Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community During National Autism Month

Learjet 60

Learjet 60

April 16, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


April is National Autism Awareness Month. Angel MedFlight is honoring students at Gateway Academy by providing them with a special donation and an educational event.



The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). As part of a well-baby/well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age


Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the symptoms of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, and developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.


The Autism Society

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence rate for autism is now 1 in 68, which is an increase of over 30% from the 2008 CDC report. “The Autism Society continues to be concerned with the increasing prevalence of autism. In the next few days, many will discuss the reasons behind the new prevalence rates. The Autism Society and our 110 local and state affiliates are ready and willing to assist the growing population, now in the millions, of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We know that a diagnosis doesn’t always mean services will start right away; whether it’s screening, diagnosis, interventions, or services, the earlier we take action, the better,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America.  For more information, go to: The Autism Society press release.


Gateway Academy

Gateway offers a different approach to learning for students that have had frustrating experiences at other schools Their program help build self-esteem and encourage learning. They customize the learning for their students.

Gateway Academy provides a unique educational environment for students from age five to nineteen years of age with Asperger’s syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-nos, social/behavioral issues, emotional and social difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with spectrum disorders.


Angel MedFlight Gives Back

We’re excited to have the students from Gateway Academy visit us and give them the opportunity to tour the hanger and see our aircraft up close. During the visit the students will get to visit several information stations in the hanger to ask questions and learn about the aircraft, flight medicine, aircraft maintenance and more. There will also be games, prizes and photo opportunities. We’re also pleased to announce that we will be donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy for the students. We hope that these computers will help benefit the schools already terrific academics program at Gateway and we feel privileged to be able to help in honor of National Autism Awareness Month


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 children in the U.S. currently has autism, and reports show that number could be even higher. The number represents a nearly 30 percent spike from estimates just years ago calculating one in every 88 children had the disorder.



Angel MedFlight Logbook

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.


April 14, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

In March, Angel MedFlight had a record-breaking month, transporting patients and their family members from all around the globe, including an 8,011 mile flight from T’ai Pei to Texas. When all was said and done our pilots and medical crew flew our Learjets an astonishing total of 103,254 statute miles worldwide.


We fly patients for any number of medical reasons. In March, the largest number of flights was for post trauma recovery. The ages of our patients are as diverse as the reasons they need a medical transport. Our youngest passenger in March was only 85 days old, and our oldest patient was 95 years young.


We’re so glad that we can help so many people in need of medical transports. It’s our honor to have made a positive impact on these patient’s lives. Our team stands ready 24/7/365 to go anywhere in the world to transport patients.

The Top 5 Reasons To Choose Angel MedFlight

Angel MedFlight Crew

Angel MedFlight Crew

April 10, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight is the world’s leading air ambulance service provider. The way Angel MedFlight operates is unique and sets a new standard for the air medical transport industry. Below are the Top-Five reasons you should choose Angel MedFlight for your patient’s air medical transport.


 5. The Best, Highly Trained Medical Crews – Angel MedFlight Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics undergo extensive training, hold additional certifications and attend continuing education training. They train on a high tech patient simulator called SimMan®3G.


4. Jets!! – Angel MedFlight transports patients on jet aircraft.  Unlike brokers, Angel MedFlight owns, operates and maintains a fleet of medically configured Learjet 35s and 60s. Jets fly higher, above the weather, have longer ranges, are faster and safe. With jets, Angel MedFlight has a Global Reach, transporting patient across the country or around the world.


3. Bedside-to-Bedside® – Angel MedFlight’s medical crew is with your patient for every segment of the entire medical transport, including on the ground and in the air.  Bedside-to-Bedside®ensures continuity of care.


2. Safety – ARG/US International awarded Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance with its highest honor, the prestigious Platinum Rating. Only the safest, most trustworthy charter operators and aviation companies receive this elite award.  Angel MedFlight is committed to safety and is proud to have a perfect safety record.


