A Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service airplane 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 patient 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 Cardiovascular Life Support.
A Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service 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 challenges that differ from those of providing care in a hospital.
Mayo Clinic's medical airplane has two captain-experienced pilots on every flight. These highly trained and experienced individuals are dedicated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pilots, meaning that they are full-time professionals who fly air medical missions exclusively. All pilots carry Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification.
We use a Beechcraft Textron King Air 350C aircraft for most flights. Arrangements can also be made for the most appropriate aircraft for international travel. Mayo Clinic air ambulance flights are completed on aircraft primarily configured as mobile intensive care units that are used only for medical transports. Our service does not fly charter or freight flights.