CALSTAR's flight crews respond from full-time rotor wing bases in Auburn, Concord, Gilroy, Salinas, Santa Maria, South Lake Tahoe, Ukiah and Vacaville. McClellan Park in Sacramento is home to CALSTAR's headquarters and communications center (CALCOM), as well as our dedicated inter-facility (rotor and 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. All flight nurses undergo an intensive course (didactic & clinical) in aeromedical transport, pediatrics, basic trauma life support and pre-hospital care prior to commencing flight duties. Flight nurses are required to maintain certification as a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Additional and Specialized Transportation
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 a state-of-the-art isolette that provides temperature control and sophisticated ventilator support for critically ill infants.