Fundraising ideas

We are looking for ideas for fundraising events. We have already been blessed to receive some help through a motorcycle poker run so we were thinking that a classic car or an airplane poker run would be a great way to follow that up.

We are willing to entertain any ideas and are also looking for volunteers to help coordinate, advertise and staff whatever fundraiser that we decide to pursue.

So far we have the following ideas:

Poker run – airplane and / or  classic cars.

Handy-man auction – a day of help around the house with simple repairs or tasks.

Flightseeing raffle – selling tickets for a flightseeing trip around the Puget Sound (some legal issues may exist)

50/50 raffle – sell tickets and split the total with the winner. (some legal issues may exist)


$300 Grant Provided To A Soldier

Today was a good day even though it started out with a problem from one of my Soldiers. I was approached by a Soldier with a question about a pay issue. Unfortunately there was nothing I could do for this young man and was forced to tell him that it could be a couple of weeks before he received his pay. Due to circumstances beyond his control he has found himself without a paycheck for the last couple of weeks and no exact payment date. While his housing and food are covered, his car payment is not and we all know how important having a car in this area can be.

He didn’t ask for help, he simply wanted to know why he hadn’t been paid and revealed that his pay had been messed up long enough that if he missed this payment, he would lose his car. I wanted to simply issue a check from the Angel’s Wings treasury but even if we had the money, things like this aren’t covered in our charter or bylaws.

Fortunately there is a non-profit on post that is able to help. I don’t have permission to share their name so I won’t but I wanted to say thank you to those that stepped up without question to help this individual. $300 might not sound like much to some but it really can be a game changer for others and for this Soldier receiving this money made the light appear at the end of the tunnel. We all know that bad things only happen when we aren’t ready for them and that is exactly the situation that this Soldier is in. If this pay issue were to have happened at any other time he could have handled the situation but because of his current circumstances, this has become a major event in his life.

I was able to visit with the non-profit and explain the situation on his behalf. I wasn’t in the office for more than 5 minutes when the President of the organization authorized a grant in excess of the necessary amount to help this Soldier. Today I was able to approach this Soldier and hand him a check that helped keep his life in order while everything else was trying to tear it apart. Today was a good day.

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!

Pilots Needed For Animal Rescue CO to WA – Apr 2016

Pilots needed for animal rescue!

We have a military family that is facing a deployment very soon. The husband will be going to a combat zone while the wife is returning to a location outside of the United States and can not bring their rescued American Bulldog / Border Collie mix with her.

The request is to return this dog to the rescue in Kirkland, Washington from Colorado Springs, Colorado so it can be placed with a new family.

We are looking for a pilot or pilots to make this transport happen as soon as possible.

We are looking at 3 flight segments that would look something like this:
Colorado Springs (KCOS) to Rock Springs, Wyoming (KRKS) and then to Boise, Idaho (KBOI) before finally making it into Auburn (S50) .

We simply don’t have the money to fly the entire flight or we would handle it ourselves. Because of this we are looking for pilots that can help out on this and possibly future flights.

We like to think that we are “Changing a life with every flight!”. Will you join us?

We need your old blankets and other pet items

We are collecting donations of used blankets, animal transport crates, dog / cat food and basically any other animal care items that people would like to donate.

What are we going to do with these items? Well, one part of our mission is to provide transportation of animals from high kill areas to areas of high demand. This requires some basic animal care items that we will normally pass along with the animals instead of reusing them for the next transport.

Why don’t we reuse everything?

Well, we reuse everything that we can but it is easier on the animal if it can retain items that it has become accustomed to. Blankets and small chew toys are the most likely to remain with an animal while crates can normally be reused if they have not suffered any damage.

We also require dog and cat food so that we may provide a meal during the move and for long term care if fostering of the animal is required. We have partnered with other local non-profit rescues to provide fostering when able as well as individuals that are willing to open their homes for a night or two.

Please contact us to arrange for pickup of your donated items.

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


I’m sure that most, if not all, Gulf War and OIF/OEF Veterans are aware of the issues surrounding burn pits. If you aren’t familiar, some good information can be found through the following resources:

​VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Information for Health Care Providers and Veterans

VA Public Health: Burn Pits

Why is this being posted here? Well, it is good information to have and our entire board of directors and the vast majority of our volunteer staff are Veterans so this hits close to home. The health issues that this exposure may cause can change a person’s life, cause a severe impact on their family and have a potentially devastating effect on their financial situation.

Angel’s Wings was created to help those in need and by sharing this type of information we feel that a Veteran may have the knowledge necessary to seek a diagnosis sooner rather than later and possibly receive treatment before too much damage is done.

Please share the above links and the site referenced in the banner below with anyone that has served in the following areas:

Black Horse
Kandahar Airfield
Shindand AB

Al Asad
Al Iskandariyah
Al Kut
Ar Ramadi
Green Zone

Mwaffaq Salti AB

Saudi Arabia
Eskan Village

Kuwait City Airbase
Ali Al Salem


Thumrait AB


United Arab Emirates
Al Dhafra AB



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.