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.”

Angel MedFlight Salutes Case Managers

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has a very special relationship with case managers. They are often the bridge between patients in need of air medical transportation and our company. Much like our team at Angel MedFlight, case managers act as patient advocates. Whether it’s a medical flight, X-rays, or prescriptions, the case manager navigates through all the paperwork and red tape. Case managers are dedicated, compassionate workers and we salute them during National Case Management Week (NCMW).

According to the Case Management Society of American (CMSA), plans for National Case Management Week began in 1998 and was first celebrated a year later on October 10. The date was chosen in honor of the association’s establishment on October 10, 1990. It was later decided to mark the second full week in October as National Case Management Week. Other organizations began to establish their own NCMW celebrations,  but the CMSA approached them about unifying the annual event and celebrating it during the same week.

Over the years several lawmakers on the city and state levels have recognized NCMW, but just last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring the week of Oct. 13-19 as “National Case Management Week.”  Senators Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced the resolution this summer through a collaborative effort between the American Case Management Association (ACMA) and the CMSA. “Case managers are vital to the health care system. I was proud to join Senator Boozman to introduce this legislation and give these individuals the recognition they deserve,” said Pryor.

CMSA President, Nancy Skinner was happy to see NCMW receive recognition on a national level saying, “Case management and care coordination are a vital aspect of health care delivery in America. Yet, too few consumers understand the important role case managers play. With this action, the United States Senate brings richly deserved recognition to the practice and may assist us in moving from the shadows of health care delivery to the full understanding of the advocacy and care coordination roles that case managers offer.”

ACMA President Sharon Mass points out how the role of case managers will become even more important with the changes in health care. “As health care continues its transformation, case management has become even more essential to the care process. National Case Management Week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication, compassion, and outcomes achieved by case managers.”

Case managers are invaluable to Angel MedFlight as they streamline the process when a patient is in need. We value their work and we help simplify the process of coordinating a medical flight with our team of highly qualified flight coordinators. By providing them this assistance, case managers are able to focus more on their patients.

Angel MedFlight joins in the celebration of National Case Management week and hopes that others will learn more about case managers’ commitment to patient advocacy and improving health care.

Angel MedFlight Wears Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Angel MedFlight at the Phoenix Race for the Cure

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Nothing looks more pretty in pink that seeing a group of employees come together for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We at Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance are showing our support for this health initiative by taking part in special events and encouraging employees to wear pink around the office on “Pink Fridays.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.  It accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in women.  In 2013, it is estimated that more than 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed among American women.  By the end of the year, an estimated 39,620 will die from the disease.

There are statistics that show some progress is being made.  A new report from the American Cancer Society reveals death rates from breast cancer in the U.S. have dropped 34 percent since 1990. But the report also says, “the rate at which new breast cancers  are diagnosed increased slightly among African-American women from 2006 to 2010, bringing those rates closer to those of white women, who still have the highest diagnosis rates among women ages 40 and older.”

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Angel MedFlight employees (with Dexter) taking part in “Pink Fridays” at the office.

Part of the battle against breast cancer is making people aware of the disease and ways to fight it.  Angel MedFlight is holding “Pink Fridays” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with employees encouraged to wear pink around the office. Our business development team has designed a special pink Angel MedFlight t-shirt which is being sold at the office and on our online apparel store. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt sales are going toward the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The simple gesture of wearing pink at the office may remind someone to get a mammogram or clinical breast exam. The American Cancer Society recommends both for women 40 and older.

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Thousands took part in the Phoenix Race for the Cure

This past Sunday, Angel MedFlight took part in the 21st  annual  Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Phoenix. Among the thousands of area residents who took part in the morning one-mile walk and the 5K race was Angel MedFlight Director of Community Relations, Jackie Martinez. “It was great to see the community united for a cause. I saw mothers, daughters, sisters, grandchildren, husbands. All that have either lost the battle against breast cancer or know someone who is fighting it.”

