"Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God's various gifts of Grace" (1 Peter 4:10)


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Grace on Wings 2014 Family Aviation and Hog Roast CANCELLED 
Posted: August 25, 2014


Due to circumstances beyond the control of Grace on Wings, the 8th Annual Family Aviation Festival and Hog Roast will be cancelled for September 20, 2014.


We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your prayers in coming back bigger and better in 2015!


Grace on Wings will be working on planning future events and would love for you to be a part of them to raise awareness, make donations and provide hope to families and individuals in their time of need for air-ambulance services.


Thank you for your support, prayers and understanding.


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American Family Radio Interview with Dr. Milstead
Posted: March 19, 2014


Dr. James R. Milstead, author of "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings" appeared on the American Family Radio program "Today's Issues" on March 18, 2014.


Dr. Milstead talked with Lauren Stewart and Ray Pritchard about his book entitled "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings", the ministry of Grace on Wings, and the volunteers who make Showing Christ's Love through Aviation possible.


PROGRAM NAME: Today's Issues
DATE: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Annual Dinner Gala 2014
Updated: March 2, 2014



The 2014 Grace on Wings Annual Dinner Gala took place on Friday February 28th, 2014 at the University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Center Banquet Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana.

About the Gala

The dinner gala’s mission is to celebrate our continuing opportunities to serve others and to raise funds. Join us and learn more about our 400 Ropes Club in which members pledge $25 or more monthly. These funds cover our ground expenses so we may show Christ’s love to families in need.


About Grace on Wings

It is the purpose of Grace on Wings to show the love of Christ through the gift of aviation. We are the only non-profit public charity organization that provides air ambulance services in the United States. We are based out of the Indianapolis International Airport. Our charity air ambulance service is available for those who are:


 ·  Too ill for commercial flight
 ·  Too ill for long distance ground transportation

 ·  Unable to afford transportation to access critical medical care.



Like the Bible story where the crippled man’s friends lowered him down on ropes in front of Jesus -- we need you to be the ropes. (Luke 5:18—26) You are the friends that help the helpless; you are the ropes that bring hope. It is through your donations and God's grace that we take flight.


Please donate to Grace on Wings!


Special Guest & Speaker: Marine Corporal & Author Josh Bleill


Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.


While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.


Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as “very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled,” and Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”


More Information about Josh


Speakers.com > Josh Bleill

Indianapolis Monthly > An Iraqi War Vet Steps Up

Indianapolis Colts > Book Information



University of Indianapolis
The Schwitzer Center Banquet Hall
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227



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Xulon’s 2013 Christian Writers Award Contest Winner
Posted: January 11, 2014


Grace on Wings Medical Director and independent author Dr. James R. Milstead was blessed to receive an award from Xulon Press for "Answering The Call: The Story of Grace on Wings" in the 2013 Christian Writers Award Contest.


The Christian Writers Award 2013

Sponsored by Xulon Press, the Christian Writers Award recognizes preeminent new Christian authors who are independently published.


Read about the Contest


About Xulon Press

Xulon Press is the largest, most experienced Christian owned and operated print-on-demand self publisher of Christian books.

Book Summary

Grace on Wings, the only charity air ambulance in the United States, was founded in 2006 when a group of volunteers responded to God’s call on their lives.


Since then, the ministry has served 271 patients in crisis from a medical emergency. This book shares their stories and some of the amazing patient transport stories. On a deeper level, it challenges all readers to hear and answer God’s call to love and serve others.


Get your copy today!


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On Sale Now!
Posted: December 2, 2013



Praise for "Answering the Call"


“I remember well the day Hal presented to me and our senior lender. The deep passion oozed out of him. The love of Jesus and commitment to this ministry was compelling.”


Karen Miller, President and CEO,

The Farmers Bank


“Answering the Call tells the wonderful story of friends who heard God’s call to go beyond the usual, beyond the normal way of life, into an exciting and unique way of serving the Lord and helping people who desperately need help. Jim Milstead shares the challenges, the responses, and the blessings of God as the Grace on Wings team steps forward in faith to do the seemingly impossible. This book is a great read, as it turns our personal thoughts into how we too can answer the call and do the impossible with God’s leading.”


Donna Thomas,

Christian Vision Ministries







"Grace on Wings will receive a royalty of approximately 25% of the retail price of the book when bought through most retailers.

However, if you purchase the book through Xulon Press, 50% of the retail price goes directly to the ministry!"



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Grace on Wings 7th Annual Family Aviation Festival And Hog Roast At the Indianapolis International Airport
Updated: August 28, 2013


Saturday, September 21, 2013
11AM – 4 PM


  •  • Silent Auction
  •  • Live Music
  •  • Static Aircraft Display
  •  • Kids Games
  •  • Free Airplane Rides for Kids 8-17

     • Must have parent on-site to sign consent form)

Meal Ticket Prices:


  •  • Adult $10
  •  • Kids (Under 12) $5
  • *Kids’ meal tickets include use of all games and inflatables



Indianapolis International Airport
Grace on Wings
6851 Pierson Drive (Hanger 6)
Indianapolis, Indiana 46241

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Directions from 465

  1. Take exit 11 toward San Jones Expwy
  2. Turn right onto Sam Jones Expy
  3. Take the 1st right onto S High School Rd
  4. Turn left onto Pierson Dr


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Grace on Wings completes 250th Mission!
Posted: July 24, 2013


Indianapolis, Indiana - On Tuesday July 23, 2013 Grace on Wings transported it's 250th patient to be home with her family.


