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

Brandon Provasi, Angel MedFlight 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.


As far as being the recipient of the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, Brandon couldn’t be happier and Angel MedFlight is proud to award the scholarship to such a deserving and caring young man.



Is a Flying Vehicle in Your Future?

July 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Dutch company PAL-V Europe NV, has successfully completed the test flight phase of its PAL-V ONE (Personal Air and Land Vehicle); a revolutionary vehicle that will allow individuals the versatility to cruise the open road as well as take to the skies. PAL-V began conceptualizing the vehicle back in 2001. Having recently completed successful test flights, the PAL-V ONE is ready for commercial production.


Convert to Gyrocopter in 10 minutes

Imaginecruising along a wide open stretch of highway when you see something interesting off in the distance that you would like to explore by air. Experts at PAL-V say that with the Pal-V One you can convert from automobile to gyrocopter mode in about 10 minutes. This type of versatility really opens up the possibilities for the adventurous explorer and travel enthusiast.


Innovative Design

The PAL-V One has a unique three-wheel design that incorporates the patented DVC™ (Dynamic Vehicle Control) tilting technology, enabling the vehicle to tilt based on speed and acceleration. The vehicle handles turns smoothly like a motorcycle and has the acceleration of a sports car. The fuselage is slim and aerodynamic. Top speed on the ground and in the air is 112 mph. While in gyrocopter mode; the PAL-V One will have a flying range of between 220-315 miles and needs only 540 feet for take-off. While on land, the vehicle can drive a distance of 750 miles.


Easy to Learn

The Dutch company says flying the PAL-V One is safe; requiring only 20-30 hours of training and a Sport Pilot Certification. Gyrocopters are much safer and easier to fly than helicopters, because of slower rotation of the main rotor, the company says. After flying, the rotors fold back and store for driving mode. In driving mode, it’s hard to tell the PAL-V One is anything but a modern looking vehicle.


Based on current projections, it appears that the PAL-V One will be available for sale in 2016 with an estimated price tag of about $395,000. Imagine the freedom and versatility a true land-air vehicle could bring to people; allowing the best of both worlds: exploring by land and by ground!

For more information on the PAL-V One please visit:

Commercial Aviation has Come a Long Way – What the Future May Hold

The Benoist Airboat

The Benoist Airboat

July 14, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

This year marked 100 years of commercial aviation, which has come a long way throughout the years. We have the Wright Brothers to thank for getting it all started back in 1903 with their historic 12 minute flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Once man was able to take to the sky in a powered aircraft, the possibilities for commercial flight were endless.


Today it seems pretty routine to hop on a commercial flight and fly anywhere in the world, but back in 1914 it wasn’t that easy. The first true, paid commercial flight took place in 1914, between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Benoist Airboat  held one passenger that needed to weigh less than 200 pounds and the flight took 25 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket was $5.00. A few years later, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) started scheduled flights between Amsterdam and London, and is still in operation today, making them they oldest commercial airline.



100 Hundred Years of Advancement

The first Trans-Pacific flight was on a Pan-Am M-130 Clipper in 1935. It flew from San Francisco to Manila in a week and had to make several stops to get there. The Clipper was a flying boat with spacious cabins and a dining area. The American Airlines Douglas DC-3 entered into service in 1936, offering flights from New York to Chicago. The DC-3 was known as “the plane that changed the world.” It was considered a modern marvel for its time, having both long range capabilities and speed.


de Havilland Comet

De Havilland Comet

By 1952, the jet-age had arrived and the British made De Havilland Comet was the first commercial jetliner. Jets soon took over the commercial airline industry and by 1970 the world’s first wide-body luxury airliner took flight. Pan Am introduced New York to London flights aboard their beautiful, huge Boeing 747. Additional milestones followed over the next two decades beginning with Southwest Airlines’ introduction of their low-cost fare approach. By 1973, the first female pilot was flying for Frontier Airlines. In the 1980s, American Airlines offered the first frequent flyer miles program, providing incentives and benefits for repeat customers.


Airbus A380 - Photo by Joe Ravi

Airbus A380 – Photo by Joe Ravi

The Future

Commercial jets have become bigger, faster and more technologically advanced. In 2007 the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Boeing 747, was replaced with the mammoth Airbus A380 Super-jumbo.

