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: http://www.pal-v.com

Published in: on July 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.

DC-3

DC-3

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 www.airbus.com. 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: http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/

 

 

 

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

 

Source:

http://www.ameliaearhartproject.com/

 

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 http://www.limitless-horizons.org/ We certainly wish him the best as he follows his dream.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.limitless-horizons.org/

 

 

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 (www.aviationweek.com) 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.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.aviationweek.com

 

 

 

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Training Together Proves to be Beneficial for Employees and Patients

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Essential to the success of any organization, is the quality of its employees. Angel MedFlight actively seeks talented individuals who share the same work ethic and passion for exceeding standards that the company was founded on. Finding talent, however, is just the first step in building and maintaining an exceptional team. After initial new-hire orientation, individuals need ongoing, specialized training in two very technical fields: aviation and healthcare.

Angel MedFlight has designed and implemented a world-class training program providing instruction in every department including aviation, aviation maintenance, safety, operations, flight coordination, medical, quality management, legal, claims, human resources, IT and business development. Cross training employees allows employees to experience what it’s like to be in another’s role; for better understanding of how departments must work together for improved overall operations.

Matt Greenwell, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P, FP-C, Angel MedFlight’s Director of Clinical Operations teaches one of the training courses; Flight Physiology. He explains how pressure and altitude affect patients, flight crew and medical crew alike. Pressure affects people differently, an important consideration when transporting critical patients. A patient is going to react differently at sea level than at 40,000 feet.

“It’s very important that the patient’s history and condition area taken into consideration when the flight coordinators plan the flight,” says Greenwell, adding, “Altitude and air density, cabin pressure and the condition of the patient all play a role in coordinating a flight and determining the correct altitude and cabin pressure.” Greenwell teaches all the laws concerning pressure including Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, Henry’s Law, Graham’s Law and Fick’s Law. These are all complex theories that will need to be understood in depth. Greenwell stresses the importance of the medical crew and flight crew needing to communicate when it comes to adjusting cabin pressure. Because of their cross training, they’ll all have an understanding of the situation and be able to communicate effectively. This is one of many examples why a cross-training approach coupled with an in-depth curriculum are such integral pieces of an effective training and development program.

Greenwell also includes a training segment outlining the 4 types of hypoxia including hypoxic, hypemic, stagnant and histotoxic and the potential effects on patients and crew. He recalls a time when he had the training opportunity to spend time in an altitude pressure chamber; which simulates an aircraft reaching different altitudes and tests the effects it has on people. He explains that in his experience, it only took about 90 seconds to begin to feel the effects of hypoxia. He said he felt confused and experienced pain in his neck. Hypoxia can affect everyone differently. Personally experiencing a pressure chamber is an excellent way to understand first-hand what the effects can be. Greenwell hopes to incorporate altitude pressure chamber training to the curriculum in the near future.

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery joins Greenwell to teach a segment that explains all of the 9 stressors that can affect not only the patient during the flight but the crew as well. The stressors are:

  • Hypoxia
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Thermal
  • G-Forces
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Third-Spacing
  • Decreased Humidity
  • Fatigue

 

Together, they explained the importance of the flight crew and medical crew to remain hydrated, eat healthy and the proper amount of rest in between flights so that they are able to perform their job functions to the absolute best of their ability.

It’s necessary for pilots and flight coordinators to learn and understand flight physiology; not just the medical crew. Although flight coordinators remain on the ground, they must be able to effectively communicate this information to patients, families and case managers that they work with to coordinate medical flights.

Angel MedFlight’s training and development is continually evolving in order to remain on the cutting edge of technology. Because air medical transport encompasses both the aviation and healthcare fields, ongoing training and continuing education requirements are important to remaining leaders in the industry.  The flight physiology course is just one part of the extensive training curriculum.

Angel MedFlight’s commitment to hiring, training and developing talent is essential to delivering operational excellence on every level.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Starts Summer Travel Season

The long Memorial Day weekend marks the start of family summer fun with outings and vacations. According to a recent Airlines for America (A4A) report, a predicted 1.5 percent increase in air travel means there will be more people traveling by plane this summer than in the highest recorded years of 2007-2008.  A4A predicts that airlines will transport 210 million people this summer. Not only will the roads be busy, but so will the airports. They also report that the top destinations this summer are Mexico, Canada and the U.K.

 

More travelers mean more people may be visiting your favorite summer destination. With more people, comes the possibility of more accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the holiday weekend is one of the six deadliest holidays involving automobile fatalities. Staying alert and aware of other drivers on the road, refraining from drinking and driving, only using mobile devices when vehicle is pulled over or stopped and wearing a seat-belt  are all simple but potentially life-saving tips.

