This website uses cookies
More information
Air bp
Air bp
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Midlands Air Ambulance expects swifter responses with H145
UK charity Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA) has commenced operations with its upgraded H145 helicopter.
Read this story in our March 2018 printed issue.

UK charity Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA) has commenced operations with its upgraded H145 helicopter. The aircraft is supporting patient care across six counties and will be housed at RAF Cosford in Shropshire. It was unveiled by chairman Brendan Connor alongside ambassadors John Challis, Sir Lee Pearson and Neil Back.

MAA employs three air ambulance helicopters, wholly owning the latest one and an H135, and leasing a second H135 from Babcock Mission Critical Services.

The larger H145 was medically kitted out at Babcock's Staverton facility and is expected to handle an average of three missions a day. It can travel long distances before refuelling, enabling the aircrew to respond faster. A large interior means that additional aircrew can be flown to major incident scenes, and further medical equipment can be carried on board to treat more complex emergencies.

Connor states: "Excellent pre-hospital patient care is at the heart of everything we do. To support our mission, build resilience and strengthen the long-term sustainability of the charity, we made the strategic decision to invest a proportion of donations into this H145. The new airframe will enable us to reduce our operating costs and complements our plans to further improve care in the region."

MAA chief executive Hanna Sebright adds: "The new airframe cost #7 million and has been funded by our dedicated supporters, including the communities we serve and our corporate partners."

Other News
Babcock announces new contract with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
May 9, 2024
Babcock has been by MAAC's side for the last 33 years and is now contracted for 10 more. It operates Airbus helicopters and provides ground support, engineering and pilots for pre-hospital emergency care flights.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity to upgrade Strensham airbase
May 3, 2024
With the help of a £1.8m donation, MAAC is refurbishing its Strensham airbase. Its H135 will be relocated to operating company Babcock's base nearby, allowing full operational capability while the work is being done.
Croatian HEMS service takes flight
April 30, 2024
Zagreb and Osijek, vital hubs for rapid response in the heart of the country, are operated by Eliance with EC135s. Rijeka and Split serve the coastline and islands and are operated by Elifriulia with Airbus H145s.