There are many factors to consider when a flight request is made. High altitude, ever changing weather conditions and geographical location are just a few. To best accommodate any request we use a variety of aircraft to provide the best possible service.
American Eurocopter EC-145
The EC-145 is the newest addition to our fleet. This particular helicopter was chosen for many reasons. First and foremost it is very powerful and has excellent performance in hot conditions and at high altitude. As a larger air ambulance there is ample room for patient care. The space was a major consideration for the OB specialty team so they can better treat and help keep their patients comfortable in flight. The most unique attribute to this aircraft is a rear patient loading system. The rear clamshell doors allow for a full sized, wheeled stretcher to be secured inside the aircraft.
The most advanced avionics, radios, weather and terrain detection equipment is incorporated in the cockpit. The 145 is completely night vision compatible so each crew member can use a pair of NVG goggles during flight to increase safety at night.
The 407 was chosen for it's excellent power to weight ratio and economical performance. It performs well at altitude and during hot conditions. Because it is a smaller airframe it is more cost effective by using less fuel while reducing other operating costs. It is agile enough to use during search and assist missions and when deploying the long range receiver. Four 407's are currently in service. Each 407 is NVG compatible.
The PC-12 is a reliable and economical airplane. It has a single turbo-prop engine that provides ample power to complete flights quickly and safely, while reducing costs compared to a multi engine aircraft. The interior is spacious and allows for two patient transport capabilities. The cockpit is well organized allowing for a single pilot to safely operate the aircraft.