|April 12, 2002||
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GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS PLAY ROLE
AMES, Iowa - The
Iowa Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation says Iowa airports,
particularly smaller general aviation airports in rural areas, are essential for
the delivery of medical and emergency services.
According to officials at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa
Methodist's LifeFlight helicopter typically performs 700 emergency flights per
year, 95 percent of these to rural areas. The state’s automated weather
observing system (AWOS) is utilized every time LifeFlight takes to the air,
providing vital weather information to the pilots prior to take-off.
AWOS equipment is located at 37 general aviation airports in Iowa.
Another way in which general aviation airports provide
services for emergency medical situations is by providing a secure and open area
for professionals engaged in the delivery of emergency medical services to work
and refuel aircraft.
For more information regarding the importance of Iowa
airports and their impact on Iowans’ quality of life, visit www.iawings.com
or contact: Office of Aviation, Iowa DOT, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010.