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Angel Flight Pilot and WWII Vet Takes Epic Trip

Decorated World War II veteran and Angel Flight Pilot of the Year John Billings is taking the flight of a lifetime around America to raise awareness of public benefit flying while fulfilling his dream.

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Homeland Security Emergency Air Transportation System

Homeland Security Emergency Air Transportation System (HSEATS)

Download HSEATS Volunteer Pilot Handbook by clicking here

System Organization

  • Administered by Mercy Medical Angels® (MMA)
  • Developed under Federal Grant #02SVHP009 from the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Utilizes the following assets:
    • Regionally organized volunteer pilots/planes
      • More than 7,000 volunteer pilots and planes are available nationwide (4 – 6 seat private aircraft)
      • Shipment of small high-priority cargo (non-hazardous) up to 300 to 400 pounds (boxed)
      • Aerial reconnaissance of disaster area
      • Air transport of disaster response personnel and evacuees
    • Commercial Airline ticket resources
      • Evacuation/Relocation of personnel
    • Corporate Aviation resources
      • Liaison with National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) to provide corporate assets (jets)

    System Facts

    • Flew over 2,600 flights in Katrina response
    • National Communications Center located in Virginia Beach, VA
    • Flight coordination by full-time professional staff (on call 24/7)
    • Mobile command and control units “Go Teams” being established
    • Emergency Call Center established to receive and enter flight requests
    • Web-based flight request/coordination system established

    Whom we serve at the national level

    • Mennonite Disaster Services
    • America’s Blood Centers
    • American Red Cross
    • Inter-Organizational Task Force on Emergency Blood and Blood Product Distribution
    • Salvation Army Disaster Services
    • Southern Baptist Disaster Services
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

    Whom we serve at the state level

    • EMOCs at all levels
    • Homeland Security Coordinators
    • State Public Health Departments
    • State Police Organizations
    • Emergency Medical Service Providers
    • Other state and local agencies

    HSEATS National Communications Center (Non-Emergency)

    4620 Haygood Road, Suite 1

    Virginia Beach, VA 23455

    Admin: 757-318-9174 Ext. 206

    Fax: 757-464-1284

    HSEATS Emergency Contact (to request flights)

    Primary # 888-581-3752

    Secondary # 888-849-0506

    National Communications Center Primary # When Activated


    Globalstar: # 757-512-5315 On During Emergencies