Ready for the future tuesday the 13th of June 2017 see’s the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire receive their brand new state of the art Leonardo AW169 Helicopter which will become operational from Wednesday, June 14 and will undertake an average of three life-saving missions every single day from its base at RAF Waddington near Lincoln.

The new bigger and more powerful helicopter with a max speed of 190mph can reach patients anywhere within the two counties in under 20 minute’s and with a 300 mile endurance on one tank of fuel the AW169 aircraft can travel from mission to mission without the need to refuel along the way taking up vital life saving time. The AW169 also hosts a much larger cabin than the previous aircraft the MD902 allowing for 360 degrees access to the patient allowing the potential to deliver life-saving interventions whilst in flight.

Every mission the aircraft undertakes will cost an average of £2,500 and the charity needs to raise  £2.5 million each year solely from contributions from the community to keep the air ambulance in the sky. Since flying operations began in 1994 the Lincs & Notts air ambulance has been called out to more than 18,200 missions.

 

With thanks to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and RAF Waddington 

If you would like to learn more or donate to the charity please visit there website http://www.ambucopter.org.uk/ 

Article by Kurt Fairhurst assisted by Paul Atkin