Yorkshire Air Ambulance unveils new helicopter
This is the first of two Airbus H145 D3s that the charity will receive this year
Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has revealed its latest helicopter – an Airbus H145 D3 – that will be used in HEMS operations in the county. It is the first organisation in the UK to receive the brand new model.
The H145 D3 features a new, upgraded, five-blade propeller that is mounted on the mast. This makes the system easier to maintain and is lighter than the previous rotor. As YAA’s Director of Aviation, Steve Waudby, attested: “The big difference you’ll notice is that this new helicopter has five rotor blades, which means it’s a lot smoother.
“It’s also slightly lighter, because the anti-vibration equipment has been removed, which means we can carry another half an hour’s worth of aviation fuel. This means we can stay airborne and go to a lot more jobs before we have to refuel.”
Additional advancements on this model include onboard Wi-Fi to allow patient records to be updated inflight and a cutting-edge secure communications system that will allow the crew to send patient data ahead to their destination hospital. There will also be an improved medical fit alongside some of the most advanced and innovative equipment for treating patients at scene and in-flight.
A YAA spokesperson added: “The Airbus H145 D3 is used by military, police, and air rescue services around the world.
“The night-capable aircraft has exceptional flight performance and will have significant technological advancements, including reduced felt vibrations, notably in the cabin, which will considerably improve ride quality for both patients and the crew.”
Another H145 D3, the G-YORX, will arrive to the charity in June.