23 October 2019 ,  —


Joan Sullivan Garrett Recognised for Pioneering Remote Medical Services for Aviation Industry

Joan Sullivan Garrett, founder of MedAire, will be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame for her contribution to medical care and safety solutions for the aviation industry.

The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is the most prestigious induction of its kind. Since 1963, the museum’s International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honoured the planet’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space explorers.



Garrett’s founding of MedAire – now the leading global provider of 24/7 integrated safety solutions for aviation and maritime where remote medical care is in high demand – and her congressional testimony in 2001 that led to the FAA’s final ruling requiring US airlines to carry AEDs on all flights, domestic and international, were cited by the San Diego Air & Space Museum about her induction to the Hall of Fame.

Today, MedAire products and services are on board more than 3700 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, their aircraft and their operations.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will celebrate the International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2019 on Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Jim Kidrick, president & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, said, “We’re especially pleased to honour this exemplary Class of 2019 because these men and women are amongst the most talented figures in air and space history.”

In 2017, Garrett was awarded business aviation’s most distinguished honour, the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, which recognises extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation.

Visit MedAire at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, October 22 – 24 in Las Vegas. MedAire is located in Central Hall — C11633. 

Notes to Editors

MedAire an International SOS company, provides aviation and maritime crewmembers and passengers with fully integrated medical and security solutions. With one phone call, MedAire offers 24/7 access to emergency care doctors and security specialists any time of day, from anywhere in the world. When members need further support after their journey ends, the broader International SOS network enhances MedAire’s services throughout delivery. MedAire’s crew medical training is developed and delivered by medical professionals to build confidence and first-hand experience, while its vast array of industry-compliant and custom medical equipment has been defined by its medical and regulatory professionals based on decades of statistics and ISO 9001 quality standards.

MedAire’s MedLink, a 24/7 Global Response Centre, handles thousands of calls a year to help crew and passengers manage medical emergencies in the air and on the ground.