AAG joins with PALS to donate free helicopter transportation

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – August 22, 2016  Sikorsky announced today that its Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has partnered with Patient AirLift Services (PALS), a nonprofit organization that arranges for free volunteer aircraft flights for needy medical patients including military veterans throughout the Northeast. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

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By : Stephanie Larkin /August 22, 2016 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More

Heart Patient Flies Home For Free This Christmas

heartpatientEAST BOSTON (CBS) – After undergoing a heart transplant less than two weeks ago, a Rockland, Maine man is getting the ultimate gift this Christmas–a free flight home.

“I don’t think there’s words in the dictionary, I get teared up just thinking about it,” Gene Kelly said.

The 54-year-old has traveled from Rockland to Brigham and Women’sHospital and back 53 separate times, all courtesy of complete strangers.

“When I can come up with the right words they’ll know it,” Kelly said. “They’re an extraordinary group of people.”

Kelly has been flown by Patient Airlift Services or PALS at no cost for treatment of his cardiomyopathy for the past seven years. On Wednesday, Pilot Costas Malapanis flew him home for Christmas.

“If I could do it every day of the week, I would do it every day of the week,” Malapanis said.

It costs the pilot on average anywhere from $500-$800 out of their own pocket. PALS has been around for 5 years and made 8,800 flights.

“It’s invaluable what they do, they save lives,” Kelly said.

They say all hearts come home for the holidays. This one is courtesy of those in the cockpit.

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By : Stephanie Larkin /December 26, 2015 /Latest News, News /0 Comment Read More