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BC Air Ambulance Pilot – An interview with Ian Jones

We recently caught up with our friend Ian Jones, who gave us some insight on what led him to a career as a BC Air Ambulance Pilot and some of the things we might like to know about the job. Him and his team provide an incredible service that enhances our healthcare in Canada, and we thank them!

What company do you provide services for?

I provide services for Helijet International. It is a helicopter airline and charter service based in Vancouver, British Columbia that has been contracted to provide helicopter transport for the British Columbia Air Ambulance Service using air medical equipped helicopters.

What is your Title?

My title is Training Captain.

What type of aircraft do you fly?

Sikorsky 76A, 76C+ and 76C++

How long have you been a pilot?

I have been a pilot for 28 years.

You are originally from Wales, correct? How did you end up coming to Canada?

Yes, I'm from Wales and my wife is from Germany. After I retired from the Army, I had not really been back in the UK for anything but Pilot courses. We both liked Canada and so made plans to move. At the same time the Army wanted to keep me on, so I got posted to Canada as I emigrated.

What type of team do you have with you when you fly? 

The team consists of two Critical Care Paramedics, or two Infant Transfer Team (ITT) Paramedics, and sometimes a Physician or third Paramedic under training.

Does the team size depend on the emergency or is it a standard requirement?

The team size is pretty standard, maybe with or without an incubator if it is an Infant Transfer Team (ITT).

What is your designated travel zone? 

My designated travel zone is BC's Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, up to 3 hours of flight time.

Has that always been your travel zone?

In Canada yes, this has been my travel zone. I have also flown Africa and former USSR in the offshore oil role as Medivac and transfer.

What type of medical training are you required to have?

As a pilot, I do not require medical training. 

What question(s) do you get asked the most?

The question I get asked the most is: Are you a Paramedic?

What is something that has surprised you about the job that you wouldn't have thought?

Something that surprised me was the amount of phone calls required to fly each mission.

Perks or likes of the profession?

Great flying scenery. The profession is always a mix of fun and challenging moments. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an air ambulance pilot?

The best advice I can give is to fly and accumulate good hours and experience on other types first, and log as much night and instrument time as possible 

Thanks Ian! It has been great getting to know a little bit more about the work that you do. We appreciate the service you and Helijet provide.

My pleasure, thank you. I love what I do. 

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Cannabis Resources for Physicians in Canada

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Ontario’s New Super Health Agency

Ontario has unveiled its new integrated public health care system called Ontario Health. Last February the Ontario Health Minister announced that there were plans in the works, and now we are seeing those changes begin to integrate. The Ontario government started by merging nine of the province's fourteen Local Health Integration Net...
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Holiday Spotlight in Saskatchewan

Winter is coming and thoughts of warming up by a cozy fire in a lodge after a day of activities brings me to the discovery of one of Reader's Digest Magazine's must-visit Canadian Winter Resorts. And for good reason. Elk Ridge Resort is just a couple hours outside Saskatoon in the heart of the boreal forest. It is truly an all season playgroun...
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Holiday Spotlight in Newfoundland & Labrador

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Combating physician fatigue early on

Physician fatigue is not new. Nor will it likely be completely eliminated. But one thing that is important to recognize is that there are tools that can offer practical skills early on in a physician's career that can mitigate stress and offer the much needed support. The development of the Resident Doctors of Canada Resiliency curriculum...
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Deadline approaching! Submit your paper on residency topics soon.

The Canadian Medical Education Journal (CMEJ) is looking to engage authors for an upcoming special issue," Residency Career Choices, Selection, and Matching". No doubt this will be a very interesting issue, encouraging dialogue on a range of important topics. Some of the questions that the CMEJ special issue would like to encourage perspective...
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MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam is a hit!

The results are in. The MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam that launched this spring is proving to be a valuable resource for those looking to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam.  The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 is a computer-based test that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-...
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Congratulations to Dr. Angela Enright!

