GPS data recorded the duration of the flight, demonstrating that the 15-mile journey which may have taken approximately thirty or forty minutes in regular traffic by land, took just nine minutes by air. The speed of being transported by air ambulance (miles 16 to 30) compared to David's cycling speed (miles 1 to 16) is illustrated in the following graphic.
David explains: “Before my accident I was a 'high flyer' professionally speaking, but after high flying in a helicopter I have only recently recovered well enough (July 2017) to be able to return to professional work again. I desperately wanted to be useful again, so I took on many volunteering activities during my early recovery (between 1 and 2 years after my accident) . I worked for the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) in a befriending role and at my local library in an IT buddy role. In both of these roles I was able to empathise and understand people's needs, as well as gaining confidence that I could get out and about and do useful stuff.”
Air Ambulance Journey
This page is taken from an article in an air ambulance charity magazine.
Keen cyclist, 48-year-old David Wozny, was enjoying a 30-mile bike ride from his home in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire on Friday 31st July 2015, when he was hit by a car near Nantwich in Cheshire.
A severe head injury rendered David unconscious and it was quickly apparent to paramedics when they arrived on the scene that his injuries were life threatening.
With a head injury requiring urgent expert care, the aircrew made the decision to fly David in the air ambulance to the Royal Stoke hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.
David used a GPS tracking app on his mobile phone when out on his bicycle. On the day of the accident, it recorded his cycling route AND the flight in the air ambulance to hospital. The map below shows his journey changing from cycling on twisty roads - notes 1 to 3. The straight line (notes 3 to 5) illustrates the air ambulance flight to the Royal Stoke.