Who do we fly? The children and families we transport must demonstrate a financial hardship or other compelling human or medical need, and a medical release signed by the doctor for flight. The person must be in a stable medical state, and able to board the aircraft unassisted (unless disabled or an infant). We are not an air ambulance service. No medical equipment or personnel are on board. For minors, there must be at least one parent or guardian to accompany the child in flight. There is no charge to the family for transport.
The same requirements listed above apply for healthcare camps and make-a-wish flights. Make-a-wish flights are coordinated through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Benefits of a Hope Flight:
- Available on short notice.
- Flexible flight dates if the treatment schedule or hospital release date changes.
- A guaranteed flight home.
- Repeat flights are provided.
- Flown by experienced Commercial pilot with Instrument rating.
Some hospital examples:
- Benioff Children's Hospital-Oakland
- Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
- UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital-SF
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
- Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
- UC Davis Children's Hospital
Where do we fly? Our aircraft is based at the Hayward Executive Airport in California. We fly to the airport that is closest to the patient for pick-up, and transport them to an airport closest to the cancer/specialized hospital. We can serve destinations within 400 miles of the Hayward Airport. Our normal area of service is California, Nevada, and Oregon, and provide transportation to the San Francisco Bay Area hospitals or the Los Angeles Area hospitals. Our services are for low income families or for those in financial hardship, and provided free of charge.
What aircraft do we fly? Currently we fly a Cessna 182 aircraft that can carry two passengers. (We are working to acquire a twin-engine Beechcraft "King Air". It seats up to 8 passengers. The aircraft is pressurized for children on medications that require it, or have heart defects, and it has room for a stretcher for children unable to sit up, due to burns or a body cast. The King Air is capable of making non-stop flights to the destinations within our service area. Please see the "News and Photos" page for more benefits of the "King Air" aircraft).
Who does the flying? Our designated, qualified, and experienced Chief Pilot under the supervision of the Federal Aviation Administration and our Board of Directors.