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Free flights for remote and rural queenslanders struggling to reach medical appointments. #closethegap

About community flights

Community Flights is a not-for-profit registered charity with the mission to "close the gap to healthcare access" for regional and rural Queensland patients.

We provides free-of-charge aircraft transport for patients and carers to non-emergency medical treatment and services.

Our aircraft are not equipped for medical emergencies and the pilot volunteers are not able to provide any medical treatment before, during, or after the flights.

Born from frustration

Mark was hearing more frequent stories of his pharmacy customers struggling to find specialist treatment in the area. The long distance travel for heart, brain and cancer therapy is financially and emotionally difficult.

Mark teamed up with Melissa and Warren to form Community Flights to make it their mission that no one should have to give up on treatment because of where they live.

Each month over 440 patient are in need of transport from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg alone. Mark is now piloting his Hervey Bay based aircraft to take patients to their non-emergency medical appointments and treatment.

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22 hours ago
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🛫Volunteers Take-off for Community Flights🛫
In exciting news for Community Flights we have started servicing our clients with volunteer pilots. This is a major step forward and allows us to greatly increase the amount of people we help. 
There has now been three flights flown without me at the controls, a statistic that will increase over the next few months.
Our first volunteer pilot is Daniel Rich.  
Daniel moved to Hervey Bay about three years ago after serving over 25 years as a pilot with the RAAF finishing as the Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit – Air Force’s Flight Test Squadron.  Daniel now works as an experimental test pilot for aircraft manufactures and engineering companies helping to design and then be the first to test aircraft to make sure they are safe before anyone else flys them.  In the course of Daniel’s flying career he has flown 68 different types of aircraft – everything from WWII warbirds, business jets, large transports and fighter aircraft. 
Daniel has been helping Community Flights for about the last 6 months to put together our volunteer pilot procedures and will continue to help us as a mentor for new pilots.
Any Queensland pilots interested in volunteering please put your details in the register as well be rolling out the onboarding process very soon!

🛫Volunteers Take-off for Community Flights🛫

In exciting news for Community Flights we have started servicing our clients with volunteer pilots. This is a major step forward and allows us to greatly increase the amount of people we help.

There has now been three flights flown without me at the controls, a statistic that will increase over the next few months.

Our first volunteer pilot is Daniel Rich.

Daniel moved to Hervey Bay about three years ago after serving over 25 years as a pilot with the RAAF finishing as the Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit – Air Force’s Flight Test Squadron. Daniel now works as an experimental test pilot for aircraft manufactures and engineering companies helping to design and then be the first to test aircraft to make sure they are safe before anyone else flys them. In the course of Daniel’s flying career he has flown 68 different types of aircraft – everything from WWII warbirds, business jets, large transports and fighter aircraft.

Daniel has been helping Community Flights for about the last 6 months to put together our volunteer pilot procedures and will continue to help us as a mentor for new pilots.

Any Queensland pilots interested in volunteering please put your details in the register as we'll be rolling out the onboarding process very soon!
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If I get my licence can I get hours up as a volunteer?

Woohoo Congratulations I am so excited to hear this!

Well done Daniel 🙏

Brilliant! Onwards and upwards!!

Great news Mark, now you can scale up Community Flights and the community will benefit.

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2 days ago
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🛩️ Flight Fact Friday- bush airstrips🛩️
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This is a quick clip of a recent trip to Heck Field (YHEC). The east-west runway is a clearing cut into a sugar cane field 10m wide and only 700m long. This is no problem for most light General Aviation aircraft.
Even at maximum takeoff weight of just over 1,200kg, the 200hp Piper Arrow II only needs ~500m to takeoff or land.
Although this wouldn't really be considered truely "bush" it is still a great example of some of the rugged dirt strips outback.
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Over the last 20 years Mark has flown into many short bush strips requiring precise airspeed and configuration management to get in and out safely. Our commercial volunteer pilots starting soon will have advanced training and experience above a private pilot for passenger safety and comfort.
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Comment below if you live near, or have flown from a bush airstrip (bonus points for photos/video)
#communityflights #flightfactfriday #fff #flight #planes #aviation #safety #bushflying #bushpilots #preciseflying
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2 days ago
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⭐ Donation tins starting to pop up⭐
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This one at River Heads Pharmacy has been collecting for just over a month, and now has enough to let the plane fly for 17 minutes. #everylittlebithelps 
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Tag somewhere that doesnt already have a collection tin... Together we can help more Queenslanders 🛩️

⭐ Donation tins starting to pop up⭐
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This one at River Heads Pharmacy has been collecting for just over a month, and now has enough to let the plane fly for 17 minutes. #everylittlebithelps
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Tag somewhere that doesn't already have a collection tin... Together we can help more Queenslanders 🛩️
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Toogoom Beach Convenience and Takeaway Store

Looking into NFC based payment systems www.questpaymentsystems.com/donation-solutions.html

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