Safety

Mayo One follows the most stringent air safety standards and procedures. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), the industry's most respected stamp-of-approval for all aspects of air safety and quality.

Pilot training

We require all Mayo One pilots to have at least 2,500 hours of flight time. Pilots are instrument-flight-rule certified, and are required to complete check rides with an Omniflight check airman twice a year.

Helicopter safety features

Helicopters at all bases are EC145s. Safety features of the EC145 include:

  • Twin-turbine engines that provide up to a maximum of 1,500 shaft horsepower; if one engine fails, the helicopter can still fly
  • Single pilot Instrument Flight Rule
  • Duplex Auto Pilot
  • Dual Global Positioning System and multifunctional displays
  • Dual transponders
  • Radar Altimeters
  • Storm scope — a tracking device similar to radar — which helps detect lightning strikes
  • Weather Radar
  • XM Satellite Weather Radar
  • Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
  • Traffic Advisory System (TAS)
  • Traffic Information System (TIS)
  • Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS)
  • Tecnisonic FM Radio for new 800 mHt transmission
  • Video and voice recording
  • Wire strike kit, an external feature that enables the helicopter to cut through power lines in the event of accidental contact
  • 406 Emergency Locator Transmitters
  • Outerlink, a flight tracking system
  • Night Vision Goggle equipped
  • Liquid oxygen tanks, which provide many hours of oxygen

Weather

Mayo One can fly in low-visibility conditions with the aid of global positioning satellite technology.

All Mayo One bases are equipped with sophisticated weather stations. In questionable weather, the pilot determines if Mayo One can fly safely, without knowledge of the patient's condition.