Cal-Ore Life Flight’s fleet of eight aircraft is maintained by highly-trained FAA licensed airframe and power plant mechanics. These technicians receive training specific to all company aircraft and associated systems, and they function as part of the aircraft team, working closely with our flight crews to correct aircraft discrepancies. Cal-Ore mechanics keep all aircraft in top working condition and available for emergent requests.
We have operated pressurized, all-weather Piper Cheyenne II jet prop airplanes for many years. The Cheyennes are capable of speeds approaching 300 mph, minimizing transport times. In 2016, Cal-Ore began a replacement program by introducing two King Airs to our fleet. Cal-Ore currently operates a King Air 200 and a King Air C90-B. The King Air provides later model technology, more room, and in some cases, more capability. All planes are approved for known icing conditions, and are equipped with the latest in avionics, including color radar and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation. Cal-Ore operates one helicopter, which is used to support company operations.
Cal-Ore uses the LifePort loading system to safely and easily load patients onto the aircraft. Patients are moved from the ground ambulance gurney to the aircraft gurney on a loading ramp. The ramp is attached to the inside of the airplane and slides smoothly into the cabin.
Each Cal-Ore plane is effectively a portable ICU and is outfitted with state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment to facilitate the highest quality air ambulance medical care available. This includes a cardiac monitor and defibrillator, oxygen, ventilator, pulse oximeter unit, IV pumps, suction unit and an extensive provision of emergency medical supplies.