Patient AirLift Services invites compassionate pilots, aviation enthusiasts and volunteers to be a part of the PALS mission of helping people access essential medical care and treatment by providing free air transportation.

Volunteer pilots donate their skills, time, airplanes and all expenses without compensation—and in exchange help change the lives of people and patients in need.

Command Pilot Requirements

The Board of Directors has established the following pilot requirements for acting as Command Pilot on a PALS mission:

**Pilots who wish to fly under Basic Med, must submit the following:

It is the responsibility and obligation of the pilot-in-command to decline a mission referred by Patient AirLift Services unless ALL of the above statements are true at the time of the flight.

Covid Protocols

PALS Return to Flying Protocols

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
  • Evaluate flights for those pilots/passengers who fall into higher CDC risk categories.
  • 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 when any passenger or pilot on the plane is unvaccinated (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