Air Medical: Thomas Redder on Air Medical Equipment & Services in the Age of Covid-19

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ASG’s Max Buirski talks to Spectrum Aeromed VP of International Sales, Thomas Redder, about emergency medical services (EMS) for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, isolation chambers and procedures for Covid-19 and other infectious diseases, how charter companies can switch between VIP and EMS configurations, product certification, training and installation/modification time and costs, the APAC market, evacuation insurance, the future of mobile ICUs and much more.  This is an information packed episode; for details please check out the ‘Show Notes’ below, complete with ‘Time Stamps’ and segment descriptions.

Main Content


Overview of Spectrum Aeromed equipment for fixed and rotary wing aircraft


Demand trends for government air medical projects in the time of Covid-19


Preference for retrofitting and modifying existing aircraft


Huge increase in demand for their ‘isolation chambers’


Mobile isolation deck mounts and retrofit


Spectrum Aeromed products are designed to be ‘quick change’ for operators between charter and EMS


Traditional strength has been fixed wing, but currently demand from the helicopter side (especially out of Asia Pacific) is growing


Risks, planning and training for transferring patients with infectious diseases and risks to pilots and personnel


Certification process for countries and operators, decompression and other tests, and the STC process in APAC and EU Countries


Why we might be lucky to have this ‘wake-up call’ to prepare for the next pandemic


What this means for the future of the private EMS sector and the trend toward longer range aircraft and bigger cabins


Why charter operators who used to be in the VIP sector want the flexibility to be an air ambulance operator too


Trends in Asian Pacific EMS activity, from stretchers seven years ago to full ICU units today, and the importance of the travel/tourism/O&G evacuation market


Trends in new equipment and what’s coming next for EMS like ‘liquid oxygen’ and fully dedicated ‘ICU capability’


The time and cost to install a full ICU system


Master contractor/dealers vs OEM interests to sell a new green cabin for EMS aircraft


Max geeks out on liquid oxygen

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