Wings of Mercy Minnesota Inc. is a volunteer medical air transportation service in which FAA certified pilots, nurses and other professionals donate their time, planes and expertise in order to transport recipients who are in medical and financial need. Wings provides these services to people of the Upper Midwest.
Our recipients come from different cultures, faiths and geographic locations, all in need of varying levels of care. We flew twin boys, born with cerebral palsy, from Minot, ND to St. Paul. We are flying a gentleman who had a heart transplant from Aberdeen South Dakota to Minneapolis. We are partnering with other Wings of Mercy chapters to fly a woman from Wisconsin to Boston MA for assistance with her lungs. The service we provide is growing. The number of our missions doubled from 2008 to 2009. Our Adopt-A-Flight program provides a means for our contributors to receive materials as to the recipient of their contribution and the recipient’s story.
Wings of Mercy is a low profile group of caring volunteer pilots, nurses and support staff with limited visibility to the general community. Our cost for this program is the reimbursement to the pilots for the aviation fuel consumed during the mission. Fund raising focused on providing the aviation fuel for our missions is a constant struggle. Given the current economic times, our flight need is greater than usual and we are currently running a deficit. With today’s fuel prices, our pilots may pay in excess of $5.00 per gallon of gas. The average Mercy mission will cost $1000 for fuel alone.