Gateway Academy Students Enjoyed Their Visit to Angel MedFlight

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

Chief Pilot Kindle Tannery helps demonstrate airline safety procedures

April 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For about three hours on April 16th the Angel MedFlight hangar was transformed into an educational treasure trove for the wonderful students that visited us from Gateway Academy. Angel MedFlight hosted the students, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month with a hanger tour and educational event. The students arrived to find the hanger decked out with educational stations they could go to and learn about aviation, safety, flight medicine and more.


Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.

Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper.


The event began with a Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper. Plenty of Angel MedFlight crew and staff were on hand to help field questions. The students had great questions about the jets we fly and the destinations we’ve gone to and more. After the Q&A the students took turns visiting the educational stations. Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics dressed in their flight suits demonstrated CPR on special CPR manikins and answered questions about their role in the medical transport and the students got to try their new CPR skills on the manikins themselves.


Learning CPR

Learning CPR






At another station there was an inflated survival life raft the students could get in while they listened to Director of Operations for Aviation West Charters explain survival techniques and answer questions about the aircraft we use.


Students learned about flight medicine

Students learned about flight medicine

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration

Students enjoyed the CPR demonstration


Students got a chance to win Angel MedFlight prizes in a fun airplane toss game and each student got a special keepsake photo taken against a custom Angel MedFlight green screen background that they can put inside an Angel MedFlight mouse pad they each received.

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

The Airplane Toss game was a hit!

Students got a special keepsake photo

Students got a special keepsake photo


Phoenix’s Fox 10 news was there to cover the event and the reporter got everyone to dance on camera. It was a good time had by all and the students learned a lot about what we do. Angel MedFlight also surprised the students by donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy.

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!

A chance to be a Flight Nurse!








“Hosting this event for the Gateway Academy students was more than raising awareness during National Autism Month and giving back to the community,” said Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper, “it was our way of providing these students with the opportunity to learn about the air medical and aviation industry and providing them with tools that will help further their education while back in the classroom.”

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

The students of Gateway Academy and the Angel MedFlight Crew had a fun time!

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:

Published in: on April 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.



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.



One of the Founding Fathers of Aerobatics to Be Honored

Bob Hoover is known for his straw hat

Bob Hoover is known for his straw hat

March 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


This month The Wings Club, a global society of aviation professionals and the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) is honoring Mr. Robert “Bob” Hoover. Hoover has done it all. He was a pilot in WWII, a U.S. Air Force test pilot, world record holder and most recognized as an accomplished civil air show pilot. The groups will be honoring him with the Outstanding Aviator Award.


Hoover is known as one of the founding fathers of aerobatics. He got his start in aviation by enrolling in the Tennessee National Guard, who sent him to pilot training with the U.S. Army. His first assignment as a new pilot was to test flying assembled aircraft before they were released to service. Later Hoover was assigned to fly the Spitfire and was shot down over Germany. He spent 16 months in a German prison camp until he escaped and amazingly found his freedom when stole a FW 190 and flew to safety in the Netherlands.


Hoover has known such aviation greats such as Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin. Hoover also holds the record for transcontinental and “time to climb” speed.


Test Pilot

After the war Hoover was assigned as an U.S. Air Force test-flight pilot at Wright Field. There he met Chuck Yeager and was part of Yeager’s flight crew. He flew the chase plane for Yeager’s flight in the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star and was Yeager’s back-up pilot for the Bell X-1. He was a test pilot in the FJ Fury, F-86, and F-100 Supersabre.

Bob Hoover's Aero Commander, Shrike Commander

Bob Hoover’s Aero Commander, Shrike Commander

Air Show Demonstrator

During the 1960s Hoover proposed that he fly the P-51 fighters at air shows. Hoover demonstrated the P-51, nicknamed “Ole Yeller” and later started flying the trade mark plane, the Aero Commander Shrike Commander. Hoover was able to perform all sorts of aerobatic maneuvers in this relatively bulky looking twin piston-engine business plane. He was able to put the plane through loops and rolls. As a grand finale, he shut down both engines and executed a loop and an eight-point hesitation slow roll as he headed back to the runway. One of Hoover’s signature stunts was to do a complete barrel roll in the Commander, while pouring a glass of ice tea from a pitcher. Hoover was the official starter at the Reno 

Bob hover's P-51 Mustang nicknamed "Ole Yeller"

Bob hover’s P-51 Mustang nicknamed “Ole Yeller”

Air Races flying ‘”Ole Yeller” as the pace plane. To start the race, he would pull into a vertical climb and blast over the radio “Gentlemen, you have a race!” Hoover retired from the air show circuit in the 1990s and his Shrike Commander is on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

During his illustrious career, he was awarded the following military medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal for Valor, Air Medal with Clusters, Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre. He was also made an honorary member of the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, RCAF Snowbirds, American Fighter Aces Association, Original Eagle squadron and received an Award of Merit from the American Fighter Pilots Association. In 1992, he was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor. In 2007, he received the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy.

The Wings Club, founded in 1942, is the premiere aviation club in the world. Dedicated to preserve the history and traditions of aviation, the Club provides a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and aviation issues. Previous recipients of this award were Patty Wagstaff, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) and the Doolittle Raiders.

Bob Hoover

Bob Hoover

Angel MedFlight congratulates Mr. Hoover for all his accomplishments in aviation and for being awarded the Aviator Award.

