Angels Wings Transport

Changing A Life With Every Flight

Category: Updates

2017 Rescue Flights Are Lower Than Expected 

Some have asked why the number of rescues is below the estimated value. The easy answer is to look at the attached photo.

In the last 3 days there have been 5 animal transport requests that we have had to turn down because of poor weather. All of these flights were from northern California to northern Oregon or southern Washington and would have been easy to combine in to one cost effective flight.

Unfortunately, the aircraft we currently have access to are not the best choices for this type of weather. We are trying to gain access to a more robust aircraft but our budget doesn’t currently support much more than your basic, entry level airplane.

As the weather improves and our fundraising efforts continue we will have more photos and videos of our Rescue Flights, adoptions and compassion flights for our Veterans.

Stay tuned!

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Disneyland Tickets Up for Raffle Starting 1 Feb 2017

Park Hopper Logo Disneyland Fastpass Tickets




We will be selling tickets in person at various locations around the Puget Sound and will post our locations, dates and times on this page, our Facebook page, Twitter account and Eventbrite.

We will only be selling 500 tickets at $5 a piece and we expect them to run out fast!

The drawing will take place during a live video stream on our Facebook page in April.

Good Luck!


Donate at the link below or our Facebook page to be entered to win!

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Some Information About Non-Profits and Overhead Costs

We all have concerns about how our money is being spent by the organizations that we contribute to. After all, it is our hard earned money and we want to makes sure that our donations are being used in a manner that is consistent with our beliefs, interests and desires. The act of determining who is spending your money in an appropriate way isn’t as simple as comparing the management costs vs the program costs and donating to the one with a higher percentage going to the programs and less to payroll and various other activities.

Below you will find some guidance from three of the major resources in the nonprofit world in regards to how a donor should look at the overhead an organization might be dealing with. Please, read on with an open mind and then look at our GuideStar profile and consider a small donation.




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Angel's Wings Receives 501(c)3 status

Today was a very good day!

It is now official, Angel’s Wings Transport has received our IRS determination letter stating that we have been approved for tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 approved non-profit. This determination allows for the deduction of donations (check with your tax adviser), enrollment in various programs providing resources and fundraising services and various other benefits for both the organization and our supporters. Even though this determination was received on 26 September 2016, the status is retroactive to 17 August 2015. This means that any donations of money or services  from that date forward may be deductible (again, check with your tax adviser).

Below is the link to a copy of our determination letter.



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Thank you Ressurection MC

I just wanted to send out a quick thank you note to Brian Thomas and his people over at the South King County chapter of Resurrection MC for their support this last weekend. I find it difficult to ask perfect strangers to trust me with their hard earned money so I felt like I should spend some time with the members of the MC and at least explain where their money was going.

My wife injured her knee at work the day before and didn’t think that she could keep up with a 4 year old or an 11 month old that is now walking when she could hardly stand on her own. I for one don’t blame her… those guys run me ragged! Even though I didn’t participate in the poker run like I wanted to, members of the MC were very welcoming and even poked their heads around the corner to say hi to my wife and kids in the car.

I met up with some other members of the MC at the park in Maple Valley and even though I hadn’t been introduced, they were just as welcoming and friendly of bunch as you could ever want to meet. Brian and the guys on the poker run hadn’t returned and my kids were sleeping so we decided to go for a short drive while we waited for the group to return. About two hours later we returned to find Brian jumping in his truck to take care of one of the guys crashed bikes. I found that one of the riders wrecked his bike and was out with a broken arm and Brian was going to retrieve the bike for his buddy.

The funny thing is, Brian was still concerned with getting me the donations from the ride even though he had all of these other things to worry about and deal with. I didn’t want to get in the way so I told him to not worry about it and he still was trying to tell me that my wife and kids were more than welcome to go and hang out with everyone. Unfortunately my wife had a final test for one of her online classes that was due in only a few hours so we had to leave.

So, to make an already long post longer, thank you so very much for supporting us this year and I hope that you all had a great time. Also, I wish for a quick recovery for your friend and would love to see photos or video of the jousting!

