A new aircraft is traveling in the sky as part of the Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport with upgraded equipment and a crew with the capabilities to save lives.
The aircraft joined two other helicopters and a transport ambulance in the Life Lion fleet on Jan. 11.
As of Jan. 31, the newest aircraft had flown 27 total fights — 24 for patient flights and three for organ flights — Barbara Schindo, media relations specialist at Penn State Health, said via email. The Life Lion fleet has flown more than 40,000 patients since 1986, according to a Penn State Health press release.
“By regularly updating our aircraft and our capabilities, we increase our capacity to treat and transport even the most critically ill and injured patients,” Dr. Jeffrey Lubin, division chief for pre-hospital and transport medicine at Penn State Health, said in a press release. “We are also committed to maintaining the highest levels of safety and continuing our commitment to providing cutting-edge, air medical resources to the communities we serve.”
The entire process of getting approval, purchasing the aircraft and converting it to meet the crew’s needs took over a year and…