Aspen Medical International (AMI) has finally launched its B1900C beech craft and aviation services in Liberia. The introduction of the special aircraft is meant to fly the sick to receive emergency medical attention in Liberia and other countries in West Africa.
Launching the program on Tuesday at the James Spriggs Payne Airport in Sinkor, AMI’s regional manager Steve Guiney said the aircraft will bring a new dimension to Liberia’s health sector.
“We realized the need to have such an aircraft in Liberia. We want to grow the confidence of the business community, specifically in Liberia, and also within the region,” Guiney told guests at the launch.
Aspen’s mission, he said, is to provide healthcare services for clients from the point of injury or illness to definitive care, regionally or internationally, through aero-medical (air transportation to a medical facility).
“Together with other innovative medical services, Aspen Medical, with its extensive experience in the provision of Aero-Medical Evacuation (AME) solutions for clients in a range of industries, is offering turnkey general aviation and AME services to West Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria, thereby building on its long experience for medevacs (medical evacuation) and air transport services,” he said.
Mr. Guiney said the deployment of the aircraft is the result of strategic partnership with aviation solutions companies, Red Apple Aviation Inc; AAL USA Inc; Liberty Airlines Inc, and; HALO Aviation.
According to Guiney, the B1900C beech craft will operate under HALO Aviation’s Part 135 and Part 138 Air Operating Certificates – the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s endorsement to conduct AME Operations – the highest standard available in Africa.
“It is commensurate with European and United States standards and requires that all aircrew attend a professionally developed and detailed Part 138 training course,” he said.
In remarks, Dr. Philip Z. Ireland, cofounder and shareholder in Aspen Medical Liberia, said Aspen Medical is committed to providing a high standard of medical services around the world.
“We want all our patients, regardless of race or circumstances, to experience the best health services, and our task is to make it possible. The mission of Aspen is to provide the best practical step by step first way to make such a goal possible.”
For his part, the Director General of Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, Richelieu A. Williams, described the launching of a beech craft service in Liberia by Aspen Medical as great and historic; not only for Liberia, but the emergence of Liberia’s aviation sector.
“And I wish to thank Aspen Medical Aviation for considering Liberia a choice for doing business. This reinforces investors’ heartfelt confidence in a country that is on the path of rebuilding its ravaged economy and infrastructure. Today, we celebrate as
Aspen Medical Aviation has taken our country to another level and we challenge others to trail the direction of Aspen by exploring the diversified areas of intervention in the sector,” said Mr. Williams.
He added that he believes Aspen will adhere to the best safety standards consistent with all standards and recommended practices.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Aviation, Captain Raynold Mitchell, who is also in a partnership with Aspen Medical Aviation, said the arrival of the aircraft brings changes to how medical services are carried out in Liberia.
“This has improved the situation that one can leave Liberia and within two hours land in other countries, particularly if you meet all the requirements. We want to assure the public that within four to six months, the time will be cut to one hour. Excluding the medical aspect, the flight also carries out general aviation…to other places such as Zwedru, Harper, Ghana and the region.”