AirCARE1™ assures a seamless transition of critical care patients between the point of origin and destination utilizing LearJet 35A’s. We chose the LearJet 35A over other aircraft as it is one of the most efficient aircraft in the industry for long range air ambulance transport, is less noisy than other aircraft and has a high safety record.
There are several aircraft used for patient transport and it is important to use the appropriate aircraft for the distance required. Did you know that approximately 50% of patients are flown in aircraft not appropriate for the distance they are transported? Transports over 500 nautical miles should always be flown in a jet aircraft. Jets fly at faster speeds, higher altitudes (allowing for a smoother ride) and require less fuel stops (ensuring the patient will get to their destinations quicker). It is important to find out what type of aircraft the patient will be flown in.
Below is a comparison chart for several types of aircraft to help you find the best one for your needs. We will be happy to discuss which aircraft is appropriate for you.
Aircraft Comparison Chart
|Aircraft||Aircraft Type||Range (Nautical Miles)||Cruise Speed||Service Ceiling|
|Cessna 414||Piston||1090 nm||225 Knots||30,000 ft|
|Cessna 441||Turbo Prop||1400 nm||275 Knot||35,000 ft|
|King Air||Turbo Prop||1300 nm||255 Knots||28,000 ft|
|Pilatus (PC12)||Turbo Prop||1770 nm||265 Knots||30,000 ft|
|Citation||Jet||1480 nm||380 Knots||35,000 ft|
|LearJet 35A||Jet||2125 nm||440 Knots||43,000 ft|
Aircraft Comparison Trip Times with a LearJet
|Aircraft||Distance (nm)||Flight Time||LearJet 35A|
|Cessna 414||1090 nm||4.9 Hours*||2.4 Hours|
|Cessna 441||1400 nm||5.0 Hours*||3.1 Hours|
|King Air||1300 nm||5.0 Hours*||2.8 Hours|
|Pilatus||1700 nm||6.4 Hours*||3.7 Hours|
|Citation||1480 nm||3.9 Hours||3.2 Hours|
* Fuel stop required