Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying 12 May, 16, Source: HeliHub.com

Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an airborne EMS service to Wales, part of the United Kingdom.  At present they have three Airbus EC135s, and contract with Babcock MCS Onshore (ex Bond Air Services) for the provision of aircraft, pilots and so on.  They operate from three bases to cover the area efficiently.  Additionally, they have contracted with Babcock MCS Onshore for three H145s to replace the EC135s in 2017.  Equipped for night flights, the upgrade to H145s will move the charity a step closer to its goal of providing a 24-hour air ambulance service.

HeliHub.com can report that a fourth EC135 has been painted up in the colours of Wales Air Ambulance.  The subject aircraft G-HEMN was the first fully night-capable air ambulance helicopter in the UK when it was introduced by Babcock MCS Onshore to East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) in September 2012.  It was replaced when the second H145 G-RESU was delivered to EAAA on 13th February this year.  Babcock have issued a statement to HeliHub.com saying

“Babcock and the Wales Air Ambulance Charity are working together to continually develop the services the charity provides to the people of Wales. One element of this has seen Babcock provide the charity with the NVIS-certified aircraft G-HEMN, which will be used to trial night flying operations from their South Wales base over the next few months.  G-WASN, which has previously operated for the charity, is returning to Babcock’s Staverton headquarters ahead of any future redeployment.”

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com


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