December 22, 2014

The Responsibilities of the Medical Staff On An Air Ambulance Flight

Air ambulance companies employ experienced medical staff to take care of the needs of ill and injured patients being transported on air medical transports

A patient should perform extensive research before choosing an  air ambulance company. Even though there are many air ambulance companies available, ,  the differences can be vast. For example, some air ambulance companies are actually brokers and not transport companies. Brokers find you an air ambulance service, but don’t own and operate their own aircraft. This is important, because brokers are not familiar with the aircraft they locate for you. Air ambulance companies are familiar with their aircraft and their maintenance and safety records. You need to be sure to qualify the company before using their services.

The medical staff onboard air ambulances have numerous responsibilities when caring for a patient. They are by the patient’s side during the entire flight, monitoring their vital signs, administering medications and providing overall comfort.

Medical flight crews participate in mandatory training classes  and continuing education. They stay abreast of the latest medical techniques and state of the art medical equipment. The best air ambulance companies will employ  Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics. These professionals will see to all of the patient’s needs until they are flown to the  medical facility. The medical crew is responsible for checking the heart rate and all other vitals  of the patient until the destination is reached safely. They will provide oxygen and other emergency treatments to these patients when the need arises. The medical staff onboard an air ambulance are well trained and skilled in providing these services to the patient. The medical staff should possess the necessary qualifications and training required to conduct these functions onboard medical flights. The air ambulance company should possess the current state licenses for operating an air ambulance service.

November 28, 2014

Meet Angel MedFlight’s 2014 Scholarship For Excellence In Aviation Recipient

Brandon Provasi, Angel MedFlight 2014 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation Recipient.

Scottsdale, AZ  November 14, 2014

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) student, Brandon Provasi, has dreamed of being a helicopter pilot since he was in high school. Whenever he’d see an aircraft fly overhead he’d say to his friends “you see that aircraft, I’m going to fly that one day.” To achieve that dream, Brandon enrolled in Embry Riddle’s flight program and earned his helicopter Private Pilot Certificate and his Instrument Helicopter Rating.

Brandon found that he not only had a passion for flying but also excelled in the aviation business classes that he was taking at ERAU, and decided to pursue his degree in Aviation Business Administration. Now, Brandon’s goal is to one day be a missionary pilot in Africa or other countries in order to help people. After graduation he hopes to complete his dream. Brandon enjoys helping people and giving back to his community. He recently volunteered for the Sky Kids event that took place at Scottsdale Airport. The event gives children with special needs an opportunity to experience the thrill of flight by going for a ride in a small plane. Brandon helped children on the planes during the event and got to accompany one young girl and her father on a flight. The experience really moved him, he said “I remember looking back at this little girl and seeing her smile, with the wind in her hair; she was just so happy to be there. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’re contributing to this world and to the joy and happiness of others.” Brandon also recently participated in an Aviation Safety Disaster Drill at Sky Harbor Airport, where he played the role of an accident victim.

You can also apply for next years 2015 Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance scholarship by visiting

November 6, 2014

How To Find an Air Ambulance Service

Today air ambulance services are available just about anywhere. This means that if you should ever require an air medical flight while in a remote location, even internationally, you will be able to be transported to a medical facility. It's a good idea to research air ambulance companies before you go on vacation.

Having access to quality medical care is important when you are travelling. If you’re in a foreign country and don’t speak the language it may be difficult to find a hospital. If you fall ill, it's good to know you can count on an air ambulance service to provide your medical transport. To find these companies search for "Air Ambulance" or "Air Medical Transport" online. You should be able to find quite a few results.

Modern Air Ambulance Jets

Today's air ambulances are typically outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment that is used by medical crews. The medical crews on board these air ambulances have years of experience and advanced training. They also stay current by participating in continuing education. They can handle any kind of health issue or emergency, ensuring that the patient arrives at the destination safely.

