Yorkshire Air Ambulance signs for H145

Last week at Helitech, Yorkshire Air Ambulances (YAA) signed an agreement for a new H145 from Airbus Helicopters in the UK.

The new helicopter, fitted with a state of the art Bucher interior specifically customised to YAA‟s emergency services requirements, will be equipped with a rescue hoist which, when combined with its reduced footprint, will enable YAA to provide critical care and transport for patients from remote or inaccessible places.

Peter Sunderland, chairman of YAA said: ”The Yorkshire Air Ambulance have undertaken and completed a detailed review, of their evolving needs for service delivery over the next 25 years and are delighted to announce that the rapid response emergency service has placed an order for a latest generation H145 helicopter to replace its 16-year-old G- SASH aircraft”.

“The H145 is the new benchmark for EMS operations.”

Colin James, managing director, Airbus Helicopters in the UK added: “The H145 is the new benchmark for EMS operations. Features like the shrouded tail rotor, side and rear access, large interior and the flat and railed cabin floor are the result of a “no compromise‟ approach to design an aircraft specifically for utility missions.”

A pledge of £1 million by UK Chancellor George Osborne has been instrumental in helping YAA renew their helicopter which, by using the most modern helicopter in operation of its type, is expected to bring improved availability and reduced maintenance.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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