What an honor! I’ll be posting insights, videos, and photos from the NBAA convention throughout October 12 to 14, 2021.


Mandy Eddington
Director Marketing, MedAire
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12 October 2021, Las Vegas, NV – Today, at the NBAA Awards Luncheon, MedAire Founder and Chairman, Joan Sullivan Garrett is officially presented and ceremoniously enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF). Garrett was inducted into the NAHF’s Class of 2020 for being the visionary that pioneered aviation’s first global remote medical emergency response company, MedAire, which directs real-time safety services to thousands annually throughout aviation.

The NAHF Board of Trustees unanimously voted to formally recognize the NAHF Class of 2020 as Enshrinees as of September 27, 2020, after the class’s enshrinement ceremony was cancelled twice due to COVID.

“As Joan is launching her book One Life Lost Millions Gained at NBAA-BACE 2021, it seems only fitting that she be presented with her National Aviation Hall of Fame medal here. The book tells the inspiring story she was recognized by the NAHF for – how she went from flight nurse to founding MedAire and pioneering remote air to ground medicine,” said Bill Dolny, CEO of MedAire today. “On behalf of everyone at her MedAire family, I would like to say congratulations to Joan on receiving this honour. We could not be prouder of her, and of course prouder to continue to fulfil and evolve her vision each day.”

Today, MedAire is the leading global provider of 24/7 integrated safety solutions for aviation and maritime. Their products and services are on board more than 4500 business and general aviation aircraft and are standard on new aircraft from the world’s top business jet manufacturers. In addition to medical services, MedAire offers a suite of aviation security solutions to help flight departments mitigate risks to their people, aircraft, and operations.

Garrett has also been the recipient of Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award 1997. In 2001 she was named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. That same year she gave congressional testimony that led to the FAA’s final ruling requiring US airlines to carry AEDs on all flights, domestic and international. In 2017, Garrett received the National Business Aviation Association’s prestigious Meritorious Award and the International Aviation Women’s Association Woman of Excellence Award for her significant contributions to the industry. Finally, she was also inducted into the prestigious International Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2019.