Our CEO Phil and Daniel our founding trustee have viewed several makes and various models of helicopters being used by different HEM’s (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) air ambulance charities both in the UK and abroad and we have taken advice from many professionals who are experienced in the field of aviation including air ambulance pilots, manufacturers and operations teams and balanced them with the medical needs and recommendations of our future doctors and paramedics. The result is leading us to the best helicopter in its class which gets off the ground quicker than our neighbours helicopters due to its “rapid dispatch” start up and shut down procedure which has been developed especially for this HEMS Air Ambulance aircraft. Couple this with a faster cruise speed 150kts which is 25kts faster this significantly decreases the time it takes to get to the patient which can only result in more lives being saved.
Additional to this and a very important point raised many times in our market research is the heartbreak suffered as often partners and children/parents have to be separated from their loved ones as they are whisked away to hospital as the smaller helicopters do not have the space to carry them too, so forcing them to make their own way to the hospital which could be many miles away, all the time worrying and stressing about if the patient is going to be ok and likewise it puts additional stress on the patient who could be a partner or a child alone in a very loud helicopter which can be scary. We think this if possible should be avoided at all costs as stressful situations can do untold damage both to the patient and to the people left at the scene which can lead to anxiety induced heart attacks and car accidents following the helicopter to the hospital. We have found the answer with a helicopter that has a larger cabin area than others in its class (3.8 cubic meters vs 2.9 cubic meters) meaning that if we have to collect an injured child then a parent or guardian will now be able to fly with them to comfort them or the partner of a loved one along with a second casualty too, it also allows for increased clinical access to patient.
Faster takeoff, flying time and shut down time not only significantly decreases the time it takes to get a doctor to the patient thus increasing the patients chances of survival, its increased capability, performance and space whist still being small enough to land in the tightest of locations by our expertly trained pilots, will reduce the flying hours needed per annum by covering more ground per flight hours which in turn reduces fuel costs, lengthens the life of the helicopter and reduces our carbon footprint.