Author: Lindsey Kerr

Flying in Small Aircraft in the Winter

The Midwestern United States puts on a spectacular show in the winter months. Those willing to brave the cold temperatures can enjoy magical sights like glimmering snow-coated tree branches, ice-blanketed lakes, and waterfalls that have turned into cascading icy spires. Although the winter wonderland in the Midwest is a sight to behold, it can potentially… Read more »

Planes & Cars and Things That Go…Free Medical Travel Options

Healthcare treatments can be crucial for a person’s recovery. However, sometimes patients require services from medical facilities outside their immediate area for the best quality care, and they don’t have personal transportation options.  The added costs of traveling to far-away facilities can create a financial burden many can’t afford. Fortunately, some options offer free non-emergency… Read more »

Myths About Flying in Small Airplanes

While some people fear all flying, others are particularly apprehensive about flying in small planes. Here are a few myths about flying small airplanes that we debunked to help you better understand how safe general aviation really is! First, let’s clarify what we mean by “small airplane”. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a… Read more »

Volunteer Pilot Response to 9/11 Attacks

On September 11, we honor those who lost their lives in the tragic events that took place 21 years ago. In the wake of the attacks, most Americans wondered “How can I help?” “When air traffic came to a halt, AirLifeLine Midwest (now LifeLine Pilots) mission coordinators and volunteer pilots continued to serve our nation… Read more »

Jordan Delgadillo

Office & Mission Coordinator Jordan is a Peoria native with a background in illustration. After years of exploring various forms of art, he graduated from Illinois Central College with a degree in Multimedia. He is passionate about helping others and believes in the mission of Lifeline Pilots. Drawing from his previous experience working for a… Read more »

Volunteer Pilots Provide Free, Life-Changing Travel for Patients and Loved Ones

Dealing with a disease or medical condition is challenging and stressful. Getting the care you or your loved one needs isn’t easy. Necessary medical appointments and treatments are often far away from home. How do patients get there, and how do they afford the travel costs? They shouldn’t worry about these things when trying to… Read more »

Call Sign Mismatch & FAA Enforcement Action

By Peyton Metzel, PhD – Safety Committee Chair About CMF Call Sign As you know, the CMF call sign is available to LifeLine Pilots as an alternative to your N-number when flying a mission carrying LifeLine Pilots passengers. Since CMF identifies you as flying a compassion mission, you may receive priority handling for routing or altitudes…. Read more »

Volunteer Begins 50th Anniversary Flight

Following in the footsteps of great aviators, Robert Briggs and his family will commemorate his 50th year of flying by landing at every airport in his home state of Iowa. DES MOINES, IA – Coming soon, to an airport near you – Des Moines native Robert Briggs will celebrate his 50th year of piloting by… Read more »

Giving back never tasted so good!

Everyone needs to eat!Dine at ANY Illinois, Indiana, or Michigan Logan’s Roadhouse location on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 5-9 pm, to help raise money for LifeLine Pilots. This fundraiser will provide the money to organize a flight to life-saving care! Dine-in or Carry-out!Present THIS flyer or order to-go using the code GIVEBACK and 15%… Read more »

Dine to Donate

Want an easy way to help LifeLine Pilots? Organize a restaurant fundraiser in YOUR community. Send us a message at and we’ll send you all the info you need! Why you should hold a LifeLine Pilots Restaurant Fundraiser… LifeLine Pilots is a non-profit, who relies on fundraising and donations to carry out our mission…. Read more »

Pilot Tips & Tricks – Responding to passenger requests…

Sometimes passengers make requests and the pilot is unsure how to respond. Here are a few we have come across and our recommended response:  Q: The passenger texts or calls a pilot directly a month after a previous flight. They tell the pilot they have another appointment scheduled and wondered if the pilot would fly them again…. Read more »