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

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Fernie – Cranbrook – Creston – Golden – Invermere – Nelson – Sparwood


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 residents of the East Kootenays to treatment centres in Kelowna, for free!

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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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 fly in light aircraft from airports in Cranbrook, Creston, Golden, Invermere, Nelson and Sparwood.
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-pressurized, 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~
~Total combined weight of all passengers can not exceed 400 pounds~
There are no washroom facilities on the aircraft

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Request A Flight

Requesting a flight is simple, and can be completed in the following 2 steps.  You will hear back from us with 48hrs of submitting a Flight Request Form.

1: Fill out the FLIGHT REQUEST FORM We will use this to confirm your eligibility for the flight.

2: Download, print, and fill out both pages of 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.

We follow all current Covid-19 protocols. 

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Recent Flights

Golden to Kelowna

I can’t even express my gratitude in words! You both do such an amazing job. This is solid pioneer work.Brent flew from Sparwood airport to Golden, to pick up me and my 4 year old son, heading for Kelowna, where Siyam had to be seen by the oncologist. On that day it was smoky, and some high mountains were […]

A heart filled thank you

Thank you to Angel Flights from Creston! You gave me a safe and smooth flight home from Kelowna after my heart surgery. You took away the worry about how I was going to get home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

New father in need

Thank you ‘Angel Flight East Kootenay’ What amazing work you are doing for people in our community!I Got big help from you, and I wanted share my story of how I got that help and how others can get help when needed in an emergency case. On 17th August 2019 my wife delivered a baby […]

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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!
Through CanadaHelps.org

Thank you to all the local businesses that have help us along the way!

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Thank you for your donations in memory of

Rick Jarrett
Brad & Jake Letkeman
John Ankutowicz
Bruce Calder
Jane Maradyn
Wally Otting
Noel Nethercote
Wm. Paul Hooker, MD
Joyce Casler
David Barrett
Vern Mcgarrigle

Skip DeCoste
Terry MacRitchie
Marilin States Grahn
Joyce Hagal
Eva Sherry
Kenneth Aikin
Joseph Lavigne
Paul Fergus
Jane Maradyn
Edna & John Krzyzewski
Benny Mangone