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Aircraft Considerations for Aeromedical Evacuation

  • John G. Jernigan
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the factors that must be considered in selecting an aircraft for specific needs. It includes logistic considerations, including number of patients, distance of travel, availability of en route stops, runway length and condition of runway surfaces, and finally availability of aircraft. Patient considerations are crucial, including need for altitude restriction, electrical equipment, oxygen supplement, litter capacity, cabin space, temperature control, cabin noise, and lighting. It also discusses the specific aircraft strengths and weakness, including the C-130, C-17, KC-135, C-21A, Learjet 35 and 36, and the Challenger 601-3R. Finally it describes what happened to the C-9, C-141, Civil Reserve Air Fleet, and the use of routine commercial airline seats.

Keywords

Aircraft selection Logistic considerations Patient considerations C-130 C-17 KC-135 C-21A C-9A C-141 Civil Reserve Air Fleet 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Jernigan
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  1. 1.Brig Gen, USAF, CFS (ret.)Formerly Commander, Human Systems Center, Brooks Air Force Base, TexasSan AntonioUSA

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