Air International 2017-10
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One especially well-liked feature of the S-92 is the ability for the winch operator to control the hover and move the aircraft forwards or backwards and left or right.
The helicopters operate in a range of environments and the S-92’s stability in rough conditions is praised.
Close co-operation with a range of organisations is vital to the service and training, as seen here in Scotland with a mountain rescue team, are regular events.
Bristow has invested ?7 million in each new base, such as this one pictured here at Caenarfon.
A customised stretcher stowage and plinth installation for casualties on the S-92 features a raised box on to which a stretcher is lifted to reduce the physical strain on rescue crews, and ensures the casualty is not too close to the floor.
The AW109SP GrandNew G-HEMZ, foreground, and AW109E Power G-RSCU are respectively operated by the Derby Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance from East Midlands Airport and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance from Coventry Airport.
In 2016, more than 2,900 total flight hours and 144 SAR missions were undertaken from Catania, mainly with the ATR 42MP and AW139.
In Manta 01 and 02 there is a side-looking airborne radar installed on both sides of the aircraft's tail to detect marine pollution.
The ATR 42MP Manta crew consists of a pilot, a co-pilot, a coordinating officer, two system operators and two specialists in the technical role also employed as observers.
The two system operators on the ATR 42MP Manta have very high resolution colour monitors on which both navigation data and those provided by the search sensors can be viewed.
Coast Guard pilots say the ATR 42MP Manta is a little sluggish in the turn, but praise its reliability and good controls.
Management of the ATR 42MP Manta's sensors and operational radio communication takes place through the MPMS under the supervision of the onboard TACCO.
The Thames Valley Air Ambulance is operated by Babcock MCS Onshore, formerly Bond Aviation Services. This was the initial H135 used for HEMS in the UK.
The primary task of the Nemo is safeguarding of the human life at sea, which often sees the crews involved in SAR mission.
The AW139 is 17m long and has a 14m rotor diameter that, thanks to a shorter transmission shaft, allows it to carry up to 12 people in the cabin plus two pilots.
In 2016, more than 2,900 total flight hours and 144 SAR missions were undertaken from Catania, mainly with the ATR 42MP and AW139.
The AW139 has two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turbine engines, which guarantee Category A landings and take-offs up to a 6,400kg (14,109lb) weight.
The aero rescuer is lowered into the sea or on board ships to recover injured persons or those in distress, rescue them and give first aid when required.
Pre-flight checks underway on the AW139 Nemo.
The fifth screen in the centre of the AW139’s cockpit shows, depending on selection, the map of the search area, the radar representation of targets, the images of the two fixed cameras or these coming from FLIR system.
The OV on the AW139 carries out numerous tasks, including managing the use of the tactical console, assisting the pilot in navigation and using the winch.
The real strength of the P180GC is its aerodynamics, designed to minimise drag as much as possible.
Specialist Aviation Services delivered this AW169 to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance in July 2017.
First to use the AW169 for HEMS in the UK in 2016 was the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Issues with the ice protection system were reported to have delayed the AW189’s service entry but a 12-month operational evaluation carried out by Bristow has ensured the type has met the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s contractual specifications.
Bristow operates search and rescue helicopters from ten bases around the UK for the 25-year UK SAR contract, with two helicopters at each base. The AW189s are currently operated from Prestwick and Lee-on-Solent.
The Airbus Helicopters H145 has entered service with several HEMS operators in the UK including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which has two aircraft.