Christiansted, St. Croix, (May 25, 2017) – Today U.S. Virgin Islands-based AeroMD officially put a Cessna Citation Bravo jet into service, as its primary and dedicated medevac aircraft. The upgraded plane is a prime addition to the AeroMD fleet, in conjunction with aviation partner Bohlke International Airways. The new plane will offer AeroMD members in need of medical airlift, the ability to arrive faster to their medical facility destination. It also opens options to travel to more hospitals and specialty centers at greater distances without a refueling stop.
AeroMD President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brendan Anzalone said, “We are pleased to introduce the Citation Bravo into our fleet. We strive to continually improve the air ambulance service we offer. This aircraft has state-of-the art medical equipment built-in that is essential for successful medevac missions. In sum, this new plane goes faster and further.”
The Cessna Citation Bravo jet offers a range of up to 1,587 nautical miles; has a top cruising speed of 460 miles per hour; and a maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. It only requires a runway of 5,000 feet for take-off or landing, which makes it ideal for the limited runways at airports in the Caribbean. The plane’s interior is 278 cubic feet, typically configured for nine passengers and two crew. Configured as a medevac aircraft, it is spacious for the patient, their travel companion and the AeroMD medical team on-board.