Once you've contacted an air ambulance company they will take all the pertinent information from you regarding the patient that is to be transported. They will then contact the sending and receiving medical facilities and obtain medical records. Once they have the patients history they can assign a proper aircraft and crew.

During the flight it is the responsibility of the medical flight crew to monitor the patient and make sure he is as comfortable as possible. Flight paramedics and flight nurses can administer the patient’s medications, IV’s, oxygen and monitor the patient’s vital signs throughout the flight. Should an emergency arise, they have life saving training needed to resuscitate a patient and use a defibrillator if necessary.

Once the flight arrives at the destination, the medical crew will sometime accompany the patient in the ground ambulance to the medical facility and hand off the patient.

When looking for a reputable air ambulance company, look for:

·         Companies that own, maintain and operate their own aircraft
·         A perfect safety record
·         Years of experience
·         Quality medical crews and flight crews
·         Extra services like patient advocacy and bed-to-bed service.
·         Operate jet aircraft

A high quality air ambulance company should offer these services and more. For more information on air ambulance and medical flight services, visit

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Angel MedFlight Donates to Women’s Shelter

Scottsdale, AZ – November 3, 2014

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time to help end domestic violence, remember those lost to domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. Domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women per day (1). Domestic violence affects everyone in any community, regardless of race or socioeconomic background. Violence is a learned behavior and the abuser makes a conscious decision to exert power and control over their victim.

The Sojourner Center in downtown Phoenix is a women’s shelter that helps more than 8,700 women and children each year. The women and children that seek refuge at the shelter are victims of domestic violence.

The Sojourner Center was started in 1997 to provide temporary housing and education for women being released from prison. Four years later the mission changed to creating a place where women suffering from domestic violence and abuse, could find a safe haven.

October 27, 2014

Celebrate Those Who Advocate For Patients

Case Managers are healthcare professionals who advocate, coordinate and dedicate their lives to helping patients understand their health issues, treatments and care. Each year during a week in October people celebrate their hard work and the good that they do as patient advocates. October 12th – 18th is National Case Management Week; a week long celebration that was first introduced in 1999. The purpose is to recognize the important contributions Case Managers make to improving the lives of patients and to the healthcare industry in general.

Angel MedFlight works closely with Case Managers on a daily basis to arrange air medical transportation for their patients.  We also support and are involved in the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and American Case Management Association (ACMA) that help educate, train and inform Case Managers and other healthcare professionals on the importance of Case Management. Angel MedFlight also has a dedicated team of Case Mangers in our Flight Coordination department. They work with the patient’s insurance company, coordinate the air and ground transportation for medical transports and collaborate with healthcare professionals and Case Managers at the sending and receiving facilities.

October 22, 2014

Understanding The Ebola Virus

Almost every day, the Ebola virus is discussed on the radio, TV, internet and in publications. What is Ebola exactly? With the first confirmed travelling Ebola case being reported in the U.S., what is really known about how this disease is contracted, spread, the symptoms and treatments? Listening to and reading all the news can cause people to panic, so the following is information to try to dispel the myths, and give good basic facts about Ebola.

2014 West Africa Ebola Epidemic

The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history. However, it has only affected cities in countries in West Africa, including: Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The first case of travelling Ebola was reported in the U.S., in Dallas, Texas. It was reported on September 30, 2014, but it is atravel related case.

Original post on October 7, 2014 - Read more about the understanding of the Ebola virus.

Written by an Angel MedFlight writer based in Scottsdale, Az.

You can also visit to read more about the virus from the CDC.

September 29, 2014

September 29th is World Heart Day – Are You Heart Healthy?

With September 29th being World Heart Day, the World Heart Federation encourages everyone to learn more about fighting cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the world’s number one killer, causing 17.3 million deaths every year. Furthermore, studies show that 80% of these CVD related deaths may have been avoided by controlling the four main risk factors:

Tobacco use
Unhealthy diet
Lack of physical activity
Harmful use of alcohol

Original Blog Post can be found by visiting this website.

