Flight for Life pilots rise to the occasion | SummitDaily.com

Flight for Life pilots rise to the occasion

Flight for Life pilot Glenn Uchiyama prepares for takeoff Saturday. He has been flying with Flight for Life for five years and eight months and previously was a military pilot.

Established in October, 1972, Flight For Life became the first hospital-based civilian emergency air ambulance program in the nation and has flown more than 65,000 missions in its 30-year history. According to St. Anthony’s Hospitals’ public relations officer Bev Lilly, Flight for Life flew 357 missions last year and has become the model for some 300 air ambulance programs worldwide. On the morning of Sept. 27, the Flight For Life crew lifted off in Frisco, picked up a patient in Leadville and flew him down to St. Anthony’s in Denver. Just a routine mission for the flight crew, but a life-saving flight for an ailing patient.

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