Life Flight Network is a non profit air and ground critical care transport service based in Aurora, Oregon, in the northern Willamette Valley, with services in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana in the United States.[1][2]


Life Flight helicopter landing on the MultiCare Deaconess Hospital helipad in Spokane, WA

Service area

It has 29 air medical bases throughout the Columbia, Willamette and Snake river watersheds.[1]


Life Flight Network operates bases across the Pacific Northwest in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. [3]

LifeFlight gained part 135 certification in 2013 from the Boise Idaho FSDO.

In 2013 LifeFlight chose the Agusta 119KX as its helicopter platform leasing them for 10 years from a Chinese firm. Arizona-based Tri-State Care Flight assisted LFN in bridging the gap by allowing LFN to operate their new aircraft under Tri-State’s 135 certificate while maintaining in-service status and attaining their own part 135 certificate.

Currently, LFN is dissolving its A119Kx fleet and replacing them with Bell 429s and Bell 407s as the 10-year lease is coming due.[4]

Recent History and Expansion

In 2015, LFN was awarded the coveted "Program of the Year" award by the Association of Air Medical Services.[5]

In 2020, at the request of its owner hospital consortium, LFN began to expand its ground presence in the Portland metro area to include BLS, ALS, and wheelchair van transport services.

In March 2021, LFN and Bozeman Health announced a ground service partnership to provide transport services to Bozeman Health patients.[6]

At the 2021 Air Medical Transport Conference, LFN was awarded the "Program of the Year" award by the Association of Air Medical Services for the second time.[7]

In December 2021, LFN entered into a strategic alliance with Life Link III, which is an air medical transport agency based in Minneapolis, MN. The "alliance will bring the organizations together to collaborate on best practices, process improvement, quality initiatives, and safety, all with a focus on the patients and communities they serve."[8]

In July 2022, Ben Clayton was announced as the new CEO of LFN. Prior to becoming CEO, Clayon served as interim CEO and COO, as well as a variety of operational and safety leadership roles.[9]

At the 2022 Air Medical Transport Conference, LFN's Neonatal & Pediatric Transport team was awarded the "Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence" by the Association of Air Medical Service.[10]

In September 2023, LFN announced that it would further expand its ground operations by partnering with Samaritan Health Services in Lincoln County, OR to provide BLS and ALS inter-facility transports.[11]

Fleet and equipment

As of 2023, Life Flight Network has a combined fleet of medical helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and ground ambulances.[12]

Their current aircraft fleet includes:

Previous aircraft fleet includes:


Each medical flight typically includes a Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic, and Pilot. The neonatal-pediatric specialty team consists of a neonatal nurse and respiratory therapist.

Ownership and funding

The consortium of owner hospital systems includes Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health & Services.

Life Flight is supported by annual membership fees and other sources of revenue.


  1. ^ a b Stratton, Edward (18 May 2015). "Life Flight to the rescue". The Daily Astorian. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Life Flight replaces Air Link". La Grande Observer. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Service Area". Life Flight Network.
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  5. ^ "AAMS announces Life Flight Network's CEO, Michael Griffiths as Program Director of the Year". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  6. ^ "Bozeman Health and Life Flight Network Announce Partnership on Patient Transport". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  7. ^ "Life Flight Network receives prestigious Program of the Year award from the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  8. ^ "Independent, Not-for-profit Air Ambulance Programs Life Flight Network and Life Link III to Partner on Safety, Quality, Training and Advocacy". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  9. ^ "Life Flight Network Names Aviation Safety Leader Ben Clayton as Chief Executive Officer". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  10. ^ "Life Flight Network Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team receives prestigious Award of Excellence from Association of Air Medical Services". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2024-01-09.
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  12. ^ "Emergency Vehicle Fleet". Life Flight Network. Retrieved 2019-10-15.