The monthly newsletter for members of Angel Flight South Central

Angel Flight Log




Sean Julian got the flying fever when he was a teenager. After some excited encouragement by him and his brother, Sean’s parents won a dinner for two at a remote ranch that included a flight. When the family arrived at the airport to fly to the ranch, the pilot was a little surprised to learn that, instead of flying a couple for a romantic evening, he would be flying two kids. The pilot was a great sport and let the brothers rotate sitting in the front. The entire flying experience captured Sean’s heart and, on his 15th birthday, he asked his parents for flying lessons. Those lessons led to a career as a Captain on the Airbus 319 and 320 for United Airlines. 
Sean's goal is to fly a mission each month. Sean has a special co-pilot for many of his missions. 
Keep reading to find out who his co-pilot was...

Thirty years after making the decision not to become a pilot for the Air Force (he became an engineer and ended up retiring from the Air Force), Kurtis Sampson received his pilot certificate to do cross country flying. He needed a purpose for his flights, so he signed up to be an Angel Flight pilot. When he signed up for his first mission, he had 249.9 hours (the requirement to be an Angel Flight pilot is 250), so he took an instructor with him on the flight to get that last .1 hours that he needed to fly solo. He’s been flying volunteer missions since 2010. 
Kurtis is the vice president of his local EAA chapter, a flight instructor for Texins Flying Club, and an Angel Flight volunteer pilot, with memberships in several other volunteer aviation groups. That was how get got connected with his co-pilot on a recent mission.
Keep reading to find out who his co-pilot was...






The holiday season is filled with gratitude and well wishes. As an organization, we have so much to be grateful for: ALL OF YOU! There are so many people who make a difference every day through our organization. Our pilots provide their skills and planes to fly missions every day, our donors provide the financial support to fund our mission every year, and our friends help us spread the word about the work we do. As the year comes to an end, I would also like to recognize the efforts of our Mission Coordinators, Shireen and Chris. Every day (yes, that includes holidays and vacations), they are friendly and professional as they interact with social workers, passengers, and you, our pilots. Their love for this organization and passion for the work we do guides them to anticipate the needs of the organization before we even realize what is needed. I am grateful for Shireen and Chris and hope you will join me in thanking them for being part of the mission of Angel Flight South Central.  

Magnus Effect




Mission Possible: Soaring Hearts Gala
Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas
Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7-11 p.m.

Angel Flight South Central is bringing the community together for a memorable evening of auction, entertainment, dinner, and dancing. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about our organization, meet our pilots, and support our cause. Entertainment will be provided by Emerald City Presents Elevation Band. 

Tickets and Sponsorship Information  


As you prepare for your holiday shopping, consider making Angel Flight South Central the beneficiary of your Amazon shopping. It doesn’t cost anything, and every little bit helps! When you shop, visit and shop as you normally do. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of every purchase of eligible products to Angel Flight South Central. To set AFSC as the charity of your choice, simply visit on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Select your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, choose Select your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page. AmazonSmile will remember your choice, and you won’t have to enter it again.  

On the Beam


THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO FLEW FOR AFSC THIS MONTH! 75 pilots flew 139 missions in October. Thank you! 


Pilot Milestones Reached in October 

Pilot Total Mission Count

Robert Kyzer 50
Sean Julian, Edwin Cooper, Martyn Atterton 10
Dan Pradel, John Lawson, William Tebeaux 5


Pilots Who Flew Their 1st Mission in October

  • Jim Aubuchon
    Chris Dennis 
    William Fahle
    Michael Folse
    Dennis Moore


AFSC's Top Pilots – October 2019

Place Pilot Missions

1 David Valentine 9
2 Fred Greene, Rob Garrett, Edwin Cooper, Robert Wilber 6
3 Jed Molleston 5
4 Robert Byrd, Michael Bentham 4

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