Upgraded and refitted, this Learjet 35 is Angel MedFlight’s glimmering new bird
Remember the TV advertisement that boasted, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile?” Angel MedFlight has its own “hot rod” in the fleet. Refitted with the latest in avionics and medical emergency
equipment, the Learjet 35 is a proud addition to the Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance service fleet.
Manufactured in 1975, this fixed-wing multi-engine aircraft was purchased by Aviation West Charters Inc. in December 2011 (Aviation West is the parent company that operates the Angel MedFlight aircraft). Imagine going out and kicking the tires on a pre-owed vehicle and making it into a shimmering workhorse. That’s exactly what Angel MedFlight did when discovering tail code N135AJ was available. Director of Flight Operations Brandon Kearns said, “After extensive research, we have found that this aircraft is truly one of a kind.” Kearns adds, “With relatively low aircraft time, this aircraft has been completely redone without sparing any expense.”
The Learjet 35 catches the eye sporting a shiny silver, burgundy and black livery. Inside the aircraft are avionics upgrades that include a Garmin MX 20 MFD (or multifunction display) pilot information center,
a new weather radar and AirCell communications systems, both Satcom and domestic. Outside there are new Century III Soft Flight wings that improve aerodynamics and performance.
Most importantly, the Learjet 35 has been modified to support the Lifeport Air Medical Patient system. Simply put, this aircraft, like its big brother Learjet 60, is a flying intensive care unit. It’s equipped with a
specialized stretcher along with equipment and medications. In the air, N135AJ is powered by two Garrett turbofan engines for fast cruising speeds. It’s capable of high cruising altitudes which mean added comfort to our patients as it flies above most weather disturbances. Kearns says, “This aircraft is capable of operating all over the globe while complying with any and all regulatory requirements abroad.”
Scottsdale-area residents got a closeup look at the modified Learjet 35 in January when it was towed through city streets from Scottsdale Municipal Airport to the Barrett-Jackson auto auction. What usually
flies in the air at more than 500 miles per hour was slowed down to just seven mph as it crawled to the auto show. No that wasn’t an Xwing fighter from Star Wars rolling down Frank Lloyd Write Blvd., that was Angel MedFlight’s “one of a kind” Learjet 35.
In February, the jet was also one of the star-attractions at the Buckeye Air Fair, with more than 25,000 visitors.
To see the work from start to finish, check out this video of our Learjet 35.
*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).