LifeFlight's fixed wing airplane is a Beechcraft King Air B200 which provides greater speed and efficiency over long distances, and has improved all weather capability (it can climb through freezing rain and fog).
It was added to the LifeFlight fleet in May 2015 and promptly underwent extensive upgrades to its wings, propellors and instrument panel. These upgrades will allow the new plane to land and take off on some of Maine’s shorter runways, fly faster and provide a smoother ride for critically ill and injured patients. A new, state-of-the-art avionics installation offers improved navigation, weather and instrument flight capabilities. Better onboard communications were also installed, as well as a satellite phone that allows the medical crew to speak with specialty physicians while on the ground and in the air. In addition, the interior was re-fitted to accommodate two pilots, three medical crew and one patient, and the exterior got a new paint job that features LifeFlight’s signature green and gold colors.
Like the helicopters, the fixed wing airplane is operated and maintained by SevenBar Aviation
, one of the nation's premier air medical transportation operators, which provides eight fixed wing pilots and one airplane mechanic.
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