Based in Denver, Colorado, AeroAngel is an aviation charity that provides free transportation, primarily to children, traveling to distant, lifesaving medical care. Flights are only provided to those with no other safe travel options, such as commercial air travel or air ambulance. It is the only nonprofit in the country providing free flights on private aircraft flown by volunteer professional pilots. In addition to using donated flight hours on various private jet aircraft, AeroAngel owns and operates a Bombardier Learjet 55.
Mark Pestal founded AeroAngel in 2010 as a non-profit corporation. A commercial pilot, Mark was also an Assistant U.S.Attorney in Denver until August 2019.
“I’ve had a passion for aviation since I was a kid and I’ve been flying since I was in college,” explains Mark. “After law school, I joined the U.S. Department of Justice. Throughout my career, flying was my hobby. Now, having retired from the DoJ after almost 30 years, I’m pursuing my hobby full time.”
“In the mid-2000s, I was on the Board of Directors of another aviation charity. It was through that experience that I became acutely aware of the unmet travel needs impacting sick children across the country. Specifically, patients living with conditions such as leukemia, who have weakened immune systems, simply cannot risk travel by regular commercial aviation. As hospitals across the country have become increasing specialized, the travel needs of medicallyfragilepatients have become more pronounced. That realization was the spark for AeroAngel.”
“Migrating to TRAXXALL was seamless. The TRAXXALL team was very helpful with getting us started. And, the fact that our maintenance service provider already had a relationship with TRAXXALL made it that much easier. When forecasting maintenance, Haggan Aviation and TRAXXALL are literally on the same page…” – Mark Pestal, Founder and President