The Beechcraft King Air B360 has undergone a state-of-the-art fit-out at the HeliMods facility in Queensland. It is the first of seven B360s to join the RFDS fleet in Queensland.
World-class onboard technology allows crews to fly further and faster, while also enhancing patient comfort and reducing pilot workload.
Meredith Staib, Chief Executive Officer of RFDS (Queensland Section), said: “We’re extremely excited to launch the first of this ground-breaking new fleet, which is a key part of our 10-year aircraft replacement strategy to ensure our crews can continue to deliver first-class aeromedical care to Queenslanders.
“The new B360 fleet will enhance our inter-hospital transfer service, which provides the backbone to the Queensland Health Aeromedical System, and is delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government.”
Nurse Manager Aeromedical Training and Clinical Resources, Maree Cummins, said the cabin has been designed to provide the finest care in the air: “The innovative stretcher system, which integrates seamlessly with Queensland Ambulance Service stretchers, is also a first-of-its-kind for fixed-wing aircraft in Queensland and will make it quicker and easier to transfer patients on and off the aircraft.
“While the integrated cabin concept includes a connected control system which will allow Flight Nurses and Doctors to monitor medical battery, oxygen capacity and flow rates, and control cabin lighting, while remaining seated.”
This aircraft comes into operation next month, and the second has arrived in Australia ready for its fit-out. The other five will arrive over the next 18 months.