Meet our VFC Members
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Give Hope Wings and Hope Air thank these generous Volunteer Flight Crew (VFC) members for their generosity. These pilots – and others - have joined this mission for two primary reasons. First, they are eager to participate in this expedition to experience the adventure of their lives. Second: They want to give back. Each of our VFC are more than aware of the critical importance of the medical flights Hope Air provides, and each of them will fund about 100 free Hope Air flights.

These are very generous people who also choose to live life to its fullest – we salute you!

O'Brian Blackall

o'brian blackallI have had a passion for flying for over 50 years! I was fortunate to join the Air Force Cadets in Williams Lake and took my first flight in a RCAF DC-3. My thoughts of a career as a Canadian Air Force fighter pilot did not work out as planned (glasses). I was fortunate to develop a career as a British Columbia Land Surveyor and enjoyed becoming a private pilot. I have seen many great areas of Canada and the world as either a land surveyor or as a pilot.

Shelley and I have been blessed with four daughters and now have been doubly blessed with seven amazing grandkids which has caused our life to be especially busy…wouldn’t want it any other way! Shelley and I visited South America five years ago when our daughter was going to University in Argentina. We visited quite a large area of Argentina, Chile and Cape Horn by air, ground and boat. To be able to see it again by private aircraft was a dream come true when I joined the first Give Hope Wings Expedition in February 2018, and flew right around Patagonia from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a trip I’ll remember for the rest of my life. And we raised over $500,000 for Hope Air in the process!

When the opportunity to join another Give Hope Wings flight to the north appeared, it was an easy decision for me to join in.

For 40 years, I have lived in Fort St. John, BC, so I understand the importance of being able to travel to medical appointments in bigger cities. Trying to get to medical centers during emergency or critical situations can be stressful, so to be able to help “give back” and help individuals and families in these communities, such as my own, is very fulfilling.