By Mina Carlson
MnDOT Office of Aeronautics 

Helicopter Air Ambulances Are Key Aviation Players

State of Minnesota Has A Half-Dozen Providers


September 1, 2021

Photo Courtesy MnDOT Aeronautics

Minnesota has a half-dozen air ambulance providers. While the primary mission is to transport trauma, they may also transport blood, organs and doctors.

In my time as a pilot the air medical flying was never in my purview. It wasn't in alignment with any of my disciplines. Or, so I thought.

As a pilot, each flight is mission-centric. Whether it be for training, traveling, or to do a bit of sunrise appreciation flying, there is a mission.

My flights have not been medical related. I've been fortunate to enjoy the North Shore tourist sort of flying mostly.

It wasn't until 2010 when a close family member hit a deer coming home from Mille Lacs Lake and had to be airlifted from U.S. Highway 169, that I made it a point to better understand the...

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