September 26, 2014

Angel MedFlight’s Innovative Website Wins Silver – Best Overall Web Design

Angel MedFlight is proud to announce that we were the recent winner of the  Silver Stevie® Award for “Best Overall Web Design” at the 2014 American Business Awards™. Since 2002, the Stevie® Awards have been recognized as one of the most prestigious  achievements a business can be awarded. Businesses compete in several different categories for a Gold, Silver or Bronze statue. Stevie®, the name of the award, is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.” The crystal pyramid atop the award represents the hierarchy of human needs.

Read more about the Angel MedFlight Stevie Award, click here.

September 18, 2014

Celebrate Those Who Care For Premature Babies

September 15th is National Neonatal Nurses Day, a special day for the nurses that care for premature babies. These nurses are known as neonatal nurses.   It is National Neonatal Nurses Day, and members of the neonatal community and others are taking the time to recognize the good that these healthcare professionals do for the world’s smallest patients. Premature birth is designated as a birth at least three weeks before a baby’s normal due date (40 weeks). The earlier a baby is born, the more risk it has for healthcare problems. These premature infants often need to be cared for in a neonatal intensive-care unit, also known as a NICU. The babies are cared for in a neonatal incubator. The first neonatal incubator was invented in the nineteenth century by Dr. Stephane Tarnier.

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September 8, 2014

Air Ambulance Companies Train with Sophisticated Patient Simulators

The air medical crews that work for Air Ambulance companies train regularly to keep their skills sharp. They also must attend regular continuing education classes and participate in other ongoing training. Some companies train with life-like patient simulators. These simulators are valuable tools for the flight paramedics and flight nurses to practice life saving skills on.

Image From SimMan

What do Patient Simulators do?
Patient simulators have been around for some time, however today’s versions are very technically advanced. One particular simulator call SimMan® 3G is one of the most innovative simulators used. Air medical crews need to train, to practice their lifesaving medical skills for real-world scenarios. Being able to create conditions resembling what in-flight medical issues a patient might experience is possible with this patient simulator. SimMan® is a wireless, self-contained state-of-the-art patient training simulator. A trainer can program virtually any scenario via a wireless graphical user interface (GUI).

When a simulation is programmed into SimMan® he virtually comes alive. He can blink, secrete from his eyes, ears and nose, and make heart, lung and bowel sounds. Air medical crews can practice real-life scenarios on him. He’ll react to medications, anesthesia, oxygen and carbon dioxide. With SimMan® any working environment can be recreated with the use of the manufacture’s All Terrain Simulation, software that simulates any working condition from a battlefield to an E.R. With the software, a full range of conditions and patients, from normal to stable to unstable can be recreated. This offers practitioners critical scenarios on which to respond accurately.

The clinical trainer can simulate health issues like a patient going into cardiac arrest. When he does SimMan® is clearly in distress. He’s gurgling, his breath sounds may be diminished, his pupils unresponsive. As medical crew take over, SimMan responds as they check his airway, administer IV medications and even shock him with a defibrillator.

Patient simulators are a valuable teaching tool and the air ambulance company’s medical crews that train with them keep their skills sharp. You can read more about the Angel MedFlight medical flight training here.

September 3, 2014

Delayed Drowning – The Unknown Threat

Year-round, parents get their little ones into swimming lessons to prepare them for a summer full of swimming as well as the unexpected water hazards that can come with it.  Teaching kids to use the buddy system is a great way to keep all kids accounted for.  We do this because it only takes a matter of seconds for a child who can’t swim to drown.  The law even stresses the importance of life jackets for kids and adults who can swim because there are so many potential threats if proper water safety isn’t practiced.

The latest online report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”  The Bulletin of the World Health Organization states the definition of drowning as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.”

