May 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
Angel MedFlight is the world’s leader in air medical transport. We not only fly to all 50 U.S. states, but we fly internationally, to the farthest reaches of the globe. Angel MedFlight offers this global reach by maintaining a mobile base of operations and by using fast, long-range, modern business jets. Our fleet of Learjet 60s and Learjet 35s allow us to fly to most locations across the world. In its seven years Angel MedFlight has made patient transports in 33 countries worldwide.
What is International Air Medical Transport?
What this international service means is peace of mind for our patients and patients’ families. What if you’re a U.S. citizen traveling abroad and you are injured or ill and need to be repatriated to the United States, where you can receive the quality healthcare that you require? This happened to a patient of ours that was volunteering abroad in Nigeria. She became critically ill due to contracting the deadly Malaria virus. She needed immediate evacuation to the U.S. We were able to transport her back to the U.S. where she was admitted to a hospital with the level of care required and where she was able to make a full recovery. She had been far too ill to fly commercially and she required constant medical monitoring by a flight nurse and paramedic throughout the transport.
Today a lot more people are traveling to more exotic destinations and may be trying activities that they don’t usually try that could result in injuries. More than 13.5 million travelers are hospitalized each year while traveling. If you’re ill or injured while in a foreign country and are hospitalized, you may not receive the same kind of high-level healthcare that you’re used to in the U.S. If you need to be repatriated, you may be too ill to fly on a commercial flight. This is when you need an air ambulance. An Air ambulance is capable of flying people from foreign countries that have fallen ill or have been injured while traveling and need acute-care or long-term care.
Types of Air Ambulance’s Needed For International Flight.
Not all air ambulance’s can provide international medical flights. The aircraft needed must be able to fly long distances without needing to stop frequently to refuel. Because of this, typically the types of aircraft used are medically configured business jets. Angel MedFlight uses the Learjet 35 and Learjet 60. The Learjet 60 is a mid-sized business jet with a range of 2,773 miles and a maximum speed of 522 miles per hour. The range is nearly double that of most piston engine aircraft. Business jets are pressurized and able to climb to altitudes that allow smoother flights for ill patients. Angel MedFlight’s pilots are highly skilled and experience in international aviation. These models of Learjets are trusted, safe and reliable for both domestic transports and international transports.
We urge international travelers to plan ahead before you or your loved one travels abroad. Check with your health insurance carrier to make sure that you’re covered for air medical flights. Some insurance won’t cover you or may only offer very limited coverage. Also, if you’re planning on buying “travel insurance,” keep in mind that this type of insurance covers things like lost baggage and canceled hotel and air reservation. It may not cover the cost of an air medical transport.
Angel MedFlight is proud to be able to offer international service. With our advanced jets, expert pilots and highly skilled medical crew, we are capable of helping those in need, in many locations across the world.
*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors.