Most all have heard about the heli crash http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/29/helicopter.crash/index.html and its sad results. Rick Green apparently had dealing with the unfortunate crew and has sent me this commentary to post.....Sad. Hey Ram- Just thought I should pass this along: The two medical copters that went down in Flagstaff yesterday are not only an incredibly profound loss of life to a certain degree may also have affected the current readiness for medical evacuations in N Arizona/S Utah. Just a short time ago a flight team from Classic Helicopters out of Page flew up to Escalante to meet with S n R folks, guides, etc from this area. They had a flight nurse, paramedic, asst. pilot/navigator and Pilot and room for one patient on board, which they explained was they're standard "package". Not only was the group totally professional they came across as people completely dedicated to "being there" when it hits the fan and bringing the "A game" to boot. The pilot had the most opportunity to speak, he was a Vietnam Vet who was so in love with what he was doing it came out in every word and gesture that the man made. He told the entire group "If you need us call us. If you think you need us, call us. If you think might need us later call us. Do not hesitate to call us; we can easily turn that copter around". "We are here for you" was another quote that stuck in my mind. I think it pretty well summed up his outlook on life and after this meeting I can honestly say I moved people's butts across this desert and through the canyons with more confidence knowing the A Team was on five minutes standby if it ever "hit the fan". The risks these people take for others on so many levels, is unbelievable. As I understand it the Pilot we were fortunate enough to meet was one of the perished in this crash. If this is true, readiness in the region is definitely affected.