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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Zebra501
They're set up for normal stretchers or beds, that's why it looks different.
Phoenix Air owns and operates the only two Gulfstream G-III business jets in the world with cargo doors. Each has been outfitted with a Critical Care “package” which can be quickly installed and customized for single or multiple patients with attending medical staff. [Source]
originally posted by: dojozen
a reply to: ~Lucidity
crowd source funding venture for air ambulance service...
We do a lot of very unique programs that involve aviation for various federal agencies, this is simply one of many contracts that we hold,” Dan Thompson, a Phoenix Air spokesman told Mashable. “We do a lot of weird stuff.” “We do a lot of weird stuff.”
According to its website, Phoenix Air owns 85% of the land at the airport in Cartersville (population 19,731), taking up five hangars and two office buildings. Federal records show that the company employs about 150 people and owns 45 aircrafts. Its business with the federal government totaled $46 million in fiscal year 2011, the most recent year that figures were available at fedspending.org .
When Phoenix Air Group Inc. Vice President Dent Thompson was on vacation, he received a phone call from someone he described as a highly placed doctor with the U.S. Department of State. The question posed to Thompson that day was simple: if needed, can you transport a patient infected with Ebola to the United States?
The pair of flights, Thompson emphasized during the press conference, were not paid for by the U.S. government. Samaritan’s Purse footed the bill.
“The mission that we did to Liberia was paid for by the charity and there’s been a lot of questions. Why did the government pay for it? Well, the government did not pay for it. The government supported us and gave us a great deal of assistance, but these two flights were considered a private flight for that organization, but I can assure you we had 110 percent support of the entire United States government behind us. Because everybody very much wanted these two American citizens brought back here,” Thompson said.
Both flights followed the same route: outbound flights stopped at a U.S. airbase in the Azores off the northwest coast of Africa before landing in Monrovia, Liberia, while inbound flights stopped at the Azores and continued on to Bangor, Maine, to reenter the U.S. Both flights landed at Dobbins Air Force Reserve base, where the patients were transported by a specialized ambulance to a wing of Emory University Hospital.
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Public records indicate that the State Department awarded the air ambulance contract on August 18, 2014. The sole source contract was awarded to Phoenix Air for a period of six (6) months at an estimated cost of $4,900,000.00 under FAR 6.302-2 for “unusual and compelling urgency.” The services include among others, air ambulance evacuation, a dedicated on-call aircraft and flight crew, an aero-biological containment system, and emergency recall and mission preparedness:
Cartersville-based Phoenix Air, which transported previous Ebola patients to metro Atlanta, would not confirm it is flying the Dallas nurse here as well. However, the company is the only operator that does this type of transport.
Phoenix has done about a dozen Ebola-related missions, and now has a contract with the State Department to be on call 24/7 on 12-hour notice.
But if the Ebola problem broadens, said Randy Davis, Phoenix Air’s general counsel, “We are concerned about getting overwhelmed” and the company is equipping an additional Gulfstream III aircraft for the transports. “It’s a challenge and we’re trying to rise to the occasion.”
The aircraft are specially-equipped to transport the patients. As of yet, “We have had no problems,” Davis said. The company’s employees are all fine, he said. [Source]