 

If you’re traveling, have fun, but remember to be safe around the water at the beach, pools and water parks. Make sure children are always under a watchful eye, it only takes seconds for a drowning to happen. If you are celebrating at the beach, park or other places with large crowds, be sure to have a plan in case you and your children get separated. Deciding on a predetermined place or landmark to meet should you become separated is always a good idea. Remember to drink plenty of water so that you stay hydrated and make sure to pack sunscreen and perhaps a small first aid kit for emergencies.

 

Something else to consider during your holiday weekend: when participating in risky activities that could potentially cause a serious injury, like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to wear protective gear including a helmet. Every year, in the United States alone, 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI.  Experiencing new adventures is an important part of living a full,healthy life; especially when enjoyed safely.

 

As we finish Memorial Day Weekend and head into the summer travel months, keeping safety in mind will ensure you will have a fun and safe summer.

 

Angel MedFlight Provides International Air Medical Transport

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

 

May 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight is the world’s leader in air medical transport. We not only fly to all 50 U.S. states, but we fly internationally, to the farthest reaches of the globe. Angel MedFlight offers this global reach by maintaining a mobile base of operations and by using fast, long-range, modern business jets. Our fleet of Learjet 60s and Learjet 35s allow us to fly to most locations across the world. In its seven years Angel MedFlight has made patient transports in 33 countries worldwide.

 

What is International Air Medical Transport?

What this international service means is peace of mind for our patients and patients’ families. What if you’re a U.S. citizen traveling abroad and you are injured or ill and need to be repatriated to the United States, where you can receive the quality healthcare that you require? This happened to a patient of ours that was volunteering abroad in Nigeria. She became critically ill due to contracting the deadly Malaria virus. She needed immediate evacuation to the U.S. We were able to transport her back to the U.S. where she was admitted to a hospital with the level of care required and where she was able to make a full recovery. She had been far too ill to fly commercially and she required constant medical monitoring by a flight nurse and paramedic throughout the transport.

 

Today a lot more people are traveling to more exotic destinations and may be trying activities that they don’t usually try that could result in injuries. More than 13.5 million travelers are hospitalized each year while traveling. If you’re ill or injured while in a foreign country and are hospitalized, you may not receive the same kind of high-level healthcare that you’re used to in the U.S. If you need to be repatriated, you may be too ill to fly on a commercial flight. This is when you need an air ambulance. An Air ambulance is capable of flying people from foreign countries that have fallen ill or have been injured while traveling and need acute-care or long-term care.

 

Types of Air Ambulance’s Needed For International Flight.

Not all air ambulance’s can provide international medical flights. The aircraft needed must be able to fly long distances without needing to stop frequently to refuel. Because of this, typically the types of aircraft used are medically configured business jets. Angel MedFlight uses the Learjet 35 and Learjet 60. The Learjet 60 is a mid-sized business jet with a range of 2,773 miles and a maximum speed of 522 miles per hour. The range is nearly double that of most piston engine aircraft. Business jets are pressurized and able to climb to altitudes that allow smoother flights for ill patients. Angel MedFlight’s pilots are highly skilled and experience in international aviation. These models of Learjets are trusted, safe and reliable for both domestic transports and international transports.

 

Plan Ahead!

We urge international travelers to plan ahead before you or your loved one travels abroad. Check with your health insurance carrier to make sure that you’re covered for air medical flights. Some insurance won’t cover you or may only offer very limited coverage. Also, if you’re planning on buying “travel insurance,” keep in mind that this type of insurance covers things like lost baggage and canceled hotel and air reservation. It may not cover the cost of an air medical transport.

 

Angel MedFlight is proud to be able to offer international service. With our advanced jets, expert pilots and highly skilled medical crew, we are capable of helping those in need, in many locations across the world.

Angel MedFlight April Logbook

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

 

May 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

April was another very busy month for the hard working crew at Angel MedFlight. We saw a 23% increase in patient transports over April 2013. Patient transports took our pilots, medical crews and Learjets all around the world.

 

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Countries We Transported To and From:

  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Peru

 

In April we had the privilege of transporting a patient 3,030 statute miles, from Louisiana all the way to Lima Peru.

 

We transported patients as young as 1 year old and as old as 98 years old from 36 different U.S. states. Our jets transport patients for a number of different reasons, but in April we saw an increase in post trauma transports, due to accidents. The top reasons were motorcycle, ATV, and automobile accidents and falls. We were pleased to be able to help so many patients in April, both here in the U.S. and worldwide and we look forward to another successful month in May.

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.

 

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