Preparing for an Angel Flight

Preparing for an Angel Flight
Pilots using their own small, private aircraft will fly you to
your destination.
The type of aircraft to be used on each flight will not be
known in advance. Some light aircraft have the wings
positioned above the body and you enter the aircraft in
much the same way as you would a 4-wheel drive car.
Other planes have a low wing that requires the passengers
to climb onto the wing, and step down into the interior.
Preparing for
an Angel Flight
Help is never far away…
The type of aircraft used on your flight is not always
known in advance. In either case, the space is limited,
and as you prepare for your first flight there are some basic
steps you should take to ensure the flight is as comfortable
as possible for you.
In order for Angel Flight pilots to assist their passengers,
it is important that those being flown meet Angel
Flight’s guidelines:
All passengers, other than babies and infants, must be
able to enter and exit small light aircraft without pilot
assistance. They must also be able to sit up in the plane
with a seatbelt on, and communicate with the pilot,
if necessary.
Angel Flight welcomes a friend or relative to accompany
a patient to provide whatever support may be needed.
Note: Only those passengers approved to be flown by
Angel Flight are allowed on the flight. A pilot will refuse
to carry unauthorised persons, as this impacts on weights,
balance and space available on ongoing flights and
transport provided by Earth Angels.
An accurate weight of passengers, baggage and all
accompanying equipment must be known by the pilot
to allow for correct balance of the aircraft.
Weight limitations and limited cabin space are common.
Please plan carefully so as to limit your baggage to only the
absolute essentials.
Please pack what you need in soft sports type bags that
can easily be secured and squeezed behind seats, as your
belongings will often be carried with you in the cabin.
Hard suitcases with sharp corners must be avoided.
The interior of small aircraft is similar to being inside
a family car and therefore you are advised to wear
comfortable clothing for your flight.
In the busy period preparing for your flight it is often
easy to overlook essential items such as x-rays, medical
assessments, referrals and doctors’ letters to your specialist.
Please ensure you have these with you.
…… Minimum baggage in soft sports type bags
Because it can get quite chilly in small planes,
it is recommended that you carry a light jumper.
It is also suggested that all passengers consider wearing
trousers as entering and exiting some aircraft can be
quite challenging,
Flying is a very safe way to travel, and incidents are rare,
but some simple precautions should be taken to ensure
your safety.
It is often the case that arrangements for your flight
may have to be altered at the last moment due to varying
local conditions.
The weather is not always as predicted, or road traffic
is busier than usual, or your appointment has been
rearranged. In all such cases, many people need to be
informed of the changes and new arrangements made.
In the unlikely case of you being asked to leave the aircraft
in a hurry, footwear such as thongs or high heels would
be a hindrance to you; therefore comfortable fitted shoes
are essential.
Please take a mobile phone with you, ensure it is switched
on, that the message bank is not full, and if you are away
for several days please take your phone charger with you.
A major item for parents with a sick child is often a pram.
Large non-folding prams cannot be carried due to space
restrictions, but a small collapsible stroller is OK.
In the week before you travel, your Angel Flight
Co-ordinator will have briefed you on the details and
timings of your flights. The Co-ordinator will also
email all the details directly to you and/or to your
Health Professional.
Please bring this paperwork with you on the aircraft as
it contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers
necessary for your trip. To help you, it also includes photos
of your Pilots and Earth Angels, and maps of the airport,
hospital and accommodation.
If your circumstances are such that you may be
undertaking several Angel flights, perhaps borrowing
or purchasing a collapsible stroller would be the answer.
The rules that apply for the safe restraint of an infant
or child in a car also apply in an aircraft.
Parents must provide their car seat or baby capsule so that
babies and infants can be carried safely.
Upon arrival at your destination, your car seat will be
transferred to the Earth Angel’s car so that they can safely
and legally transport you to and from your appointments.
…… Comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes
…… Paperwork for flight
…… Documents for hospital and appointments
…… Mobile phone and charger
…… Collapsible lightweight stroller instead of a pram
…… Car seats for infants/children for use in plane and car
To contact us:
Toll free: 1300 726 567
Phone: (07) 3620 8300
(07) 3852 6646
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