Original post can be found at

August 6, 2014

Angel MedFlight Team at the Case Managers Society of America 24th Annual Conference and Expo

Angel MedFlight was proud to once again participate at the 24thannual Case Management Society of America Conference and Expo that was held June 17-20th in Cleveland, Ohio.  Angel MedFlight had their own booth, held presentations, and handed out giveaways to all who stopped by.

The Case Managers Society of America (CMSA)“is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy, and providing evidence-based tools and resources” (   CMSA allows case managers from across the country to join together to help provide the best care and experience possible for their patients and loved ones. Angel MedFlight works one-on-one with many members of the CMSA community to coordinate the care and safe transport of patients who are in need. In the opening ceremonies, CMSA members honored Angel MedFlight with the Award of Recognition for “Extraordinary Contribution to Advancing the Practice of Case Management”.  

Summer Safety for Children: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Those living in the deserts of the southwestern United States don’t really need a thermometer to feel the summer heat. Yet, as the temperatures climb, it’s helpful to remember our bodies have to work even harder to keep cool, especially for those who are physically active in the heat. As a result, various ailments may develop, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions can lead to serious injury or death, so it is important to know what signs to look for and how we can avoid these dangers.

Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

Would you know what to do if someone close to you was suffering from either of these conditions?

Amelia Rose Earhart Recreates Famous Global Flight

Thirty-one year old Amelia Rose Earhart isn’t officially related to the famous pilot, Amelia Mary Earhart, but in spirit she’s always felt a connection. Amelia Rose believed for years that she was related to the famous Amelia Mary Earhart, but recently found out the two are not actually related by blood. Since she was in high school Amelia Rose dreamed about recreating Earhart’s global flight. She started flying 10 years ago and earned her private pilot’s license and instrument rating. She hopes to fly the same global route that Earhart set out to do in 1937.

Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe, but never made it. Her and her plane disappeared and for 75 years, it still remains a mystery of what became of her.

June 19, 2014

Angel MedFlight Wins Two Stevie Gold Awards For Excellence In Videography

Angel MedFlight was pleased to learn on June 13th, that we had been awarded two Gold Stevie® Awards for excellence in videography from the American Business Awards. The two winning videos were from Angel MedFlight’s Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment™.”

“My Real Life Moment™: Team Jaxon Air Ambulance Transport”received a Gold Award in the Motivational Public Relations Category. In this video, the parents of 5-year-old Jaxon Davis tell the impassioned story of the brain cancer victim. When their son’s condition deteriorated during a family vacation, they reached out to Angel MedFlight. With the help of an anonymous family and Angel MedFlight, Jaxon and his family were transported to San Antonio, Texas.

“My Real Life Moment™ 2013 “Holiday Homecoming”landed it’s Gold Award in the Public Relations: Media and Entertainment Category.  In this uplifting story, Lori McFate met the bone marrow donor that saved her life in 2006. You’ll share in the moment as Lori and her donor, Michael Henkel of Germany, meet for the very first time in Lori’s hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa.

May 28, 2014

Angel MedFlight Provides International Air Ambulance Transport

Worldwide Air Medical Transport Services

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, a world leader in air medical transport, not only flies to all 50 U.S. states, but also to the farthest reaches of the globe. Through a mobile base of operations and fast, long-range, modern business jets, Angel MedFlight offers international medical flights to and from almost any area of the world.

“Our fleet of Learjet 60s and Learjet 35s have the long-range capabilities that allow us to fly to most places across the world,” said Brandon Kearns, Director of Operations at Aviation West Charters dba Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance.

In its seven years, Angel MedFlight has transported patients in 33 countries worldwide. Learn more about Angel MedFlight's International Air Medical Transport Services by visiting today.

International Medical Flight Travel

More than 13.5 million travelers are hospitalized each year while traveling. For example, a U.S. citizen traveling abroad who becomes critically ill or injured, and requires transport to the United States for a higher level of treatment, needs a dependable air ambulance services to transport him or her as quickly and safely as possible.

