Air Transportation Options for Research
Air transportation resources may be available for patients going to The
Children’s Institute or for research trips, including travel to one of the
participating sites for the NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN).
Angel Flight’s volunteer pilots provide flights in single-engine,
four-six seat aircraft to patients at no charge. To be eligible, patients must
be medically stable, ambulatory, and able to sit upright in an aircraft seat
during flight. Angel Flights are for patients in financial need and who have
their medical status certified by their doctors. An escort may accompany the
patient, and children may be accompanied by both parents.
Flight distances are limited to 1,000 miles. Weight restrictions apply, and
luggage is limited to 50 pounds. Safety is a primary concern. Pilots will not
fly in poor weather. Patients need to be flexible, have a back-up plan or be
able to reschedule their appointments.
If you are interested in finding out if Angel Flight meets your air
transportation needs to participate in a clinical research study, contact Marita
Eddy at 301-451-9646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For patients who live farther than 1,000 miles, other resources may be
available through Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA), which manages programs and
services available to patients with both common and rare diseases.
If you are flying to any of the RDCRN facilities, contact Marita.
For patients who are looking for travel help to other locations, call the
National Patient Travel Center at 800-296-1217 or check
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