The Orcas Aviation Association, a registered 501c3, administers the Mercy Flight Program on Orcas Island.
Mercy pilots fly patients to the mainland primarily for short-duration, recurring treatments such as radiation, which is typically a 5-day a week program for several weeks. On a case-by-case basis, they may also fly acute, non-emergent patients, as well as loved ones of those who have been medically transported by air. To schedule this service or for more information Gil Blinn 360-376-6579. If you have an unforeseen need for this service, you may ask Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel on scene.
We have no means test; it’s neighbor helping neighbor. All of our pilots are volunteers and are reimbursed only for the portion of the fuel consumed representing the passenger’s share. Aviation fuel is pricey – averaging more than $6 per gallon in 2015. We ask for your donations to keep this program thriving for the day you, a loved one, or a friend may need it. More than 90% of donations go directly to fuel reimbursement.