Angel MedFlight Dispatcher Advocates for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Kayla @ JDRF Walk for a Cure Phoenix 2015

Scottsdale, AZ – April 17, 2015

The most important assets a company possesses are its employees. Angel MedFlight is a special company, comprised of an incredibly diverse, talented and compassionate group of individuals. Billie-Jo, an important member of the AMF Dispatch Team is a very special woman, mother and employee. Billie-Jo is always willing to step in and take on more work to help the team. She has the same attitude when it comes to a cause very close to her heart.  Not only does she come to work every day and make a difference, but she prioritizes time to volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and to help families with Type 1 Diabetes.

Billie-Jo (Mom) and Kayla @ JDRF Walk for a Cure  Phoenix 2015When Billie-Jo’s 12 year old daughter Kayla was 2, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).  Billie-Jo remembers taking her in and out of the doctor’s office trying to figure out why she was so lethargic and always wanting water. When she noticed Kayla’s urine was crystalized, she immediately took her to the ER. After she was stable, doctors rushed her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She spent two weeks there while doctors cared for her. Her organs were already affected, along with her eyes. Fortunately, her organs have recovered and she sees her eye doctor every three months to keep her eyes healthy. In Mom’s eyes, she is a super hero and has become such a beautiful, strong, independent young lady.

The impact was very hard to understand for Billie-Jo and her family. No one in either family has had type 1 Diabetes. Educating themselves and their families about the disease was overwhelming; they all had to adjust to a new way of life. For Kayla, it is just her normal way of life. It’s all she has ever known. For Kayla and her family, it has been a blessing to have the support from other families and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Kayla was just recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. They have become a Gluten-Free home. Kayla not only manages Celiac and T1D, but is also an honor-roll student who loves her sports and staying active. Her passion is ice hockey and softball. She is a huge Coyotes fan with Martin Hanzal being her number one player. Kayla goes to a camp every summer with kids that have T1D. The camp keeps her involved and educated, reminding her that she is not the only one with the disease.

JDRF 4Billie-Jo is an advocate, actively seeking new knowledge of federal funding and research; discussing T1D with state lawmakers. She also gives time to help other families cope with T1D and is involved with the JDFR Walk for a Cure every year to help raise funds. Advocating for T1D is a passion for Billie-Jo making it easy to find time to stay involved.

Billie-Jo feels blessed to have found AMF. She is thankful to be a part of a team that helps so many people in so many ways. She loves knowing each day that she’s helped families in a significant way and is always excited to get to wake up and do it again the next day. “I feel like I’m part of a family and not just a company. I can honestly say this is a first for me.”

Published in: on April 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

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

Angel MedFlight Stevies Award

September 19, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

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

Angel MedFlight’s Marketing Department collaborates to create and maintain the creative and innovative corporate website. “Angel MedFlight was competing against much larger companies in this category, many of which are large, specialized agencies, so this is impressive.” said Chief Creative Officer/Senior Vice President Barry S. Keyles. Angel MedFlight is proud that we do all of our marketing in-house, including web design, copywriting, graphic design, photography/videography and business development.

Angel MedFlight’s website ( has beautiful photographs, award winning videos and a nice color scheme of warm, dark red and gray. The content is laid out easily for the visitor to find, with a lot of great information. There also is a blog section, photo gallery, video section, rotating and sliding photo features and easy to navigate icons. Angel MedFlight is quite proud of the website and equally pleased to have received recognition for the hard work that goes into making it possible.

In June, Angel MedFlight was also awarded two Gold Stevie® Awards in the “Excellence in Videography” category for two videos in its Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment™.” The series features the air medical transport process through the eyes of patients.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 9:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Those Who Care For Premature Babies


September 15, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

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

Dr. Tarnier’s design was based on incubators that kept chicken eggs warm. Today’s neonatal incubators (Isolettes) are modern marvels that control temperature and humidity, keeping the baby in a perfect, comfortable and controlled environment.

There are four levels of care that neonatal nurses may work in:

Level I – Neonatal nurses care for healthy newborns

Level II – Neonatal nurses provide intermediate care for special-care premature babies. They provide special therapies for babies that may require a longer stay in the hospital.

Level III – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide breathing and feeding tubes in order for babies to survive.

Level IV – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide care for the most critical newborns.

