Rockford Memorial Hospital's REACT helicopter program is currently running training flights using temporary aircraft with a goal of being back in the air in a month.
REACT pilots and mechanics are training on a Eurocopter EC135 thanks to their aviation partner Air Methods. The helicopter is housed in a hangar at the hospital's North Rockton campus.
Flight nurses are currently working on critical care ground transports across the region and in the emergency department. The crew is also training and gathering equipment to resume transport flights with the training aircraft within the next month.
REACT's permanent replacement helicopter will be outfitted with new technology including night vision, terrain avoidance, and auto-pilot. This aircraft is in the process of being painted and outfitted, it's expected to arrive in one to two months.
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