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Events & Outreach

Through our Observer Program, landing zone safety courses and annual conference, we strive to educate and collaborate with emergency and health professionals in the region. 

Ride-Along Observation Program

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.

Prepare for the Observation

You will need to review these materials to prepare for your observation ride-along.

Apply to Ride Along

Complete the application: Apply now

If accepted, we'll contact you to schedule your observation.

Questions? Email , Pegasus Observer Program Coordinator

Note: We can't accept phone requests. 

Landing Zone Safety Course

UVA Pegasus offers a Landing Zone Safety Course for any agency within our service area that is responsible for a helicopter response to a medical emergency. The course allows a Pegasus flight crew member to provide instruction on landing zone requirements, helicopter safety and other aspects of medical evacuation operations. The course also provides time for us to meet you in a non-emergent environment. 

If your agency has any questions or would like to schedule a class, complete a LZ course request.

Questions? Email Shawn Reid.

Critical Response Conference

Critical Response is an annual, full day of local experts discussing the challenges faced in the complex world of emergency, critical care and pre-hospital medicine. Included in your registration is 8 hours of education, CEU's, lunch, snacks, access to vendors and official shirts.

Emergency Transport

Get Emergency Transport:

In Virginia, call 800.552.1826 

Out-of-state, call 800.882.4354       

UVA Transfer Center

Call 844.XFERUVA (844.933.7882) to transfer your patient to UVA.

Nonemergency Transport

Call 434.982.2000 or submit the online transport request form