THE HISTORY OF RICO AVIATION

In 2018, Rico Aviation celebrated 22 years of operation. Over the past two decades, Rico Aviation has transported thousands of patients across the United States. While the aircraft, technology, and a few people have changed over the years – our top quality care has consistently remained our number one priority.

The Beginnings

Richard Coon developed Rico Aviation from a former company in 2002. The name comes from combining the first two letters of Richards first and last name. Over the next decade, Rico Aviation began a period of unprecedented growth.

Richard began to hire on a staff of dedicated pilots and medical professionals as well as add new aircraft to the Rico fleet. Rico Aviation continued to soar sky high as the 2010’s began.

Rico Aviation Press Event Dalhart ribbon cutting

New Locations

As Rico has continued to grow, they have looked to the horizon and have begun developing an expansion plan to help better serve the American Southwest. While the Rico headquarters remains in Amarillo, two new bases of operation have been opened. A hospital partnership in Tucumcari, NM, and a new hangar in Dalhart, TX have accompanied the acquisition of two Helicopters through a partnership with Air Methods.

Partnership With Air Methods

Rico Aviation saw an opportunity to help even more individuals in 2017. Through an official partnership with Air Methods, Rico Aviation added two new rotor-wing air ambulances to its fleet.

These aircraft have allowed Rico to fly directly to hospitals equipped with landing pads. The rotor-wing aircraft allow for vertical takeoff and make traversing urban environments a breeze. For these reasons and so much more, the Air Methods Partnership has furthered Rico Aviation’s mission of providing patients with the highest quality care possible.

Hiking and Heat Stroke

Looking Forward

The sky is truly the limit for Rico Aviation. What lies on the horizon for the historied company is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure. Rico Aviation will always be taking every possible opportunity to improve the quality of their patients care. Want more detailed info about Rico Aviation’s history? Check out the interactive timeline below and see the fantastic developments which shaped Rico over the years.