“This happened to a patient of ours that was volunteering abroad in Nigeria, says Chief Flight Coordinator Stacey Barnard, RN, CEN. “She became critically ill due to contracting the deadly Malaria virus and needed immediate evacuation back to the United States,” Barnard explained.

Her illness prevented her from flying on a commercial airline, and Angel MedFlight was able to transport the patient back to the United States to receive higher level treatment that allowed her to eventually make a full recovery, Barnard reported.

Today as more people are traveling to farther destinations, for recreation, they may be trying activities they don’t usually try for example, and that could result in unexpected injuries.

It’s important to plan ahead in case you become critically ill or injured while traveling in a foreign country, or become hospitalized. You may need a medical transport back to the United States, especially if you are too ill to fly on a commercial flight. Finding the best air ambulance service to perform the transport quickly and safely from any country is important, especially if you need critical or long-term care. Angel MedFlight has the experience, the aircraft and the medical crews capable of transporting patient from all across the globe.

May 20, 2014

What To Do If You Need An Air Medical Flight

Criteria You Should Consider For Air Medical Transportation Services

You, a friend, a patient or a loved one may be in need of an air medical flight. Do you know where to begin to find a reputable company, what questions to ask, what to look for? 
The Options:

First, many types of air ambulance companies exist. Some use helicopters, some use piston-powered propeller planes and some use business-class jets. Another type of air ambulance company is the air ambulance broker. All of these companies provide different services. We will break down the differences to help you determine the best option for you.

The Aircraft:

Helicopter Air Ambulance Companies - Typically utilized for emergent care, transporting patients from an accident scene to a medical facility. As of February 2014, there were currently 75 registered air ambulance companies in the U.S. Some of these companies provide medical transport besides emergent care. If the distance is relatively short, the ride can be noisy and bumpy.

Piston Powered Aircraft Air Ambulance Company – These companies fly twin piston-engine propeller aircraft that have a longer range than a helicopter. They are slightly roomier and able to fly longer distances. One disadvantage is that these types of planes cannot climb to altitudes above inclement weather, and can experience turbulence, which could make for an uncomfortable flight for the patient.

Jet-Powered Aircraft Air Ambulance Company – This is the preferable method to transport critically ill or injured patients for longer distances. Jets are fast, comfortable, have a longer range, including international capabilities. They can climb to higher altitudes, well above congested airways, above bad weather conditions.

Air Ambulance Brokers – Think of these companies as the middleman. They do not operate their own aircraft. They broker with other companies to provide the flight for you. This can often increase the cost of the flight, because of the broker’s fee for providing this service. You are best dealing directly with an air ambulance company that owns, operates and maintains its own fleet of aircraft.

When vetting these different companies, be sure to ask about their safety record: what type of medical licenses or special certifications they have; what certifications do the medical personnel they employ have; and who will be on the flight with the patient. 

Experience Matters In Air Ambulance Transportation

Check the experience level of their pilots. Are they new pilots with little experience or seasoned professionals with thousands of flight hours? 

See what additional services they offer, such as working with your insurance company on your behalf or arranging the ground transportation. 

Will they handle all the other details of the transport? Make sure to find out the total cost of the services, and also whether your insurance provider will cover an air medical flight.  

It is advisable to start by doing your research online. You can gather most of this information from the company’s website. After you have found a few companies that can meet your needs, search for consumer reviews or recommendations. Armed with information, you will be more confident in making the right choice for yourself, your loved one or your patient.

April 16, 2014

Angel MedFlight’s Golf Team Tees Off Once Again to Benefit Aviation Students

Angel MedFlight Golf Team Members: Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson

They may not be heading for Augusta or the Masters, but Angel MedFlight was represented well at this year’s Arizona Business Aviation Association’s annual benefit golf tournament by golfers Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson.
The 2014 Annual AZBAA Golf Benefit took place Saturday, March 29 at the beautiful Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. The day began with registration at 11:00 a.m. gathering for sign-up and warm-up on the driving range. The 27-hole golf course at Kierland is a lush, well-manicured, traditional layout with the gorgeous backdrop of desert scenery.

