A fully volunteer run charity providing FREE air transportation to residents of the East Kootenay to medical appointments in Kelowna.

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ANGEL FLIGHT EAST KOOTENAY

Angel Flight East Kootenay was founded in April 2019 by Brent Bidston (Ret. Airline Captain), and is an entirely volunteer-led charitable organization with no paid employees. Our mission is to fly primarily cancer patients and children with a care giver from the Kootenays to treatment centres in Kelowna, for free!
We give priority to cancer patients and children however any one in need will be considered.

As a registered charity we are currently accepting donations to be able to continue offering free flights.  Every donation goes a long way, and you can choose to have a tax receipt for your donation if you would like.

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WHERE and Who WE FLY

Each flight is planned based on the individual requirements, appointment times and time urgency to get to and from the treatment facility. We do drop offs, same day returns and pick ups.

We give priority to cancer patients and children however any one in need will be considered.

We fly in light aircraft from the Cranbrook International Airport and Sparwood Elk Valley Airport.
Moving forward we hope to have flights operated from other airports in the Kootenays – more volunteer pilots will be recruited as demand for flights increases.

Our aircraft are small and un-presurized, this does create some limitations:
~You must be able to walk to and board a small light aircraft~
~Due to limited space we cannot take wheelchairs or walking frames~
~No medical assistance is available during flight~
~We cannot take people with a communicable illness~
There are no washroom facilities on the aircraft

 

 

 
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Request A Flight

1: Fill out and submit the FLIGHT REQUEST FORM.  We will use this to confirm your eligibility for the flight. It can take up to 48hrs for us to get back to you.

2: Download, print, and fill out the WAIVER and in the case of a minor the INDEMNITY form. These MUST be completed and signed by your doctor prior to your flight. Consider them your airplane ticket. You MUST have them to board the aircraft.

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Recent Flights

Return from an emergency

Brent, Todd, Jan, I can not thank all of you enough for the support and the services you guys had provided to myself and my daughter during a stressful time to get us back to the east Kootenays! I can not find the right words, to explain what the Angel Flight does, but all I […]

A 30 minute appointment

Without Angel Flight East Kootenay I would have had to use commercial flights and due to there timing I would have been two nights in a hotel, plus meals. I can’t drive any distance anymore and even if I could find someone to drive me it would have taken two days each way as I […]

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Who We Are

Our Pilots

Brent Bidston – President and lead pilot
We immigrated from the UK to Canada in 2005 and have been living in Fernie ever since. 
I was an Airline Captain for my 30 year career. When we immigrated I was working for Korean Air as a Captain on their A330 fleet but took early retirement in 2009 to live full time in the Elk Valley. 
My Wife and I joined BC Ambulance and served 10 years at the Fernie station. During that time I started the Elk Valley Air Search and Rescue Association, a unit of CASARA, and have been operating in the Rocky Mountains since 2012. 
I now look forward to getting Angel Flight East Kootenay up and running while also running and Air Search and Rescue.

Todd Weselake – Director, partner and pilot 
Having lived in Fernie for the last 2 decades I understands the importance of the flights myself and Brent can offer to East Kootenay residents. As an avid, experienced mountain flyer and pursuing a career in aviation I take aviation safety extremely serious and looks forward to being a part of the growth and success of Angel Flight East Kootenay

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Our Supporters

As a registered charity we are currently accepting donations to be able to continue offering free flights.  Every donation goes a long way, and you can choose to have a tax receipt for your donation if you would like.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
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