1. One Touch Promise® – Angel MedFlight employs a team of experts in medicine, aviation, case management and insurance law. One Touch Promise® means that when you pick up the phone and call Angel MedFlight, their highly skilled team goes to work for you. They do all the legwork, coordinate every aspect and handle every detail of the medical flight, including contacting the insurance company, ground ambulance transfer, coordinating schedules with medical facilities and more. Angel MedFlight is an advocate for their patients.

New My Real Life Moment™ Video Released of Baby Aiden

A Smiling Baby Aiden

A Smiling Baby Aiden

April 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight released the latest video in our Emmy-award winning series My Real Life Moment™.  This touching video of Baby Aiden, who lived right here in Phoenix, Ariz.,  was born with a serious digestive medical condition that could only be treated at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Angel MedFlight transported Aiden and his mother Serrena Garcia from Phoenix to Boston in July 2013 to get him the potentially life-saving treatment he needed. You can ride along with little Aiden and Mom on their journey in Angel MedFlight’s Learjet to Boston Children’s Hospital. You’ll be inspired by this amazing child and his courageous story.

You can view the full video at:

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Angel MedFlight Proud to be Gold Sponsor of Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight's table at the Make-A-Wish Ball

Angel MedFlight’s table at the Make-A-Wish Ball


April 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor at the 2014 Wish Ball for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, held on Saturday, April 5 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.

The Wish Ball, which celebrates the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raises funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions, and has long been a significant event for the chapter.

Each year the event raises millions for the children’s foundation. Approximately 570 people attended this year’s event.

The Wish Ball included a program, silent and live auction and entertainment for guests, and brought together donors with wish families and wish kids who attended as guests of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Just as the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of many children, Angel MedFlight also has helped families make their critically ill children’s dreams come true. One example is “Jaxon’s Story,” as featured in the video series, “My Real Life Moment,” (which tells the stories of real patients). Viewers can “ride along” on our air ambulance flights and get an inside look at the patient care provided by our critical care flight nurses and paramedics.

Jaxon Davis was a lovable five-year-old boy whose courageous battle with brain cancer was trumped only by his compassion for other children in the hospital. His parents describe how they learned of Angel MedFlight when Jaxon’s condition worsened while they were on vacation. An anonymous donor stepped in and helped get little Jaxon transported home.

Because of that flight, his parents explained, Jaxon was able to see a cherished childhood friend one last time.. His parents set up an organization to carry on their son’s legacy helping other children, called, “Jaxon’s Frog Foundation.” To learn more about Jaxon’s story and other Angel MedFlight’s transport patients’ experiences, visit My Real Life Moment series. You can learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.



New Space-based Aircraft Monitoring System Will Change the Future of Air Traffic Control


April 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Malaysia Flight 370 seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth and after three weeks of searching, experts are still at a loss as to what really happened to the ill-fated flight. Experts believe the Boeing 777 went down in the ocean. One of the main problems with the search is that the airliner went down in one of the most remote areas of the world, the southern Indian Ocean. This is a vast area of unpredictable weather, and swirling currents far from land, making the search efforts difficult. Flight 370 was equipped with a transponder, as most planes are. The transponder is the primary way that the plane is seen on air traffic control radar. However, the transponder remains a mystery on Flight 370. According to experts, it was either deliberately turned off or suffered a failure that made it stop working. At that time, the planes exact position was unknown to air traffic control. Planes are only seen by radar when they are within 200 miles of a radar tower. Even with a perfectly operational transponder, once aircraft are out over the open ocean, they can no longer be seen on radar by air traffic control. In fact, about only 10% of the earth’s surface has radar or radio communication coverage for aircraft. This has been a long standing problem for airlines and air traffic controllers.


