Flying Angels is the cost-effective alternative to air ambulance and the premier non-emergency medical transport service. Our exceptional team of highly trained medical professionals safely transport patients on commercial aircraft to and from locations all around the world. Whether you are a senior citizen who simply needs someone to accompany you during travel or a patient with serious medical conditions, Flying Angels will be by your side throughout every step of your journey.
At Flying Angels, high-quality service begins with our patient-centered approach. We personalize every transport to meet the specific needs of our individual clients, and we put client care and safety at the forefront of everything we do.
Flying Angels’ commitment to convenience means that we take care of everything so that you can relax and travel with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that Flying Angels is by your side. Whether you are traveling internationally or domestically, we coordinate every detail of your itinerary and your care from bedside-to-bedside.
As the premier non-emergency medical transport service, Flying Angels makes providing cost-effective solutions for our clients a priority. We carefully consider expenses and make every effort to reduce costs for our clients. With Flying Angels by your side, you can be sure that you getting the best value in the industry.
The key to Flying Angels’ success is our extraordinary team of Flight Coordinators and Flight Nurses.
About the Team
Our Flight Nurses truly are “Flying Angels.” They accompany and care for our clients in the air and on the ground all around the globe. Each one of these Flying Angels is a registered nurse with a minimum of five years Critical Care/Emergency experience, a graduate of a nursing program accredited in the United States, and a professional who has been fully trained in flight physiology.
Our Flight Coordinators are essentially our team leaders. These Flying Angels are masters of organization and logistics. Working closely with our dedicated travel agent and collaborating with family members, hospital staff, airline personnel, and many others, they design and execute complex medical transport plans for a wide range of patients. Our Flight Coordinators have a minimum of five years of flight nurse experience and are specifically trained in flight coordination.
Meet the Team
Bob Bacheler, Managing Director
Bob Bacheler, MSN, CCRN, CFRN: Managing Director Bob is the founder and inspiration for Flying Angels. Bob has been a Critical Care RN for over 20 years and a Flight Nurse for nearly 10. He is a passionate advocate for the profession of Flight Nursing, especially Commercial Medical Escort Services. He has coordinated over 600 Commercial Medical Transports and personally flown over half a million miles with patients, all over the world.
After his Bachelor of Science degree in 1987, Bob earned his RN from the Community College of Philadelphia in 1994. Bob earned a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2000. Bob has taught at the University level and co-wrote the book “Standards for Critical Care and Specialty Transport” for the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA). He is also involved with developing curricula and testing for the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) program. He brings this mastery and passion for quality, standards and education to his management of Flying Angels.
Robert Sing, Medical Director
Robert F. Sing, D.O., FACEP, FACSM: Medical Director Dr. Sing oversees all of our programs and provides the medical and regulatory expertise to the team. He has been practicing medicine for almost 40 years. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Family Medicine. He is presently active medical director for 3 school districts, 2 Fire Departments, and 4 ambulance companies, maintaining an active primary care practice located in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Sing was instrumental in the development of the paramedic protocols in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being named as one of the original Medical Command Physicians designated by the Commonwealth. He acted as the medical director for the Department of Emergency Medicine located in Springfield, Pennsylvania for 16 years. In addition, he has served as Chief Medical Officer for multiple national and international sporting events, and has been a second opinion physician for the NFL Players Association for the past 20 years.
Doug Whithed, Flight Coordinator
Doug Whithed, RN: Flight Coordinator As an experienced and well-travelled Flight Nurse, Doug brings his experience to flight coordination. He has hundreds of transport missions to routine and far-flung locations. He earned his RN from the Community College of Philadelphia, with honors, in 1999. He is a member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA). In addition to making a real difference to his patients, Doug enjoys the travel sharing new experiences, culture and history.
Karen Devi, Flight Coordinator
Karen Devi, RN: Flight Coordinator Karen brings her passion for travel and her expertise as a nurse to flight coordination. She earned an Associate of Liberal Arts in 1988 and an Associate of Science in Nursing in 1993. She has a dozen years’ experience as a flight nurse, logging over a hundred missions. The best part of nursing for Karen is the human connection to the scientific aspect—Biology, Chemistry, etc. The travel is also a draw for her, experiencing all the different cultures and beautiful diversity of humanity. She is a member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA).
