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Originally, Classic was known locally only as Classic Tour Helicopters. It provided scenic flights for paying customers over Bryce Canyon. Knowing of the chartered resource in the area, the National Park Service would often call for air transport service from Lake Powell when an individual’s injuries and/or location warranted a more efficient method of extraction than the standard boat and ambulance.

Classic Air Medical was created in response to the need for air medical evacuation services. A helicopter was dedicated to the operation and the specialized flight crew recruited. The origin of operation was moved closer to Lake Powell and from there the program developed.

On Memorial Day In 1988 Classic Air Medical officially began with one helicopter, a pilot, and a medical crew of two basic level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). In the beginning, Classic Air Medical started as a seasonal service to assist the National Park Service in transporting the ill and injured from Lake Powell to capable medical facilities. We have developed extensively since the beginning and we will continue to progress and improve along with this rapidly evolving industry.

For over 30 years, Classic Air Medical has been filling needs for emergency air medical transport services to emergency rooms and hospitals. We have built a reputation of excellence and safety in providing emergency and inter-facility transport services.

Headquartered in North Salt Lake, Utah, with additional bases in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Our service area includes a vast terrain from desert sands to the beautiful waterways in these states. We are dedicated to training our medical and aviation teams with the skills required to meet the needs of the transport.


1988 – Seasonal flight operations begin in Page Arizona with a Bell 206 aircraft.

1989 – Flight crew configuration changed from EMT’s to all Paramedics.

1991 – Flight crew configuration changed to critical care, with a RN and Paramedic.

1992 – Year round service begins.

1998 – Classic Lifeguard hanger / FBO at the Page Airport completed.

1999 – a second Bell 206 aircraft goes online from May thru October.

2001 – Full-time aircraft upgraded to a Bell 407, and second aircraft taken from seasonal to year round.

2004 – Second aircraft upgraded to a Bell 407.

2004 – Classic Lifeguard certified in NVG’s.

2007 – Classic Lifeguard begins FW service with a King Air E90. Three medical teams now operate 24/7 out of the Page Base.

2009 – Added a third Bell 407 as a back-up aircraft.

2010 – a Citation II is added to the fleet.

2011 – NAAMTA accreditation is awarded.

2011 – Classic Lifeguard expands by opening a base in Vernal Utah.

2011 – a Pilatus PC-12 is added to the fleet.

2012 – Classic Lifeguard expands by opening a base in Riverton Wyoming

2013 – Moab Utah becomes the home to Classic Lifeguard Base number 4!

2014 – Base number 5 opens in Steamboat Springs.

2015 – Opening a new base in Craig, Colorado

2015 – Helicopter operations begins in Los Alamos, New Mexico

2015 – Helicopter base in Kanab, Utah opens.

2016 – Opening a new base in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

2017 – Opening base in Rawlins, Wyoming.


Throughout our history, Classic Lifeguard has been proactive in safety practices by initiating the following: (sometimes ahead of industry trends)

1992 – Pilot Recurrent Instrument Proficiency Training

2004 – Helicopter Night Vision Goggle Operations

2005 – Automatic Flight Following

2006 – Moving Map GPS with Real Time On-Board Weather

2006 – Safety Management System

2006 – Terrain Awareness Warning System

2007 – Under-Water Egress Training

2009 – Traffic Collision Avoidance System

2011 – Advanced pilot training implemented

2013 – Yearly company safety surveys

2015 – Up to date and proactive daily risk assessment tools.

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