The players teed off under sunny skies, participating in a four-person, best-ball scramble. Throughout the course, there were opportunities for friendly competition in the name of giving, with designated hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive holes. The outstanding Angel MedFlight  team came out on top, taking third-place honors. Our individual players also excelled in the contest. Carl Anderson, flight coordinator, won “Closest to The Pin (Men)”; Jen Dahlgren, flight coordinator, won “Longest Drive (Women)” and John Courtemanche, maintenance officer, won “Longest Putt (Men)”. Congratulations Team!

Each of this year’s 144 participants received top quality golf shirts and hats embroidered with the tournament and sponsors’ logos, a player gift package that included balls, tees and unique, fun accessories.
Once all the foursomes had played 18 holes, participants, guests and volunteers enjoyed a festive dinner, awards presentation and raffle drawings.
All proceeds raised from the event support a scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in business aviation from an accredited Arizona college or university.
Angel MedFlight congratulates the Spring 2014 AZBAA Scholarships recipients:
Jessica Schram, who received $5000 is about to take her commercial pilot written test in pursuit of a business aviation career.

Adrian Orellana, a $2000 winner, is working toward his A and P at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Kevin Otterstrom, also a $2000 winner, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota and a masters from Embry-Riddle, Chandler, and risk management training from Stanford University.

Richard Formo, who received $2000, is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and economics from Embry-Riddle University in Prescott.

Lisanne Kippenberg, was awarded $2000 toward her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and safety also at Embry-Riddle, while working several jobs on-campus.
Clayton Marr, received a  FlightSafety King Air type certificate training course. He is a multi-engine instrument instructor pilot at ATP, a lead ramp agent for Allegiant at Gateway, and an altitude chamber operator for ASU Gateway. Clayton is pursuing his degree in professional flight and management at ASU in hopes of getting on with a flight department.

The Scholarship Committee of the Arizona Business Aviation Association received a large number of high-quality applications for the Spring 2014 scholarships, from which these applicants were chosen.
AZBAA hosted a dinner buffet and awards ceremony, announcing winners of the tournament, with individual prizes and raffle drawings.

Angel MedFlight’s Director of Business Development Chandra Stewart and AZBAA Executive Director Barbara Conlon

A major goal of this event is to make it affordable, says Barbara Conlon, the Association’s Executive Director, adding that many golfers may shy away from the more expensive charity golf events.
“At a price of $185 per golfer, including dinner, we have kept the entry fee more enticing to attract more individuals from all walks of the aviation industry,” Conlon says.

To help cover costs, AZBAA gets help from sponsors and contributors, including Angel MedFlight whose own Director of Development, Chandra Stewart, is a board member. This strategy ensures for positive financial growth for the scholarship program, added Conlon.

Angel MedFlight extends a big thank you to all the AZBAA members and supporters for their continued dedication to promoting Arizona’s business aviation interests.

And, last but not least, thanks go to Kyle, John, Jen and Carl for representing Angel MedFlight on the course – way to go, team!

AZBAA is a non-profit organization that provides local lobby, education and support activities to advance the interests of business aviation growth and well-being in the state of Arizona.

March 11, 2014

What You Can Expect From Air Ambulance Services

Air ambulance services are staffed with highly trained individuals who care about their patients. This team will be comprised of the pilot, a nurse or a paramedic. In some instances they will have both a nurse and a paramedic on board. 

From the moment an air ambulance service is called to the moment they deliver the patient to the designated facility, the quality of the patients care is a top priority. These highly trained professionals know that time is of the essence and they know how to get in and get the patient out in a short amount of time. Patients are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. There are a variety of patient care levels that are available depending upon the level of injury or illness that the patient has. Each patient will be quickly assessed and given the level of care required for their safety and health concerns. 

