February 5, 2018

“Keeping the World in Flight” Takes on a New Meaning with Teddy Bear Transport

At Aviall, we are on a mission to keep the world in flight. From C130’s to Piper Cubs, we provide the aftermarket parts and services that technicians and operators need to ensure their aircraft are flight-ready at all times. We are proud to work with companies like Metro Aviation, who operate aircraft for over 30 programs in 18 states across the United States, including Teddy Bear Transport.

Teddy Bear Transport is Cook Children’s Medical Center’s fleet of aircraft responsible for transporting the most medically fragile children to their award-winning medical center quickly and safely. The fleet includes an Airbus EC145 helicopter, a King Air B200 critical care transport airplane and a recently-donated Cessna Citation Encore+.

The Cessna Citation Encore+ enables Teddy Bear Transport to fly farther and faster, reducing their response time and increasing their distance so they can get to their patients who are in greatest need of critical care. Because of its size, the addition of the Cessna Citation Encore+ makes it possible for two parents to ride on the jet with the patient.

As a designated level II Trauma Center, Cook Children’s provides comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also staff and maintain a level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that provides the highest level of neonatal care available. For their team, having a grounded aircraft is not an option.

That is why Cook Children’s enlisted Metro Aviation to operate and maintain the Teddy Bear Transport fleet. When an aircraft is in need of maintenance, they rely on Metro Aviation technicians to bring it back to service. This is where Aviall comes in. We provide the parts and services Metro Aviation needs to reduce aircraft downtime and return the Teddy Bear Transport fleet to service quickly and effectively.

Together, Cook Children’s and Metro Aviation work tirelessly in the community to provide a priceless service to infirm children and their families. Aviall is proud to support Teddy Bear Transport through our work with Metro Aviation, and we are inspired by the work of Cook Children’s. With Teddy Bear Transport, our mission of “keeping the world in flight” now takes on a whole new meaning – it means helping children get the critical treatments they need to return to health.