Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a national provider of air medical services, is introducing a fixed-wing program in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with plans to open a new base there early next month.
The service is being launched to augment the company’s current rotor-wing operation in Idaho Falls based at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC). Both programs serve patients throughout Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.
One PC-12 plane will operate from this base, according to company officials. It will be the only fixed-wing aircraft in the region dedicated to medical transports, company officials said. It brings several advantages to the region, including improved availability of service when weather prohibits a helicopter from being dispatched and the added capacity to transport neo-natal and high-risk obstetrics patients. Since it is certified for IFR, the PC-12 can fly even when helicopter service is unavailable, officials add.
The new plane will be staffed with a registered nurse and paramedic, as well as a pilot. This team will be based at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA).
For more information: Omniflight.com