AeroMD ADDS CITATION BRAVO TO CARIBBEAN-BASED FLEET, STRATEGIC AVIATION SUPPORT BY BOHLKE INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS
Christiansted, St. Croix, (May 25, 2017) – Today U.S. Virgin Islands-based AeroMD officially put a Cessna Citation Bravo jet into service, as its primary and dedicated medevac aircraft. The upgraded plane is a prime addition to the AeroMD fleet, in conjunction with aviation partner Bohlke International Airways. The new plane will offer AeroMD members in need of medical airlift, the ability to arrive faster to their medical facility destination. It also opens options to travel to more hospitals and specialty centers at greater distances without a refueling stop.
AeroMD President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brendan Anzalone said, “We are pleased to introduce the Citation Bravo into our fleet. We strive to continually improve the air ambulance service we offer. This aircraft has state-of-the art medical equipment built-in that is essential for successful medevac missions. In sum, this new plane goes faster and further.”
The Cessna Citation Bravo jet offers a range of up to 1,587 nautical miles; has a top cruising speed of 460 miles per hour; and a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. It only requires a runway of 5,000 feet for take-off or landing, which makes it ideal for the limited runways at airports in the Caribbean. The plane’s interior is 278 cubic feet, typically configured for nine passengers and two crew. Configured as a medevac aircraft, it is spacious for the patient, their travel companion and the AeroMD medical team on-board.
“This Citation Bravo Jet is equipped with GNS 650 and 750 GPS navigation, with Iridium international weather and satellite telephone communication,” said Sam Black, Director of Operations and Pilot for Bohlke International Airways, aviation partner of AeroMD. “This modern avionics package helps our pilots avoid inclement weather. It also gives the AeroMD team the ability to consult with more medical experts and ground resources in real-time.”
Several other aircraft options are available to AeroMD, for medical emergencies in which several patients need airlift simultaneously. Now two years into offering air ambulance service to the Caribbean, AeroMD has completed more than 400 successful medevac missions airlifting patients from the area. They are the only air ambulance service in the region accepting Medicare patients.
“This streamlined aircraft is an upgrade for AeroMD. It is already equipped with an ADS-B transponder, years ahead of the FAA requirement,” said William R. Bohlke, President and Chief Pilot at Bohlke International Airways. “We are proud to play a role in providing this much-needed emergency medical service for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region.”
AeroMD is the exclusive air ambulance service with a dedicated medevac aircraft on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With its 24/7 communications center on St. Thomas, along with aircraft and medical personnel on St. Croix, AeroMD offers modern air ambulance service with rapid response time to the medically underserved Caribbean. AeroMD (aka Air Ambulance Caribbean, Inc.) was founded in 2015 with offices at Nisky Center on St. Thomas and at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. Find out more at AeroMD.com or by calling 340.715.7942.