Why Rico Aviation and Air Methods Partnered Up

While the Amarillo area has trusted Rico Aviation for bed-to-bed medical transportation for more than 20 years, we are now capable of transporting critical patients from the scene of an emergency to the nearest medical facility, thanks to our recent partnership with Air Methods.

Where We Started – Fixed Wing Air Ambulance

Since fixed-wing airplanes do not have the landing flexibility of rotor wing ambulances, medical transport companies often use them for transporting critically ill or injured patients between cities for patients to receive specialized care. Fixed wing air ambulances can travel farther distances without refueling, and are an important part of any quality medical transportation fleet.

The 2 Cessna 441 Conquest Turboprops are the core of our fleet, with a cruising speed of 298 miles per hour and a top speed of 340 miles per hour. With these incredible speeds, we can assure families that their loved ones will not spend too long in transport to medical care and that the ride will be safe and comfortable for patients in any condition.

These planes allow room for a state-of-the-art remodeled ambulance interior. The remodel includes specialized transport gurneys, top of the line life support, and medical equipment for in-flight care. They even have enough room for multiple medical professionals and a family member.

Where We Are Now – Rotor Wing Air Ambulance

Since partnering with Air Methods, Rico has acquired two Bell 407 Helicopters outfitted as full-service emergency response air ambulances. The Bell 407 is what allows Rico Aviation to respond to emergency situations that require faster response and transport than a ground ambulance is capable of.

The Bell 407 provides high speeds, outstanding performance, and unmatched reliability. With a Rolls-Royce 250-C47B/8 turbine FADEC engine, the helicopter can reach speeds of 246 km/h. Also, because of its sleek design and top of the line features, the Bell 407 Helicopter has incredible maneuverability.

Normally able to hold up to 6 passengers, our medical care specific air ambulance has ample space to maintain quality care and comfort for our patients, while also ensuring a smooth ride in nearly all weather conditions.

The addition of rotor-wing capabilities enhances access to lifesaving care for residents in the Texas Panhandle, Southern Colorado and Eastern New Mexico. Rotor wing air ambulances can land almost anywhere, giving them a definite advantage over slower ground travel. Rotor-wing air ambulances are vital for patients that need immediate access to a trauma center.

Rico Aviation With Air Methods

Since partnering, Air Methods and Rico Aviation have been able to expand their services and provide high-level care in areas previously unreached. One Helicopter is housed in a Rico Aviation Hangar in Dalhart, Texas. The other Operated out of Dan C Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari New Mexico and functions as their primary emergency response aircraft.

Both are staffed by Rico Aviation flight nurses and paramedics, along with Air Methods emergency medical services pilots and mechanics. The partnership has created 15 new jobs to date.

 

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