Surely not that difficult - after all, AngelFlight in the US would have had to address this questionYou'd have to ensure the passengers were protected. E.g. how can you ensure that the aircraft being used are airworthy and that there is an adequate level of insurance for passengers?
Definitely not a superhuman effort.......fleets of voluteer lifeboat crews, pilots, ambulance drivers, medical staff, police, fire fighters seem to manage.There would have to be a panel of aircrew on standby on a rota and for the duration of their "duty" they couldn't take any alcohol because either they wouldn't be fit to fly or they wouldn't be fit to drive to the airfield
I think the idea is not about cobbling something together (no offence to shoemakers ) but rather about people who have skills and facilities (a/c) available and who are prepared to volunteer them for the benefit of those in need.If GA pilots did cobble together some kind of voluntary air ambulance service it would let the government off the hook in the same way as they benefit from the work done day in and day out by carers of elderly relatives in their own homes etc who are saving the state millions and getting no recognition for it.
Hum,We serve the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times.
These are very relevant questions if you're looking to provide some sort of emergency cover using GA pilots. Angel Flight in America mostly provides NON-emergency services which can be planned in advance eg. a cancer patient who needs to travel for regular treatment and who knows when they would need to fly etc. Another element of this is that Angel Flight patents always need to have a plan B in case the GA pilot that they have been linked with cannot fly or weather is so bad that a light airplane can't handle it.StrikeCommand wrote:how can you ensure that the aircraft being used are airworthy and that there is an adequate level of insurance for passengers?
The GA pilot may well be delighted to assist if asked but in reality when his/her assistance is asked for, that pilot may not be in any position to respond. Just take the matter of drink. There would have to be a panel of aircrew on standby on a rota and for the duration of their "duty" they couldn't take any alcohol because either they wouldn't be fit to fly or they wouldn't be fit to drive to the airfield. Given the Irish national disease, that's a major consideration.
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