The STARS aviation crew includes pilots and engineers both employed full-time at STARS.


To ensure the greatest level of safety on each STARS mission, two pilots – a captain and a first officer – are required to fly the helicopter. Pilots are on call at each base 365 days a year.

STARS captains:

  • Have a minimum of 3,000 flying hours
  • Have 300 hours of IFR experience (flying at night or during low visibility conditions by using their cockpit instruments)
  • Have 100 hours of STARS flight experience
  • Hold an Airline Transport Rating
  • Hold an Instrument Flying License

STARS first officers:

  • Have a minimum of 500 flying hours
  • Hold an Instrument Flying License


All maintenance and development on the helicopters are performed in-house and carried out by licensed aircraft engineers. STARS aircraft engineers perform:

  • aircraft maintenance and servicing
  • aircraft modification and development
  • night vision imaging system development
  • emergency medical interior design and development


At STARS, safety is of the utmost importance. To help ensure the safety of all crews and patients, as well as the general public, the aviation crew follows a set of strict operating rules and a rigorous aircraft maintenance schedule.