A Mayo MedAir flight team may include registered nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists or other specialists with expertise in trauma, emergency care, neurology, pediatrics, neonatal care or other specialties, depending on the patient's needs. Each flight is staffed with at least two medical professionals who have specific training in flight safety and flight physiology and who have multiple education certifications, including Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Mayo MedAir's medical director is responsible for the overall quality of the program. The director is a Mayo Clinic doctor trained in emergency medicine whose expertise and involvement is vital because providing medical care in an airplane is complicated and presents different challenges from providing care in a hospital.
Mayo MedAir requires two pilots for every flight. The pilot-in-command has a minimum of 2,000 hours of flying time with at least 500 in a multiengine aircraft. The requirements for the second pilot are similar but less stringent. These highly trained and experienced individuals are dedicated emergency medical services (EMS) pilots, meaning they are full-time professionals who fly air medical missions exclusively. All pilots carry an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification.
We use a Beechjet aircraft for most flights. Arrangements can also be made for the most appropriate aircraft for international travel. Mayo MedAir relies primarily on aircraft configured as mobile intensive care units and are only used for medical transports. Unlike many services, our aircraft do not fly charter or freight flights.