The job of the neonatal nurse is to provide complete care for newborn babies. They are involved with the delivery, weighing and measuring of the newborn. Neonatal nurses that work in the NICU may be responsible for starting IVs, using ventilators, drawing blood and using incubators. They also use equipment such as baby warmers, cardiac monitors, stethoscopes and more. Besides caring for the babies, neonatal nurses often provide comfort for the parents. Often parents are scared and confused about what is happening with their newborn. The neonatal nurse answers their questions, and teaches new parents about newborn care and breastfeeding. It takes a special kind of nurse to care for these special babies.  Angel MedFlight would like to take the time to draw attention to and thank all of the neonatal nurses that are helping to save new lives.

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Summertime Travel Destinations – Costa Rica is Pura Vida!

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

July 23, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For those looking for a one-of-a-kind, unspoiled, natural paradise to visit, Costa Rica is a destination that boasts more than 300 beaches, 29 National parks, kind and generous locals, delicious fresh food and more. The locals call it Pura Vida, or Pure Life. This lush, beautiful country is located just above the equator, and, according to National Geographic, is said to have one of the best climates in the world.

Archeologists say civilization in Costa Rica dates back more than 10,000 years. Christopher Columbus came across Costa Rica in 1502. When he anchored off the coast, friendly tribes paddled canoes out to meet him and his crew. Four tribes inhabited Costa Rica at the time. Later, Spaniards colonized Costa Rica, bringing the smallpox virus with them that wiped out the majority of the tribes. Today, 1 percent of the population is related to the early tribes. These Spanish descendants are known as Ticos.

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Costa Rica is made up of 7 provinces, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. With the Pacific Ocean on its west coast and the Caribbean Sea on its east coast, Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. There are over 700 miles of sandy beaches, and some of the best surf breaks in the world. Costa Rica is dedicated to preserving the country’s natural wonder. The government has made 26 percent of the country a protected conservation. This natural, unspoiled beauty is what brings travelers from all around the world to Costa Rica. There are dense rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, volcanoes and both black and white sand beaches to explore. Costa Rica’s flora and fauna are diverse with more than 10,000 types of plants, 850 types of birds, 3,000 kinds of butterflies and 209 types of mammals.

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

There is something in Costa Rica for everyone, including such activities as hiking, bird watching, eco-tours, sport-fishing, and scuba diving. The north Pacific region is known for great fishing and its sleepy fishing villages. The Caribbean coast has amazing bright white beaches lined with coconut palms, and rainforests that come right up to the water’s edge. The Central and South Pacific regions boast tiny villages, coffee plantations and towering unspoiled forested mountains. The majority of Costa Rica’s population lives in the Central Valley. It is here that modern city life and culture can be found.

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

With this much natural beauty, it is easy to understand why Costa Rica’s major industry is tourism. For a relaxing, adventurous vacation, travel to Costa Rica and explore all the wonder and beauty that Pura Vida has to offer.

Published in: on July 23, 2014 at 7:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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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:




Published in: on July 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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

Angel MedFlight presents a check

Angel MedFlight presents a check

July 11, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


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

The Case Managers Society of America (CMSA)“is the leading membership association providing professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ wellbeing and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development, impacting health care policy, and providing evidence-based tools and resources” (   CMSA allows case managers from across the country to join together to help provide the best care and experience possible for their patients and loved ones. Angel MedFlight works one-on-one with many members of the CMSA community to coordinate the care and safe transport of patients who are in need. In the opening ceremonies, CMSA members honored Angel MedFlight with the Award of Recognition for “Extraordinary Contribution to Advancing the Practice of Case Management”.  The Angel MedFlight booth was a place of giveaways, presentations, and lots of information on the services provided. Lotions, toy airplanes, and signature pens were handed out.  Several lucky attendees won prizes including $100 Visa gift cards, $500 in cash and an Alaskan Cruise!

Angel MedFlight presents the winner of the Alaskan Cruise with their prize.

Angel MedFlight presents the winner of the Alaskan Cruise with their prize.


Angel MedFlight Flight Nurse Greg Tidrick and Flight Paramedic Matt Butler lead the presentation “Innovation in Air Medical Crew Training.” Tidrick kicked off the session by explaining the history of air medical transport.  He talked about how the very first medical transport vehicles were hot air balloons, whisking injured soldiers off battlefields, and airlifting the wounded into the earliest airplanes. Today, more than 300 air medical programs exist in the United States alone.