Watch special coverage of this flight from from WTHITV10 in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Mission 250: Galesburg to Paris



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Notification is sent before every mission that will detail Nellie or Abe's Departure and Arrival points.


We ask for your prayers for the flight crew, medical staff, patients and families.




Mission 242 Report
June 25, 2013

Maddy R has cerebral palsy and spina bifida. She loves to see Grandpa in Florida and go swimming and recently traveled with her family to Naples, Florida for a rare family vacation when she came down with pneumonia.


She had never had that type of illness.


She ended up on life support and the family stayed near her side. With many prayers and God's goodness, the doctors finally found the antibiotic that began to fight her aggressive infection 3 weeks later. She began to heal but her little body was so weak that they told the family she would need a month to wean off the ventilator. Her only hopes to get home was an air ambulance.


The family contacted us and we told them that we needed approximately $9,000.00 to run our aircraft with volunteer staff to come get her home to Indy.


The family contacted Fox 59 for help and they did a story both in Indy and in Naples and within 48 hours the money was donated by gracious viewers! We were able to go get her and bring her back to Riley Hospital for Children.


When I went to visit within two days of returning she was sitting up in bed with assistance. Mom said they were afraid to move her in Florida. She weaned off the vent the first week and is now at home doing great!


Please visit the link to see the wonderful story Fox 59 did for Maddy and thanks to my team of Hal, Dr Jim, Chris, Danielle and also the great team at Heartland Ambulance for donating the ground ambulance-what an awesome mission to get this little one and her family home.



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Grace On Wings Annual Dinner Gala
Updated: March 1, 2013


On Friday, February 22 Grace on Wings held its 5th Annual Dinner Gala at the University of Indianapolis in the Schwitzer Center Banquet Hall.


The dinner gala’s mission was to celebrate our continuing opportunities to serve others and to raise funds. In our fifth year of serving we have flown 280,295 mission miles and have served 219 patients. The charitable assistance to the families served is $1,872,933.


Grace On Wings was honored in 2012 to receive the medical flight industry’s most coveted Award from the Association of Air Medical Services and graciously accepted the 2012 Fixed Wing Award of Excellence.


Another first in 2012 was the transport of our first NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) baby from northern Indiana to Omaha, Nebraska. As you can see God is continues to do amazing works through this ministry and you.


Learn more about our 400 Ropes Club in which members pledge $25 or more monthly. These funds cover our ground expenses so we may show Christ’s love to families in need.


Like the Bible story where the crippled man’s friends lowered him down on ropes in front of Jesus -- we need you to be the ropes. (Luke 5:18—26) You are the friends that help the helpless; you are the ropes that bring hope. It is through your donations and God's grace that we take flight.


God Bless,


Hal Blank
CEO / Chief Pilot
Grace on Wings, Inc.



University of Indianapolis
The Schwitzer Center Banquet Hall
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227



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Grace on Wings Awarded by Association of
Air Medical Services (AAMS)
September 29, 2012


The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) awarded Grace on Wings The FIXED WING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for 2012.


The AAMS recognizes an individual/team that has made significant contributions to enhance the development or promote the improvement of patient care and/or safety, specifically in the fixed wing component of the air medical transport community.


The PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes an emergency medical program (national or international) that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, marketing ingenuity, community service and/or commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.


The program must have been in operation for at least 5 years in the emergency medical transport community (rotor wing, fixed wing, and/or critical care ground), accident free for the last 12 months, and a current Regular Member of AAMS.


Number of years in operation, how the program has worked to be fiscally sound, accident-free for 12 months, customer-service indicators, QA benchmarks, improvements in reimbursement criteria/revenue generation, and winner or applicant of other awards. CAMTS certification is highly recommended, but not required.


Visit the AAMS website at www.aams.org.







Grace on Wings in the News > Video Available
February 21, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A mother was reunited with her sick son after financial difficulties kept them apart for nearly two months. The reunion was all thanks to a non-profit organization based out of Indianapolis: Grace on Wings.


Read the Full Article at wishtv.com




Grace On Wings Fall Newsletter Released
October 27 , 2011


The latest edition of the Grace On Wings "Contrails of Grace" newsletter is now available.


Visit the newsletters section to download.










Critical Care Certification

Friday, August 7, 2009


On July 17th, Grace on Wings was approved by the State of Indiana EMS Commission to now do critical care ALS (Advanced Life Support) patient transports. This means we can now do patients needing ventilator support and invasive monitoring.


The road to becoming critically care certified has been long and there have been huge "God sightings" along the way. We have been blessed to have almost 20 critically care certified nurses and medics and respiratory therapists come along side to volunteer.


We received a grant from North Central Health Services for a much needed high quality portable monitor/defibrillator. PMI medical equipment company has graciously donated a ventilator. Hendricks Regional Health has agreed to donate and re-supply any medications we need.


KATZ has agreed to supply the disposable equipment needs and St. Vincent Frankfort has come along side us to be our "sponsoring hospital in charge of quality review and education. Wow - how God equips us when what He wants accomplished is taken on by His followers.



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