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.