Medical Capabilities

MountainStar AirCare transports patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. We transport medical, surgical, cardiac, trauma, pediatric, high-risk OB, neuro, and burn patients from scene responses and rural area facilities to tertiary care facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our flight nurses and paramedics use the latest technology and advanced education to transport patients who require advanced procedures such as rapid sequence intubation (RSI) using video laryngoscopy, mechanical ventilation, biphasic defibrillation and cardioversion, and intraosseous needle insertion.

Exceptional medical care is necessary. The following list depicts our medical crewmember qualifications/certifications:

  • Minimum of three to five years recent critical care experience
  • ACLS, PALS, NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), TNCC, ENPC, PHTLS and STABLE certifications
  • Employees maintain extensive critical care experience through clinical rotations, monthly flight reviews, quarterly continuing education programs, and annual recurrent training
  • Medical crewmembers must obtain an advanced certification within two years of employment such as CFRN, CCRN, and CEN for flight nurses and FP-C and CCEMTP for flight paramedics

Aviation Capabilities

MountainStar AirCare pilots are some of the most experienced and well-trained pilots in the industry. Before AirCare pilots are permitted to fly as “Pilot-in-Command” they go through a rigorous two-week training program that includes aircraft specific ground and flight training. They are then required to pass a flight check by a certified FAA check Airman. Each year they receive annual recurrent training and are required to demonstrate their abilities to a certified FAA Check Airman. They must also pass a flight physical administered by a FAA Aviation Medical Examiner annually.

Safety is our top priority. We equip our pilots with the newest and latest technologies to perform their duties. This includes:

  • New aircraft. Our helicopters are less than two years old
  • Each aircraft is equipped with Synthetic Vision, NEXRAD weather and Glass cockpits
  • All aircraft are NVG compatible and our pilots are trained in and use Night Vision Goggles on all flights. Each AirCare helicopter is equipped with three sets of Night Vision Goggles
  • Our pilots are trained on real world emergencies and have to demonstrate proficiency annually during their check ride with a designated FAA Check Airman
  • All our pilots are Commercial and Instrument rated.