The UVA Pegasus "Ufly" Observer Program gives you the chance to fly or ride along with one of our emergency vehicles, air or ground. The program serves to enhance knowledge and foster the team concept for our partners in the Central Virginia region.
Who Should Participate
We strongly encourage individuals working in emergency departments, providing EMS services or serving in critical care units to sign up for this program. During this clinical learning experience, you will learn about safe helicopter operations, enabling you to fly with Pegasus directly from a scene or hospital with little advanced notice.
Who Can Participate
Candidates must be:
- Employed in the transfer of critically ill or injured patients within the Pegasus service area, serving as a licensed EMT, paramedic, RN, NP, MD, RT, firefighter, 911 operator, dispatchers, emergency room staff and residents, law enforcement officer, hospital helipad security personnel, landing zone coordinator or landing zone security officer
- At least 18 years old
- Less than 220 pounds
- Less than 44 inches around the waist
- Fit, agile and able to exit the aircraft quickly, without help
About the weight restriction: If you weigh between 200-220 pounds, your participation will be subject to pilot discretion once total crew weight is considered. Regardless of weight, a ride-along participant must be able to fit in the aircraft seatbelts.
About the Observation
We only offer observations Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Each ride-along lasts one hour, starts promptly at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
- You may participate no more than once every 3 years.
- We don’t offer night observations.
You will need to review these rules to prepare for your observation ride-along.
Apply to Ride Along
If accepted, we'll contact you to schedule your observation. Note: We can't accept phone requests.