I found this site, and I am frankly appalled that so many people with disposable income congregate here to talk about squandering thousands on private planes while others struggle to
buy bus passes. There is so much selfishness in America. Crying social needs go unmet while you
gaze into your navels and buy these expensive toys. Open your hearts to the needy!
Mr. “You didn’t get it from me”: I think you’ve obviously achieved your level of ingnorance. If you think that anyone on this site cares about your opinion, you’ve got another thing coming.
I am almost ashamed of myself for responding to your post thereby justifying it, but for many years I have used my airplane for charity.
I have flown about dozen Angel Flight missions. Three of which were ‘transplant’ flights where we flew the transplant recipient to the hospital in time for their surgery. As I’m sure you know, these flights almost always happen in the middle of the night: My average take-off time was 3 AM, and you get no warning. Due to the potential lack of sleep issues, we always flew these missions with a second qualified pilot.
I have flown numerous small children and babies who’s parents could not otherwise afford the cost to transport the child and themselves to a hospital or treatments center where they could get the best, or in some cases only, care for their child. (Odd, these children whined less than you.)
As you of course also know, the entire cost for the trip (fuel, landing fees, etc.) comes out of the pilot’s pocket. I’ve even known some cases where the pilot paid for the taxi to bring the patient ‘the last mile’ to the hospital.
If our interested in these organizations just do a search for the Air Care Alliance or Angel Flight web sites. They are very easy to find. I’m sure they would appreciate your assistance and support.
I also have good pilots friends who have flown mercy missions to south Florida and the Bahamas with supplies needed after hurricanes have ravaged those areas.
In closing, I do not know a single pilot who is ashamed to have worked hard enopugh to earn and save the money to buy a plane.
Marty (my real name)