Flying private is great, there’s no doubt about that.
Charter costs are at an all-time high, and it doesn’t look like the industry is slowing down. This makes many people think that private jets are only for the rich and famous.
However, did you know that a whopping 15,000 flights are made yearly for humanitarian reasons? Though no-one would like to be in such a position, it’s great to know that private pilots are aircraft owners are such a helpful community.
When you’re booking your next private jet charter, think about the possibility of helping someone out. If you volunteer to help a charity when booking through us we’ll make sure that you get a complimentary bottle of champagne even if no charity requires help at that time. If a charity does join you on your flight we’ll make sure you and your guest(s) get an even nicer surprise.
The Benefits of Supporting a Charity
Helping those out in need is a staple of human nature but volunteering for an aviation charity providers much more than that. Here are four ways that your private jet flight can help someone out.
1) Getting Patients to Their Destination
One of the most common ways that private jets help is by getting those in need to their destinations. Unfortunately, there are scenarios in the world when the destination is too far away to be able to reach easily or for an affordable price. This is where private jets can come into play.
Donating seats on your flight can help patients get to a specialized hospital. Alternatively, it might help medical professionals get to where they need to be. In some cases, it can even help adopted pets get to their forever homes. Whatever the case may be, you’ll definitely meet some great personalities.
2) Offer Therapy
If you fly private regularly you’ll know what a pleasant and calming experience it is. In our bustling world, the peace, quiet, and sights that a private jet flight can offer are often underrated. Many charities help patients by providing them with a flight to help bring some happiness and motivation back into their lives.
3) Helping Those in Need
The world isn’t a perfect place, and while we might have plenty of resources for ourselves, not everyone is so fortunate. Often you can use the spare space on private jets to transport medicine or supplies that are required at your destination.
This is also true when a natural catastrophe strikes. Volunteering space on your private flight can mean delivering water, food, or supplies to those effected.
In some extreme cases you might even be asked to transport body parts for transplant patients!
4) Search and Rescure
Flying is expensive, therefore when people go missing, the amount of resources authorities can dedicated to aerial photography is limited. My volunteering some of your air time you’ll be able to help authorities find important information and clues that could lead to saving someones life.
Aviation Charities You Can Help
Here is a list of all the aviation charities you could be helping.
AEROBridge is an NBAA–endorsed group of experienced aviation specialists who coordinate emergency aviation response during disasters. Their primary mission is to assist governments and NGOs by moving people and supplies to where they are most needed.
The Air Care Alliance is a collection of humanitarian flying organization. Its members are dedicated to helping the community. In short, it’s a charity network with flights happening for a number of compassionate purposes.
The Air Charity Network is specializes in providing free or heavily discounted flights to those with medical issues. Additionall they also help with community or national crisis and getting loved ones to their families.
Angel Flight is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends that are proud to serve the heartland area of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. They help arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.
Challenge Air provides charity flying for kids and youth with disabilities. They do this with the hopes of providing them with morivational and life changing experiences.
Similarly to Challange Air, Childrens Flight of Hope aim to fill seriously ill and injured children feel with hope and healing. Alongside experience flights, they can also help arrange transport to and from medical facilities.
The Corporate Angel Network is one of the best known aviation charities. It’s sole purpose is to help ease the stress, pain, and financial burdens of cancer patients and their families.
EVAC helps during emergency situations by delivering aid and help in times of natural disasters.
LIGA International (The Flying Doctors of Mercy) is a non-profit organization that provides free health care and education to the people of Sinaloa Mexico, since 1934.
The Flying Samaritans is a group of professionals whose aim is to help those in Mexico by providing them medical care, education, and any other day-to-day necessities they might require.
LifeLine Pilots is a private, non-profit organization that provides people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small, private aircraft for health care and other compelling human needs.
LightHawk is an environmental organization that aims to help with environmental campaigns, media flights, and flights for image and data acquisition.
The Los Medicos Voladores family is a diverse group of medical professionals who aim to provide health care and education to rural Mexican cities.
Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation.
Miracle Flights for Kids believes that no matter how young, children should always have access to the best healthcare possible. Therefore it provides free air transportation to any child in need.
Northwoods is a Micigan based air charity service with volunteer pilots and passengers helping to get those in need to services not found locally.
Orbis is a Global organization whose aim is to help tackle eye care worldwide through education and treatment. They believe that each person has the right to quality sight.
Pilots N Paws is a non-profit organization. It’s intended to be a meeting place for volunteers engaged in the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering, and adopting animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with animal transportation.
SouthWings is an environment and conservation charity whos aim is to map and monitor natural areas to help preserve the globe for future generations.
As the name suggests the VPA is a group of private individuals with private jets whom help people obtain important medical treatment.
The Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.
The mission of Wings of Hope is to save lives, improve the quality of life and bring hope to people around the world where the utilization of aviation is vital to the accomplishment of these human endeavors.
They also sell charity airline tickets to help raise money, and in 2020 you could even win a Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft.
Similarly to many other charities on this list, WoM helps provide free air transport to people with limited means who need treatment at distant facilities.
So there you have it, all the reasons to help charities and all the charities you could be helping. If you’re a charity that would like to be included on our list and would like us to try and help you out, then please do get in contact.