By Angel MedFlight Contributor
“You guys fly helicopters, right?” That’s a question some of us at Angel MedFlight get now and then. And while we certainly respect helicopters as an integral part of the medical transport industry, we thought we’d clear the air on Angel MedFlight’s aircraft.
Angel MedFlight is a worldwide air ambulance service that flies jets. And that allows us to transport patients virtually anywhere around the globe. And these aren’t just any jets. We own, operate and meticulously maintain state-of-the-art medically dedicated jets. These airplanes feature pressurized cabins and can serve as flying hospital intensive care units complete with custom stretcher, specialized equipment and medications. And Aviation West Charters dba Angel MedFlight is licensed in all states and insured worldwide.
Jets and helicopters provide completely different types of missions. Aviation West Charters Operations Director Brandon Kearns says helicopters are shorter-range and can go right to a crash scene, for example if it’s an EMS helicopter. “Aircraft are longer range, getting people from point A to point B over a 500 or 1,000-mile stretch in a shorter period of time. They serve two completely different types of missions.”
Kearns says helicopters are more short-range, “kind of like what an ambulance would do . The airplane is used more once a patient is stabilized and transports that patient, maybe to a special care facility or to a place where they can continue their therapy or healing process.”
There are times when Angel MedFlight is called upon to transport a patient to an expert in a medical field. “There may be a situation when there are only two doctors in the world who are experts in that condition. Well, that airplane is going to provide the lift for that patient,” says Kearns.
Angel MedFlight and Aviation West Charters have used Bombardier Learjets as our preferred equipment. Kearns calls the Learjet 60, “just a really phenomenal platform as far as dispatch reliability.”But true to its reputation as a leader and innovator in the air ambulance industry, Angel MedFlight is in the process of changing over our fleet to the Cessna Citation X which Kearns says, “is going to increase our mission complexity as far as distance, time, speeds, allowing us to open up new markets that we haven’t previously had such as Hawaii.” Kearns says with a Citation X “we can get to Europe without making a stop. “We’re going to be able to get to places quicker than we ever have before, which is going to increase the amount of patients we are able to serve.”
So the next time you hear the words Angel MedFlight, think leaders in safety, innovation and patient comfort. And remember, we are jet-powered…and about to get even better.
*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).