New Technology Is Coming

Aireon is a company that plans to revolutionize how air traffic monitoring will be done in the future. According to Aireon CEO, Don Thoma, Aireon has partnered with Iridium, a satellite communications company, and Nav Canada, a privatized provider of air traffic control service for Canada and three other countries. Don Thoma says, “Airplanes flying over the oceans are not being tracked.” Thoma explains,“The only way to provide either communication, or tracking services, is through satellite.” According to Thoma, Aireon will  “provide real-time tracking” of all aircraft, no matter where they are in the world, using precise GPS satellite tracking. According to Thoma, instead of having a receiver on a land based tower, the information will be transmitted to one of iridium’s 66 satellites, which will be deployed above the earth. Those satellites will receive the information and relay it back to the air traffic controllers giving them real-time surveillance. Having this type of precise coverage will allow air traffic controllers to assign airliners more direct routes and optimize the flight. Thoma says “this could says the airliner industry $6 -$8 billion dollars in fuel for the world’s airlines.” “The impact for search and rescue is significant. When you have that real-time precise update it certainly could narrow the search area for an  aircraft, such as the Malaysia 370 Flight.” Thoma says they’re working on deploying all 66 satellites and plan to have “a system in operation by 2018 that will provide an operational, 100% global aircraft tracking service.”


Don Thoma

Don Thoma

Many experts and families of Malaysia Flight 370 have been mystified how in the 21st century a large aircraft like the Boeing 777 can simply disappear. With this new satellite based precise global surveillance system in place, hopefully tragedies like this can be avoided in the future.




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Scottsdale Airport Runway will Transform into a Racecourse

Runners get to race on the runway

Runners get to race on the runway

April 4, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight’s headquarters and hangar is located just off the runway at Scottsdale Airport. The airport is nestled at the base of the beautiful McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale. Usually a hustling bustling airport with all types of aircraft coming and going, the busy airport will be transformed into a racecourse on Saturday, April 5, 2014, between 6:30-10 a.m.

Scottsdale Airport

Scottsdale Airport

The annual Run The Runway event gives runners, both old and young, a unique experience to race down the airport runway. The runway will be shut down for multiple races throughout the morning. The first race, a 10k, begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by a 5k run/walk at 8a.m.  At 8:45, kids can run a one-mile race with their favorite Arizona team mascots, including the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla, Coyote’s Howler, Cardinals’s Big Red, Sun Devil’s Sparky and Diamodback’s Baxter. Run The Runway benefits Playworks Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity.

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Special awards will be given out to the winners, and festivities after the race will include vendor expo’s,bouncy inflatable’s  in the children’s area, a DJ, guest appearances of the team mascots and photo opportunities with planes.


Angle MedFlight aircraft use the runway all the time, but we’ve never had the chance to run on it.  It will be a fun event for lucky runners, walkers and airplane enthusiasts alike. We can’t wait to walk and run on the runway too!


Angel MedFlight Attending the ACMA 2014 Annual Conference

Chicago Skyline Photo By Ben Grey

Chicago Skyline
Photo By Ben Grey


April 2, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight is happy to announce that we are a returning Platinum sponsor, exhibitor and guest speaker at the American Case Manager Association (ACMA) 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois,

April 10th -13th. The conference is the country’s largest event specifically for health care delivery system case management and transitions of care professionals. Angel MedFlight will present a break-out session on Saturday April 12 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. entitled “The Critical Role of Case Managers in Air Medical Transport and Continuity of Care.”


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has significantly changed the way in which care is delivered in the U.S. As regulations are revised and new rules are released, health care delivery system case management and transition of care has become increasingly important to ensure an effective and efficient care process.


The conference will feature up to 24 hours of continuing education, more than 50 case management leaders and healthcare experts speaking on a variety of timely topics and more than 130 sponsors and exhibitors. Events will include Essential Education for Physician Advisors and Medical Directors in

Case Management, Pediatrics-Focused Sessions and Strategic Planning: Now That you are at the Table,

What Will You Serve? There will be continuing education classes, additional break-out sessions, a silent auction and closing party.


Angel MedFlight’s medical personnel themselves participate in continuing education on an annual basis, which includes:

  • Annual airway management lectures
  • Hazardous materials recognition & response
  • Infection control
  • Stress recognition & management
  • Survival training
  • Flight safety/egress training
  • Critical care for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients
  • Emergency/trauma care
  • Invasive procedure labs including a minimum of 5 intubations per year


We believe strongly in the importance of events like the ACMA Conference to bring together professionals in the industry to learn and share best practices as well as the opportunity to dialogue in person about the needs of patients in transition of care.