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Spreading the word about Angel's Wings in Astoria Oregon

We had the opportunity to get out and spread the word to both pilots and animal lovers in the Astoria and Seaside Oregon areas over this last weekend. Our first stop was at the Astoria Regional Airport (KAST) to talk with the staff at the FBO. The Port of Astoria manages the small FBO and has fuel, coffee, snacks and a warm smile to all that walk through their door. The staff was more than happy to talk about what we do and offer to help spread the word amongst the local pilot community. There has traditionally been a shortage of pilots that are able to link Northern California to Oregon during relay type of transport missions and we hope to close this gap!


We also tried to talk with pilots in the Seaside area but the Seaside Municipal Airport (56S) is a small airport with a large gate that restricts admission to those that don’t have an access code. Go figure that we would show up when the airport was quiet and mostly unattended. Even though the airport was a bust, we found that everywhere we looked we found people walking dogs around town. We handed out a couple of dozen flyers and made some good contacts in the local community.

Help us spread the word! Download one of the flyers and pass it around to your friends!

Angel’s Wings Flyer

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First flight in the Mooney M20E

I have finally been able to log some time in a Mooney M20 and I am impressed. The plane I flew is a 1964 M20E with original paint, interior and instrument arrangement. The E model was the first in the M20 line to offer fuel injection and an extra 20 horse power over previous models. 

I will freely admit that I was nervous about sitting left seat on this flight as I couldn’t even imagine how to retract the gear with the manual “Johnson” bar while managing more speed than I’m used to, dealing with cowl flaps and flying from a busy field under the Sea-Tac Bravo.


It was easy to look past the non six pack instrument layout and I quickly realized that the Mooney wouldn’t be drastically different than the Piper Arrow that I’ve been flying for the last 25 or so hours. My first indication that my initial evaluation might be incorrect presented itself during the run up. Every bit of the run up was as it had been in every other plane that I’ve flown except the part about checking that the controls are free and clear. I discovered that the controls only moved a fraction of what they did in the Cessna and Piper planes I was used to. At this point I began to worry about over controlling, under controlling and just looking like an idiot in front of the plane’s owner.

The takeoff was smooth as silk and retracting the gear was much easier than I would have thought. Unlock the gear handle, pull back, rotate hand to push the bar to the floor, push the nose over briefly and “thunk”, the gear is up and locked. The climb rate was a beautiful 1000 feet per minute from sea level to our level off altitude of 3000. This is when I began to really like this airplane. 

The controls were smooth and responsive with a sports car feel. I found little difficulty flying with relative precision except when transitioning to straight and level flight. I constantly failed to let the plane stabilize at it’s cruise speed before trying to trim. It just seemed to keep accelerating. 110, 130, in to the yellow arc, 160 mph….. Holy Cow!

The plan was to fly to a small strip (W10) and grab some coffee. What I didn’t know was that this strip is 2,500 feet long and 25 feet wide. That makes it a little challenging for a first landing in a plane that is known to require the kind of speed control that I hadn’t developed yet. I struggle da little getting into slow down to pattern speed and had to go around twice. The second go around was about 5 feet before the wheels touched but I had floated about half way down the runway due to some excess speed.

When we departed W10 I was a little worried about the short field and tall trees but the plane handled it beautifully. I decided to try some steep turns and was quickly impressed with the roll rate and pitch stability. 

We had to get back to Renton (KRNT) and I experienced another first… I was actually over taking a plane in the pattern! A quick left 360 provided the spacing needed but put me back on the downwind even with the approach end of the runway. I figured that if my landing was going to be messed up, this is where it was going to start going wrong. Dropping the gear was quick and easy, add two pumps on the flaps and I’m turning base on speed. Add two more pumps for full flaps, pull a little power and turn final both configured for landing and on speed. I’m beginning to really feel comfortable now.

 I’ve heard that Mooneys can be difficult to land because of how low they sit to the ground but I don’t think that it caused me any issue. I crossed the numbers at 80 mph and leveled off a few feet above the ground. It only required a squeeze of the fingers to make the required adjustments and I made one of the smoothest landings ever. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that we’d touched the ground at all. I really think that the plane made me look good.

This plane feels solid, handles like a dream, is fast and efficient and is now on a very short list of airplanes that we will be considering for our dedicated rescue plane.

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