Med Flight 25th Anniversary Timeline
- On April 22, UW Med Flight began offering service with a single engine Dauphin aircraft.
- The following day, Med Flight received its first call and transported a patient from Adams County.
- 36 trips were made in the first month and by July 12 of that year, 100 patients had been transported.
- The age of patients transported ranged from less than one day old to 94 years old.
- The average round trip for a flight was 116 miles.
- 1986: Aircraft was upgraded to a twin engine Dauphin.
- 1986: UW Med Flight incorporated instrument flight capabilities, statistically the safest mode of flying.
- 1987: In January, Med Flight transported its 1,000th patient.
- 1987: The first hangar was completed in June. Prior to that Med Flight sat on an open helipad.
- 1990: A second helipad was completed on the fourth floor of UW Hospital and Clinics.
- 1994: In October, the 5,000th patient was transported.
- 1995: The Federal Aviation Administration certified Med Flight with the nation's second Global Positioning System approach to a hospital helipad, enhancing Med Flight's ability to safely land in adverse weather.
- 1995: In January, the 8,000th patient was transported.
- 1998: Med Flight added an additional aircraft and crew for 12 hours a day.
- 1999: UW Med Flight aircraft was upgraded to the Agusta Power 109E.
- 2004: With UW Hospital, Med Flight implemented a Level One Heart Attack Program, working with EMS providers and regional hospitals to shave critical time in patient transport and provide faster, life-saving care for heart attack patients.
- 2006: Med Flight moved to new offices with a helipad and two hangars on the 8th floor of UW Hospital and Clinics.
- 2007: UW Med Flight aircraft switched to EC135 helicopters.
- 2008: Three crew members died in a Med Flight helicopter accident near LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
- 2008: Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems were installed in the aircraft.
- 2009: Night Vision Goggle training and use was implemented by all crew members.
- 2009: Med Flight transported its 25,000th patient.