Saturday, December 19, 2009

Angel Flight

Yesterday, I flew an Angel Flight patient and her sister from Pittsburgh back home to Boston. This is a great way to give back, and help someone in dire need. It would have been a two leg flight from AGC to Elmira (ELM) and on to Boston. The Mustang could do this in a single leg, at a lower cabin altitude than an unpressurized plane. It was obviously more comfortable for the patient, who needed oxygen even on the ground before departure and could barely walk a block.

ATC is very accommodating to Angel Flights, giving priority routing whenever possible, and even asking if we needed priority movement on the ground at Logan. Perhaps because of the time of year, they were extra helpful yesterday. On the way home, there was a 140 kt tailwind. In the descent, we hit a new ground speed record of 500 kts, burning 500 lbs/hr. All in all, a great feel good day.

2 comments:

Ronald said...

What a wonderful thing to do.
Happy Holidays
Ron Lieuwma

David Wihl said...

Ron, Nice to hear from you. Happy Holidays to you and Andrea! -David