Med Flight Crew and Aircraft
UW Med Flight is one of the only programs in the country to routinely fly full-time flight physicians, providing the same high level of care in the air as UW Health patients have come to expect on the ground. Our physicians are all emergency medicine physicians and many also serve as emergency department physicians in Madison and surrounding communities. Our physicians are also active in the Wisconsin emergency medical services (EMS) community, serving as medical directors and advisors.
Our flight nurses are all highly-experienced, emergency care-registered nurses who have dedicated their lives to providing expert and timely care, continually training to stay on the leading edge of emergency care.
Our pilots are expertly-trained professionals with thousands of hours of flight time in military and civilian environments, and are rated in several advanced flight specializations, including full IFR certification, ensuring the safest possible environment for every patient and each flight.
Supported by a team of communications professionals who work to assure safety and coordination, UW Med Flight exceeds current FAA and NTSB operational and safety equipment recommendations, reflecting Med Flight's commitment to careful, patient-focused transport.
Med Flight employs two twin-engine EC135 model helicopters, capable of speeds of 155 miles per hour. At least one aircraft is fully staffed and available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with two on duty from 9am-9pm. Both aircraft are based at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison.
Med Flight's aircraft employ state-of-the art navigational and safety equipment, including automatic terrain-avoidance systems, night vision goggle technology and powerful searchlights for illuminating landing zones. The medical technology includes ventilators, heart monitors and advanced medication to best care for the critically sick and injured.