Hooked by the Autonomy in the Sky

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Angel MedFlight Clinical Educator Matt Greenwell

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

You’re a traditional emergency room nurse transitioning into the air medical transportation wing of the health care world. Nursing and paramedic work on the ground involves the same science, but in air ambulance work, you’re introduced to altitude physiology and new levels of autonomy are reinforced. At Angel MedFlight, that specialized training program is headed by Clinical Educator Matt Greenwell, R.N.

Greenwell’s entry into the emergency medical care field got started after a few words of advice from his mother, a registered nurse. Many years ago, Greenwell was working in the aerospace industry and wasn’t all that thrilled about it so his mother suggested he look into volunteering at a hospital emergency department. The hospital that is now Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., had an opportunity for him. “I was a volunteer in their ER. I’d go in there one night a week and kind of hang out, have some fun and learn some things and realized that was the direction I wanted to head,” says Greenwell.

With his interest in the medical field piqued, he went back to school to become a basic EMT. From there, Greenwell says he realized then that was just the starting-off point in terms of  emergency health care and it “really grabbed a hold of me.” He then went to paramedic school and shortly thereafter he realized that nursing was what he wanted to do. “When you become a paramedic, your choices are primarily either EMS and working on an ambulance or working for the fire service and I had no desire to be a firefighter.”

So it was off to nursing school for Greenwell, who also started  working as a paramedic and ER tech at Mesa Lutheran Hospital.  “I got my nursing license and they hired me into their emergency department.” After a few years at Mesa Lutheran he returned to Banner Desert and worked several years as a  member of their emergency room staff. “It was a very, very busy facility,” Greenwell says, “but as a young aggressive nurse we were into that. It was a very fast-paced ER.”

Ironically, someone who had left the aerospace industry would find himself — working in the air.  Greenwell says he had some friends who worked in the air medical industry and one day they invited him to go on a ride-along. He really hadn’t been attracted to air ambulance work but after a couple of helicopter rides, he knew he had found his calling. “I ended up in that arena and flew for a program for a number of years and then got into their education department.”

It was the autonomy Greenwell felt while treating patients in the air made him realize he was in the right place. “As an emergency department nurse we have quite a bit of autonomy  but yet we still have the physicians right there to back us up. They clearly make the decisions. In the air medical arena we still have medical direction, we have a number of standing orders and guidelines we follow — but that autonomy is there.

Greenwell began his clinical education work with another company and eventually landed at Angel MedFlight as chief flight nurse. He has since rejoined our team as the clinical educator where he stresses compassion in his training. A patient needing air ambulance transport is obviously going through a difficult time and Greenwell makes certain our medical crew members deliver the highest level of compassion and care. Our flight crews go through quarterly and annual training, both didactic (classroom) and in skills labs.

Why did Greenwell come to Angel MedFlight? “What has impressed me all along is how we really do continue to raise the bar. Our equipment is second to none, I’ve worked for a number of flight programs and we have the best of the best with everything.” Greenwell says when you mix in the company’s training and staff, “it’s a very powerful package.”

My Real Life Moment™ Patient Stories Return Nov. 7

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

They are heart-touching stories that we as an air ambulance company are honored to be able to pass along to you. Patients we have transported have allowed us to share their experiences through a series of videos entitled “My Real Life Moment™.” Through this award-winning series, Angel MedFlight has been able to tell the story of a young cancer patient and how he was flown home through the help of an anonymous donor. We shared the moving story of a mother who had suffered through numerous miscarriages before being blessed with four surviving quintuplets. Viewers ride along as Angel MedFlight transports them home to be reunited with their father, a wounded combat veteran. We are proud to announce that after an Emmy award-winning first season, “My Real Life Moment™” is returning next month with all new episodes.

The first season concluded with “My Real Life Moment™ – The Taylor Collins Project,” the inspiring story of a Florida high school student and how her school’s student government association came together to find her a medical flight to Miami for specialized medical treatment. In the end, Collins’ schoolmates gather in a hushed classroom and when the teen-ager enters, the room explodes into a chorus of “Surprise!” Wearing a crown and toting a bouquet of roses, Taylor Collins is queen for a day as she gets the long-awaited air ambulance transport to Miami.

In October, the uplifting story of a group of schoolmates banding together to help someone in need earned Angel MedFlight an Emmy Award.  The video was awarded in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter’s Teen (13 and up) – Program Feature/Segment category.

