Welcome, New Volunteers!

We’re glad you’re here. This page is a resource for new volunteers navigating the orientation process and volunteers who have completed orientation and want to prepare to fly their first mission.

Transportation challenges create one of the most daunting barriers to healthcare—a barrier second only to the cost. As a volunteer, you’ll make an immeasurable difference by helping people fly to their medical appointments. Each day, our network of volunteers donate their time, fuel, aircraft, and talent to ensure people can reach their far-off, life-saving medical care. 

Thank you for being part of the solution to ease the burden of transportation for families across the West. 

"I Want to Fly Angel Flights But..."

Do you have questions or concerns about becoming an Angel Flight West volunteer pilot? 

Check out this recorded webinar by Volunteer Pilot Jim Pitman and have some of your questions answered today. 

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer Pilot

When you filled out your application to Angel Flight West, you created a username and password. This is what you will use to login and complete your orientation.

  • STEP 1

    Read and review the AFW Command Pilot’s Manual.

  • STEP 2

    Complete the required AOPA ASI Public Benefit Flying course found on the AOPA Education webpage. Make sure to save your certificate of completion - you'll need to upload it with your documents later.

  • STEP 3

    If you haven't already, complete the free background screening by checking your email for an email regarding the TrueHire portal. Can't find the information? Email our Volunteer Services Manager at [email protected].

  • STEP 5

    Assemble the required documents to upload to your profile:

    AOPA Safety Foundation Course Certificate 
    Proof of Aircraft Insurance
    Profile photo 
    Pilot certificate 
    Proof of PIC hours
    Medical certification
    Most recent BFR
    Safety Questionnaire

  • STEP 6

    Congratulations on finishing your orientation! You'll be updated to Command Pilot status shortly. We encourage new volunteers to reach out to our team or wing leaders as you prepare to request missions.

    What's next? Click here to learn more about preparing for your first angel flight. 

Meet Your Wing Leaders

Tips Before Flying Your First Mission

Follow us on Social Media!

With passenger permission, we encourage volunteer pilots to share their Angel Flight West story and tag @angelflightwest. By sharing your story, you’ll help us reach more volunteers, passengers, partners, and supporters.

Before posting pictures of a passenger during a flight, ask permission and let passengers know you intend to post and/or submit the photos to Angel Flight West. Remember, many passengers may be comfortable with photos being posted but may not want their medical diagnosis listed. Click here to review the Volunteer Communications Policy.

We encourage you to submit photos and to leave comments about your mission when filling out the Mission Report.  When you submit photos to AFW, we’ll check each passenger’s photo release before sharing.