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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announces name of AW169

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announces name of AW169

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce ‘Pegasus’ as the name for our AW169 helicopter. In August, we announced a competition to find a name for our aircraft and entries immediately began flooding in. By the time the closing date arrived, nearly one thousand entries had been received. A panel of judges which… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 06-Nov-17

Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new helipad receives first air ambulance

Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new helipad receives first air ambulance

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s  AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 21-Aug-17

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP, 18-Aug-17

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered into service. This becomes the first AW169 to enter air ambulance operational service in the UK and is the culmination of years of planning and development.   The aircraft was selected following an extensive evaluation process.  Its outstanding characteristics,… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 15-Jun-17

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

DSAA Chairman wins Air Ambulance Award of Excellence

DSAA Chairman wins Air Ambulance Award of Excellence

Over 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday evening at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2016. Awards hosts, BBC News reporter and presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding handed out 11 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and… Read more »

Source: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, 23-Nov-16

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to celebrate 15 years this weekend

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to celebrate 15 years this weekend

This week, fifteen years ago, we were preparing to fly our very first mission. At 08.00 am on Saturday 21st March, the helicopter and crew went online for the very first time.  Less than an hour later at 08.52 am, we were deployed to our first incident. The fifteen year milestone has been reached with… Read more »

Source: DSAA, 19-Mar-15

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects the AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border in South West England in 2016 and will be able to reach any… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced this afternoon that it had carried out its 10,000th mission. The Charity’s EC135 helicopter, Pilot Max Hoskins, Paramedic Mark Williams and Consultant Doctor Ian Mews attended the incident which took place in the Shaftesbury area at 13.45 pm today. The patient, Carissa Ealson (24) was taking part in a… Read more »

Source: DSAA, 17-Jun-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

The new £3 million helideck at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) was used for the first time on Friday 9 May by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance just two days after its official opening. Air ambulances across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flights for the new helideck which is located… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 14-May-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew rescue missions 615 times last year (see full story)

Source: Western Daily Press, 12-Feb-13

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UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced the appointment of Simon Michell (pictured) and Roger Morgan as Chairman and Vice-Chairman to the Board of Trustees earlier today. The duo took over the reins from former Chairman, Terri Gill and Vice-Chairman Colin Harrisson. Simon has been on the board of trustees since 2006 and Roger since 2009…. Read more »

Source: D&S Air Ambulance, 28-Mar-12

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance names cartoon character

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance names cartoon character

Welcome everyone, to the new member of our team…. Our cheeky little cartoon helicopter was given the name ‘Dasher’ at 5.00 pm this evening. Dasher was created by Dave Hindson, a paramedic and friend of the Charity and the naming competition was launched in our ‘Beeline’ magazine last November. We had some really great entries which we… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 30-Jan-12

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance marks 8,000th mission

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance marks 8,000th mission

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) has completed its 8,000th mission since its launch in March, 2000. The milestone call-out was to take an 18-month-old burns victim from Shaftesbury to Salisbury District Hospital, which has a specialist burns unit. During 2010, the Air Ambulance attended 788 incidents, 51 per cent of them (403) in Dorset… Read more »

Source: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, 05-May-11

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance operates an EC135 from Henstridge Airfield in UK.  This superseded an earlier Bo105

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 22-Jun-10

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10th Anniversary appeal for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

10th Anniversary appeal for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

The Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance charity is trying to track down as many of the 7,000 people it has helped since its launch in March 2000.

Source: Dorset Echo, 01-Dec-09

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