The Leonardo AW169 is today a reality in the landscape of italian and international HEMS. The response of those who have already been able to fly in front of its brand new glass cockpit is univocal: … read
The UK AW169 EMS fleet will soon count on eight aircrafts. Let's find out what are the providers of the brand new Leonardo helicopter
The Leonardo AW169 helicopter speeds up its pace to become a bestseller in the UK EMS market. One of the latest order has been confirmed by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, which selected Special Aviation Services (SAS) to provide a brand new helicopter under a ten year contract starting in 2019.
As you know, UK EMS operations are managed by charities, which relies on fundraising in order to deliver HEMS.
The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust selection will increase the UK-based AW169 EMS fleet to eight aircraft and, on the other hand, will deliver a good amount of feedbacks and experience for HEMS missions in a wider way.
In the photogallery: THE AW169 IN THE UK EMS MARKET
These are the UK charities which currently (or will in the near future) deploys the Leonardo AW169 for EMS missions:
· Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
· Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
· Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance
· Dorset & Somerset
· Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire
· Children's Air Ambulance
A curious fact is that in many of these cases, the AW169 has been selected to replace a MD902 Explorer helicopter.
The 4.6/4.8 tonne AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. Orders for more than 160 AW169 helicopters have been signed by over 60 customers in 20 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications including air ambulance, law enforcement, executive/corporate and offshore transport, electronic newsgathering and utility roles. More than 40 units are already in service worldwide.
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