Compared to early commercial jets like the De Havilland Comet, that held 44 passengers, this  modern marvel has two passenger decks and holds 853 passengers. If Airbus has something to say, the future of commercial airliners is going to be something like a scene out of Star Wars. Design concepts for future aircraft can be found on their website , featuring a jet with a skeleton-like frame called a bionic structure and membrane. The membrane allows you to see panoramic views of the outside. Other futuristic features include “organically grown” seats. The plant-based seats adapt to the passengers’ bodies and conform to become a custom fit for the individual. The seat will offer a massage, drinks and vitamins.  Body heat absorbed by the seat will create energy that will be used to help power the aircraft’s cabin; according to The special organic materials used in the cabin will clean and repair themselves. Personal cabin spaces can transform into an office or a bedroom and the cabin and jet could change shape. It all sounds so futuristic (much like it would have been for the Wright Brothers to imagine a 747), but Airbus claims it will become a reality in the not too distant future.


Looking back over the last 100 years of commercial aviation and the advances that have been made, it’s easy to imagine a future like Airbus predicts. To view some of these amazing concepts, you can go to:




Amelia Rose Earhart Recreates Famous Global Flight

Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Rose Earhart


June 30, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

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.


Amelia Mary Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart

Amelia Rose is setting out to finish what her namesake tried to accomplish all those years ago. Unlike the Earhart’s aircraft, a Lockheed Electra 10E, she will be piloting a Pilatus PC-12 NG; a modern, state-of-the-art single engine prop plane with all glass cockpit, satellite tracking and an extra 200 gallon auxiliary tank for fuel to make the approximate 24,300 nautical miles around the globe. Amelia Rose will be the pilot in command and be at the controls during the entire flight, but is being accompanied by good friend, accomplished pilot and flight instructor, Shane Jordon. Jordon has more than 6,500 hours, 4,500 are in the Pilatus.

Earhart will be flying a Pilatus_PC-12, like the one pictured here.

Earhart will be flying a Pilatus_PC-12, like the one pictured here.

Amelia Rose is the President of a foundation called Fly With Amelia Foundation and in conjunction with her flight she plans to award flight-training scholarships to women between the ages of 16-18.


She also is planning on live-streaming her flight for social media. That way you can follow her on her adventure, which will take her about two weeks and 17 stops, as she circumnavigates the globe. You can follow Amelia on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #flywithamelia. We admire Amelia Rose for following her dreams and encouraging young women to get into aviation. Angel MedFlight wishes her good luck on her adventure.


“By recreating and symbolically completing Amelia Mary Earhart’s flight around the world, I hope to develop an even deeper connection to my namesake and also encourage the world to pursue their own adventures. Amelia believed that, ‘adventure is worthwhile in itself’ and it is that type of attitude that spurs us to seek the unknown, push our limits and fly outside the lines.” – Amelia Rose Earhart




Epic Adventure – Teen Flying Solo Around-The-World

Matt Guthmiller  Photo courtesy of Limitless Horizons

Matt Guthmiller
Photo courtesy of Limitless Horizons

June 16, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

If you’re a general aviation pilot or flying enthusiast, you may have dreamed about taking a long cross-country flight to some far away destination. Flying solo, all alone on a long flight can be a wonderful and challenging experience; a challenge that 19-year-old Matt Guthmiller also plans to experience.  Guthmiller, a freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has set out to be the youngest American to circumnavigate the globe in a small plane. He has his Commercial pilot certificate and 500 + hours total flying time.


Guthmiller got his idea after reading an Airline Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) article about the current world record holder for the youngest American to fly solo around the world.  That pilot, Jack Wiegand, was only 21 when he made his around the world flight to become the youngest American ever to do so. Guthmiller was inspired and knew he was up for the challenge himself.


Photo courtesy of Limitless Horizons

Photo courtesy of Limitless Horizons


Guthmiller’s adventure began on May 31, 2014. The first leg of his trip was from San Diego to his home town of Aberdeen, South Dakota. He successfully made the trip in 7.5 hours in a fully updated 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. The plane that was provided to him by High Performance Aircraft in San Diego is equipped with a Garmin G500, two brand new LCD glass panels and a satellite phone. The owner outfitted the plane with a new engine and the modern avionics so Gutmmiller would have the best equipment on board for his worldwide flight. The Bonanza also has added ferry tanks, which allow more fuel to be carried for the long legs of the trip.


