Pilot Nick Wells was living in the Hunter Valley when he saw a television segment on the Angel Flight Australia charity.
An experienced pilot, Mr Wells fitted all the criteria for the charity, which provides free flights for people who are trying to attend non-emergency medical appointments.
“It was my way of being able to give a bit back to the community," he said.
“I used to have an aeroplane which fitted all the requirements.”
Mr Wells, who was born in Yorkshire but now lives in Temora near the air field, shared his experiences with members of the Riverina group of the Country Women’s Association on Monday.
“These days, I tend to spend more of my time doing fundraising, but I do still sometimes do flights and when I do, I hire an aeroplane,” he said.
Established in April 2003, Angel Flight Australia is a charity which co-ordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.
All flights are free and assist passengers travelling to or from medical facilities almost anywhere in Australia.
Angel Flight volunteer pilots donate their time, their skills and the majority of their aircraft costs for each flight, although the charity does help offset some costs