Dr. Angela Enright, B.C.'s very own anesthesiologist is the recipient of this year's Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. The prestigious Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award has a wonderful history, and you can find out more about the ambitious humanitarian couple the award is named after in our article here."Arguably t...
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Elections 2019 and Healthcare

Ahead of the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, healthcare is one of the top three issues on the minds of Canadians, along with cost of living and climate change concerns. As leading parties continue to make their intentions clear, here are some of the medical community's efforts to make votes count on the important topic of health care.&nbs...
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The Future of Virtual Care in Canada

A major topic of conversation for both health care providers and patients alike is the frustration of health care delivery not aligning more quickly to our lives. We are using technology at our fingertips for so many things in our daily activities and workplaces, and yet that seems to halt at healthcare access. A very interesting survey by Del...
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Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Lucille Teasdale

Dr. Lucille Teasdale became one of Quebec's and Canada's first female surgeons in 1960. An incredibly accomplished female surgeon and humanitarian, Dr. Teasdale is one of our Canadian medical pioneers and heroes.  By 1961, she found herself in Lacor, Uganda, after accepting an offer from Dr. Piero Corti to help run a clinic that desperately ne...
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How can clinics help recruit & retain doctors?

This question comes up over and over again. With a global doctor shortage, how do we recruit and retain physicians without having to lock them into unrealistic commitment restraints?

The answers are really quite simple. And proven effective. 

1. Be a Tour Guide!

Whether it’s yourself directly, or others in the company or community, provide local knowledge, show the physician (and family) around, give them a tour of your facility, but also the highlights and charms of your community. What kind of information would you be looking for if you were moving to a new town, city, or perhaps country? What would you want to know? If you are a small community, give them the unique info they won’t find on TripAdvisor.ca. Is there a local secret spot for the best breakfast in town? A unique Sunday drive location to take the family? What excites you about your community will surely delight newcomers. This is your chance to show off your community!

 

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Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Gustave Gingras

Dr. Gustave Gingras is one of the greatest names in Canadian medicine history. What he has done for the advancement and quality of life of persons with disabilities during his lifetime is inspiring. During his medical career, he became known as the ambassador for persons with disabilities in Canada and around the world. He was a pioneer in the...
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Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Wilder Penfield

One of Canada's foremost neurosurgeons, Dr. Wilder Penfield is known for the development of a surgical treatment for epilepsy known as the " Montreal Procedure", and the maps of the sensory and motor sections of the brain created from this technique are still used today. The famous, " I smell burnt toast!" comes from his surgical discovery, and is ...
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Physicians in Canadian History - Sir Frederick Banting

Sir Frederick Banting is most known for the incredible discovery of insulin, one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century, for which he jointly received the Nobel Prize along with Dr. J.J.R. Macleod. He was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Prize in medicine.Sir Frederick Banting's discovery came after his hypothesis...
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Physicians in Canadian History - Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler is known as the Father of Modern Medicine. He was a charismatic physician, professor, speaker and author, and by the time of his death, he was one of the most influential and best-loved physicians in the English speaking world. He obtained his medical degree at McGill University, and served as a member of the McGill Medical Facult...
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Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Emily Howard Stowe

​A true pioneer in Canadian medical history, as well as Canadian women's rights history, Dr Emily Howard Stowe is the first feature in our 6 part series honouring notable Canadian physicians.In fact, this feature highlights three trailblazing women in medical history in Canada, with Dr. Emily Howard Stowe at the forefront. Dr. Emily Howard Stowe ha...
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Pioneers in Canadian Medical History

​In honour of Canada Day, we are featuring a 6-part series highlighting our most notable pioneer physicians in Canadian Medical History over the coming weeks. Our series will feature the trailblazing Dr. Emily Howard Stowe, Sir William Osler, Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. Wilder Penfield, Dr. Gustave Gingras, and&nbs...
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