Investments in safety save lives.

As the most experienced air medical operator, we have an obligation to use our leadership position responsibly to encourage safety improvements within the air medical community. In the last five years alone, our investments have totaled more than $100 million in advancing and incorporating safety programs and technologies into our operations. 

Safety Reporting Tools

Air Methods offers self-reporting tools for pilots, mechanics and clinicians. These include: Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Accident Incident Damage Malfunction Operations Reports (AIDMORs), Maintenance Safety Action Program (MSAP) and The Air Methods Multi-Disciplinary Application (TAMMA).

Safety Technologies

We have the world’s largest civilian fleet of helicopters, fully-equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs), XM satellite weather and tracking systems, GPS and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS).


Air Methods has invested in Level D-qualified full-motion helicopter flight simulators, allowing pilots to fully prepare for routine, unusual and emergency circumstances in a safe environment. For our clinical staff, we have advanced human patient simulators for ongoing medical skills training.

Operational Control Center

Our OCC operates around the clock and is manned with a pilot supervisor at every shift. We maintain operational control of our fleet at all times and support our pilots before and during a flight. This 360-degree flight monitoring also tracks duty times, flight releases and flight data.



The only center of its size and scope in the nation, AirCom is our national emergency communications center located in Omaha, Nebraska. It provides communication services for our Air Medical Services Division, which includes fielding calls, providing flight coordination, flight following and logistical support.


Air Methods Maintains its Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which includes a voluntary audit every three years to establish we meet and exceed industry-wide standards. These standards address not only the quality of patient care, education of medical personnel and medical equipment, but also operational and safety concerns.


A web-based survey tool, RSQ911 measures safety, efficiency, quality and real-time satisfaction with our services on each transport. These cards are provided to patients and partners to enhance communication and extend our commitment to provide superior services to patients, families and all the caregivers we work with every day.

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

This critical care technology is offered to cardiac patients requiring transfer to tertiary care facilities. It is provided by our critical care flight nurses and paramedics who have undergone extensive training in the care of these patients.