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PALS Return to Flying Protocol

 

The Mission Coordination team will be conducting Enhanced Passenger and Pilot screening and will:

 

  • Exclude any passengers with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including but not limited to cough, sneezing, chest congestion, shortness of breath, fever, and loss of taste or smell

 

  • Exclude any passengers with known exposure to a COVID-19-infected person within the previous two week period, including anyone who has been notified of possible exposure through contact tracing

 

  • Confirm that passengers are able to enter and exit an aircraft without any assistance or physical contact other than their companion

 

  • Evaluate any passenger whose medical condition prevents them from complying with droplet transmission protections (e.g., inability to wear a surgical mask)

 

  • Secure revised medical releases with physicians’ approval to include a statement of necessity of travel considering all risks to pilots and passengers within 24/48 hours of the flight

 

 

  • Limit the number of passengers to the patient and a necessary companion if needed

 

  • Encourage flights in larger cabin aircraft whenever possible

 

  • Secure signed COVID-19 Release and Indemnity Forms for both pilots and passengers prior to every flight

 

  • Social distancing of 6 feet where the opportunities permit

 

  • Deny requests for anyone who is not willing to adhere to best practices

 

  • Provide access to information regarding risks, protecting oneself, disinfecting, etc.

 

  • Follow up with pilots and passengers to check health status 14 days after flight

 

Suggested Pilot Precautions:

 

Pre Flight

  • Check AOPA’s Restrictions by State
  • Disinfect all surfaces with alcohol wipes and allow time to dry prior to your pre-flight preparations
  • All occupants must wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer immediately before boarding
  • Wear protective gloves when handling passengers’ luggage or equipment; or wash hands thoroughly or apply hand sanitizer after such contact and before boarding
  • Wipe gloves with sanitizer or change gloves after every use
  • When pilots wear a mask while flying (recommended but not required), the microphone may fit through the side of the mask

In Flight

  • Maximize air flow through the cabin to the extent allowable with aircraft limitations and passenger comfort. Increase airflow through vents and fans if applicable
  • Require all passengers to wear protective masks or other acceptable face coverings (protective masks recommended for pilots but not required)
  • Avoid direct contact between passengers, such as shaking hands, hugging or other physical contact
  • Maintain as much physical distance as possible

Post Flight

  • During quick turn, wear a protective mask or face covering and avoid contact with ground personnel
  • Clean all surfaces with disinfectant wipes or solution, including headsets, seat belt buckles, arm rests, door handles, etc.
  • If possible, replace mic muffs for each passenger
  • Provide a thorough post-flight debrief to PALS

 

 

How to Protect Yourselves and Others

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures

MedAire COVID-19 Advice and Answers to Your Questions

 

 

By : Joe Ferrazano /June 13, 2020 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

A fresh look for PALS!

For ten years, our black and gold wings served PALS well! As we consider the future, we wanted to look with fresh eyes at the possibilities of PALS and the PALS brand.

We want our PALS families to know that we are reliable, devoted, and always optimistic for the future.

  • It is because of our trusted pilot and aviation network that passengers can count on us to be reliable.
  • It is because of the many dedicated hearts and hands at PALS that our passengers know we are devoted to our missions.
  • It is because of the spirits and smiles of our passengers that we are optimistic.

The new look, including our new blue pallet, shows our characteristics of hopefulness and security. Bright, yet solid. The small child with the plane is to encourage the feelings of compassion and inspiration – emotions that are the heart of our work.

By : Stephanie Larkin /April 30, 2020 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

4 Ways You Can Support Nonprofits Besides Donating

We often hear from our community & families that they would love to give back.  As a nonprofit, every effort to support us is important and makes an impact! Whether you are a passenger who took a PALS flight to treatment, or a veteran who wants to support the PALS for Patriots program, or someone who has heard the PALS story and is touched by it – you have the power to make a difference!

Here are four ways you can support your favorite nonprofit:

  1. Share your story on social media. Share your pictures on a PALS flight, at your treatment or camp, or a picture of your family to show support for all of the PALS families!

Share the pictures and caption it with your PALS experience and our message.

