LAR's aircraft pilots have many years of experience, yet in spite of their competence and high number of flying hours, all pilots who come to Air Rescue undergo specialised training. At LAR they start as co-pilots, so-called First Officers, and they are trained through continuous training programs up to flight captains.
In contrast to pilots with large commercial carriers the LAR pilots do not regularly fly to the same fixed destinations. They often only know their destination several hours before take-off and they frequently land at airports which are unknown to them. The pilots come into contact with the most diverse range of cultures and mentalities. They also often land in countries in which the political situation is unstable. Then they have to trust in the good work of the flight planners who shortly before landing will have checked once more all the safety related information. But also what distinguishes the LAR pilots from pilots of a commercial carrier is the contact with the passenger. The patient is no anonymous passenger, rather the patient is in the foreground of every flight.