Additionally, the rotorcraft can implement a point A to point B style of service from wherever the patient may be to a variety of different hospitals. Helicopters have been found to be the most useful when used within a one hundred mile radius. If traveling a distance that is greater than one hundred miles, helicopters will eventually lose their advantage to other aircrafts, such as an airliner. Fixed wing airliners tend to have a superior advantage to that of a helicopter, mostly because of its size. Rotorcraft will generally have much slower speeds and travel shorter distances than the airliners with fixed wing technology. Cabin space in such aircrafts are limited, therefore it’s necessary to look at other options. Combine the lack of space and lack of payload in terms of weight capacity and it has its limits. It’ll more often than not prevent a family member from being able to accompany a patient when using the helicopter as means of transportation.

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In the fixed wing category, commercial airplanes are readily able to perform several varieties of medical evacuations if the scenarios were to present themselves. Aircrafts perform a tremendous amount of these medical transportation flights. Planes have the superiority of much greater speeds and travel at different ranges than many of the medical helicopters are able to do. Airplanes are often able to operate from much smaller runways, which gives them more opportunity to gain access to the majority of airports. Piston planes that are used in air ambulance situations will generally have a larger cabin space than those of medical helicopters. These types of cabins are designed to allow a family member or two to journey alongside patients who are on these medical transportation flights.

Regardless of the fact that they hold a very important role in the air ambulance industry, piston planes have a certain number of limitations in terms of how much they can do. Unlike helicopters, planes need an airport or strip of runway in order to land. This, of course, limits the current availability of sites they’re able to land at and it requires transpiration by ground in order to complete the rest of the journey toward the medical facility. Additionally, the noise level of some piston cabins can be a bit nauseating for those who are on board, adding a discomfort to the patient being treated, most especially. Though it is ideal for smaller flights, piston planes normally lack the speed and range of bigger airplanes.


Jet aircrafts have been the unrivaled leaders in every aspect. Especially in speed, range, and altitude when compared to other means of travel. Jets have the uncanny ability to fly above a great deal of weather conditions, which allows for more flexibility and a higher average of completing trips. Jets uphold a greater than ninety percent rate in terms of dispatching, which means that they are most likely going to be able to complete a trip. In medical emergencies, the ability to complete a trip should be taken into serious consideration when selecting your option of transportation. Jets also provide more spacious cabin room and can handle more weight than most other aircrafts, allowing them the ability to handle the weight of more equipment, medical personnel, and a family member of the patient. The advanced pressurization, environmental, and electrical systems found on jets provide for a greater degree of patient comfort and more options for medical equipment than the majority of smaller aircrafts.