Emergency Vehicle Fleet
Life Flight Network utilizes numerous aircraft to support operations. Life Flight Network is an FAA Part 135 air carrier. Additional aviation support is provided by two vendors, Boise-based Jackson Jet Center and Shreveport, LA-based Metro Aviation. The range of each rotor-wing is approximately 300 nautical miles without refueling, and all rotor-wing aircraft use night vision goggles.
In 2012, Life Flight Network signed an agreement to acquire 15 Leonardo AW119Kx “Koala” helicopters. The first of these aircraft went into service during the summer of 2013. The fleet of Koalas has since grown to 21. Operated by Life Flight Network, the Koala reaches speeds of 175 miles per hour and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art Garmin G-1000H cockpit, night vision goggle capability, satellite weather, synthetic vision, and the capacity to transport two patients or a specialty team, with unencumbered full-body access.
Operated by Life Flight Network, the AW109E “Power” twin-engine helicopter has advanced avionics and is capable of flying under instrument flight rules, making it ideally suited to take advantage of Life Flight Network’s proprietary low-level route structures, pending approval from the FAA.
The H135 twin-engine helicopters are popular aircraft in the air medical industry. Similar to the Leonardo aircraft, the H135 is capable of transporting a specialty team. The rear patient care compartment is separate from the pilot area. The H135 also has an enclosed tail rotor. Some H135s are operated by Life Flight Network, and some are operated by Metro Aviation.
Life Flight Network utilizes eight PC-12 aircraft. Five are operated by Life Flight Network, two are operated by Metro Aviation, and one is operated by Jackson Jet Center. The Pilatus offers a large cargo style door, and a large interior space for patient and crew.
The Falcon 50 is a new addition to Life Flight Network’s fleet. It will be placed into service beginning in early 2017. Life Flight Network is one of only a few air medical programs in the world operating a jet with the capabilities and size of the Falcon 50. The jet has the ability to transport patients worldwide, with comfortable accommodations for the patient’s family.
Life Flight Network operates a fleet of ambulance in various markets. In addition to our own ambulances, we have excellent working relationships with many local fire and EMS transport agencies.