Nurse Or Paramedic On A Medical Flight

The nurse or paramedic will be in touch with the designated facility at all times during the flight and will be following their instructions as well as monitoring the patient for any changes. An IV will be started if one hasn't already been started and the patient will be given the appropriate medications as per the designated facility's instructions. Services are available for transport from small rural hospitals as well as locations that are too far from the major facility or inaccessible via land ambulance services. 

Patients will find that they are given a very high level of care at the scene of a trauma and their chances of survival are greatly increased via the use of an air ambulance in lieu of ground transportation. Heart attack patients will have a much higher likelihood of survival when transported in this fashion. Just as a land ambulance is stocked with medications, trauma kits, medical supplies and the like, an air ambulance is too. They have an ECG machine to monitor patients, CPR equipment, stretchers and oxygen for patients on board. 

Nurses, pilots and paramedics are held to very high standards of training and experience in order to work on an air ambulance. They must meet specific criteria and have specific number of hours, certifications, and experience dealing with trauma patients in emergent situations. Everyone on board is highly trained in proper safety protocol and how to work with the patient. They know how to monitor the weather conditions, air traffic patterns and the time it will take to get to the designated facility. 

As a general rule, all air ambulances have a pilot, co-pilot and two medical crew on board at all times. All of the crew must attend on-going training over the course of the year and be certified accordingly prior to their first flight. 

Individualized medical care is important. Each patient is unique and has their own health issues. No two patients are alike. Angel MedFlight air ambulance personnel are highly trained to offer top quality care to each and every patient transported on their air ambulance. If you are in need of obtaining an air ambulance service, you can request a medical flight here.

February 11, 2014

Meet The Fleet – Learjet 35

Angel MedFlight owns, maintains and operates our own fleet of fast, modern jets, including Learjet 35s. We thought you might like to know a little more about this amazing aircraft. The 35 is an American-made light business jet. It’s used in general aviation and was selected by the military too. The U.S. Air Force designation for the 35 is the C-21A.

The 35’s cabin is 12.9 feet long, 4.9 feet wide and 4.3 feet high and has space for up to eight passengers. Have you ever wondered about those interesting “pods” on the wingtips? Those are the 35’s wingtip fuel tanks and probably the jets most distinguishing feature that sets it apart from other business jets.

Angel MedFlight’s 35 has an epic, custom paint job that makes it look fast even when parked on the ramp. But this beauty is more than just great looking. The 35 is powered by two Garrett TFE731 turbofans that are mounted to the fuselage. Those engines generate 3,500 pounds of thrust each, allowing the 35 to lift off with as little as 4,972 feet of runway, at sea level and can land in 2,550 feet. This means our 35 can get in and out of a lot of airports worldwide. The 35 cruises along comfortably at 451 ktas and has a service ceiling of 45,000 feet, allowing Angel MedFlight to fly patients in calm, smooth air.

One of the best features of the 35 is that it can travel 2,056 nautical miles nonstop! That’s a real advantage for Angel MedFlight. We have worldwide range capability, to fly our patients anywhere they need to go. Angel MedFlight has customized the 35’s cabin to be a flying Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is equipped with all the latest technology, including the capability to monitor patient’s medical data and send the information wirelessly to their physician and ground teams. The 35 is outfitted with a custom stretcher, ventilator, IV pump, heart monitor, medications and more. It’s truly an amazing array of modern medical equipment, all to provide our patients with the absolute best care possible and the ability to transport them in fastest way possible.

In 1996 a Lear 35-A, owned by Bill Daniels, the “father of cable television” and piloted by a crew of four, set a new “around-the-world” speed record, traveling 23,077 miles around the globe in 49 hours, 21 minutes and 8 seconds. This Learjet now hangs inside of the concourse at the Denver International Airport. All of us at Angel MedFlight appreciate our Learjet 35’s speed, comfort and range, just as much as our patients do. These LearJet 35's are exceptional for long distance air ambulance services and LearJets continue to improve over the years providing a superior product for its customers.