Patients with rare or complicated medical conditions may have to travel hundreds of miles to reach lifesaving treatment. Charles George, of Buford, Georgia, is one of 650 volunteers who donate their planes, fuel and time to make sure those Mercy Flight Southeast passengers get the care they need while alleviating travel hardships.
On Friday, April 7th, George was honored for surpassing 100 missions, at the Dr. Franklin G. Norris Pilot Awards Gala at the River Ranch Resort and airport (2RR) in River Ranch, Florida. In addition, he was recognized as the honoree for the “2016 Pilot of the Year” Award for the Georgia region, the highest honor for Mercy Flight Southeast pilots. George, who flies a Mooney, is based out of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville. He has been flying for Mercy Flight Southeast since 2007 and was the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Pilot of the Year
Mercy Flight Southeast, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial air service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight Southeast pilots complete approximately 3,000 missions each year. For more information go to mercyflightse.org.