A History of Service
The husband-and-wife team of Marvin and Barbara Autry in aviation with their combined passions have led to the creation of the largest, privately owned fixed-base operation in Kansas - Midwest Corporate Aviation.
They head up a team of more than 40 full-time and part-time service-oriented professionals. Most are long-timers. Their average length of service is almost unheard of for an FBO. They’ve helped make this full-service facility one of the region’s finest, providing a wide range of corporate and public services: hangar space, fuel, certified aircraft maintenance and avionics, inspection and repair, and aircraft charter.
The first dedicated fixed-wing air ambulance program in the USA. Operated by Midwest Corporate Aviation with Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. 1974 - 2001
In the early 1970's, Marvin Autry was giving flight instructions to Dr. Daniel K. Roberts. Dan lamented to Marvin the high number of fatalities for mothers and babies in Western Kansas due to excessive time spent in ground ambulance transportation. Marvin's reply, "Lets fly them in, Dan."
In October 1974, Marvin Autry flew the first air ambulance flight to Beloit, Kansas, and transported a critically-ill baby back to Wichita. For the next many years, Marvin flew every flight carrying high-risk, critically-ill mothers and babies.
In early 1976, Wesley Medical Center recognized Dr. Dan Roberts and Marvin Autry's efforts and embraced the concept of flying mothers and babies into Wichita for vitally needed medical care.
The program LifeWATCH was born.
In 1978, helicopters were added for transporting trauma patients. The program thrived for 27 years, averaging 130 missions per month with satellite bases in four different cities. Countless mothers, babies, and trauma patients were saved.
Today, every state in the United States has an air ambulance program.