Saviours in the skies
THEY might be missing the halo, but plenty of everyday Australians have attained angel status by just using their wings.
Angel Flight was born in 2003 and since then more than 3000 volunteer pilots have lent their aircraft and time to assist rural and remote residents in reaching far away medical treatment.
Daniel Hoghes was born with severe clubfoot to his left foot, which has required multiple operations to try and straighten.
The Tara boy and his mother, Heidi, will go on their 21st Angel Flight next week as Daniel is due to see his specialist in Brisbane.
"They are an excellent team to go through,” Ms Hoghes said.
"They really look after us. The pilots make you feel like you have known them for years.
"Even the drivers picking us up at the other end and taking us to our destination are all so friendly.
"I can't thank them enough for what they do for us.”
Daniel, who does not experience pain from his clubfoot unless he runs excessively, has the time of his life when in the air according to Ms Hoghes.
"They've put the plane on autopilot before and let Daniel fly it, so he thinks he's flown the plane before,” she said.
"The highest we've been is 10,000 feet.
"They've had a big impact on our lives.
" I'd be lost without them I think.”