Air St. Luke's Transport Fleet
The versatile fleet of transport craft (helicopter, airplane, and specialty teams vehicles) helps provide the best possible patient outcomes. Working with our dispatch center, referring and receiving physicians match the appropriate method of transport to each patient's specific needs.
Helicopter transport of the critically ill is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (weather conditions permitting), within a 150-mile radius of Boise and a 150-mile radius of Twin Falls. The Bell 429, a helicopter with a proven safety record, is used to perform inter-hospital transfers as well as emergency scene transport in conjunction with local EMS agencies. Each helicopter team consists of an experienced pilot and a highly trained flight nurse and paramedic.
Services provided by Idaho Helicopters, Inc.
We currently operate two Bell 429 helicopters based in Boise and St. Luke's Magic Valley. The Bell 429 has the latest technology and safety features and is designed specifically for helicopter EMS use. It meets and exceeds all safety recommendations set forth by the National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) and is equipped with Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and XM NEXRAD Doppler Radar. The Bell 429 is a twin-engine helicopter with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and can also be operated in the dark with night vision goggles.
As backup, we also operate an MD 900. A twin-engine as well, it has the same high altitude performance as the Bell 429 and has a cruise speed of 155 mph. It also provides several of the same advantages as the Bell 429.
Services provided by Turbo Air, Inc.
King Air 200
This twin turboprop has a cruising speed of 300 mph, up to an altitude of 35,000 feet. It has a two patient capability.
We currently operate four ambulances, one of which is designed to accommodate an NICU isolette. Ambulances are based at St. Luke's Meridian and St. Luke's Wood River and are primarily used for intrafacility transport between the two hospitals. The ambulances occasionally provide interfacility transport up to 150-mile radius from Boise.
Idaho Helicopters, Inc. is the FAR Part 135 Certificate Holder providing aviation services and owns and operates Air St. Luke's helicopters. Turbo Air, Inc. is the FAR Part 135 Certificate Holder providing aviation services and owns and operates the airplane used by Air St. Luke's.