All Cal-Ore Life Flight pilots are FAA Part 135 certified, with substantial experience in both emergency ambulance flights and regional flying conditions. They are ground and flight tested regularly to meet stringent FAA standards. At Cal-Ore, we enhance pilot training to exceed requirements through the use of our own flight simulator. This sophisticated, self-contained device was specifically designed and manufactured for Cal-Ore and the aircraft we fly.
Cal-Ore’s extensively-trained medical team members are overseen by Air Medical Director Dr. Sandra Saunders, who is board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Saunders is a full-time ER Physician with decades of experience.
In most air transport situations, a Registered Flight Nurse and a Flight Paramedic (or two Registered Flight Nurses) travel with the patient “bedside to bedside.” Each has significant and specialized medical training, including critical care emergency medicine and Advanced Life Support (ALS). In accordance with CAMTS standards, our nurses and paramedics participate in ongoing training to stay current on established flight protocols and procedures. When a patient’s medical condition requires it, additional medical professionals such as a Respiratory Therapist (RT) and/or a Medical Doctor (MD) fly along with the Cal-Ore team and patient.
Because saving time is a fundamental aspect of emergency medicine, Cal-Ore Life Flight utilizes Flight Coordinators to ensure that an aircraft and flight team are available within 20 minutes of an emergency call.