Tidrick went on to explain what a typical medical flight crew consists of: critical care flight nurse, critical care paramedic, pilot, and co-pilot. “Flight paramedics and flight nurses must have extensive experience in critical care, as experience builds autonomy”, Tidrick explained.

The key characteristic of a flight nurse and paramedic is that “they must be great communicators and think on their feet”, Tidrick said.  The nurse and paramedic must work as a team to be prepared and tackle any medical emergency situation that may arise at any point during the flight.  Their number one goal is to keep the patient healthy and alive.

Tidrick goes on to tell about what Angel MedFlight does to make sure that all flight medical crew are equipped with the training and skills necessary to provide the best care possible. All flight nurses and flight paramedics must participate in advanced training curriculum and be prepared to treat any circumstance or trauma issues that may arise during a medical transport. They are trained with the use of SimMan®, a simulator android on which trainees can participate in life-saving maneuvers as the simulator has life-like reactions. SimMan® reacts as a real patient would; blinks, secretes from eyes, ears, and nose, among other bodily functions.  Training on this simulator allows nurses and paramedics to be more prepared for any emergency situation that may occur during a transport.

Tidrick and Butler went on to demonstrate a typical scenario when transporting a patient who becomes critical at high altitude. They explained that crews must be keenly aware of the laws of physics regarding oxygen, gas, and how altitude plays a role in what a team needs to do to administer the best treatment to a patient. Angel MedFlight crews are experts at trauma recovery, repatriation, and the transport of patients who are in need of organ transplants and other life-saving procedures.

Angel MedFlight was honored and proud to be able to contribute to the success of another annual CMSA conference.  The team is looking forward to collaborating with many more CMSA members on future flights.

For more information on CMSA and Angel MedFlight’s role in the conference, visit


Keep Your Eyes Protected This 4th of July

July 2, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

It’s been said, “the eyes are the windows of the soul.”

Our eyes are important to protect no matter whether we are working outside, playing sports or just out enjoying the sunshine.

Especially as Independence Day approaches, we look forward to taking in a fireworks show.  When it comes to safety, the best way to enjoy these spectacular displays is to leave them to the professionals who set off those pyrotechnics.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology the best way to avoid a potentially blinding fireworks injury is by attending a professional public fireworks show rather than purchasing fireworks for home use.

To highlight National Eye Safety Awareness, this week, let’s look at some facts.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2013, eight people died in a fireworks related accident. More than 11,000 others were injured.

Ophthalmologists say this is the time of year they see an uptick in fireworks-related eye injuries.

In 2005, a study was undertaken to look at eye injury reports seen nationwide in emergency rooms. During the period of the study almost 1,000 injuries were reported and the numbers were compared to a similar study reported in 2004.

  • Eighty-eight percent of the almost 1,000 eye injuries were accidental. The number of injuries from assaults fell almost 35 percent from the 2004 snapshot.
  • Almost 70 percent of the injured people were not wearing protective eyewear, and most doctors felt that the eyewear would have prevented the injury.
  • Fifty-two percent of the injured were between ages 18 and 45, with almost 30 percent between 30 and 40.
  • Forty-two percent of the injuries occurred at home, with 47 percent between noon and 6 pm.

Kids: Don’t try this at home!

The danger of setting off fireworks yourself is too great a risk.

Prevent Blindness America reminds us that during National Fireworks Safety Month that injuries from fireworks accidents can affect us for the rest of our lives.

Children are especially prone to fireworks accidents. There is a great temptation for them to tag along with the rest of the neighborhood kids and set off firecrackers, smoke bombs, sparkling geysers and more. It’s not just the person lighting the fireworks who are risking injury but bystanders as well.

Some people may be tempted to pick up some sparklers from the local fireworks stand, but the National Council on Fireworks Safety urges all consumers to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks during Fourth of July festivities.

Explosions close to the eyes can cause severe injuries and/or blindness. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that if an eye injury does occur people should not rub or rinse the eyes. Instead go straight to a doctor.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 8,700 consumers treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2012 and of those injuries 600 hundred were to the eyes. The CPSC’s annual report says 60 percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July 4th holiday.

Most injuries are associated with fireworks that malfunctioned or used improperly. Fireworks can travel in unexpected flight path and drop dangerous debris. Lighting a firework too close to a person or while holding them or playing with lit or used fireworks is an accident waiting to happen.

Is there such thing as “safe” fireworks?

