GENEVA, Switzerland (May 3, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced its plans to provide MedAire’s medical equipment, medical training and 24/7 access to doctors to its customers on all new aircraft purchases. The program is scheduled to begin with aircraft deliveries this summer.
“Hawker Beechcraft is serious about all aspects of customer care and that includes their well being and peace of mind,” said Shawn Vick, HBC executive vice president.
With the delivery of all new Hawker and Beechcraft products, customers will receive an onboard Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 first aid kit designed to address the most common in-flight medical emergencies. For crew-flown turbine aircraft, the customer may choose to receive medical training for its crew members provided by flight nurses and paramedics with aviation experience and certification by the American Heart Association or the European Resuscitation Council. In addition, for the first year, HBC will cover the cost to subscribe to MedLink Global Response Center, the aviation industry’s global 24/7 telemedicine service for direct consultation and advice from board certified emergency care doctors. The service also includes online medical and travel advisories to assist crews in preparing for flights to more than 200 countries.
“Owners and operators will be in the safest of hands should a medical event occur in flight, on layover or while traveling away from home,” said Grant Jeffery, MedAire CEO. “With access to our online resources, specialized training and first aid equipment – combined with a direct line to our MedLink doctors – the best aviation medical safety solution will be firmly in place on Hawker Beechcraft products.”
Founded in 1985, MedAire, an International SOS company, provides aviation and maritime clients with fully integrated life-saving medical solutions to patients in the air and at sea – so first responders are never alone. With one phone call, MedAire offers 24/7 real-time access to emergency room doctors any time of day, from anywhere in the world. MedAire’s crew medical training is developed and delivered by medical professionals to build confidence and firsthand experience. Its vast array of industry-compliant, custom medical equipment has been defined by its research and development team of medical and regulatory professionals and based on decades of statistics and ISO standards. When crew or passengers need further support after their journey ends, the broader International SOS network enhances MedAire’s services throughout delivery. For more information, visit www.medaire.com.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.