MedCenter Air offers national and international transport capabilities through four fixed-wing aircraft. Our staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies and scheduled patient transports. Our planes are satellite tracked and are equipped with advanced medical equipment including cardiac monitors, ventilators, multiple IV infusion pumps, advanced drug therapies and intra aortic balloon pump.

Our pilots are highly experienced and are provided by Landmark Aviation. There are two pilots on every flight for safety, and all pilots are required to have:

  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • More than 2,000 hours of previous flight time experience
  • FAA first-class annual flight physical
  • Attend annual recurrent training, including flight simulation

Additionally, our highly qualified crew must meet rigorous requirements:

  • Crew members have RN/RN or RN/RRT configuration.
  • Nurses and therapists have three to five years of experience in ICU or ER medicine, and must be cross-credentialed with EMS certifications.
  • Crew receives advanced training in aeromedical physiology, aircraft safety and transport protocols.
  • Additional requirements include TNCC, ITLS, ATLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP-certified and undergo quarterly simulation training.

Cessna Citation Jets

Carolinas HealthCare System’s MedCenter Air operates two Cessna Citation 560 series jets. These dedicated medical transport planes are pressurized, climate-controlled and designed to deliver industry-leading patient care. Our Citation jets are used to transport patients long distances or internationally.

Features of our jets:

  • Speed in excess of 420 kts or over 485 miles per hour
  • Cruising altitude 35,000-39,000 feet
  • Pressurized cabin at sea level up to 24,000 feet
  • Capable of takeoff and landing at airports with 5,000 foot runways
  • Redundant, onboard medical equipment
  • One of the safest aircraft in the industry
  • Terminal Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
  • Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS)
  • Color radar (allows flight over or around inclement weather)
  • Excellent long-range aircraft
  • Patient weight limit is 300 pounds
  • Clamshell door width is 36 inches
  • Able to transport one adult patient or two isolettes

MedCenter Air Turboprop Airplanes

Carolinas HealthCare System’s MedCenter Air operates two King Air B200 turboprop planes. These pressurized, climate-controlled turboprop airplanes have similar features as our jets, and are used for critical care patient transport for shorter distances. Our staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies and scheduled patient transports.

Features of our turboprop aircraft:

  • Capable of speeds of 260 kts or more than 300 miles per hour
  • Cruising altitude in the 24,000-29,000 feet range
  • Short field takeoff and landing capabilities permitting these craft to land in smaller airports
  • Consistent, onboard medical equipment
  • One of the safest aircraft in the industry
  • Fully equipped for flight safety including Terminal Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS)
  • Color radar which permits these aircraft to fly over or around inclement weather
  • Excellent mid-continental range aircraft (three- to four-hour range)
  • The Turbo Prop King Air B200 has a patient weight limit of 300 pounds
  • Able to carry two patients during flight
  • Space for a family member to accompany their loved one

Contact MedCenter Air

For more information, call us at 800-421-9195 or 704-512-7941. Or, email us

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Contact MedCenter Air

CALL 800-421-9195 or
704-512-7941
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