Non Emergency Medical Charter, Medical Air Transport, Air Ambulance

Medical charter flights are another service provided by JetOptions Private Jets. Most of the time, when you think about private charters, they are for a business trip, flying to a small airport, or even a vacation. Did you know there are some circumstances where flying private is recommended or required due to medical conditions? When needed, chartered private aircraft play a vital role in many critical, life-threatening, and emergency events.  

JetOptions can provide guidance and support for all types of medical charter flights. Read on to learn about the differences between them, or call one of our aviation experts for immediate booking assistance. 

Charter Medical Air Transportation

Whether you need medical attention or just some extra assistance during the flight, we’ve listed the principal types. Some individuals or patients have medical conditions that may necessitate chartered Medical Air Transport. Other more complex or critical matters may require a chartered Air Ambulance flight. Medical charter flights can carry medical equipment so that the accompanying medical staff can provide needed treatment.

These are the primary categories of Medical Air Transport: Non-Emergency Medical Flights, Medical Flights, and Air Ambulance.


Air Medical Transport

Non-Emergency Medical Flights

These flights are for persons who are mobile and healthy enough to get around under their power. While not an emergency, these individuals may need additional assistance than usually provided because of:

  • Disease or Illness. A person may be too ill to travel and be comfortable on commercial flights. A few examples may include post-surgical compromises to the immune system, injuries, chemotherapy, or transplants, and if you are more than thirty-six weeks pregnant.
  • Special Needs. A person may have a physical condition or another physical challenge that requires extra accessibility.

You may be accompanied by medical staff, family, and friends onboard non-emergency medical flights.  If special medical care is not needed during the trip, a standard private jet charter may be a better solution.

Medical Flights

This flight is a non-medically equipped and staffed aircraft that transports patients. If allowed, they may carry supplemental oxygen. The patient can be accompanied by a medical team or caretaker, as well as family and friends onboard.  

  • Any in-flight care equipment or personnel that accompany the passenger must be provided only for the patient’s comfort during a medical flight. 

Air Ambulances

These are the most highly regulated of all medical charters, and the FAA sets these guidelines. Air medical services (or aeromedical) covers the use of air transportation for moving patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes. Air Medical Services is staffed with onboard medical personnel to provide inflight emergency, prehospital, or critical care. Helicopter, propeller and jet aircraft, are used during aeromedical transport, evacuations and rescue operations.  

These flights are only allowed by qualified operators engaged in air ambulance operations. The transport of a person or persons requiring medical personnel and equipment on an unscheduled charter flight must be conducted under FAA Part 135. And specifically, they must comply with Part 135 subpart L in addition to all general Part 135 regulations.

Air ambulance operation of an airplane includes:

Unscheduled air transportation in an airplane of a person(s) with a health condition that requires:

  • Medical personnel to provide special care, including, but not limited to, basic life support (BLS) or advanced life support (ALS); and
  • Medical equipment necessary to support the level of care required for the patient(s), such as medical oxygen, suction, and or a stretcher, Isolette, or other approved patient restraint or containment device as determined by a health care provider.

If any medical care provider has determined that medical personnel are required for patient safety and or life support, the flight is an air ambulance operation. 

Air Ambulance Flights

An air ambulance is a specially equipped aircraft that transports injured or sick people in a medical emergency over distances or terrain impractical for a conventional ground ambulance. They are also more often used to move patients over long distances.

  • Air ambulances are outfitted with medical equipment necessary for monitoring and treating injured or ill patients.
  • Traditional kit for air ambulances includes medications, ventilators, ECGs and monitoring devices, CPR devices, and stretchers. 

Most of the time, an air ambulance staffer is considerably more skilled than a paramedic, so medical control authorizes them to exercise more medical decision-making latitude. With a higher skill level comes more authorizations for planning and consultation with supervising physicians. If required, they can issue contingency orders during flight. Some ambulance systems work almost completely off-line, using protocols for nearly all procedures. They can move to on-line medical control when their protocols have been concluded. Air ambulances may have an onsite emergency medicine director available for immediate consultation while in the air. In most scenarios, these are highly trained individuals with complete access to all necessary professional assistance. 

Medical Air Charter

Call us if you have any additional questions or need to charter a Non-Emergency Medical Transport, Medical Transport, or Air Ambulance. Phone calls are answered 24/7/365.

You can also fill out our charter request form, and you will receive a medical air transportation estimate promptly:

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