Lutheran Air Fast Facts

  • The Lutheran Air flight program began in 2004. It added a second helicopter in 2013.
  • Lutheran Air is based at Portland Municipal Airport in Jay County (Fall 2015) and Lutheran Air II is based at Wabash Municipal Airport in Wabash County.
  • The Lutheran Air fleet consists of two rear-loading EC135 helicopters.
  • The helicopters cover a radius of 150 miles from each base.
  • The EC135 is capable of flying two patients, but the Lutheran Air flight program chooses to fly one patient at a time for optimum care.
  • The crew includes a pilot, nurse and paramedic.
  • Crew members are certified in advanced cardiac and trauma life support.
  • Lutheran Air pilots have a minimum of 2,000 pilot hours.
  • Each base consists of 2 FAA A&P licensed mechanics that maintain the helicopter.
  • The helicopters are equipped to care for patients ranging in age from neonate to adult.
  • There are two units of blood on each helicopter 24/7.
  • Safety is a priority for our team and each helicopter is equipped with NVG capabilities.
  • Crew members partner with responders and healthcare professionals for a patient-centered approach.
  • The crew is in constant contact with the communications center, the hospital, emergency service personnel on the ground and other aircraft in the area.
  • By calling Lutheran Hospital’s STAT transfer center, the dispatcher can process your helicopter request and activate the team to launch at your request.
  • Lutheran Air helicopters are tracked by our dispatchers using SkyConnect to monitor each aircraft and track times. A GPS computes the estimated time of arrival during the flight.
  • Our flight program has committed to auto-launch to provide more timely and efficient service to the patient
  • Lutheran Air exists to provide rapid transport and stabilizing treatment for patients facing a complete range of emergency medical conditions.
  • The crew will honor patient/family request for transport.
  • Lutheran Air is a member of the Association of Air Medical Services and adheres to the strictest safety guidelines.
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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
*ER wait times are door to clinical professional and can change quickly depending on the urgency of patients that arrive by ambulance. Lutheran Health Network provides care to patients with life-threatening illnesses first.
Patients are seen in order of severity, therefore, your spot may not be guaranteed. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
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Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment.