Life Flight operates five helicopters which travel between 120 and 150 mph: Two Agusta A109 k2’s provide the performance requirements for Life Flight’s high altitude and hoist mission profile; one Agusta AW109 SP Grand (the newest addition to the fleet); and two versatile and cost-effective Bell 407’s supplement the K2's for interfacility and some SAR missions.
The helicopters are based at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, and Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, with a Neonatal Transport team based at Primary Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
The program is CAMTS certified. The standard team consists of a flight nurse and a paramedic. Specialty care is provided by pediatric and neonatal flight nurses depending on the patient and mission.
Life Flight operates three Beechcraft B200 King Air fixed-wing aircrafts, two based at Salt Lake International Airport and one at the Dixie Airport. These flying intensive care units travel at 325 mph and are staffed by CAMTS certified flight nurses, intensive care unit nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric, and neonatal specialty nurses. Our flight teams provide exceptional critical health care to patients throughout the West.
- Night Vision Goggles (NVG) - In addition to our aircraft, Life Flight uses other highly specialized equipment, like night vision goggles. Night vision goggles allow the flight team to identify hazards during night operations as well as enhance the crew's ability to find and locate stranded hikers and search and rescue personnel. Night vision goggles give the pilot and crew 25/20 vision and work well even with low light levels.
- Lasers - The flight crew also uses small handheld lasers during NVG operations to identify landmarks, trails, and roadways. Ground teams use the lasers to mark landing zones, hazards, or identifiers for the flight team.