Category: LifeLine Blog

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 »

Pilot Tips & Tricks – Flight Communications

“Communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” Once a flight has been set up, communication between the volunteer pilot and the passenger is extremely important to the mission.  Here are a few tips to keep everyone on the same page. Before making any changes on a flight, notify our office first.  This includes changing… Read more »

Calling all Medical Professionals…

What is the biggest barrier to providing free flights? Getting the information to those in need! Do YOUR patients need to travel a long distance for medical care? Do they need help getting to your medical facility? Are they seeking a second opinion or in need of treatment at a clinic far from home? We… Read more »

You Can Make a Difference!

Do you have a passion for helping others through aviation? Do you love the work of LifeLine Pilots and wish you could do more? We are looking for passionate individuals who live throughout our 10-state region to join our Board of Directors.  LifeLine Pilots is growing, and we need your help in steering our organization… Read more »

Under Our Wing – Passenger Sophia

Sophia was only 9 years old when she began experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath in April of 2016. As an avid soccer player and swimmer, this made it difficult for her to perform. It took doctors over a year to determine she has Petcus Excavatum, a chest wall deformity. This was not the… Read more »

5 Things to Bring on a LifeLine Pilots Flight

Congratulations, you qualify for a LifeLine Pilots flight! Now… What do you bring on your flight? Here is a list of 5 THINGS we recommend you bring on your flight in addition to what is required: 1) Tote/backpack (soft sided bag) with personal items. Use travel size for all personal hygiene products. 2) Sunglasses  3)… Read more »

Removing a barrier for better healthcare

Everyone, regardless of location or income, should have equal access to health care.  But, according to the American Hospital Association1, “[Every year,] 3.6 million people in the U.S. do not obtain medical care due to transportation barriers.”  In fact, transportation is said to be the third leading cause of missing a medical appointment. “We help… Read more »

Under Our Wing – Passenger Alison

Alison knew something was wrong when, for more than a year, she experienced stomach pain and could not even keep food down. But still, the Stage 4 diagnosis of Incurable Ovarian Cancer was not the outcome she was hoping for. Her diagnosis sped her treatment into action with a complete hysterectomy a week later. She… Read more »

New to flying on a small plane? Yep…me too!

Was I anxious about flying on a small plane? You bet!  Would I do it again? Heck yeah, can we go tomorrow??!! Whether you have flown hundreds of times or not at all, flying on a plane can be a scary thought for anyone. So, when it comes to getting on a small general aviation… Read more »

Under Our Wing – Ken & Jo

Ken and Jo were married for almost 14 years. Ken was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer on September 17, 2017 and passed away on June 16, 2019. This is their story, as told by Jo herself. Ken and his wife Jo traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on October 17, 2017 for a checkup on… Read more »