Aeromedical crew mix at the extremes.

John Howes

“THE HERALD’S OPINION: Hunter rescue helicopter in crewing dispute.” What is it about the crew mix of aeromedical operations that gets us all flighty? Is it really about skill sets? Or is it just a turf war – who’s got the strongest union behind them? What role should economics play in this decision? And how do we best prepare our crew for the challenges they’re going to face?


A registered nurse and midwife for more than 30 years. For the last 25 years he’s been a bit of an aeromedical crew mix – employed as an RFDS flight nurse in Western Australia. This has given him plenty of time to think about the most appropriate aeromedical crew mix for now, and into the future.

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