Martinez has an aunt who has been directly affected by breast cancer and one of her good friends was just diagnosed. “It was very emotional being out there as you really see the toll breast cancer has taken on so many lives,” says Martinez.  She says after running the five kilometers and then catching up with her family for the remainder of the walk, she became quite tired, “but I thought this isn’t a part of what breast cancer patients have to go through” and she pushed herself to the finish.

While many great strides have been made , Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance reminds you so much more needs to be done in the fight against breast cancer. There’s more information on the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website (http://www.nbcam.org).

Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance

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Aviation West Charters Director of Maintenance, Dwain Chase

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

When it comes to maintaining a state-of-the-art fleet of aircraft and having that fleet exceed FAA safety requirements, an expert dedicated to passenger safety is needed to oversee the maintenance program.  The combined operation of Aviation West Charters and Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is fortunate to have Director of Maintenance Dwain Chase, who has brought decades of award-winning experience and vision to the company. With his team of expert technicians, Chase has helped Aviation West Charters and Angel MedFlight maintain a perfect safety record, a record that has been recognized with an ARGUS Platinum rating and Stage-1 IS-BAO registration.

To understand Chase’s work ethic and love of airplanes, one has to go back to his childhood. Born and raised not far from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, Chase would lay in his bed at night and listen to the planes running their engines on the ramps. “When the wind was right, you didn’t get the smell from the stockyards, you got the noise from the airport.” On weekends, his father would put the kids in the back of the pickup truck and take them over to the airport to watch the planes land.

As a child he remembers working on cars with his father, who worked as a machine repairman at AiResearch in Phoenix. Chase says his father, “kept the lathes, the grinders, and the machine centers working” at the turboprop and turbocharger manufacturing company.

Chase actually began taking things apart and putting them back together long before he can remember. His grandmother would tell the story of little Dwain resisting a nap, and instead using a butter knife to take the lock assembly off the door in the utility room to go outside. “She caught me and gave me a whoopin’, as they said and sent me back to take my nap.” Later, his grandmother came to get him and told him to put the lock assembly back together because she couldn’t.

Whether he was toiling at his grandfather’s gas station back in Indiana during the summers or working on a farm, Chase was always working on something or fixing it. With his father’s paycheck providing for six kids, Chase says the children were  encouraged to fix things around the house. “But we weren’t supposed to tear stuff apart just to see what made it tick. We didn’t have money to replace the stuff,” he says with a chuckle.

In high school Chase took part in a summer program at AiResearch, working in repair and overhaul.  “In high school I was able to take a trade course as an aircraft engine technician. I’d go to class in the morning up at East Phoenix High School and then we’d go down to Phoenix Union High School for the trade class.” Chase also worked the morning shift at a gas station before beginning his school day . He also worked weekends at Cutter Aviation “just cleaning up.”

In 1974 Chase was given the “Outstanding Aviation Student Award” by Ottosen Propeller in Phoenix. “That kinda was the hook,” says Chase. When he went down to pick up the $25 prize he inquired about working at the company. But Chase says the owner discouraged him telling him he didn’t want to work on just props — but that he’d be happier “doing the whole thing.” That stuck with Chase, who after finishing high school attended Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., which had an aircraft program.  By this time, Chase had received work experience for going to school and had acquired enough hours to take the FAA engine exam. At Cochise College, Chase says, “All I had to take were the air frame and general parts so I was able to get out of there in about six months with both licenses.”

Soon after, he followed in his father’s footsteps and got a job at AiResearch. He actually worked for the company at the same time as his father but in different departments.  “He was in maintenance and I was in repair and overhaul.” But Chase was “bored silly” with the repair and overhaul job. “It was the same repetitive thing day after day after day” working on jet fuel starters.  From there it was on to Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan.,   working as a delivery mechanic on the King Air line. “New aircraft would come out, they’re sold off the line. They’d come over to the delivery hangar, we’d prepare the aircraft for flight. They’d fly them and we’d work the ‘flight squawks’ off and deliver them to the customer. In other words, they’d work all the bugs out.

Chase’s career path would take him to Swift Aviation where he would revolutionize maintenance tracking. While at Swift, Chase developed an automated tracking program that alerts technicians when an item is approaching required inspection or replacement. This, of course, helped to ensure safety and compliance with FAA regulations. Chase says long before these advancements, mechanics were recording maintenance on little recipe cards, with virtually each aircraft having its own box of cards.