“At its core, ‘My Real Life Moment™’ is a platform for patients to share their stories and lend their voices to others who experience similar trauma. Our primary focus is to enhance patient advocacy — we created this with the families in mind, so the fact that this is being recognized regionally is a great honor,” said Angel MedFlight Chief Creative Officer, Barry Keyles.

In the next season of “My Real Life Moment™,” Angel MedFlight will introduce you to an endearing homeless man in San Francisco who is critically injured by a hit-and-run driver. After almost a year of rehabilitation, Rowe gets a medical flight home to Georgia after a community-wide fundraising effort. An effort that displayed love and devotion from family and friends.

Other videos coming later this month will feature a brave Army sergeant who survived multiple overseas deployments only to sustain a severe traumatic brain injury in an auto accident after returning home. You’ll meet a young man who suffered a major stroke while on vacation in Jamaica and could not get home to Massachusetts until Angel MedFlight came forward to provide the air medical transportation. In another story, the parents of an infant born with a rare medical condition are shown with their adorable little son. The father says babies born with their son’s condition have a lifespan of 18 months and with determination adds, “That just wasn’t good enough for us.” Later, the father says, “We going to be a family again. We haven’t been a family in a while.”

Angel MedFlight is honored the patients and families featured in “My Real Life Moment™” have allowed us to share their stories in order to help others who may be undergoing similar experiences in their lives.

Care, compassion and inspiring human will. The next season of Angel MedFlight’s “My Real Life Moment™ debuts Nov. 7 on Facebook and YouTube.

Medical Personnel Came to the Rescue During Superstorm Sandy

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Aerial view of damage to homes in Mantoloking, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

It was a year ago this week that Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey and left thousands in the Mid-Atlantic region homeless in its wake. It is during disasters like these — natural or man-made — that we see the critical role emergency medical personnel play in survival as well as recovery.

As Superstorm Sandy sent record-breaking ocean swells into New York City, flooding large sections of Lower Manhattan and seven subway tunnels, officials along the coast had enacted pre-established emergency plans and evacuation procedures. Residents in homes can often evacuate themselves, but what about the sick and infirm lying in hospital beds or at assisted living facilities? They required specialized transport and it was experienced critical care medical personnel who often came to the rescue. Throughout the East Coast local, state and private medical transportation services banded together to evacuate thousands of people from health care facilities.

In New York City, emergency medical workers rescued some 40 newborn babies from New York University’s Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. Just hours after the storm had flooded parts of the city, one of Langone’s backup generators failed. Hundreds of patients needed to be evacuated including dozens of newborns. According to a report by The Associated Press, one of the newborns was Kenneth Hulett III, who weighed only two pounds when emergency medical workers rescued him. They rushed him out of the hospital’s intensive care unit and down some stairs while hooked up to an oxygen tank. Ambulances were used to transport hundreds of patients to other hospitals.

It takes intense emergency planning to tackle an event like Superstorm Sandy. According to a report  from EMS World, in the four to five days prior to Sandy coming ashore, the New Jersey EMS Task Force established two regional EMS staging areas, as well as a helicopter base for air medical  operations. In addition the state implemented the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which initially requested 75 ambulances from out of state to help assist with health care facility evacuations. In all, 39 hospitals and 196 nursing homes in the Garden State lost power  because of Sandy and more than 1,500 health care facility residents were evacuated.

Many of Angel MedFlight’s air ambulance medical crew members have worked as EMT’s and thus we have a special bond with our brothers in the EMS community. Our flight nurses and paramedics are also at the ready, standing by to offer long-distance medical transport to critically ill or injured patients.

Caring for Patients and the Community

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Angel MedFlight’s booth at the fundraising event for the Yarnell firefighters at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

While Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is all about providing the kind of care that exceeds our patients’ and industry expectations, there is also a deep care for our community and an employee commitment to it. This is why Angel MedFlight tries to support so many outstanding charitable organizations during critical fundraising campaigns.

Most recently our employees volunteered at the Hope Worldwide Phoenix Carnival for Homeless Children. There, members of our team manned a first aid booth and handed out treats to children and families who are less fortunate. Others from Angel MedFlight gave kids manicures and haircuts while others grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.

Just a few months ago, Arizona suffered one of its saddest days when 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed while battling the Yarnell wildfire that displaced hundreds of residents. Like most, we were grief-stricken by this tragedy and wanted to help in any way we could. We chose to partner up with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale for a pancake breakfast and all-day fundraising event with all proceeds going to the 100 Club of Arizona Survivors Fund. It was heartwarming to see so many area residents and motorcycle riders stop by the Angel MedFlight booth and buy 10, 20, 50 dollars worth of raffle tickets in order to help the families of the brave 19 souls who lost their lives trying to save others.

The grand prize from the Angel MedFlight raffle was an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii, but when the winner was announced, he chose to donate the value of the trip to the 100 Club. When it was all said and done, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Angel MedFlight had raised over $100,000 for the 100 Club Survivors Fund.

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Members of the Angel MedFlight team demonstrate the photo cutout at the Relay for Life in Anthem, Ariz.

It’s a good thing Angel MedFlight has so many great fitness-minded people on the staff as they enjoy walking for great causes. Take for example the Relay for Life in Anthem, Ariz., when members of our team took part in an overnight fundraising walk, all to benefit the American Cancer Society. Angel MedFlight has a special bond with cancer patients as we often transport them to facilities to undergo treatment and specialized care. That day in April, we walked alongside patients currently undergoing treatment along with survivors of the devastating disease.

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Angel MedFlight’s Jackie Martinez and friends at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The offices of Angel MedFlight can be a colorful place as we help to raise awareness for a number of causes. In September we wore shades of gold as part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization’s “Go Gold” campaign during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few weeks later, as leaves changed color to signal the arrival of Fall, we changed into pink shirts to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our talented graphics and marketing departments came up with a special pink ribbon logo on a pink t-shirt and employees of the air ambulance company purchased the shirts with part of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Fund. During the organization’s Race for the Cure in Phoenix, our director of community relations wore the shirt while participating in the  5k race and the one-mile walk.

Employees are encouraged to give their time for causes like those mentioned above. We are constantly reminded through participation how gratifying it can be to simply give our time…to give a part of our heart.

Air Ambulance Company Checks out Latest Aviation Trends at NBAA13

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Angel MedFlight and Aviation West Charters recently returned from the National Business Aviation Association’s 2013 convention and exhibition in Las Vegas. Our team and 25,000 other attendees roamed the huge convention halls, networking and checking out the latest in business aircraft and aviation technology.

NBAA13 was a three-day event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was filled with over 1,100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services. If that wasn’t enough, attendees could take in the static display of 83 fixed-wing aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport. Another dozen light business airplanes and helicopters were parked inside the convention center.

“Aviation is changing so rapidly, ” says Aviation West Charters Director of Flight Operations, Brandon Kearns. “It seems every six months there are new product lines and technologies. NBAA13 was an opportunity for our company to see what is currently being offered to the aviation industry, what’s the next big thing, what’s the latest and greatest technology.”

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The static display of aircraft at NBAA13 in Las Vegas

Kearns says attending a convention like this gives us a good idea of what the level of expectation of the end-user really is. “Clients will get on one of those new airplanes and that will set the bar for them. So if you show up with an aircraft that is far below that level, it will be a big difference for them.” says Kearns. In the business of aircraft management, Kearns says one must have a handle on what the “first class is now and where it’s heading.”

“If you stuck around and just had the same old airplanes all the time and said, ‘this is first class,’ that’s great but your first class would never be pushed to the next level. It would never be redefined because you would never see anything else. That’s why it’s good to expose yourself to external audits or attend  events like NBAA13 and find out how aircraft manufacturers are addressing the passengers’ needs.”

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View of the NBAA13 exhibition hall

The convention, which is the sixth-largest trade show in the United States, gave Angel MedFlight a unique window on the business aviation world. Director of Business Development, Chandra Stewart says NBAA13 gave the company a chance “to gather market and business intelligence. Fixed base operators, aircraft maintenance and sales, we looked at how these companies are marketing, whom they’re partnering with and what need they might have that we could fill or how we could get involved with them for building our business base.”

The NBAA is a trade association that represents the interests of business aviation. Founded in 1947, the NBAA establishes industry standards aimed at enhancing safety and the efficiency and acceptance of business aviation.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen chalked up this year’s show as a big success. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as premier national and international business aviation venue.”

At Angel MedFlight we make safety the top priority along with the highest level of care and comfort for our patients. The information we brought back from NBAA13 will help keep Angel MedFlight and Aviation West Charters on the leading edge in the medical flight and business aviation industries.

Make it a Happy and Safe Halloween

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Children are bubbling with excitement as Halloween is right around the corner. They’ve picked out their costumes and plans are being sketched out for the family jack-o’-lantern. But before the kids set out on Halloween for buckets of treats, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance wants to remind you of some tips for a safe Halloween.

When it comes to costumes, wear one that is brightly colored. You and your kids want to be seen as you walk through the neighborhood at dusk or later. Reflective tape on the costumes is a great addition. Costumes should not be restrictive or hinder the vision of a child. If the costume includes a toy weapon, wand or broom, make them out of paper or cardboard. They are much safer than those that are made from plastic, metal and wood. Wear comfortable footwear. Shoes that are don’t fit well could cause a child to fall. And always make sure costumes and wigs are made of a fireproof material.

What child doesn’t want to “dig in” to their stash of candy as soon as they get back to their house? Don’t let that happen. Adults should check all treats before they are consumed. A good hint is to have your kids eat a full meal before they begin their trick-or-treating trek through the neighborhood. This will help in them not being tempted to eat their treats before you’ve properly checked them. As for homemade treats (baked goods, Rice Krispie Treats),  and fruits and nuts — they should not be eaten unless the parents know the person they came from.

A lot of this is common sense and we parents remember our folks telling us these things years ago. But it’s always good to get a refresher.  For safe trick-or-treating visit only  the homes in the neighborhood that are well-lit and make sure to plan your child’s route. Travel in a group or with adults and never enter a home. Another good tip for visibility is to trick-or-treat with a flashlight or glow stick. When crossing streets, cross at corners and never from between two vehicles.

Keeping your home safe is also important during Halloween.  It’s best to not light candles around walkways. Think of using a battery-operated light source or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns or luminaries. If you’ve got good candy and some creepy decorations on the front door and porch, you may get high traffic — so make sure to keep your walkways well lit and unobstructed. Lastly, don’t let anyone you don’t know into your home.

Children are our treasures so make it a fun, and most of all, a safe (and spooky) night.  Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

(Information for this article came from the Scottsdale and Phoenix Police Departments.)

Air Ambulance Company Helps Deliver Smiles to Kids in Need

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Angel MedFlight employees and Spider-Man at the Hope Worldwide Phoenix Carnival for Homeless Children

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

The children laughed happily on this warm October day in Phoenix. They had come to a carnival. They were there to play, lick snow cones, get a few treats and frolic with costumed superheroes. But these children and their families had also come to this carnival to take advantage of basic services like haircuts and dental checkups. For some, it may have been their first chance at a hot lunch in days. This was no ordinary carnival — it was the Hope Worldwide Phoenix chapter’s Carnival for Homeless Children and Angel MedFlight was happy to once again be involved, helping to make this a very special day for underprivileged kids. Hope14

Ryan Jones is the Chairman of the Board for Hope Worldwide’s Phoenix chapter. Jones says the organization has global reach and whether it’s in Phoenix or across the United States, they are there to help. “You name it we’re there, serving the poor, the homeless, the needy, medical needs, we cover it all.”

The carnival was held at the Children’s First Academy in Central Phoenix.  A school where according to its website, “one hundred percent of the students and their families are at the poverty line and a vast majority of students are homeless.”  Jones says, “We have a great partnership with the Children’s First Academy. They’ve done so much in the community and have a great new facility and we’re happy to be here.”

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Angel MedFlight employees helped with haircuts

For five hours on a Saturday afternoon some 800 children came through the front gates. Many stopped by the Angel MedFlight booth where our employees handed out treats. Whether it was a small bag of Skittles or a plastic feathered pink tiara, the faces on these children lit up with gratitude as we placed items in their bags. 

From the Angel MedFlight booth the children and their families continued around the school grounds to find a myriad of snacks and concessions, snow cones, bags of popcorn and cotton candy. Costumed super heroes were there in force. One little boy pointed with excitement at very large man dressed up as The Hulk. The hero’s Marvel mates Spider-Man, Captain America and Hawkeye were also there as were a DC Comics contingent including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. From heroes it was on to health as carnival-goers could get dental checkups and blood pressure screenings — all for free.

This was the fifth year Angel MedFlight has volunteered at the carnival. While some of our employees were there to hand out treats, others lent a hand with haircuts, face painting and manicures. Roberto Antonio, who works in the Angel MedFlight claims department is a board member at Hope Worldwide Phoenix. He’s been involved with Hope Worldwide for 14 years, including six years at the Phoenix chapter. “For me, the carnival is a day that allows me to get that one-on-one touch that we are meant to have with others. It’s a day that at the first spot of sunlight, you know that it’s going to be long and tough but it’s going to be fulfilling. “

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A member of the Harlem Globetrotters passes out t-shirts

The small faces we encountered thanked us politely for the treats they received. And Hope Worldwide showed their gratitude to us. “We wouldn’t have a carnival without (Angel MedFlight), ” said Jones. “You guys are one of our largest contributors to make this happen, not for us but for the community. We’re just so grateful for you guys being here and making the difference that you guys make.”

Angel MedFlight is a provider of worldwide medical flights. We are committed to delivering the highest quality air ambulance service to our patients. But on this day, it was most gratifying to help deliver a few hundred smiles to children and families in need.

Walking Toward Healthier Living

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Walking briskly for at least 30 minutes a day offers several health benefits

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

As we get older it’s a lot easier to remain seated in your favorite chair — than to get out of the house and get some exercise. If your body can’t handle the rigors of jogging, get into the routine of taking a brisk walk. Walking is a simple and affordable exercise routine to cultivate and it has many benefits.

Working around nurses and flight paramedics at Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance there is healthy vibe around the office. Plus, our human resources department does a great job of providing access to wellness articles on such things as cholesterol and high blood pressure. Reminders of healthy living are all around us.

If you’ve suffered from shin splints, knee pain or have other chronic leg issues, running is probably not an option for you. But if you can handle a brisk walk on a daily basis, you’ll be on the path to a healthier life. The Mayo Clinic points out on its website that a regular brisk walk can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure, strengthen your bones, lift your mood and improve your balance and coordination.

Before starting any exercise program it’s recommended you check with your doctor first.

Most often just beginning an exercise routine is the hardest part. For this writer, the light just came on one weekend and I told myself I just had to get the body in motion. Once a man gets into his 40′s, the pounds go on a lot more easier than they come off. One of my longtime friends works out much more than I do and he gave me the best advice. He said, “Make it a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth or putting on your shoes.” His words stuck with me and now every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is put on some workout clothes and a good pair of walking shoes and get out the door.

As an employee of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance and living in Scottsdale, I’ve found there are plenty of great places to take a daily brisk walk. For me, I don’t have to go farther than outside my front door. I began the routine by walking around the block —  but that only took about 15 minutes and distance traveled was less than a mile. It was a great starting point for me but not enough to make a difference. Over time, I have gradually increased the time and distance I walk with the ultimate goal being three miles a day.

Right away I found I really do enjoy the walk routine. Fairly new to the area, I’ve found satisfaction in just the beautiful landscapes I see during my stroll.  I like to walk just after the sun has come up. The air is cooler, the birds are chirping and other critters are active. I see small rabbits in my neighborhood and enjoy seeing the small lizards scurry about. I see cacti, flowering shrubs, and I make sure I breathe in a lot of fresh air. I’ve also picked up a new nickname. As I head out the door, my wife says, “There goes the Walkin’ Dude.”

A smartphone is a great device for any workout and if you’re a walker or runner, try out one of the many pedometer apps on the market. I’ve downloaded one that will figure your stride length based on your height and weight and after I’ve completed my walk, I can see how far I’ve gone,  at what speed, and how many calories I’ve burned. It also allows me to record the weather I walked in with temperature, the walking surface and any notes like, “felt winded,” or “today it seemed effortless.”

Be patient. You won’t feel the benefits overnight, but the longer you keep it up you should start to notice you have more energy and generally feel better.  If you don’t like walking alone, think of getting a “sole-mate” and walking with a friend. The American Heart Association website has a tool where you can connect with others to form a walking club.

Take strides toward healthier living and enjoy the benefits of a good walk!

Getting to Know Types of Business Aircraft

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

To many, nothing is more exciting than getting into a jet and rocketing above the clouds — whether you’re flying on a passenger airliner or an executive aircraft for an important business meeting. Most people who are frequent commercial  fliers have a basic knowledge of the common aircraft. They can pick out 737 from the 747 or an A320 from the A380. But did you know there are several different types of aircraft used for business aviation as well?

Let’s take a look as some of the different choices available in the world of executive aircraft:

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Piaggio P-180

Turboprop Aircraft – Turboprops usually seat between 6-8 people and their interior is usually the size of a large SUV.  These airplanes are less quiet and spacious than turbo engine jets but they’re more economical.  A turboprop is best for flights up to 1.5 hours. Manufactures of turboprops include Cessna, Hawker-Beechcraft, Piaggio and Pilatus.

