010: Piloting Angel Flight- Patient transport in rural and remote Australia.

January 5, 2015

With a background in pre-hospital emergency care, and now a professional pilot, Adam Starr is a voluntary pilot for Angel Flight. Adam Starr talks about Angel Flight and its role in supporting healthcare service delivery in rural Australia.

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About my guest:

Adam Starr has a background working in a number of different states and organisations in the pre-hospital emergency care industry before moving into the aviation industry. Adam is a well-known Instructor, former paramedic and a helicopter pilot. He now spends a large amount of time with both the Griffith University Aviation program as a lecturer, and with Air Services Australia in the Brisbane Airport base. His well-rounded knowledge of airspace regulations and aerospace theory, as well as a passion for flying, make him a valued ambassador of the aviation community (link).


Adam Starr began his change of vocation from Paramedic to Aviation by completing a Private Pilot Licence (aeroplane) and a Commercial Pilot Licence (helicopter), continuing on to a Commercial Pilot Licence (aeroplane). Adam also accepted the position of lecturer at Griffith University for the Bachelor of Aviation. He is also a Cirrus Standardised Instructor Pilot.


He has been training people since 1988  in various realms including the Army, Ambulance/ Paramedicine, TAFE, University, Air Traffic Control, Flight instruction and instrument training as well as adult education.


Adam can be contacted via his website at http://www.starraviation.com.au



Episode Shownotes:



I.C.s              Intensive Care Paramedics

R.F.D.S.        Royal Flying Doctor Service



  • Angel Flight Australia     .....and there is no big "Donate" button :-)

    • Angel Flight's Earth Angels

    • Angel Flight's Youtube Channel

  • Example of Current Ambulance Asthma Protocols (as at Dec 2014)

    • Queensland

    • Victoria

  • Angel Flight incidents

    • Angel Flight Crash Report Released (2013)

    • CASA wants to clip Angel Flight's wings (2014)

  • Careflight

  • SouthCare

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service

  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia) Checklist Collection (Link)

  • Check The Do List - Aviation Podcast #1 (Podcast link, Website)

Academic Article

Asaf Degani and Earl L. Wiener. Cockpit checklists: Concepts, design and use. Human Factors 35(2), pp. 28-43 


About the Podcast Host:

Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 



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