The McKinney National Airport announced CareFlite, a nonprofit medical transportation provider, has chosen to base a portion of its operation at the city’s airport. McKinney will be its seventh base in the DFW metroplex. CareFlite will bring 29 employees to the airport and occupy three offices in an existing aircraft hangar. CareFlite will base one Bell helicopter at McKinney National Airport.
“We are excited to welcome CareFlite and their crew to our airport,” said Ken Wiegand, McKinney National Airport Director. “The emergency services they provide will serve all of our citizens by making precious minutes count.”
CareFlite’s helicopter EMS responds to requests from hospitals, fire departments, EMS agencies and law enforcement. CareFlite has transported more than 900,000 patients by air and ground since its founding in 1979. CareFlite is sponsored by Baylor Scott & White, JPS Health Network, Methodist Health System, Parkland Health and Hospital and Texas Health Resources. CareFlite is the oldest joint-use air medical provider in the United States and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transports Services (CAMTS).
“Our new McKinney base will bring CareFlite closer to its customers north and east of the DFW metroplex,” said James C. Swartz, President and CEO of CareFlite. “The agencies that rely upon CareFlite in northeast Collin, Grayson, Fannin and Hunt Counties will find quicker response times for their most critical patients.”
McKinney National Airport is home to corporate aircraft that travel worldwide. The airport received a national designation by the FAA in 2012. The national category designation is earned by the number of annual operations, sophistication of infrastructure, aero-medial service and number and type of based aircraft. Only 84 general aviation airports in the country are in this national category.
McKinney Air Center, the fixed-base operator that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport, was voted the best in the nation in the 2016 Pilots’ Choice Awards by FltPlan.com. In addition, the Pete and Nancy Huff Air Traffic Control Tower at McKinney National Airport was named #3 in the nation in the Pilots’ Choice Awards. The tower was also awarded the 2015 Facility of the Year by Robinson Aviation Inc. for its significant contributions to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
Ad valorem tax revenue generated by the airport helps fund local road improvements, emergency services, education and more.