide fuel discounts and waived fees for pilots who are flying Angel Flight missions. These FBOs offer their support to help reduce the costs our pilots incur when flying missions. They are part of our amazing support network to help patients receive medical care.
If you know about an FBO that offers discounts for Angel Flight missions, but is not on our list, please update your Wing Leader. We’d like to grow our list and share this information with other pilots who fly in and out of the same airports. And, this can help pilots know which FBOs are willing to offer discounts, as the person behind the desk may not always know when a pilot is flying an Angel Flight mission.
Thank you to all of the FBOs that support Angel Flight Volunteer Pilots!
North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour giving extravaganza where donors have the chance to give to their favorite non-profits and make a huge impact as a community. This year, we hope to raise $50,000 to support Angel Flight South Central’s mission coordination. Lone Star Communications has again generously offered a matching donation. If our community can raise $25,000 on North Texas Giving Day, they’ll match the gifts dollar-for-dollar. That’s $50,000 to provide flights to treatment for the coordination of 3,700 flight missions this year.
Here's how you can get involved:
- Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. We’ll keep you posted during that 18-hour period of our progress towards our goal.
- Help us spread the word about North Texas Giving Day. Share our posts online with your own story of involvement with AFSC.
- Give. Gifts as small as $10 add up when the power of a community supports a common goal.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Join us for a fun evening of food, beer, and incredible artistry, all benefitting Angel Flight South Central! We will be auctioning 48 custom painted 4' propellers by some of New Mexico's premier artists. We will also hear from Brian Lloyd, who will talk about his solo round-the-world adventure to commemorate Amelia Earhart's famous flight.
On the Beam
Pilot Milestones Reached in August
Larry Forney 200
Robert Garrett 100
Wayne Maynard 50
David Valentine, William Helfand, and Jim Daniell 25
JR Haley, John Bielamowicz 5
Doyle Robinson, Shay Sanders 1
Pilots Who Flew Their 1st Mission in August
AFSC's Top Pilots – August 2019
1 Larry Forney 11
2 Nelson Destaffany 8
3 Robert Garrett 7
4 Don Carruth, Robert Byrd, Frederick Greene 6
5 Jack Blackshear, Jerald Molleston 5