Saturday the 3rd of September saw the Brand New Yorkshire Air Ambulance Airbus H145 enter operational service and within hours performed its first life saving mission. Yorkshire Air Ambulance are replacing both its current ageing Md902 explorer aircraft G-SASH and G-CEMS with the latest generation Airbus H145 helicopters with G-YAAC being the first of two to take to the skies of Yorkshire. Based at the Nostell Air Support Unit the H145 will provide state of the art medical care to patients that need it the most with a longer range, faster top speed and more spacious cabin than the MD902 it will provide more patient comfort and will be able to cover more of Yorkshire Faster.  

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity needing to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air and maintained, this is equivalent to £4.4 million each year. They provide a life saving rapid response to the emergency’s 365 days a year to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire. Patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centres around the county flying at speeds of up to 160mph and with the new aircraft being capable of nighttime flying the charity hopes to be fully night operational by September 2017  meaning they can carry out there life saving work longer and later. They currently attend over 1,000 missions a year, an average of three incidents every single day and to date, nearly 7,000 patients have been carried to relevant treatment centres.

Article by Kurt Fairhurst with Thanks to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance