April 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
For about three hours on April 16th the Angel MedFlight hangar was transformed into an educational treasure trove for the wonderful students that visited us from Gateway Academy. Angel MedFlight hosted the students, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month with a hanger tour and educational event. The students arrived to find the hanger decked out with educational stations they could go to and learn about aviation, safety, flight medicine and more.
The event began with a Questions and Answers session lead by Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper. Plenty of Angel MedFlight crew and staff were on hand to help field questions. The students had great questions about the jets we fly and the destinations we’ve gone to and more. After the Q&A the students took turns visiting the educational stations. Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics dressed in their flight suits demonstrated CPR on special CPR manikins and answered questions about their role in the medical transport and the students got to try their new CPR skills on the manikins themselves.
At another station there was an inflated survival life raft the students could get in while they listened to Director of Operations for Aviation West Charters explain survival techniques and answer questions about the aircraft we use.
Students got a chance to win Angel MedFlight prizes in a fun airplane toss game and each student got a special keepsake photo taken against a custom Angel MedFlight green screen background that they can put inside an Angel MedFlight mouse pad they each received.
Phoenix’s Fox 10 news was there to cover the event and the reporter got everyone to dance on camera. It was a good time had by all and the students learned a lot about what we do. Angel MedFlight also surprised the students by donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy.
“Hosting this event for the Gateway Academy students was more than raising awareness during National Autism Month and giving back to the community,” said Executive Vice President, Cassandra Graper, “it was our way of providing these students with the opportunity to learn about the air medical and aviation industry and providing them with tools that will help further their education while back in the classroom.”