Thu, 15 Nov 2018

New Zealand to Enhance HEMS Operations with Two Airbus H145s

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand has selected the Airbus H145, in response to a call from New Zealandís Health Ministry to enhance its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry.

 Due to be delivered in the second half of 2019, the two helicopters will become the first HEMS-configured H145s to enter New Zealand, and will bolster the countryís capacity to provide modern, state-of-the-art air ambulance services in the nationís south.

The two helicopters will be operated on the South Island by the consortium formed by Helicopters Otago (Dunedin) and GCH Aviation (Christchurch), and will become the flagship of their already in-service fleets of the BK117 and EC145.

Airbus H145. Click to enlarge.

Graeme Gale of Helicopters Otago said, ďThe Airbus H145 was our natural choice for offering air ambulance services. Airbusí industry-leading safety features, reliability, and importantly, excellent internal space and rear clam shell doors, makes the H145 the perfect air ambulance, suited for any weather condition.Ē

The 4-tonne-class twin engine H145 is equipped with state-of-the-art Helionix avionics suite and 4-axis autopilot system, which helps to reduce pilot workload during missions.

Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Airbus Helicopters, said, ď I am confident that this helicopter will be well received in the country, just like its predecessors. As more healthcare providers across Asia Pacific begin devoting resources to developing their HEMS ecosystems in support of critical life-saving missions, I am convinced that the H145 will quickly become the regionís reference for HEMS operations.Ē

With a global fleet of more than 1,400 helicopters of the H145 family, the fleet has accumulated more than five million flight hours. In New Zealand alone, there are currently 41 H145 family of helicopters deployed for aeromedical, search-and-rescue, utility and business aviation purposes.

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