Frequently Asked Questions
Cox Air Care
During public relations activities, safety events and community education,
Cox Air Care personnel field many questions regarding "Elsie," the Cox
helicopter, and the
CoxHealth flight program. Here we have compiled the most commonly asked questions
and answers about Cox Air Care. If you are unable to find the answer to
your question here then just send an e-mail to one of the crew.
We will find the answer and forward it on to you.
Q. How fast does the helicopter fly?
A. We fly at roughly 120 knots or about 130 mph.
Q. How high do you fly?
A. We fly around 2,500 feet above sea level.
Q. How many people are on board the helicopter?
A. There are at least three crew members, and up to two patients can be
Q. How many times a day do you fly?
A. On average we transport three patients in a 24-hour period.
Q How far do you fly?
A. That depends on the incident, but we fly to Kansas City, Columbia,
St. Louis, etc.
Q. What is your emergency coverage area?
A. View the Coverage Area map here.
Q. What kind of helicopter do you fly?
A. We use a Eurocopter BO105cbs.
If you would like additional information, click the Helicopter
Q. How are you dispatched?
A. A requesting agency can call 1-800-333-5269, the communications specialists
can send us on the way.
Q. How do you find the scene?
A. The communications specialists locate it by map or computer, then send
the GPS location to the pilot.
Q. How do I become a flight nurse or flight paramedic?
A. After completing your licensure in either discipline, you then build
on experience and education.
Q. How much experience and education do I need?
A. Flight nurses are required three years critical care, and paramedics
at least two years on an ALS ambulance.