Example 1: When I learned about PALS from _____, I was immediately touched by what they do and I wanted to share it with everyone! Check out what PALS does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-myoXh8rjU I was moved when I saw this video and when I …(tell your story, did you hear about us from a friend, or at an event?)

Example 2: My family and I needed to travel to _____ because of ____. Thanks to PALS, we were able to travel on a free flight! This was a huge help for our family during this time in our lives and we are thankful for PALS. This organization is focused on serving more families for years to come. You can support them here to ensure there are more PALS flights in the future for families like mine.  https://palservices.org/donate/

Don’t forget to tag, follow, and like us:

Facebook – @PatientAirliftServices

Instagram – @PALSFlight

Twitter – @PALServices

  1. Support PALS when you shop on Amazon by using Amazon Smile! When you use Amazon Smile, Amazon will give a portion of your purchase to PALS completely for free! Click this link to start using Amazon Smile with your account: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2370028.

Click here for step by step instructions: https://palservices.org/you-can-help/amazonsmile/

  1. Host a Facebook fundraiser to give back for a holiday, your birthday, or just because! Facebook fundraisers are a fun and collaborative way to join forces with your community in support of PALS. Step by step to set up a fundraiser can be found here: https://palservices.org/fbfundraiser
  1. Give us a review! https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/patient-airlift-services

Greatnonprofits.org is a wonderful website where you can review all of your favorite nonprofits and help them grow their reputation. Thanks to all of our supporters we are a 2019 top-rated nonprofit. With your help, we will achieve this in 2020 as well!

Thank you for helping us take more families under our wing! All of these actions make a difference in spreading the word and raising funds for more families in need.

………. A social post featuring PALS                                    A Facebook fundraiser for PALS

By : Stephanie Larkin /April 03, 2020 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Patient AirLift Services Receives Grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., (Mar. 04, 2020) – The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has awarded a $110,000 grant to Patient AirLift Services (PALS) to double the number of free medical, compassionate, and humanitarian missions PALS flies for critically ill and underserved New Yorkers in need of care.

Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, remarked, “Mother Cabrini spent her life devoted to those who faced the greatest struggles, and the Foundation named in her honor is proudly carrying on her legacy.  From supporting pediatric cardiac care units in children’s hospitals to expanding mental health services to enhancing immigrants’ access to services, our inaugural grants are already making a difference in communities across New York State.”PALS provides free medical flights for critically ill children and adults who cannot afford commercial air travel to their out-of-town healthcare destinations, or are physically unable to fly commercially. PALS began the groundwork for this project in 2019 by establishing relationships and conducting outreach in rural, low income counties of New York. These rural areas lack specialized medical facilities to meet the needs of many patients. As a result, patients often have to travel significant distances to receive proper care.

In March 2019, PALS began an outreach effort in one such area, Clinton County, meeting with medical personnel, social workers, patient advocates and community leaders over several days. Currently PALS continues to identify need in new and existing markets throughout New York State. In response to the the profound need, PALS is proud to announce that this project will allow PALS to fly an additional 342 missions, for a total of 684 missions flown in 2020.

Donna Collins, PALS Executive Director commented, “We sincerely appreciative for this grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The need for air transportation to and from medical facilities is vast throughout New York State, and this funding allows us to increase our reach. PALS goes above and beyond to lift people up, treating every passenger on every flight with dignity and compassion.”

PALS believes the best possible care should be accessible to everyone, no matter how far it is from home. That’s why since 2010 we have provided more than 22,000 free flights for patients battling illnesses, veterans in need of supportive services, and victims of natural disasters.
 
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ABOUT PATIENT AIRLIFT SERVICES: Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. As a charitable aviation organization with over 22,000 passenger flights flown since inception in 2010, PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially; for compassionate assistance; and for humanitarian purposes. Through its extensive network of aviation assets (including volunteer pilots, commercial airlines, and corporate partners), PALS serves disadvantaged individuals throughout the eastern United States. For more information, visit www.PALSflight.org or call 631-694-PALS (7257).

By : Stephanie Larkin /March 06, 2020 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Patient AirLift Services Welcomes New Director of Development and Marketing

Farmingdale, NY, February 24, 2020 – Patient AirLift Services (PALS) announced today that they have hired Brook Leighton to serve as Director of Development and Marketing, overseeing the team responsible for fundraising and marketing activities.

