Survival Flight: Facts

  • University of Michigan utilizes 3 identical Eurocopter 155 Helicopters and a Citation Encore Jet.
  • There are 10 Communication Specialists
  • There are 24 RN's
  • There are 7 full time mechanics with two on call 24 hours/day
  • There are 11 helicopter pilots and 8 dedicated fixed wing pilots.
  • Each flight staff member has their own voice activated helmet equipped with Night Vision Goggles
  • Survival Flight travels all over the country by ground, rotor-wing and fixed-wing to pick up and deliver patients to care facilities
  • Survival Flight has used 4 different rotor-wing aircraft over the past 26 years
  • The first Survival Flight aircraft was a Eurocopter AS355 Twinstar
  • The second aircraft was a Bell 230
  • The third aircraft was a Bell 430
  • The forth and currently used aircraft is a Eurocopter EC-155
  • Survival Flight helicopters travel 200-300 miles around Ann Arbor and sometimes even to the U.P.
  • The EC-155 has a maximum gross Wt. of 10,846 lbs. and can carry 338 gallons of Jet Fuel. The aircraft will consume 110 gallons of fuel, per hour.
  • The main rotor blades spin 342 rotations per minute and the tail rotor spins 3575 rotations, per minute.
  • 175 knots is the maximum airspeed for the aircraft. 175 knots equals 210 Miles per hour.
  • The EC-155 has a range of 350 nautical miles with a 30 minute fuel reserve.
  • A knot is equal to 6076 feet per hour
  • A nautical mile is equal to 1.15 miles
  • 1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour = 6076 feet per hour
  • 1 mph = 1 mile per hour = 5280 feet per hour
  • 1 mile per hour is the same as 5280 feet per hour
  • The EC-155 on takeoff produces 1868 hp
  • 1 of its 2 engines can produce as much as 1060 hp
  • Survival Flight has flown 4.5 million miles over the past 29 years.
  • Distance to moon from earth approx. 19 times.
  • Circumference of earth approx. 180.7 times.
  • Survival Flight flies approximately 150,000 miles per year.
  • The Citation Encore is crewed by two Airline Transport Pilots every flight.
  • The Citation Encore can fly to a height of 45,000 feet, outside air temperature at 45,000 feet can get as low as -50 degrees Celsius
  • The Citation Encore can fly over 500 miles per hour and can take-off and land at 120 miles per hour.
  • The Communication Specialists monitor 7 radios, 9 phone lines, and have taken over 200,000 aircraft position reports
  • Survival Flight tracks all aircraft using satellites. Updated positions are sent every 30 seconds.
  • There are 235 airports in Michigan
  • There are 83 counties in Michigan
  • In the first year of operation Survival Flight visited 53 counties in Michigan
  • The Transplant Team uses the helicopter to obtain and transplant various organs
  • The isolette for neonates weights 192 lbs.
  • Everything on the aircraft is weighted and calculated for flight
  • Survival Flight has been the original Flight service in Michigan since 1983

Aviation Services provided by Metro Aviation is responsible for control of all flight operations and staffing of flight crew and mechanics.