Mike Forney, left, is seen with Mary and Riggen Tangbakken. Forney was named the Wing Leader of the Colorado Wing of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for medical and other essential servces.

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Mike Forney, left, is seen with Mary and Riggen Tangbakken. Forney was named the Wing Leader of the Colorado Wing of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for medical and other essential servces.

Steamboat's Mike Forney named wing leader of Colorado Wing of Angel Flight West

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— Steamboat Springs’ Mike Forney was named as the wing leader for the Colorado Wing of Angel Flight West, which arranges free, non-emergency travel for medical care or other essential services, according to a news release.

Forney flies a modified 1965 Cessna 182, the release states, and has flown 35 missions for Angel Flight West, in addition to 30 to 40 for AirLifeLine before it merged with Angel Flight West in 2003.

“While flying small airplanes has been an important part of my life for the past 50 years, it wasn’t until I began transporting young children, parents and loved ones with medical or compassionate needs, quickly and safely to their destination, that aviation became so satisfying,” Forney said in the release. "It has also been amazing to have flown World War II veterans from remote communities in Wyoming to catch commercial flights in Cheyenne on their way to see the monuments in their honor in Washington, D.C."

Angel Flight West has flown 66 missions so far this year in Colorado, while flying 88 in 2012 and 119 in 2011. The nonprofit serves 13 Western states and has more than 1,200 volunteer pilots.

“I’m thrilled to be able to represent more than 100 pilots in Colorado who feel every bit as strongly as I do about the free transportation services we are providing to so many throughout our work with Angel Flight West," Forney said.

To request a flight, call 1-888-4-AN-ANGEL or visit www.angelflightwest.org.

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