Dedication and inventiveness. While working at Swift, Chase  remembers  spending an entire weekend at home  developing a database for all the aircraft at Swift and a computerized spreadsheet that as Chase tells it, worked off a street light principle. Aircraft that were a ways out from inspection were highlighted in green. As aircraft got closer, the color changed to yellow to remind the technicians that something was coming due. “Then usually in the last 25 hours, it had red block in it so it was telling you this particular item was due,” says Chase. Soon after, the FAA came to examine Chase’s system and to see how Swift was able to track the work in real time. He says he presented the system to them, they liked it and that he’s pretty sure Swift was still using his system after he left the company.

Nowadays, aircraft maintenance management companies like CAMP and CESCOM are working in real time. Chase says, “You can go in and update your information online, it takes it, it accepts it, and you print a new report within five minutes.”

Chase speaks humbly about developing the automated maintenance tracking program. But it’s this vision and inventiveness that led to Chase being named the FAA’s National Maintenance Technician of the Year in 2000. “It was a great honor but I worked around a group of people who have also had that award,” Chase says. “It was almost like a validation of sorts. Not so much to the rest of the peers but for those guys that I worked with that had reached that level.”

Chase has also been named the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s Technician of the Year along with the FAA’s Regional Maintenance Technician of the Year.  Not once, but twice the FAA chose him as the Arizona Maintenance Technician of the Year.

For Chase, company achievements trump individual honors. “When (Aviation West Charters) exceeds the expectations of people I get greater joy out of that. When the company succeeds, I feel I’m a valuable part of that. I don’t need it to be about me.  Everybody I work with — I try to help improve them, whether it’s getting them knowledge or gaining them more experience. “

Chase, like Aviation West Charters and Angel MedFlight, always looking to gain knowledge and improve. It’s people like Dwain Chase that help ensure this air ambulance company exceeds expectations and that patients are given the safest and most comfortable air medical transportation.

See more of Chase and Angel MedFlight’s commitment to safety in this video:

Understanding the Turbofan Engine

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Angel MedFlight’s Learjet 60′s are powered by two Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines. Two turbofan engines made by Garrett power our Learjet 35′s. And our newly acquired Cessna Citation X cruises near the speed of sound with the help of two Rolls-Royce turbofan engines. The common denominator here is turbofan.  You’ve seen the word in print before, but if you’re not working in aviation you may not know exactly how a turbofan engine works and why so many aircraft today are powered by them.

To understand the principle of a turbofan engine, one must first comprehend how a traditional jet engine works. First, air is sucked into a chamber at the front of the engine. It is then compressed by an impeller with many blades. The compressed air then gets sprayed with fuel and the mixture is ignited. Those burning gases expand in a combustion chamber and then blast through the nozzle at the back of the engine.  This is where Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of physics comes into play: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When the jets of gas are shot backward, the aircraft is thrust forward.

The turbofan engine works along the same principles of a jet engine but incorporates a large fan in a duct, toward the front of the engine which sucks in air. Where the turbofan engine differs from the jet is most of the air flows outside of the core of the turbofan engine. Only some of the incoming air passes into the combustion chamber. Some of the thrust still comes from the exhaust jet, but the addition of the fan makes this engine much more fuel efficient and quieter.

Aviation West Charters Director of Maintenance Dwain Chase says the turbofan engine “takes air big and wide and compressed and turns it into a skinnier and focused air stream, like an iris.” There’s “cold” jet mixed with gas generator exhaust  producing “hot” jet. The bypass system increases thrust and maximizes fuel efficiency. Chase says the turbofan provides more thrust than a standard jet engine because of the bypass ratio. “You’re almost getting a 3 to 1 advantage over just having the standard duct, the jet coming out the back.”

Chase says another big difference between the turbofan and the older jet engines is the turbofan’s smaller carbon footprint. “There’s more of a complete fuel burn and fewer emissions” with a turbofan jet.  And, “by mixing so much fresh air and getting more power out of the same amount of jet fuel it’s almost like getting better gas mileage in your car.”

