Nightingale opens IFR sites


US-based Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance has announced that it now has nine fully operational sites for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) landings across Eastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina.

The sites were funded by a grant from the Sentara Foundation Hampton Road and are Federal Aviation Administration designated air spaces. Nightingale air ambulances will now be able to meet ground ambulances in designated safe spaces rather than in remote places.

The sites were further funded by a $40,000 gift from private donors on the Eastern Shore, while Currituck County, North Carolina, appropriated $25,000 from its tourism fund to support two IFR sites at the Corolla and Carova EMS stations.

The sites are located at: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Nightingale’s base); Sentara Obici Hospital (Suffolk); Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center; Isle of Wight County Rescue Squad (Smithfield, Virginia); Campbell Field (Northampton County, Eastern Shore); Sentara Albemarle Medicine Center (Elizabeth City, North Carolina); Outer Banks Hospital (Nags Head, North Carolina); Corolla Fire Station (Corolla, North Carolina); and Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue Station (Carova, North Carolina).

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