Air Evac Lifeteam's instrument-rated pilots are skilled aviators who become proficient air medical pilots by training under its proprietary and Federal Aviation Administration-approved program. Each certified pilot meets FAA standards and has flown, on average, more than 5,700 hours.
Only pilots who meet or exceed their respective state's requirements are considered by Air Evac Lifeteam. Before a pilot can fly for Air Evac Lifeteam, the candidates must demonstrate instrument proficiency in a dedicated flight training simulator. Air Evac Lifeteam is among the few air medical companies with this stringent requirement.
Pilots must also achieve standards established in Air Evac Lifeteam's proprietary, FAA-approved training program. The 18-day course delivers operational and procedural instruction, as well as aircraft and mission-specific training in the Bell 206 LongRanger and Bell 407 helicopters.
As part of their continuous improvement program, all pilots are required to complete recurrent training, which includes a Part 135/NVG check-ride, on an annual basis. Mission-specific training includes flying at night and landing on unimproved rural terrain, such as pastures and fields. Base assignment requires rigorous local flight orientation training to become an authority on local terrain, hospitals and landmarks.
Air Evac Lifeteam owns and operates the world's largest fleet of more than 130 medically-equipped Bell 206 LongRanger helicopters, rated one of the safest general aviation aircraft in the world, and Bell 407 aircraft. The helicopters are equipped with an Allison Rolls-Royce C30 engine, Garmin 396 GPS with XM Weather overlay, Garmin 430W GPS VHF, Becker Mode S Transponder, SkyTrac® satellite tracking, Intellistart®, and Air Evac's proprietary litter system. The company has flown the Bell 206 LongRanger since its founding in 1985 because of its reliability, efficiency, agility and excellent safety record.
Air Evac Lifeteam realizes many benefits from its use of one model of aircraft, including efficiencies in training, maintenance and inventory management, that contribute to sustained average aircraft availability of over 98%, safe operations and a streamlined cost structure that ensures financial viability. Additionally, fleet standardization across a single aircraft platform allows Air Evac Lifeteam to efficiently and cost-effectively implement safety initiatives across the company. As an example, the company became the first air-medical operator to invest in and use a dedicated flight simulator as part of its rigorous pilot training program, something that would not have been possible with a mixed fleet. As a result of this and other initiatives, Air Evac Lifeteam has established itself as a leader within the air-medical industry in safety.
Bell 206 LongRanger Specs:
- Single Engine Turbine (Allison/Rolls Royce 250-C30)
- Length: 42' 6"
- Height: 11' 8"
- Main Rotor Diameter: 37'
- Max. Gross Weight: 4150 lbs. or 4450 lbs
- Range: 390 miles
- Cruise Speed: 136 mph
- Max Speed: 144 mph
- Ceiling: 20,000 feet
Bell 407 Specs:
- Single Engine Turbine (Allison/Rolls Royce 250-C47)
- Length: 42' 5"
- Height: 10' 11"
- Main Rotor Diameter: 35'
- Max Gross Weight: 5250 lbs.
- Range: 430 miles
- Cruise Speed: 143 mph
- Max. Speed: 161 mph
- Ceiling: 20,000 feet