to having a medical condition requiring treatment, patients must
be able to show verifiable financial need – generally through
referral from a social worker or member of the clergy. In addition,
a physician must certify that the patient is able to walk and
fly in a small plane without medical assistance or support. VPA
is not an air ambulance service, and pilots are neither trained
nor permitted to provide medical assistance.
The following are some of the requirements for patient
- All patients must be able to sit upright, wear seat belts
during the flight and enter and exit the plane without assistance.
- Ground transportation and overnight accommodations are not
handled by the VPA.
Smoking is not permitted, and restroom facilities are not available
on the aircraft.
- Passengers prone to motion sickness must provide their own
medication, if permitted by their physician.
- Generally, the aircraft’s seating will allow for the
patient and one, or possibly two, traveling companions.
- One or two small (carry-on) overnight bags weighing up to
a total of 40 pounds (for both pieces combined) generally can