July, 2014

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July 2014


Saving Lives at the Speed of Flight!


An elderly woman suffers from septic shock while cruising off the coast of Haiti. The closest treatment available is in Miami; the day’s sailing time will be too late.


This is a real life event and life saved at the speed of flight!

This case helped a retired lady. After several days cruising she had mistakenly taken her husbands prescription medication and was suffering from septic shock. She required treatment within hours or she would suffer permanent liver and kidney damage. A call from the ships doctor put Air Trek on alert. We quickly developed a patient transport plan that included the US Coast Guard stationed in the Turks and Caicos Islands plus our Cessna Citation jet, staffed with two Captains, a critical care flight nurse, and a flight paramedic.


The cruise ship had just set sail from Labadee, Haiti for the 36 hour cruise to Port of Miami. Consultation between the ship’s doctor and Jackson Memorial Hospital determined the days sail time would be too late and she needed an air ambulance ASAP!


While flying our jet from Florida to Providenciales International Airport on North Caicos Island, a US Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched from Grand Turk to the ship at sea. Landing on a cruise ship at sea in the middle of the night to save a life makes us all thankful for the highly trained and professional men and women of the US Coast Guard.


After landing and clearing customs we quickly refueled and prepared for a time sensitive flight to Miami. We heard the helicopter approaching well before seeing her and the noise and rotor wash reverberated as the Coast Guard pilot expertly touched down just a few yards from our waiting jet. Both medical teams quickly transferred the patient from helicopter to jet, and within minutes our jet was taxiing for departure to the life saving care waiting in Miami.


Thanks to advance arrangements made by Air Trek’s Flight Coordinators, we arrived at MIA where customs agents and a ground ambulance were waiting, ready to expedite clearance and transport to Jackson Memorial Hospital where a highly skilled medical team was ready to save another life.


As coincidences happen, this patient lived in Fort Myers, Florida just 30 miles distance to Air Trek’s base of operations in Punta Gorda. It was a welcome surprise to have this nice lady stop in to visit; it is not often I get hugs from patients saved from a ship at sea and flown for care in Miami.


Thirty six years and thousands air ambulance flights have allowed Air Trek to participate in saving many lives at the speed of flight!




 Dana Carr Gives Speech at

2014 NATA Air Charter Summit

Air Trek’s Director of Operations, Dana W. Carr, was able to share part of the Air Trek story in his speech at the 2014 National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Air Charter Summit. His speech “Taking Control of Your Reputation and Relationships” was a highlight of the summit, and walked attendees through the steps that were taken to rebuild and strengthen Air Trek’s reputation and cement customer relationships after a business setback.

We are glad that he was able to attend and share his knowledge of managing a business reputation and building lasting relationships.


  Dana Carr

Upcoming Events


July 8 – FCHA Annual Conference – Orlando, FL (www.fchaconference.org 


July 14 – FL Healthcare Social Work – Delray Beach, FL (www.fhcswa.net)


July 31 – August 1 – ACMA FL Chapter State Conference – Orlando, FL (www.acmaweb.org/fl)  


October 24-25 – 5th Annual Memory and Movement Symposium – Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (memoryandmovementsymposium.com)  


October 24 – FL ACMA Fall Education Meeting – Sarasota Memorial Hospital (www.acmaweb.org/fl


January 22-24 – Florida Geriatric Care managers Association – Sarasota, FL (www.fgcma.org)  

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Air Trek’s Facebook Contest!

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The Facebook Contest Continues!! 


Congratulations to our June winner

Terry Robbins with Gulf Coast Medical Center!

We hope you enjoy your Starbucks gift card. 


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to LIKE us (which will enter you into the monthly drawing) and stay informed about what is going on with our company. 


The deadline for the next drawing is Monday, July 28th!


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Strawberry Pie


Makes 8 Servings

  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream* 

  • Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell.  Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan.  Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water.  Gradually stir cornstarch mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell.  Chill for several hours before serving.
  • In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form.  Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.*

*Note: instead of making your own whipped cream, you can buy already prepared whipped topping.

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