LifeFlight helicopter

Fly-Along Program

*Currently we have suspended the fly-along program during the winter months. Please check back for a date we resume this program. 


As part of our mission of being a teaching organization, LifeFlight offers a Fly-Along Program for medical professionals. This program allows participants the opportunity to gain experience by being involved in the medical transport service. 


  • Fly-along participants are expected to act professionally and function as an "observer only" under the direct supervision of the LifeFlight crew members.
  • Fly-along participants are required to be at least 18 years of age, certified EMT-B, I, P, PS, physician, nurse, resident physician, fire fighter, law enforcement or other health care provider as approved by the LifeFlight manager.
  • Fly-along participants must be in good health and should not be suffering from any illness that is disruptive to operations on the day of their fly-along shift.
  • Pregnant females must have a note of permission from their physician prior to flying.
  • Fly-along participants must be physically able to climb in and out of the helicopter, and fasten their safety belt independently, in a manner that does not disrupt or delay patient care.


Participants in the Fly-Along Program will be able to:

  • Gain understanding of air medical transport.
  • Understand hazards of hot loading/unloading of patients.
  • Understand the role of the fly-along participant.
  • Discuss the unique teams associated with the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.