Patients being flown at distances of greater than 500 miles should be flown in jets. Anything over 500 miles increases the time dramatically, due to fuel stops, possible crew changes, and the stress on the patient. Patients should also be flown in jets when speed is of the utmost importance. See Aircraft Comparison Chart.

Why is it important? It is important that the patient be flown in the type of aircraft best suited for the mission. Be sure to find out what type of aircraft the patient will be flown on. Some lower quotes might be for turboprops, not jets.