Air Evac Lifeteam's instrument-rated pilots are skilled aviators who become proficient air medical pilots by training under the company’s 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 CAMTS requirements and their respective state 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 Level 7 flight training simulator. Air Evac Lifeteam is among the few air medical companies with this stringent practice.

Pilots must also achieve standards established in Air Evac Lifeteam's proprietary, FAA-approved training program. The 18 to 21-day course delivers operational and procedural instruction, as well as aircraft and transport-specific training in the Bell 206, Bell 407, and Airbus AS350 or EC130 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. Training is oriented around the air ambulance operational flight profile, including flying at night and landing on hospital rooftop helipads, and unimproved rural terrain, such as pastures and fields. Base assignment requires rigorous, base-specific flight orientation training to become an authority on local hospitals and landmarks and location of obstacles such as towers. Pilots also receive simulator training every four months on procedures for encountering Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC).

Air Evac Lifeteam's fleet is comprised of more than 150 medically equipped helicopters with advanced safety systems. The helicopters are equipped with: Cobham HeliSAS/Two-Axis Autopilot System and Glass Cockpit, Garmin 650 GPS, Garmin 500H display, Garmin 1000 (Bell 407/GX/GXP), Garmin Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In/Out, Flight Data Monitoring System (FDMS), Becker Mode S Transponder, SkyTrac® satellite tracking, Intellistart®, and ANVS 9 Night Vision Goggles. The company has flown the Bell 206 since its founding in 1985 because of its reliability, efficiency, agility and excellent safety record.

Bell 206 Specs:

  • Single Engine Turbine (Allison/Rolls Royce 250-C30)
  • Length: 42' 6"
  • Height: 11' 8"
  • Main Rotor Diameter: 37'
  • Max. Gross Weight: 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

Airbus AS350 Specs:

  • Single Engine Turbine (1 Turbomeca Arriel 1D1)
  • Length: 42’ 4”
  • Height: 10’ 3”
  • Main Rotor Diameter: 35’
  • Max Gross Weight: 4,900 lbs.
  • Range: 360 miles
  • Cruise Speed: 161 mph
  • Max Speed: 178 mph
  • Ceiling: 15, 100 feet


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