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has an impressive fleet of jets that  keep us on the cutting edge in the air ambulance industry, offering  our patients the highest standard of safety and in-flight care.

Angel MedFlight Catches Up with 2012 Scholarship Winner


By Angel MedFlight Contributor

As Angel MedFlight continues to take applications for its Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, we thought this would be a perfect time to catch up with 2012 scholarship winner Caroline Gleb, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.

Gleb has long considered a career in air ambulance and while she was browsing the Angel MedFlight website, she came across the scholarship link.

Something that makes the Angel MedFlight scholarship unique is applicants must submit a video biography, along with other required materials. Gleb says the video interview was new and different and she liked it a lot better than other scholarship entry forms which call for an essay. Gleb makes it no secret that she doesn’t like writing much. She says it was a lot easier to come up with a short script and to be herself in front of the camera giving answers to various questions. “It was something different and something cool, something where I could actually express myself and Angel MedFlight could see my personality.”

She’s been interested in flying and a career in aviation since middle school. She gives a lot of credit to her father, who to this day, takes Caroline and her younger sister to air shows every year. She says one year in middle school it just clicked and that being a pilot seemed like a “really cool career.” But it wasn’t until high school when she started to pursue her dream and think of  what college she would attend.

Gleb grew up on Vashon Island near Seattle. Pilot training programs were in short supply on the small island so when it came time to apply to college, Gleb enrolled at Embry-Riddle where she is just a few credit hours away from earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science.  She chose Embry-Riddle because she could work on her four-year degree while also getting her flight training.

Upon graduation Gleb wants to work as a flight instructor at Embry-Riddle.  “I’m very familiar with their training program and I think it’s an awesome school. I’ve loved my experience here,” says Gleb. She says while working as a flight instructor, she’d gain a lot of knowledge and experience, which she knows will come in handy when she becomes a full-fledged pilot.  Gleb says ultimately she wants to become a commercial pilot or work for an air ambulance company. “Working for an air ambulance company would be my number-one goal. I love flying,” says Gleb.

Finding out she had won the 2012 Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation was a big thrill for Gleb. “I wasn’t really expecting it. It was so exciting to have someone appreciate all the  hard work that I have put in throughout my four years here. It was such an awesome feeling to see that you guys had picked me over other applicants. I am so grateful for everything that Angel MedFlight has given me.”

Gleb’s scholarship was well-earned. At the time of her application Gleb was not only taking on her course load at Embry-Riddle, she was also working as a dispatcher and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and serving as vice president of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. Through all this, Gleb maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

Her advice to this year’s scholarship applicants?  She says “make a video that shows who you are and shows what your career goals are. Be who you are on the video and people will appreciate that.”

Gleb calls Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance “an awesome company.” We think Gleb, our 2012 scholarship winner, is pretty awesome too.

More information on the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation can be found on the Angel MedFlight website.

Moving Forward During National Physical Therapy Month

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Did you know that expensive and invasive surgery can sometimes be avoided by undergoing physical therapy? Or that physical therapy can reduce the risk of injury during everyday activities and sports?  October is National Physical Therapy Month and Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance wants you to know more about the benefits of PT including eliminating pain and improving mobility and motion.

National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is commemorated each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). According to the APTA’s website, NPTM was “designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.”

Perhaps the No. 1 reason to consider physical therapy is to improve mobility and motion. Maybe you’ve noticed that after reaching your 40′s, you have increased shoulder pain after throwing the football around with your son or maybe it wasn’t as easy to bounce back after playing a round of golf. Physical therapy can increase mobility and prevent some of the aches and pains you might experience after exercise.

Because physical therapists receive specialized education in a number of sciences such as physics, human anatomy, and kinesiology (the study of human movement) and can manage all four of the body’s major systems, they can help get patients moving again, free of pain.

Physical therapy can also help improve balance and prevent falls. According to the National Aging Council, about one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year. Those falls, many with disastrous consequences, can be prevented through PT. A physical therapist can design an individualized exercise program and activities that emphasize strength, flexibility and proper gait. According to the APTA, exercises that strengthen the ankle, knee, and hip muscles may improve balance.

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. and a physical therapist can help a stroke victim regain function and motor activity. The APTA says the majority of stroke survivors will receive physical therapy as part of the rehabilitation process and that your “physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan which may include prescribing exercise and other activities to improve movement, help facilitate independence, and regain your quality of life after stroke.”

Physical therapy can eliminate pain without medication. People at risk of heart disease must often avoid taking prescription pain medication, so the American Heart Association recommends seeing a physical therapist for the initial treatment of pain resulting from tendinitis/bursitis, degenerative joint problems, and inflammatory joint problems.

Up to 80 percent of Americans experience lower back pain during their lifetime but according to the medical journal Spine,  “physical therapy that mobilizes the spine along with specific exercises can help alleviate the pain and have long-lasting effects.”

Medications and surgery can sometimes be avoided by undergoing physical therapy. PT is also a great way to regain mobility in a sore knee or shoulder and to get the body moving again. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance reminds you October is National Physical Therapy Month and it’s a great time to think of moving forward. More information on physical therapy can be found on the APTA’s Move Forward website.

Making Special Connections in New England

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Jackie Martinez and Matthew Butler show off the “Call Us First” poster at the CMSNE annual conference in Worcester, Mass.

By Angel MedFlight Contributor

Social media is a great way to connect with people. Picking up the phone and having a conversation is even better. But nothing beats meeting face-to-face, especially in the business world. Last week Angel MedFlight was on the road just for this purpose, meeting with case managers and hospital representatives. We were amidst the beautiful fall foliage in Massachusetts for the Case Management Society of New England’s annual conference — and we made some really strong connections.

The CMSNE’s 24th Annual Conference was in Worcester and for two days Community Relations Director, Jackie Martinez and Flight Paramedic Matthew Butler greeted case managers and directors of case management at the Angel MedFlight booth. Many were familiar with our air ambulance company and its unparalleled patient care. And for those that were not, we happily engaged them in conversation, telling them all about our One Touch Promise® and Bedside-to-Bedside® service.

“Folks that we’ve met with in the past and have used our services will use us again. And folks that haven’t heard of us, they have now and if it ever comes up, they won’t be scrambling to look for someone. They’ll know to call Angel MedFlight. They’ll know that we’re on their team and that we have the same focus in mind to provide expert patient care,” says Martinez.

At the CMSNE’s annual conference, we were thrilled to have included in our marketing materials our new “Call Us First” poster which we are distributing to case managers to display in their hospital break rooms.

What made giving out the new poster even more exciting was the idea of the poster was originally suggested to us by a case manager at an ACMA regional conference this summer in Orlando. The idea became reality and was a huge hit at the CMSNE conference last week. Some case managers liked it so much, the wanted our Angel MedFlight representatives to autograph it.

Martinez also used the trip east to meet with representatives from a number of Boston area hospitals. She says it was wonderful to hear that most of the hospitals were well aware of our services and were very appreciative that we went the extra mile to reach out to them and tell them more about the type of patient care we provide on medical flights. “I went to  learn about their facility and see how we can step in. It really shows that we are going the extra mile to understand our case managers, our patients, their families. I definitely think that they do appreciate that,” says Martinez.

What more and more case managers are discovering is Angel MedFlight has its own in-house staff of experts in case management and insurance law, so we are able to streamline the medical transportation process for the case managers. At Angel MedFlight, we are happy to go out on the road and deliver our message in a personable way, having meaningful conversations with case managers and listening to suggestions that can only make this air ambulance service better.

Gearing Up for the NBAA’s Annual Convention

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Attendees mingle at the Static Display of Aircraft at the 2012 NBAA’s annual meeting and convention in Orlando.

By Angel MedFlight Copywriter

Aviation West Charters and Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance are preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. Company representatives are heading to Glitter Gulch not for gaming and shows, but to check out the latest jets and meet industry leaders in the world of business aviation. In just over two weeks we’ll be attending the National Business Aviation Association’s 2013 Convention and Exhibition.

First, a little about the NBAA. Founded in 1947, its mission is “to foster an environment that allows business aviation to thrive in the United States and around the world. Based in Washington, D.C.,  the NBAA represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community.”

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Aerial view of the Static Display of Aircraft at the 2012 NBAA annual meeting and convention in Orlando.

NBAA2013 is the nation’s sixth largest trade show and will offer Aviation West Charters dba. Angel MedFlight a great opportunity to meet the key operators in the industry and develop new business relationships. With Learjets and a Citation X already in our jet fleet, Aviation West Charters will be looking for the next greatest aircraft out there. We’ll be able to get up close to the most cutting-edge business jets at the convention’s Static Display at Henderson Executive Airport.

The convention will officially open Oct. 22 with the Opening General Session featuring NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen along with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the Administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole. Over the course of three days the convention will feature speakers from all segments of the business aviation world and seminars on a broad range of topics.  And what would Vegas be without star power? Actor Harrison Ford, an accomplished pilot will receive the NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership at this year’s convention. Ford is an outspoken advocate for general aviation and has flown numerous missions supporting humanitarian and philanthropic causes.

Representatives from Bombardier Business Aircraft, Cessna, Gulfstream, Beechcraft and Piaggio  (to name a few) will speak at NBAA2013. We’ll also hear the latest trends in the air charter industry from the Air Charter Association of North America. The opportunities to rekindle old friendships and forge new relationships are boundless. At last count there were over 1,000 exhibitors scheduled including over 50 aircraft manufacturers at the Static Aircraft Display.

What’s the latest in the world of business aviation? We along with 25,000 other business aviation professionals will find out later this month at NBAA2013.

While Aviation West Charters dba. Angel MedFlight strives to maintain a standard of excellence in both the charter aircraft and air ambulance industries, we keep a close eye on the future. We’re surveying what technology is on the horizon and what relationships we can develop that will only make us better.

It’s the Month to Talk About Prescriptions

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By Angel MedFlight Contributor

An increasing number of Americans rely on prescription drugs to manage chronic illnesses. But taking those medications incorrectly can lead to serious health problems. This is why it is extremely important to know exactly what medicines you are taking and to manage your prescriptions safely and effectively. Each year, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) sets aside October as “Talk About Prescriptions Month.” Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance sees the great importance of this initiative.

According to the NCPIE, almost four billion prescriptions were filled in the U.S. in 2010.  Statistics from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey show that over two-thirds of all doctors’ visits end with a prescription being written. It has become increasingly important to manage the prescription medications we put into our bodies since many Americans are also taking over the counter (OTC) medications and vitamins/herbal supplements along with their prescription medicines.

MedicineSmartTiny (2)The NCPIE was founded in 1982 and is a non-profit coalition of around 100 organizations. The council says on its website that its mission “is to stimulate and improve communication of information on the appropriate use of medicines to consumers and health care professionals.”  One of NCPIE’s values is to “empower consumers to be more informed about and active in decisions affecting their use of medicines by stimulating communication between consumers and health care professionals on the safe and appropriate use of medicines.”

Did you know that one out of every three people experience at least one medicine-related problem? These problems might include over use, under use, not following instructions and drug interactions. In order to avoid these problems, the NCPIE recommends talking with your doctor or healthcare provider and pharmacist and learning about your health conditions and medicines.

Another useful tip to avoid problems with medications is to make a medication list that includes:

– Names of all medications you use, including OTCs, dietary supplements and herbal remedies

– Who prescribed each medication

– What each medication is used for

– How often and at what dose (amount) you take each

– Whether refills are needed

Always be sure to update your list when you start taking something new or if a medicine’s dosage is changed by your health care provider.

The NCPIE recommends you make a copy of your medicine list for your records and make extra copies to share with your loved ones and health care providers.

That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helpful tips on the safe use of prescription drugs. Much more information  on managing your prescriptions can be found on the NCPIE website and at www.bemedwise.org.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Ambulance encourages you to take the time to ensure that you and your family are managing your prescriptions safely and effectively. Talk about prescriptions.

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