We love what we do here at East Hampton Airport. Some of our most profound work takes place with Patient AirLift Services (PALS). It is truly an honor for the staff here at SAS to work with this organization. PALS arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, for compassionate assistance, for military personnel/family requests through the PALS for Patriots Program, or for humanitarian purposes through the PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program.
The organization, originally, began with about one hundred flights a year, but that number has reached 7,500 annually, with up to 500 participating volunteer pilots. PALS flies a variety of passengers with different needs. Some schedule flights out of financial need, while others are limited by forms of cancer or immune diseases, because of which commercial flying is not an option.
Volunteer pilots from Farmingdale-based Patient Airlift Services landed Tuesday September 4th 2018, at East Hampton airport, with a unique group of passengers — children or their siblings who have been affected by cancer. Buses often take the children activities like the Kids Need More Camp Adventure, a sleep-away camp for children ages 6 to 18 diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening illnesses and their families. The volunteer-run Shelter Island camp has shows, concerts and carnivals — and an on-site medical team.