Amazing New Airship Creates New Category of Aircraft

Hybrid Air Vehicle

Hybrid Air Vehicle


March 19, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


March 4, 1936 the airship Hindenburg (D-LZ 1290) made its maiden flight at Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Hindenburg was 803 feet, 10 inches long and 135 feet in diameter. The hydrogen filled, monster sized airship was designed by Ludwig Dürr and had luxurious features like a spacious, elegant dining room, sleeping berths, private rooms, an observation deck and smoking lounge. The Hindenburg was powered by four massive engines weighing an astonishing 4,356 pounds each and produced a maximum 1,320 horsepower. Lift was created by filling 16 separate latex and cotton gas cells with 7,062,000 cubic feet of hydrogen. When fully loaded the airship could cruise at a maximum speed of 84 miles per hour. At the time the Hindenburg was a modern marvel. On May 6, 1937 the unthinkable happened when the Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed while attempting to dock at the Lakehurst, N.J. Naval Air Station. 36 passengers and crew lost their lives in the disaster.


Fast forward 78 years and there’s an amazing new high-tech airship being prepped for commercial use. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV304) Airship. The HAV304 is known as a long distance multi-intelligence vehicle and is being classified as a new type of aircraft called hybrid air vehicles. The Aircraft design was a $300 million project that was originally designed for use by the U.S. Army, but the Army scrubbed the project. The Army sold the project to British investors, including Rocker Bruce Dickinson of the Rock Band Iron Maiden. Dickinson is an accomplished pilot and former airline pilot. The British group of investors has big plans for the enormous, modern airship. Dickinson plans to manufacture and sell the aircraft to prospective buyers for surveillance, security, and humanitarian projects or as a communications or broadcast platform. People in Bedfordshire England, where the aircraft is located, were astonished by its size. Part plane, part helicopter, part airship, it measures 300 feet long and is now considered the largest aircraft in the world, surpassing the Antonov AN-225 by 30 feet and Airbus A380 by 63 feet.


The British company sees the HAV304 as the next generation of environmentally friendly cargo aircraft. The low carbon aircraft is estimated to be 70% more environmentally friendly than cargo planes. It is powered by four 350 hp engines and has an interesting aerodynamic shape that is similar to an airplane and can create lift in a similar way that an airplane’s wing does. It cruises at a speed of 100 miles per hour and has the capacity of hauling passengers and cargo. It can stay aloft for three-and-half weeks, which can be useful for delivering humanitarian aid, communications and surveillance. HAV plans to build 600-1000 new freight versions called the Airlander 50 over the next ten years, which will create 1,800 new jobs. They believe this newer version will be able to carry up to 50 tons of freight and is much safer and better for the environment than the ill-fated Hindenburg ever was. HAV hopes to lead the world in this new type of aircraft production in years to come.


Published in: on March 19, 2014 at 8:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Drone Swarm

Drones Are Being Used More Frequntly

Drones Are Being Used More Frequently


March 17, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

There has been a lot in the news lately about drones. These are the small, multi-rotor, radio controlled type that you can buy for around $300 and mount a camera too. You may have heard some of the mishaps regarding them. There was a drone that crashed into the crowded streets in New York City, almost hitting a businessman. Another one crashed into a crowd of spectators at a sporting event, when its batteries died; hitting three adults and just missing a child.


The FAA isn’t happy about the sudden popularity and use of drones and the disregard for aviation laws by operators. They want to make sure the public is safe from accidents. But, it looks like drones are here to stay. Their popularity among multiple industries, like real estate agencies making aerial videos of properties for sale and film makers getting that perfect aerial shot, is growing rapidly. Since these drones are so affordable, it’s making them really popular for small, start-up businesses and the general public. The FAA predicts at least 7,500 of them will be maneuvering around the skies in the next five years.


The trouble with these “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” (UASs), as the FAA classifies them, is the safety issues. They are concerned about them flying over populated areas or crowed events and their operators losing control of them. The FAA says that anyone using a drone for commercial use is breaking the law. The FAA classifies a drone being used for business as a commercial aircraft and is therefore illegal. The FAA is currently working on laws surrounding UASs. They are considering rules for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and separate regulations for larger ones.


In the mean time businesses are very excited at the aspect of using drones. There is the beer company in Minnesota that wants to deliver 12 packs of beer to remote ice fisherman on a lake, by drone. Then, you may have heard Amazon wants to deliver your packages from their distribution centers to your front door via drone. Film makers and TV news stations are using drones for aerial coverage in some cases, instead of hiring expensive helicopters. A drone was used by a Los Angeles film company to film aerial scenes in the recent film The Wolf of Wall Street and for a Honda commercial. The FAA can’t police all the companies that break the current laws, but if they do find companies illegally using drones, they will ask them to stop. Most companies using drones believe they are not breaking the law because they believe they can fly them under the hobbyist model aircraft rules, which allow model, radio controlled planes to fly under 400 feet. However, this only applies to hobbyists, not people flying drones for commercial use.


The concerns of the FAA are valid. Recently a drone was spotted by pilots of a Boeing 777 at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, flying only 200 feet from the jet. Other pilots have reported similar incidents with drones flying near them. Others fear drones equipped with video cameras can invade their privacy and allow people to spy on them. Anyone with a drone and a camera can hover just about anywhere and film what’s going on. More advanced high-tech drones are being developed too. Some of the next generation, advanced models will be considerably larger and cost in the millions. We’ll have to see what the future holds for drones. The FAA is said to be meeting now to outline rules, that will be released sometime this year and they are also issuing permits to test drones by companies developing them. In the meantime, keep an eye toward the sky.


Published in: on March 17, 2014 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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