Guardian Flight Opens Base in Gaylord, Michigan


New operation provides lifesaving flights to area residents and will be staffed by four pilots, two flight nurses and two flight paramedics.
Guardian Flight today announced it has activated a new emergency air medical transport base in Gaylord, Mich., effective May 4, 2022. The new base provides air medical transport services to communities in the northern Lower Peninsula and surrounding areas.

“The opening of our Gaylord base is a key development in Guardian Flight’s continued mission to provide care to the world at a moment’s notice,” said John Robben, Regional Director for Guardian Flight. “We look forward to strengthening our services in the region by providing another vital air medical resource to the community and providing area hospitals and EMS agencies with a dependable partner in patient care.”

The Gaylord base will be staffed by four pilots, two flight nurses, and two flight paramedics, all highly trained professionals. The Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft, located in Gaylord, is medically configured with the latest avionics and safety features. The fixed wing airplane can travel at speeds upward of 300 miles per hour and is capable of long-distance transports, with a range of more than 1,700 miles.

“Having an aircraft based at Gaylord Regional Airport will save valuable time to transport critical care patients to a facility that offers other services not available in some rural healthcare settings,” said John Robben, Guardian Flight Regional Director. “Transfer time for our patients is of the essence. The aircraft will add another great resource in Michigan for quality care, and we are excited about serving Gaylord and the surrounding regions.”

Guardian Flight is a participating provider in the AirMedCare Network (AMCN), the nation’s largest air medical transport membership program with more than 320 air medical locations across 38 states. Members flown for a life-or limb-threatening injury or illness by an AMCN participating provider have no out-of-pocket costs for the flight. Whatever the member’s insurance or third-party insurance pays is considered payment in full. Annual memberships start at $85.

Guardian Flight Opens Base in Gaylord, Michigan