CALSTAR's flight crews respond from full–time rotor wing bases in Auburn, Concord, Gilroy, Oakland, Salinas, Santa Maria, South Lake Tahoe, and Ukiah. McClellan Park in Sacramento is home to CALSTAR's headquarters and communications center (CALCOM), as well as our dedicated inter–facility (fixed wing) program.
A pilot and two flight nurses make up CALSTAR's flight crews. Pilots have a minimum of 3,000 hours of pilot–in–command flight time. Flight nurses have three to five years of intensive care unit or emergency room experience and many come to CALSTAR with pre–hospital care experience.
CALSTAR's dedicated Inter–facility Transport Program uses fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft specifically configured for hospital–to–hospital transports of high acuity patients. Both aircraft types are customized to support pediatric and neonatal patient transports performed by hospital–based specialty teams. The program features specially trained CALSTAR flight nurses and the ability to transport dual state–of–the–art isolettes that provide temperature control and sophisticated ventilator support for critically ill infants.