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

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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 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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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 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

Angel Flight East Kootenay unveils ‘new to us’ aircraft

Angel Flight East Kootenay is expanding its fleet with a 1979 twin-engined, seven-seat airplane. Brent Bidston, Angel Flight EK founder, said the aircraft will let them fly in worse weather as the plane is fully de-iced. “Our area is very challenging because the mountains are so high. If we’re operating in cloud even in the […]

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!!

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Who We Are

Our Pilots

GROUND CREW

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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