Our primary helicopter is the EC145e, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and customized for air medical operations by Metro Aviation.
The EC145e boasts a powerful twin-engine system, allowing for efficient navigation in urban environments and challenging terrains. Its exceptional range and endurance guarantee extended flight time, enabling Pegasus Air to reach destinations quickly and reliably.
The spacious cabin of the EC145e enables us to transport complex patients, including those requiring mechanical support such as an Impella device, intra-aortic balloon pump, or ECMO. Additionally, it simplifies the loading and unloading of our transport incubator for critically ill newborns in need of care at UVA Children's.
Additionally, the EC145e incorporates a comprehensive array of safety systems, including advanced terrain awareness and warning systems, traffic collision avoidance systems, and advanced autopilot capabilities. These features significantly enhance operational safety, mitigate risks, and ensure a secure flight environment.
The aircraft features an advanced avionics suite that enhances situational awareness and enables precise navigation. The integrated flight management system, weather radar, and advanced communication tools ensure optimal operational efficiency, empowering pilots to make informed decisions and navigate safely in all conditions.
All pilots, mechanics and aviation services are provided by Metro Aviation, which holds the FAA Part 135 Certificate.
Our ambulance was specially designed for critical care transport. Based at the UVA Health's University Hospital in Charlottesville, Pegasus Ground has responded to inter-facility, on-scene and mass-casualty incidents in both Virginia and West Virginia.
The medical crew configuration consists of a registered nurse and a critical care paramedic. If necessary, other crew configurations may be used when patient condition or mission requirements dictate.
Medical crew members are trained in all aspects of emergency care, including advanced life support and the use of specialty devices. All crew members have the capability to transport all types of patients.
Medical crew members maintain certifications or experience in:
- Cardiac care
- Trauma care
- Pediatric care
- Intra-aortic balloon pumps
- Ventricular assist devices
Why the Name Pegasus?
When the program started, we held a contest at the medical center to determine its name. The name Pegasus won. One reason for the choice: Because of stories of the mythical Pegasus carrying wounded soldiers from battles and saving lives. While our program has undergone many changes since its inception, the winged steed adorning the side of the helicopter has remained constant.