Scottish Ambulance Service

COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

17-Jun-2020Source: UK Government

3 RAF Puma helicopters deployed to Kinloss Barracks to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in the coronavirus fight are heading back to their Oxfordshire base today, nearly 3 months after being stood up in support COVID activity in Scotland. The aircraft and crews from RAF Benson had responded to an urgent request in March... Read more

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

1-Jun-2020Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft.  Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock... Read more

Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

14-Feb-2020Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation is pleased to provide an update on its £20m order for three Airbus H145 helicopters, as reported on 24th December 2018. The Company has completed this purchase and taken title to all three helicopters. Preparations for the deployment of the helicopters from 1st June 2020 in support of a long-term contract are proceeding to plan.... Read more

Glasgow helipad has 692 landings in three years

Glasgow helipad has 692 landings in three years

7-Jun-2018Source: HELP Appeal

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s helipad in Glasgow has seen 692 landings over the past three years. That’s an average of 230 landings every year from the Scottish Air Ambulance and Coastguard services. The average number of landings every week has also risen from three to four in comparison to when the helipad was two years old.   Between April 2017... Read more

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

15-Mar-2016Source: Scottish Ambulance Service

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval teams at Glasgow Airport today. The new facility brings Scottish Ambulance Service Air Ambulance helicopter and fixed wing operations from the West into a single location. Scotland’s national specialists retrieval service for critically ill... Read more

UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

17-Mar-2015Source: Bond Air Services

The third H145 (formerly EC145T2) to arrive in the UK was delivered to Bond Air Services last week, joining the only other two aircraft of this type in the country, which are both already at the company’s Staverton headquarters. [Editor note – the aircraft was delivered on a German test registration D-HCBW on Wednesday 11th... Read more

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

16-Feb-2015Source: STV

A life-saving air ambulance, which is the country’s only charity-funded aircraft, marking the milestone of its 500th call out. See full story... Read more

EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

2-Jun-2014Source: Lochaber News

THE Blar Mor development site in Fort William is to be investigated as a possible location for a permanent helipad for air ambulance helicopters.  See full story... Read more

Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

16-May-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Plans to move Glasgow Heliport were first aired at least four years ago as the site owners wanted to use the land for a hotel. Ever since its launch, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre have been supportive of the heliport in one corner of its site alongside the River Clyde, so there was no... Read more

Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

5-Jun-2013

Scottish Air Ambulance EC135 ferrying a sick ­patient from a remote island to a mainland hospital was forced to ­divert to an airport after the pilot spotted doctors having a barbecue near the helipad. (see full story)... Read more

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

18-Feb-2013Source: Scottish Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service has completed an initiative to create new lit helicopter landing sites on Shetland’s outer isles that will enhance access for medical evacuations. While the Coastguard helicopter has always had 24 hour access to these islands, the new sites will allow access at night by the Jigsaw helicopter, which requires a lit... Read more

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

17-Jan-2013Source: Bond Air Services

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to announce that one of the two helicopter air ambulances it operates on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has reached 10,000 flying hours. The aircraft, a Eurocopter EC135T2i (registration G-SASA), reached this milestone transferring a maternity patient with abdominal pains from Cambeltown hospital to Crosshouse hospital in... Read more

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

14-Jun-2012Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Limited (Gama), part of the global Gama Group, announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has selected Gama to be its dedicated provider of Air Ambulance services for a further 7 years (2013 – 2020). Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland which commenced in 1993 was today furthered... Read more

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

11-Jun-2012Source: Scottish Ambulance Service

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a new contract is due to be awarded to the incumbent air operator, Gama Aviation. The contract will commence in April 2013 and run for seven years with a lifetime cost of £120... Read more

Bond builds new base at Inverness

Bond builds new base at Inverness

23-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

It has been announced that British operator Bond Air Services is building a new facility on Inverness Airport Business Park, and is expecting to open its doors in November.  It will then provide the base for two Eurocopter EC135s, one for the Scottish Ambulance Service, and the other for the Northern Lighthouse Board. The Scottish... Read more

Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

Highland B&B owner’s plea for mercy helipad in garden

29-Dec-2009Source: Press & Journal

A bed-and-breakfast operator wants to build a helipad for the north’s lifeline air ambulances in her front garden.... Read more

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