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 »
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 »
The Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has just signed a new 25-year lease to remain at the Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey. Many locals feared that the air ambulance would have to leave due to development at Redhill. The Argus reports that the decision to stay at Redhill was “essential.”
UK operator Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce an agreement with Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust to provide a second AW169. The charity’s first helicopter, displayed at this year’s Helitech International, will enter service later this year, whilst the second aircraft will go into operation later next year, bringing the total number… Read more »
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services. The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service. Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly… Read more »
HeliHub.com can reveal that this helicopter landed in the UK for the first time in the last hour – arriving at Redhill aerodrome at 13:57 GMT. The related press release is below: Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, handed over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is… Read more »
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSA) has signed an agreement with wireless supplier Tactical Wireless (TWL) to jointly research and develop a backpack-mounted version of TWL’s existing Omni-Hub multi-mode communications unit. See full story.
The facility at King’s will be London’s third helipad, and serve a trauma population of 5.5 million people across south east London and Kent. The multi-million pound helipad will speed up the time it takes helicopters to transfer critically ill patients to King’s. The helipad will be built on top of an existing tower-block on… Read more »
Motorsport Legend John Surtees OBE, has presented a £75,000 cheque to local charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The presentation, which took place at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey, was made to the Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell; the money will be used for ‘High Fidelity Simulators’. Presented… Read more »
AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has selected the new generation AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the KSSAAT. KSSAAT, a prime HEMS provider and the first, and presently only,… Read more »
Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance yesterday (Wednesday) became the first air ambulance in the country to launch a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) following three years of research and preparatory work. Up until recently, and unlike the rest of Europe, the service could only fly by daylight and so traditionally operated… Read more »
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has announced the arrival of its new helicopter. The newer version of the MD902 Explorer aircraft will replace the charity’s existing helicopter based at Redhill ready for night flying in late summer. In preparation for the 24-hour operation, the charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic crew have already begun to… Read more »
Specialist Aviation Services have imported a pair of MD Explorers from California, which have been purchased from EMS operator CALSTAR. The two have been registered as G-HMDX and G-KSSA and are serials 900-00121 (previously N902RN) and 900-00123 (previously N902CS) respectively. G-HMDX is for Magpas Helimedix, a more recent addition to the UK EMS scene. Magpas… Read more »
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has signed a contract with air ambulance operator Medical Aviation Services (MAS) which heralds the introduction of a full 24/7 helicopter service in the UK’s South East from early next year. KSSAAT works in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in the delivery of… Read more »
BEP Systems have recently completed aÂ Data Protection AuditÂ for KSSAA to assist with their compliance to the Data Protection Act. Raising Â£5 million a year to keep their life saving ambulances flying is a full time occupation for the staff at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA), so they donâ€™t really have time to… Read more »
A collaboration to share air support across the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire was officially launched Friday at Shoreham Airport. Although the South East Air Support Unit (SEASU) has been operational since October, today marked the start of operations under a single Police Air Operator’s Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Under the… Read more »
Preparations for Airmed 2011, which takes place in the UK this year for the first time in its twenty year history, are well in-hand and delegate registration is gathering pace quickly. The international aero-medical congress will be held in Brighton in the UK from May 24-27 2011 and is being hosted by the Kent, Surrey… Read more »
Frimley Park Hospital in the UK county of Surrey has given the go-ahead to a Â£20M project to build a new Accident & Emergency department including a roof-top helipad.Â When completed, this facility will avoid the delays associated with the current arrangement where air ambulances have to land at Kings International College and complete the… Read more »
Surrey Air Ambulance spokeswoman Jill Playle said: “We are able to offer a very good service during the daytime but we’re unable to fly at night – and serious illness and injury happens 24 hours a day.
Police report two people had been seen hanging off the helicopter’s tail fin and swinging on the pilot’s door.Â When the pilot asked them to stop they became verbally aggressive and one grabbed the pilot around his throat.
It’s happy birthday to a charity which is literally one of Kent’s lifesavers.Â The Kent Air Ambulance was founded in November 1989 and exactly 20 years ago – on Wednesday, December 23, 1989 – it made its first life-saving mission.
The region’s air ambulance service is flying high after receiving recognition for its high standard of work with volunteers.Â The Kent, Surrey and Sussex service has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers standard for its efforts in improving volunteers’ experiences and recognising their important contribution.