Marco Bitran Shares the Importance of Free Medical Flights Provided by Volunteers

Gaps in the Medical System

Specialized centers of medical care are not always evenly distributed throughout the country. Many patients with serious health conditions find that the best doctors to treat them are located significantly away from their homes. They are sometimes told that they should consider relocating to an area closer to their ideal medical professional.

Recent PALS Event — Great Maine Airshow


Volunteer PALS or Patient Airlift Services pilots have taken part in over 23,000 free flights for patients battling serious illnesses, wounded veterans, and other compassionate flights. The organization is dedicated to providing much-needed transportation services for people who would otherwise not afford them.

Angel Flight

Angel Flight is a national organization with many chapters across the country. The organization is non-profit and comprised of friends, volunteers, and pilots.

Volunteering for Free Medical Flight Programs

Pilots with their aircraft are encouraged to volunteer for free medical flight programs like PALS and Angel Flight. These organizations are not the only ones that provide these services. There may be other services available in certain local areas. Without the generous support of pilots, the programs would not be able to operate. Costs are high for pilots and include landing fees, fuel, ramp fees, and other expenses.

Community Service is Rewarding

For pilots and helpers, a dedication to community service is personally satisfying. Seeing a patient’s hope restored when they can reach the medical care they need gives pilots a positive experience.

Faith in the Health Care System is Restored

When patients can receive free flights from organizations like PALS and Angel Flight, they can participate more fairly in the medical system. In many cases, lives could be saved or improved significantly through participation in these flights.



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Marco Bitran

Marco Bitran

Real Estate Executive located in Boston, MA. Active athlete — running, cycling, & swimming.