KC's Angel Flight flies those needing medical care for free

Jim Cunningham
August 28, 2018 - 6:06 am

Angel Flight Central


To a lot of people who need help with travel during difficult times a group of volunteer pilots are like angels with wings.

Angel Flight Central specializes in assisting military personnel and their families and people who need life-saving specialized medical care.

Based in Kansas City, the non-profit organization serves people in ten states.

Pilots donate their time, skill and fuel, so passengers are never charged, said Don Sumple, Angel Flight CEO.

"They just love aviation, and there's a way they can tie aviation to helping people," Sumple said.

Mike Rogers has provided 178 flights since he began as an Angel Flight pilot in 2005. He is one of only ten pilots who have surpassed the 150 mission milestone.

"There are a lot of people who like to go flying that want to have a reason to go flying, rather than just idly drawing circles in the sky," Rogers said. "This puts people together with people who need to go places."



Rogers was named Angel Flight Central Pilot of the Year in 2017.

"What keeps me going is the people I meet and the realization that I'm having a positive effect on their lives," Rogers said.

Angel Flight Central relies on donations, a few grants and fundraising events, like Wine Flight, which is coming up in November. The charity is not well known, even though it has been around since 1995.

"Forgive the pun, but we're an under-the-radar organization," Sumple said. "There are so many people out there who can really use our services, but really don't know we exist."

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