WINSLOW, Ariz.- The Winslow Airport had an open house on Dec. 10. Inside the lobby were many photo enlargements of notable aircraft and persons who graced the Winslow tarmac throughout the airport's history. Attendance was good, filling the airport lounge and overflowing out to the apron.
Two helicopters and two fixed wing planes were on display. The aircraft of most interest to people in northeast Arizona and the Navajo and Hopi Lands was the Guardian Air Helicopter. Those are the blue helicopters that will transport you to a major hospital for life saving care. Guardian Air is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week. They have aircraft based in Winslow, Flagstaff, Kingman, Cottonwood and Show Low. The pilot has night vision goggles to safely enable piloting in the dark. There are two more crew, a nurse and a paramedic. Then of course there is the space for a patient to lie flat and be provided with state of the art medical care during the flight.
The Winslow Guardian Air helicopter is based at the Winslow Airport, where the crew has living quarters. The crews live at the airport during their time on duty. Their schedule is 24 hours on duty-24 hours off duty-24 hours on duty-then four days off duty. The pilot has a 12 hour on duty schedule, then off.