Month: January 2016

Cold Weather Tips

Ohio winters can be quite cold.  Please consider these tips to remain warm and safe.

  • Please exercise an increased caution in your endeavors while outside.
    • Make sure you are adequately dressed and prepared for the worst.
    • Be careful when outside to keep your body covered to avoid exposure and the formation of frostbite
    • Consider keeping your coats on even while traveling in your vehicles
    • If you are traveling:
      • consider having personal survival kits in your vehicles
      • Make sure you have adequate fuel and supplies should you breakdown or have a problem.
      • You may want to consider fuel additives to prevent mechanical issues caused by condensation
      • Make sure your battery has been tested and able to withstand the cold
      • Make sure your cell phones are charged and available should you need to call for help.
            • When traveling to different locations use well-traveled routes and not back roads or cross country.

      Stay safe and stay warm!

      Tom Allenstein, President/CEO of MedFlight

      Quotes on Flight

      Quotes on Flight

      “The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.” — Mark Twain

      “Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.” — Michael Parfit

      “The fascination of flight can’t be expressed with words. But it really lies beyond the capabilities of human endeavor. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never be able to forget it.”
      — Friedrich Oblessor

      “Flying was a very tangible freedom. In those days, it was beauty, adventure, discovery — the epitome of breaking into new worlds.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

      “I’ve never known an industry that can get into people’s blood the way aviation does.” — Robert Six

      “I’ve had a ball.” — Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager, describing his 30 year Air Force career.

      “It was quite a day. I don’t know what you can say about a day when you see four beautiful sunsets. . . . This is a little unusual, I think.” — John Glenn

      “To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” — anon

      “Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite.” — Jos-Maria Velasco Ibarra

      “The cockpit was my office. It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons. It was a place of work, but also a keeper of dreams. It was a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much about life. I learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear. I saw much from that office that most people would never see. ” — Brian Shul

      “Flying is a lot like playing a musical instrument; you’re doing so many things and thinking of so many other things, all at the same time. It becomes a spiritual experience. Something wonderful happens in the pit of your stomach.” — Dusty McTavish

      “You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.” — Amelia Earhart

      “My soul is in the sky.” — William Shakespeare

      Landing Zone Safety and Set-Up

      Landing Zone Safety and Set-Up

      Remote scene safety is important from the very beginning… and that includes securing a safe landing zone (LZ) for our helicopters. Our healthcare partners can arrange for a Landing Zone Lecture, offering continuing education credit, while enhancing safety and familiarity with our helicopter. Note: Multiple department/agency lectures are encouraged.

      Click here to request a Landing Zone Lecture for your location: https://outreach.medflight.com/requests/frmlz.aspx

      ***Landing Zone Setup***

      LZ area should be free of obstructions. Eliminate these hazards:
      – Wires (surrounding the landing area and High Tension power lines within 1/2 mile)
      – Towers (TV, Radio, Cellular within 1/2 mile)
      – Trees
      – Signs and Poles
      – Buildings
      – Vehicles
      – People

      LZ area should be 100′ X 100′ if possible.
      LZ should have as little of a slope as possible (less than 5 degrees).
      LZ area should be a hard surface (concrete, asphalt, gravel, lawns, etc.).
      LZ corners should be marked with highly visible devices (cones, flairs, strobes).
      No debris on landing surface and within 100′ of landing area.
      Land the helicopter(s) a safe distance from the scene/patient.
      Never point bright lights directly at the aircraft!
      Maintain security of LZ while helicopter is present.
      Landing Zone Briefing
      Type of LZ surface and size
      How LZ is marked (cones, flairs, strobes, etc.)
      All noted obstructions (see list above)

      Precautions!
      Never assume flight crew will see a hazard!
      Never approach the helicopter unless directed by the flight crew!
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