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Eclipse 500

Very Light Jets – The very light jet seats up to 4 passengers and is best for flights up to two hours. Very light jets (or VLJ’s) have  a lower operating cost than conventional jets and are able to operate from runways as short as 3,000 feet. VLJ’s are designed to be flown by single pilot owners. These jets are also known as entry-level jets or personal jets. Manufacturers include Cessna, Embraer and Eclipse Aviation.

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Syberjet SJ30

Light Jets – Light jets seat 7-9 passengers and fly up to 2,500 nautical miles. Their cabin size is just over 4.5 feet wide and just about five feet high. The Eclipse 550, Syberjet SJ30 and Embraer Phenom 300 are just a few examples of light jets.

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An Angel MedFlight Learjet 60

Midsize Jets – Most midsize jets seat 8 passengers and have a range of three to five hours. The Learjet 60 is a good example of a midsize jet with its improved headroom. Other examples of midsize jets are the Hawker 800XP and the Citation Excel.

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An Angel MedFlight Cessna Citation X

Super Midsize Jets – The super midsize jets can seat 8-10 passengers and is able to make transcontinental flights. They have high altitude capability, speed and are ultra-long range. This class of aircraft offers a stand-up cabin and has much larger luggage capacity. Angel MedFlight’s Citation X air ambulance is in this class with a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.92. Other popular super midsize jets are the Bombardier Challenger 605, the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Hawker 4000.

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Dassault Falcon 7X

Large-Cabin/Heavy - The large cabin aircraft can seat 12-15 passengers and offers wide body cabin space with full standing headroom. Their range varies from six to nine hours. These large aircraft can fly an average of 4,000 miles nonstop, combining performance and luxury. Examples of the heavy jets are the Gulfstream G550 and the Dassault Falcon 7X.

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Embraer Lineage 1000

Ultra Heavy Jets ­- The ultra heavy is the most exclusive type of private jet and looks very similar to some of the smaller commercial airliners. The Boeing Business Jet is based on the 737. This level of aircraft is the most expensive and provides the greatest space. These jets are sometimes called “Bizliners” (shortening Business Airliner). Their maximum altitude is 41,000 feet and they provide the ultimate in large capacity jet travel.

As you can see, the world of business aviation offers several  aircraft options. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is able to provide the ultimate in patient comfort as our fleet includes the Learjet 35, Learjet 60 and the Cessna Citation X.  Our company is headquartered at the Scottsdale AirCenter, home to many of the types of aircraft mentioned above. Scottsdale Municipal Airport is great place for any aviation enthusiast to see some of these beautiful birds pass through.

Cooler Weather Means Cozy New Apparel Is Coming

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Marketing manager Rebekah Kanigan

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Pages of catalogs are being flipped through, surveys are being taken, orders are being filled. It’s a busy time in our marketing office as we get ready to add to the Angel MedFlight apparel line. Fall foliage is out in the eastern United States, there’s a morning chill in the west and snowy peaks in other parts of the nation. Winter is just around the corner and our marketing  team is working hard to fill the demand for cold weather apparel.

Having a wide selection of company apparel is especially important at Angel MedFlight where twice a week employees are given the chance to dress casually for the office. Many companies offer “casual Friday,” but at Angel MedFlight we are given the option to wear jeans and tennis shoes on “Spirit Wednesday” as long as we don a shirt, sweater, blouse, etc. that features a company logo. Because the marketing team has come up with some great new designs, employees often stop by to purchase polo shirts, t-shirts, long-sleeved tees and more.

With fall weather upon us, long-sleeved tees have become very popular. Angel MedFlight has both crew and v-neck  versions in charcoal and gray, both featuring our standard logo and “Angel MedFlight” down the right arm.

Marketing manager Rebekah Kanigan has been busy getting feedback on apparel selections not only from employees but also from the public. She hears often from people who love Angel MedFlight and how we offer exceptional worldwide  air ambulance service. They identify with our company and wish to support the Angel MedFlight team by wearing the team colors.  “Feedback is a big part of the process because our employees are a diverse group, as is the public obviously, and we want to find not only modern, up-to-date styles but we want people to wear what they like. So input is very important and valid. We got input that we expected (hoodies) but we also got a few surprises — things we may not have come up with without asking.”

Kanigan says our apparel should reflect the mission of Angel MedFlight as a leading provider in air ambulance service. “Angel MedFlight to me represents innovation, high quality and  excellence  –  so that’s something that’s really important to convey in every aspect of marketing including our apparel. That’s a big consideration when choosing what we want to put people in. We want people in modern, well-made apparel because they are representing an innovative, cutting-edge, high-quality company.”

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