Not even sparklers or small fireworks are considered safe at all. The CPSC report shows that about 1,000 reported injuries in 2012 involved bottle rockets and sparklers. According to the CPSC’s report, sparklers and bottle rockets combined caused 24 percent of fireworks-related injuries and 23 percent were caused by firecrackers.

Prevent Blindness America offers some tips to prevent fireworks-related injuries. First on the list is to not purchase, use or store fireworks of any type. Also be aware that sparklers are dangerous and cause of half of fireworks injuries in children 14 and younger. They recommend attending only authorized public fireworks displays which are conducted by licensed operators. But they warn that injuries can still occur at those types of displays.

Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization. Founded in 1908, it is dedicated to fighting blindness and saving site.

Angel MedFlight joins Prevent Blindness and The National Council on Fireworks Safety in urging all Americans to follow common sense safety rules this Fourth of July in their holiday celebrations.

Always rememer:

  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are using fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Lastly, soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor, fire resistant garbage can away from buildings and flammable materials.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance wants everyone to have a safe holiday and to remember that the safest way to enjoy a fireworks display is to view one managed by trained and licensed professionals.

Published in: on July 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Behind the Scenes of an Angel MedFlight Video Shoot

Angel MedFlight and The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) have been working together for many years. Because of Angel MedFlight’s reputation for excellence and innovation, they were asked by CMSA to donate their talent to produce, write, and film a sixty-second public service announcement explaining exactly what a case manager is, and how they contribute to the functioning of the health care community.


With the guidance of  CMSA’s outgoing president Nancy Skinner, the Angel MedFlight marketing team was able to create the perfect video. For two days, Barry Keyles, Albert Miller, and Jeff Loewe of the videography team worked hands on with fellow coworkers and CMSA members to bring the video to life.

Day One:

The first day of shooting took place at Angel MedFlight offices, utilizing company employees and on-site facilities.  Nancy Skinner and Kathleen Fraser, incoming CMSA President were filmed in front of a green screen. After Skinner and Fraser performed their parts in front of the green screen, the videographers put their skills to work.  They were able to have Skinner and Fraser appear to move from room to room in a hospital as if they were actually there.


The next scene was shot on location at the home of one of Angel MedFlight’s dedicated employees. Alan Heft, his wife, and two daughters were portrayed as a family arriving home from the hospital with their injured child.  The team set up the shots outside of Heft’s house, capturing the love and support that Heft and his family naturally show for each other.  A new, advanced handheld camera-gimbal was used to get a long panning shot of the family as they were arriving home. The camera then focused on Fraser as she explained how the portrayed family was positively affected by a case manager.




Day Two:

The second day of filming was the most adventurous and challenging part of the shoot. The day was spent on location at a local Phoenix rehabilitation facility. The first scene filmed was a patient in a hospital bed with his family gathered around him, while a case manager is speaking in the foreground. This setup allows the videography team to really capture the stress and emotion that comes with a loved one being in the hospital.  The case manager speaking in front of him provides comfort through the information being given.  Several Angel MedFlight employees and staff members of the facility volunteered to be the actors.


The next shot took place in the rehabilitation gym, where physical therapists re-enacted the treatment of patients.  Once again, a case manager is in the foreground explaining how a case manager is able to provide valuable assistance to patients and family members in those situations.

In those two days, many people commented on how amazing it was to see everyone from Angel MedFlight and the rehabilitation facility working together to create such impactful footage. Each member of the staff is passionate about the work they do for Angel MedFlight, including the videographers. This shows through in the quality and emotion that is conveyed in the video.  Videographer Miller commented on how “it was great working on this project with CMSA…We also had the opportunity to use some new technology on this shoot, like the Cannon 1D, which shoots in the latest 4k resolution, the Cannon 5D Mark iii, and a new motorized 3 axis gimbal”.  All of this new technology allows the Angel MedFlight team to create even higher quality productions in their projects.


The PSA was officially debuted at the 24th CMSA Conference and Expo in June held in Cleveland, Ohio. CMSA presented Angel MedFlight with a special award their hard work, dedication, and commitment to making a quality film that will help advance the field of case management.




Published in: on June 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Angel MedFlight Takes GOLD!



June 18, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

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



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


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

Lori McFate and Michael Henkel

Lori McFate and Michael Henkel

Angel MedFlight is glad that we can share some of our patient’s stories with the public and humbled by the generous awards that we’ve received for them; however the real winners are the patients and families who open their hearts and homes to allow us to share these real life moments. To them we are eternally grateful.

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.








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