How to Become a Medflight Pilot

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A medflight pilot flies an aircraft for an air ambulance company. Air ambulances provide a wide range of services including routine patient transport to aeromedical emergency evacuations. Often staffed with medflight nurses, flight crew provide basic or advanced medical treatment the individual patient requires. Medflight pilots, qualified flight professionals, must meet strict Federal Aviation Administration training and flight requirements and, in some cases, hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license.

Things You'll Need

  • Knowledge of the English language
  • Be at least 16 years old. Take and pass a medical examination, certifying that you are healthy enough to start pilot training.

  • Enroll in an FAA-approved flight school and begin studying for your basic pilot's license. In most instances, this step requires completing 40 hours of ground instruction, in which you will learn about navigation and FAA flight regulations.

  • Finish 20 hours of dual instruction and complete an additional 20 hours of solo flying time. Your instructor will not allow you to fly solo until he feels that you are ready.

  • Pass the required FAA examinations. After you successfully complete this step, you will be licensed to fly planes, but not for money.

  • Successfully complete an FAA-approved commercial pilot's license. In most cases, sitting for the examination requires completion of 100 hours of flying and instruction time. You must also log 20 hours of flying time in an airplane with retractable landing gear and flaps.

  • Enroll in an FAA-approved ATP license program. This step requires typically about 10 hours of flight instruction in the category and type of aircraft in which you will be testing. You must be at least 23 years of age, fluent in the English language, and have logged 1,500 hours of flying time and 500 hours of cross-country flight time.

  • Pass your ATP practical test and the aeronautical knowledge test with at least 70 percent.

  • Seek employment as a medflight pilot. Contact local or regional medflight companies and submit your resume.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must be in good physical condition to be a medflight pilot, and you will be required to submit to random drug testing.
  • You cannot suffer from motion sickness if you want to be a medflight pilot.

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