Pegasus Ride Along Program

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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.

Which Pegasus Critical Care Transport service do you want to observe?
Must be less than 220 lbs.
Choose only Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Choose only Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Choose only Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays
For example: Mondays work better as I always work Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Do you have any medical condition that may impact your ability to fly with Pegasus?
Emergency Contact Information

Acknowledgement of Risks and Statement of Confidentiality

I request to participate in the University of Virginia "Ufly" ride-along program with Pegasus. I have been advised of and understand the risks and dangers associated with participation in this emergency air/ground medical program. Nonetheless, I assume the inherent risks by voluntarily participating in the ride-along Program. I agree to abide by all rules and regulations applicable to the ride-along Program. I understand and agree that patient confidentiality is to be maintained at all times. I also understand and agree that at no time will I provide direct patient caring during my participation in the Ride-along Program, unless, as an attending physician, I am requested to do so by the flight nurse/paramedic. I further verify, that I have no medical condition that would in any way interfere with the ability of the crew or program to provide patient care or complete a mission. CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: As a ride-a-long participant, who will be observing at the University of Virginia Medical Center and Pegasus Program, it is important for you to understand that patients have the right to privacy and confidentiality. You must respect the rights of our patients and must not discuss any names or personal information which you may learn about a patient as you observe the program.