“We are excited to have Brook on board,” said Donna Collins, Executive Director of PALS. “Her personality and experience are a good match for PALS as we continue to grow and ensure our long-term sustainability.”

Brook brings 15 years of nonprofit development, marketing and communications experience to PALS. Her successes include creating innovative programs in individual donor giving, winning large multi-year private grants, organizing a wide array of special events and elevating the visibility of small nonprofits.

At PALS, Brook’s primary responsibilities will be providing strategic direction and supervisory oversight to all of the development, marketing and communications work, as well as building out a number of new initiatives to increase and diversify the revenue of the organization.

“I am ecstatic to join the PALS team,” said Brook. “What PALS does for patients and veterans is life-changing, and I am humbled by the opportunity to enable PALS to lift up more people for many more years.”

Brook studied English and Creative Writing at Princeton University. She also received her juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She is an active volunteer with various organizations. She lives in Massapequa with her husband and three young sons.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 28, 2020 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

2020 TCS New York City Marathon – November 1, 2020

PALS in Motion is running through New York City and we are looking for our team!

Join PALS in Motion to guarantee your entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon

Sign up today for one of our charity runner slots… Last year our charity runners raised over $35,000!

Since inception in 2010, we have served over 3,000 families, with over 22,000 flights and 3,500 ground trips – this is largely made possible thanks to donors and personal fundraisers!

Join PALS in Motion and help people when the best possible care, isn’t close to home!

Your Fundraising Pledge: You pledge to raise a minimum $2,500 in full by November 1, 2020. In addition, PALS in Motion runners are responsible for all race registration fees and travel expenses. To support your marathon fundraising efforts, PALS will provide you with brochures, runner apparel, and swag. We will support your fundraising efforts by being available to answer questions, help develop your fundraising page, post about your progress, and be there for you every step of the way. We know you can do it and we will help you get there!

To sign up and for more information about the Marathon, contact Melissa Guida at melissa.guida@palservices.org or call us at 631-694-7254.

Click here to Meet our 2019 NYC Marathon Runners.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 24, 2020 /Latest News, Upcoming Events /0 Comment Read More

PALS Flies 14 Patients and Family Members with Rare Diseases to Houston, Texas

Contact: Melissa Guida
Patient Airlift Services (PALS)
Tel: 631-694-PALS (7257)
Melissa.Guida@palservices.org

HOPE FOR THE MOST RARE OF CASES:

Patient Airlift Services Flies 14 Patients and Family Members to The National Organization For Rare Diseases, Annual Patient & Family Forum Weekend in Houston, Texas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2019

Beginning Friday, June 21, 2019 through Sunday, June 23, 2019, Patient Airlift Services (PALS) will be providing free air transportation to 14 people from around the United States, enabling them to access compassionate support at the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD) Patient & Family Forum in Houston, Texas.

PALS believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis, receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a need that should be met – no matter how far that care or support is from home. PALS team of volunteer pilots, as well as corporate and commercial partners, enable them to provide families with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. Since inception in 2010, they have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 free flights and 3,500 ground trips.

NORD estimates that 25-30 million Americans live with a rare disease, and 50% of this population is under the age of 18. The Forum will contain key insights from medical professionals, and provide an environment where patients and their supporting family members are learning from others’ shared experiences.

Thanks to three PALS Volunteer Pilots, members of the NORD community from Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Texas will have access to the Forum that they may not have otherwise had due to transportation and financial barriers. PALS Pilots, Joe Howley, Paul Weismann, and Rich Bocock, are creating the opportunity for families to experience the Forum and collectively saving them over 5,000 miles of driving!

PALS recognizes and commends the honorable work that NORD is doing and is looking forward to an ongoing partnership. Working alongside organizations like NORD, PALS continues to partner families in need of critical air transportation with the charitable aviation community.

For more information on NORD, the Forum, and their services go to www.rarediseases.org

For more information on PALS or if you or someone you know needs critical air transportation, please contact PALS at www.PALServices.org or 631-694-7257.
Click here to watch PALS in action.

