As pilots, we are blessed with the valuable resource of time travel. Even the slowest airplanes can reduce travel time considerably in comparison with other forms of terrestrial transportation. Ironically, pilots must build time to gain experience and are required to put in a certain number of hours in order to advance in our careers. Additionally, pilots are required to maintain proficiency in order to keep our license active. This means that pilots do a lot of aimless traveling for the sole purpose of time-building and maintaining proficiency.
That being said, imagine how awesome it would be to share your flight with someone in need, instead of flying around aimlessly just to build time.
There are many non-profit organizations that provide free air transportation and humanitarian aid to people in need. They accomplish this by utilizing a network of volunteer pilots that donate their time and aircraft in order to provide this service. With proper planning, pilots incorporate their flight plans, with the medical travel needs of others. This is a win-win situation.
By joining and actively participating with these organizations; You will get to fly, build time, and best of all, help someone travel to get their necessary medical treatment.
Once signed up, just keep an eye on the mission request boards and try to incorporate a mission into your itinerary. Or vice versa, choose a random mission and make that mission your itinerary. That way you get to explore new places and meet new people and help someone in the process. No matter how you do it, you will definitely find it to be a very rewarding experience.
How do I get started, you ask? Well, that's simple, I'll provide some links below.
Just click on the links and sign up.
Keep in mind that some organizations require a certain number of hours, experience, and ratings etc. If you do not qualify to fly passengers as PIC yet, don't be discouraged, there are many options available, including assisting as a copilot. Also look into pet rescue organizations that require less experience. Either way you're accomplishing your goals while helping others.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I'll be glad to help.
Blessings, and blue skies,
We will add you to the ride-along roster. When your turn comes up, we will call you to accompany us on a charity flight. You will be able to gain experience and log the flight time. Not a pilot yet? No problem, you can join us just for the experience.
Vital Flight Kids day 2023 at Opa-Locka Airport, in Florida
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