GPS data recorded the duration of the flight, demonstrating that the fifteen 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 helicopter (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 return to professional work again.  I learned that I desperately wanted to feel useful again, so I took on many volunteering activities as soon as I was able to (about 12 months after my accident) - including with the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.  I subsequently worked for the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) in a befriending role and then at my local library in an IT buddy role on the shared computers.  In these latter roles I learned to listen, empathise and understand people's needs.  Furthermore, I gained the confidence that I could get out and about and do useful stuff.”

Clicking this link opens a PDF of the article published by North West Air Ambulance (NWAA).

Helicopter Journey

Air Ambulance Charity Magazine Article

Keen cyclist, forty eight year old David Wozny, was enjoying a thirty 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, indicated by notes 1 to 3.  The straight line (notes 3 to 5) illustrates the helicopter flight to the Royal Stoke.