Join the Team
Flying Angels is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care in the medical transport industry, and we are always seeking qualified professionals who share our commitment to excellence in patient care. As our Flight Nurses are entrusted with the full medical care and safety of our clients during travel, we are particularly selective in choosing individuals for these critical roles within our organization. If you would like to be considered for a position as a Flying Angel Flight Nurse, please review the following qualifications and apply through the link below.
Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. A minimum of five years of Critical Care and/or Emergency experience is required. Previous flight experience is preferred.
Flying Angels Flight Nurses are hired as independent contractors. They must possess a valid passport and are required to maintain their own professional liability insurance and travel insurance.
Flying Angels offers our Flight Nurses the ability to manage their own schedules and availability using an online system. Competitive compensation is based on the number of days traveling. Flight Nurses are reimbursed for travel related expenses, such as hotels and taxis. In addition, they receive a daily per diem to cover meals, tips, and other incidental expenses.
Our Flight Nurses are truly our “Flying Angels.” They represent our organization to our clients and to the world. We hold our Flight Nurses to the highest standards of nursing practice, and we are committed to providing a rewarding work environment that offers our team members opportunities to use and develop their professional skills.
Transport Consultation: The first step in our process is a consultation with a Flight Coordinator initiated by a phone call or online contact from you. Your Flight Coordinator will assess your situation, create a customized transport plan for you, and provide you with a detail cost estimate. This estimate will include costs for our services, airfare, ground transportation, and any other expenses such as visas, lodging, oxygen, and meals.
Flight Coordination: With your approval, your Flight Coordinator will make all the arrangements necessary to transport you to your destination safely. In addition to assigning a Flight Nurse to care for you during transport, your Flight Coordinator will arrange all ground and air transportation, obtain medical clearances, secure any necessary medical equipment, and coordinate with your destination hospital and/or family members. After all the arrangements are complete, your Flight Coordinator will provide you with the final cost of your transport, collect payment, and purchase your tickets.
Client Transport: The day before your scheduled departure, your Flight Nurse will meet with you to introduce him or herself and finalize any remaining details. Your Flight Nurse will be by your side throughout the entire transport providing medical care and any other assistance you may need. In addition, your Flight Coordinator will continue to provide any necessary logistics. When you arrive at your destination, your Flight Nurse will transfer your care to your medical team and/or family members and provide them with a detailed report regarding your care during transport.
Flying Angels takes each patients’ unique medical needs into consideration when planning transports. Although most patients fly with a single Flying Angel, we assign additional medical personnel when necessary.
Due to the space needed to safely transport patients on commercial aircraft, Flying Angels clients always travel in business or first class seating.
Flying Angels provides our clients with all medical equipment required for safe transport. We have portable oxygen concentrators readily available for travel, and we provide suction machines, stroke chairs (reclining wheelchairs), and other medical equipment.
Flying Angels’ awareness of each airline’s specific medical requirements allows us to expedite medical clearances and prepare appropriately for each flight.
Occasionally, itinerary changes are necessary during transport due to unpredictable weather and other unusual circumstances. Flying Angels anticipates such situations and updates our client’s families and medical professionals frequently throughout transport.
While cost savings vary depending on each patient’s medical and travel requirements, flying on a commercial aircraft with the assistance of a Flying Angel substantially reduces the cost of a medical transport. Our experienced Flight Coordinators achieve further savings for our clients by comparing the ticket prices of all major airlines, considering alternative modes of transportation, and solving problems with creativity and resourcefulness.
Many factors affect the total cost of a medical transport including the patient’s physical and mental health, equipment and personnel needs, the dates of travel, and the sending and receiving locations. Flying Angels customizes each transport to meet the individual needs of our clients. We discuss all costs during the initial transport consultation and are committed providing the most cost-effective service in the industry. Please contact us to receive a quote based on your personal situation.
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