Chad Lacy is the Founder and Executive Director of Hero Flights. Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University and his MBA from Queens University of Charlotte. Originally born in Dallas, Texas, Chad moved all over the United States growing up; spending time in Arizona, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and North Carolina. He now resides in Huntersville, NC. Chad has always had a connection to flying and the military. He started flying when he was 15 years old. Chad has spent much of his career in the Information Technology field. He was employed by Microsoft for 10 years where he has held titles of Engineer, Technology Strategist, Enterprise Architect, and Manager. He now works for Amazon Web Services as a Marketing Manager.
Hero Flights is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide free air transportation for combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. We personally fly the veterans in general aviation aircraft. This means many more airports are available to us and we can avoid long security lines and baggage limits. We cater the flights to the needs of the veteran and make every attempt to make the flight and easy as possible. We coordinate everything with the medical staff on the ground so that they know where and when we will be landing and so someone is waiting for the veteran when we arrive.
Help combat wounded veterans receive treatment transportation
As our combat wounded veterans return home they often find out that the medical care they need is not offered near where they live. Many of these men and women have injuries that make it difficult to travel on commercial airlines or ride in a car for a long period of time. We bridge that gap for them. We provide flights to get them where they need to be completely free of charge to them. We are in contact with Veterans Airlift Command who helps us identify warriors in need. They have a few sayings that we’ve internalized ourselves. We owe a tremendous debt to those that sacrifice for us. It is impossible to repay, but that won’t stop us from trying.
Speed, safety, reliability, comfort, and efficiency are just a few words that come to mind when I think about the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 airplanes. Cirrus has been the best selling, single engine piston-powered aircraft for over a decade. The SR22 will cruise at over 175 knots while only burning 13-14 gallons per hour. The avionics are top-of-the-line and rival most corporate business jets in operation today. The cabin and seats are comfortable and roomy. The plane has air conditioning and XM radio. And then there are the multitude of safety features. From the Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) system, to airbags in the seat harness, to the parachute that is built into the airframe…the Cirrus aircraft is a very safe aircraft. It is the only single engine piston-powered plane that I fly my own family.
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