West Palm Beach - Florida
Air Ambulance Worlwide started Operation With The Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance Worldwide announced has started a Med Evac and Air Ambulance service operating the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti aircraft air ambulance configuration. The first flight was the first medivac flight for a P.180 “Air Ambulance” in the US and was done from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Lancaster, PA on Friday August 27, 2010. “The flight went perfect and the Piaggio performed as promised by Piaggio.Aero” declared Mark Jones President and CEO Of Air Ambulance Worldwide.
Business airplanes are designed for responding to business opportunities ahead of the competition. But, the aircraft are used in many ways, some of which might not be so obvious. Air Ambulance Worldwide, based in Palm Harbor, Florida is one of about 75 U.S. providers of air medical transport in the U.S. using business aircraft permanently equipped as mobile emergency rooms, transporting patients – some critically ill – to hospitals or other care facilities across the country and beyond. Often, it’s a last-minute medical emergency.: “Most people never see us, so they don’t know we exist. We don’t save business deals at 41,000 feet; we save lives at 41,000 feet.” stated Jones.
Air ambulance is a growth industry. The demographic bulge of baby boomers reaching retirement and a Medicare program that encourages smaller hospitals to send seriously-injured patients to well-equipped trauma centers are just two of the reasons why rapid growth is being seen in this aviation arena. “Operating the Piaggio P.180, we are now able to offer a perfect emergency room in the sky,” added Jones.
“We are pleased to hear of Air Ambulance’s satisfaction with their Piaggio Aero P.180 Air Ambulance. We know the P.180 has outstanding performance,is perfectly suited for air ambulance service and are confident that this will be the first of a number of Piaggio Aero P180’s used for this mission in North America. In Europe and the Far East we have a number of Piaggio Aero Avanti aircraft already operating as Air Ambulances so it is well proven in this special role ” said John M. Bingham, President and CEO of Piaggio America INC.
The P.180 Avanti was selected after an extensive evaluation process that took into consideration the outstanding performance of the aircraft and its cost effective operational capabilities for the MedEvac role. The unobstructed space available within the P.180 stand up cabin with its unrivalled cross-section and the very low ambient noise levels of the aircraft, were key factors in the Air Ambulance worldwide final purchase decision. The Piaggio Aero P.180 provides tremendous accessibility for patient loading, and its large cabin offers a work-friendly environment for medical staff to provide care for up to two patients on the well-proven FAA approved stretcher system. Facilities for incubators and other medical equipment can also be provided on board of the P.180 Avanti II Airambulance
The P180 Avanti II is also equipped with a full digital, automatic flight control and displays the latest generation Rockwell Collins “Pro Line 21” avionics system, the most advanced on the market today. This totally new and integrated digital avionics package provides better situational awareness, resulting in even higher levels of safety, efficiency, flexibility and reliability for the pilots, care providers and patients.