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

AMF Players at 2014 AZBAA Golf Benefit

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

March 31, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

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.

Kierland Golf Club

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!


trophies from AZBAA golf benefit


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.


Chandra with Barbara Conlon at 2014 AZBAA Golf Benefit

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.



Where’s My Flying Car?

The Flying Car Photo by Michael Pereckas

The Flying Car
Photo by Michael Pereckas

March 28, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

The Jetsons cartoon series in the 1960s showed the family floating around in their bubble-shaped flying car.  You would think by now something similar would have been invented and in the air. Countless failed attempts over the years have been aimed at developing some kind of easy-to-operate “flying car” for the general population. The good news is we may be getting closer. 

Flying Car Ideas Gone Bad!

In 1971 Henry Smolinski and Hal Blake tried to create a flying car by essentially attaching a Cessna Skymaster’s wings and rear engine to the top of a Ford Pinto. Their idea seemed reasonable and they were actually able to link the flight and ground steering to controls so they worked independently of each other and accomplished flight. But one day, in mid-air on a test flight, the wings detached suddenly leaving the two inventors hurdling toward the ground in a Pinto with no wings. Needless to say the project was immediately canceled.

Inventor Makes It a Reality, Sort-of.

In the 1940s, inventor Moulten ‘Molt’ Taylor started working on a flying car design and in 1946 it became the first real flying car. Named the Aerocar, it was designed to convert from car to plane in just ten minutes. Molt said “The changeover from plane to auto can be made by a woman in a fur coat and high heels.” The Aerocar was the first such aircraft to be certified by the FAA. It was able to cruise at a max speed of 110 mph and had a range of 300 miles. Molt sold three for $25,000 each but was unable to obtain the 500 orders he needed to mass produce the Aerocar. The achievement is a great one, however, and an Aerocar was still flying as of 2012. It was able to reach 12,000 feet at a speed of 110 mph.

The Terrafugia® street-legal, flying car...

The Terrafugia® street-legal, flying car…

Hope yet!

The aviation company Terrafugia® located in Woburn, Mass. wants to bring the first street legal, practical flying car to your garage.  Their first product is The Transition®, a two-place aero-car small enough to fit in a single car garage and flown in and out of your local airport. They say it brings a new level of fun and flexibility to personal aviation. The Transition® has automatic electric folding wings, rear wheel drive, a cargo area, and is equipped with a steering wheel, stick and rudders.

Performance: This neat little aero-car sips gas at 5 mpg while in-flight with its fuel efficient 100hp Rotax 912iS engine. It gets 35 mpg as a car. With a useful load of 500 lbs and a range of 410 miles it can get you to the office and back and avoid all that traffic below. And if the weather is bad, just drive it. Just like any other car, it has driver and passenger air bags and crash safety features. As a plane, it’s outfitted with modern glass avionics and an optional ballistic parachute system. The company is taking pre-orders for The Transition®. Its estimated price is said to be $279,000. And it should be available in the near future.

The Jetsons Would Be Impressed! Has Terrafugia finally done it? Have they designed a true “Jetson-like” flying car that can lift off vertically and whisk you away after you tell it where to take you? They believe so with their latest design the TF-X™. This four-place craft will take-off vertically, automatically fly you to your destination, avoiding air traffic, bad weather and restricted air-space and will automatically land anywhere for you! You then automatically fold the wings back and hop out wherever you landed. Yes, finally a true space-age flying car. Terrafugia says the TF-X® is simple to learn and can be flown manually or on auto. It can carry four people and has a range of 500 miles. It fits into a single car garage and can be driven on roads and highways. It can vertically take-off and land vertically, virtually anywhere, giving you true door-to-door service. The company says the TF-X™ will be in development for the next 8-12 years before being available for delivery to the public; however The Transition® model will be available very soon. So… it looks like the flying car is finally here!

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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