PALS Texas Media Packet can be found here: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.106/tbh.948.myftpupload.com/TexasMediaPacket.pdf

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ABOUT PATIENT AIRLIFT SERVICES: Patient AirLift Services (PALS) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY. As a charitable aviation organization with over 19,000 passenger flights flown since inception in 2010, PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially; for compassionate assistance; and for humanitarian purposes. Through its extensive network of aviation assets (including volunteer pilots, commercial airlines, and corporate partners), PALS serves disadvantaged individuals throughout the eastern United States. For more information, visit www.PALSflight.org or call 631-694-PALS (7257).

By : Stephanie Larkin /June 20, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Texas House of Representatives Honors PALS!

 

PALS is thrilled to share that the Texas House Representatives, recently presented us with a Congratulatory and Honorary Resolution –– for our PALS Disaster Relief Program, Sky Hope! Honoring our PALS family for supporting the State of Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

In the days and weeks following one of the worst humanitarian crises in Southeast Texas, PALS mobilized 42 volunteer pilots, who flew a total of 154 missions into Jefferson and Orange Counties, 114 of which were flights that involved delivering 500-1,000 pounds of food, water, medical supplies, and other equipment. The remainder of the missions transported passengers, including patients with urgent medical needs, health care workers, and search and rescue teams.

The resolution shares:

“The courageous efforts of PALS pilots and crews were instrumental in preventing further loss of life in communities that were impacted the worst by the storm, and all those affiliated with this outstanding program have earned the heartfelt gratitude of countless Texans.”

As someone who supports our mission and is a part of our PALS Family, we want to share this exciting moment with you! Click the video above to watch Representative Dade Phelan [R] acknowledge YOUR remarkable contributions!

Read the Resolution here.

Thank you to all of the PALS Board Members, Volunteers, and Pilots that attended! Pictured here from left to right: Representative Dade Phelan, Representative John Cyrier, Rene Bangelsdorf, Robin Eissler, Brad Lamb, John Rochelle, and Joe Howley.

By : Stephanie Larkin /May 08, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

2019 TCS New York City Marathon

PALS in Motion is running through New York City and we are looking for our team!

Join PALS in Motion to guarantee your entry to the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon

Sign up today for one of our charity runner slots…

and commit to raise a minimum of $2,500 by November 3, 2019 in support of our mission. Patient Airlift Services believes that when someone is experiencing an illness or humanitarian crisis that receiving the best medical care, compassionate support or disaster relief is a basic human right, no matter how far that care, or support is from home. Our team of volunteer pilots, as well as our corporate and commercial partners, enable us to provide families in need with comprehensive door-to-door transportation assistance, including both free air and ground transportation. More importantly, there is no limit to the amount of times a family can fly with us, we are with them for their entire journey if they so choose.

Since inception in 2008, we have served over 2,900 families, with over 19,000 flights and 3,500 ground trips, but here is so much more to do. PALS is expanding, taking our scalable model and replicating it to create a best-in-class charitable aviation organization and we need your help!

Join PALS in Motion and help people when the best possible care, isn’t close to home!

Your Fundraising Pledge: You pledge to raise a minimum $2,500 in full by November 3, 2019. In addition, PALS in Motion runners are responsible for all race registration fees and travel expenses. To support your marathon fundraising efforts, PALS will provide you with brochures, runner apparel, and swag. We will support your fundraising efforts by being available to answer questions, help develop your fundraising page, post about your progress, and be there for you every step of the way. We know you can do it and we will help you get there!

To sign up and for more information about the Marathon, contact Melissa Guida at melissa.guida@palservices.org or call us at 631-694-7254.

Click here to Meet our 2019 NYC Marathon Runners.

By : Stephanie Larkin /February 11, 2019 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Volunteer pilots should prepare before responding to Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the southeastern coast of the United States, many pilots will be preparing for relief flights after the storm, bringing in needed supplies and transporting out people and animals who are left homeless by the storm.

In an open letter to volunteer pilots, officials with the Air Care Alliance encourage pilots to help, but not before doing some preflight work.

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By : Stephanie Larkin /September 13, 2018 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More