In addition to these certifications, medical flight crew members attend various medical conferences throughout the year that include the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the Texas EMS Conference, and the Critical Care Medical Transport Conference (CCTMC). They also attend many continuing education courses throughout the year to remain proficient with current training, education and trends in critical care medicine.
Local emergency physicians, nursing educators, pediatric healthcare providers, respiratory therapists and other educators that are experts in their fields, teach these courses. Annually, every medical flight crewmember is tested and verified on their proficiency in performing numerous advanced procedures. Some of these procedures include Surgical Cricothyroidotomy, Needle Cricothyroidotomy, Drug assisted orotracheal Intubation, Ventilator management, Intraosseous Line Placement, Intranasal Medication administration, Gastric tubes, Escharotomy, Arterial/ Venous clamping, Needle Chest Decompression, and Pericardiocentesis.
- 2500 hours flight experience
- 1500 hours Pilot In Command helicopters
- 1000 hours turbine time
- 100 hours unaided night
- 100 hours Night Vision Goggles
- Instrument or Airline Transport rated
- Are ex-military or have previous EMS experience
- Are trained annually at Bell Helicopters Training Academy
- Have 2 FAA qualification checks per year
HALO-Flight Communication Specialists
- NAACS (National Association of Air Communications Specialists) Certified Flight Coordinators
- EMT-B or higher (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- Prior 911 Dispatch, EMS, or Fire experience
- Prof in Public Safety Radio Bands
- Minimum of 3 years experience in Telecommunications Field
Each Maintenance Team member is certified in the following areas through the the Federal Aviation Administration: Airframe, Powerplant, and Inspector Authorization. They also go through an extensive 80 hours minimum of Factory Training from Bell Helicopters, Rolls Royce, and Pratt-Whitney. All courses taken are taught by highly professional instructors. Each individual mechanic has over 10 years experience in the aviation field, ranging from General Aviation, Military, Oil & Gas, Law Enforcement and EMS.
We have also partnered with Del Mar Aviation Department to employ a paid intern for hands-on training and field experience.
Our number one priority in the Maintenance Department is providing quality aircraft for the crews to transport critical patients to a higher level of care and return home to their families. We take pride in everything we do at HALO-Flight.