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, contact Audrey Wells at 3201. 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.