Guthmiller’s planned route will take him to destinations like London, Rome, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, India and Australia, to name a few. The 29,000 mile journey will take Guthmiller an estimated month to do. During his adventure Guthmiller will make 25 stops in 14 countries, on 5 different continents. This is quite a feat for even the most experienced of pilots, let alone a teenager with only 500 hours under his belt. But according to Guthmiller, nothing is impossible.


You can follow Guthmiller on this epic adventure and read updates on how he’s doing on his website We certainly wish him the best as he follows his dream.







How the Airlines Rank

Copa Airlines Ranked Number One - Photo Courtesy of Bernal Saborio

Copa Airlines Ranked Number One – Photo Courtesy of Bernal Saborio

June 6, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Every year, Aviation Week ( ranks the Top Performing Airlines (TPA). This year, smaller and mid-sized airlines were among some of the best ranking in the Top-Ten overall category. Aviation Week bases their rankings on four criteria: financial health, earnings performance, capital efficiency and business model performance.


Mid-size airline, Copa Airlines, ranked number one, having the highest overall score. Aviation Week reports that Copa is a stronger contender every year in the TPA rankings and this year they were in the Top-Ten spot in all five of the TPA’s categories. Based in Panama, Copa Airlines has a geographic advantage, as Panama City is a connection-hub for other U.S. and Latin American airlines. Aviation week reports operating in a stable country with a good economy, combined with an “effective business plan,” is the reason for their success. The second highest-ranking airline is Allegiant Air. Allegiant ranked number one last year but was edged out by Copa this year. Allegiant flies primarily to leisure destinations, uses older aircraft, and has a low-cost business model, which keeps them a leader in U.S. air carriers.


How did the U.S. Airlines Rank?

Top 10 North American Airlines:


  1. Allegiant Air
  2. Spirit Airlines
  3. Alaska Airlines
  4. West Jet
  5. Delta
  6. Air Transat
  7. Southwest Airlines
  8. Republic Airways
  9. Chorus-Jazz Air
  10. American Airlines


U.S. carriers, Delta and American Airlines, had significant increases in the ranking compared to last year’s report, whereas United has struggled to make it in the Top 10. The TPA rankings can’t quite tell how the American Airlines – US Airways merger will affect American Airlines’ business yet. There will be more conclusive data on next year’s ranking report.


Internationally, in the Asia-Pacific category, the number one airline was Japan Airlines (JAL) which underwent bankruptcy and reorganization three years ago and turned their business around. They are able to edge out the competition by being able to keep operating costs low. In the Top-10 European category, EasyJet was number one. EasyJet is a low-cost provider that has gained popularity among business travelers. Number one in Latin America was Copa.








Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) – The Next Big Thing in Aviation


May 2, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

It was reported in a recent Plane and Pilot Magazine article that UAVs will be integrated into the national air space system in 2015, adding new jobs and $13.6 billion into the economy. But what do these UAVs do?


Probably the most talked about UAV is one that is currently in development by Google and Titan Aerospace. Google acquired the New Mexico based company on April 14th 2014. They plan to develop The Solara 50 UAV.


Limitless Applications

The Solara 50 is truly an amazing aircraft, or what Titan Aerospace refers to as an atmospheric satellite. But unlike a satellite, this UAV can take on many missions and has limitless applications. The Solara 50 will have  a 50m wingspan and be powered by one propeller that gets its energy from a solar-charged 6.7hp electric motor. Solar panels covering the entire length of the wing, rudder and elevator, charge the motor with zero fuel needed and produce zero emissions. This UAV can fly at 65,000 feet, and without the use of fuel, it can stay up for five years. With its capabilities it can be used for:

  • A voice and data “cell-tower-in-the-sky”
  • Earth Mapping
  • Crop Monitoring
  • Search and Rescue
  • Weather Monitoring
  • Atmospheric Monitoring
  • Border Patrol Monitoring


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) says that UAVs will create 100,000 new jobs in manufacturing, sales, maintenance, operation and support with an impact of $82 billion to the economy by 2025.