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Second PC-24 arrives in WA with the first off to a flying start
Western Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service has been operating a PC-24 since late January and the aircraft has already completed 30 flights. A second has joined the mix and will serve the remote north of the state.
The distinctive PC-24.
Read this story in our March 2019 printed issue.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Western Australia (WA) has taken delivery of a second Pilatus PC-24 for aero medical services.

The aircraft was flown over from Switzerland by pilot Lisa Roper-Campbell, the first female in the southern hemisphere to command the type. Western operations CEO Rebecca Tomkinson says that the PC-24 will significantly improve health outcomes for those living, working and travelling in regional WA.

“Despite WA’s size and the tyranny of distance, the arrival of this jet will ensure West Australians can be guaranteed the best possible health outcomes, delivered no matter where they are,” she comments. “Each PC-24 Rio Tinto LifeFlight jet has been designed by West Australians for West Australians, and we can be confident of providing a ‘mantle of safety’ for mine site workers, our farmers, people living in regional and remote communities, tourists and travellers alike.

“Lotterywest and the state government’s commitment to this jet is a significant investment in the state’s wider health and emergency services infrastructure and will increase our capabilities.”

The aircraft will be based in Broome to meet increased patient demand in the state’s northern and remote regions while its sister jet, which arrived in December last year, is based in Perth to cover the southern half of the state.

The jets can carry three stretchered patients and two medical teams, each consisting of a doctor and a nurse, and can travel speeds of more than 700 kilometres per hour, halving the flight time for long-haul patient critical scenarios.

The added capability and capacity of both jets when integrated with the RFDS’ existing fleet of 16 PC-12 turboprop aircraft will boost overall fleet size and free up PC-12 resources to maintain a strong regional presence.

The first PC-24 entered service with RFDS WA on 21 January this year, and has since travelled 73,000 kilometres to reach 70 patients across the state, completing 30 journeys. The acquisition and aero medical fit-out of the two LifeFlight PC-24 jets represents an investment of $26 million by the RFDS, partly funded by a $10 million contribution from Rio Tinto, $4.5 million from the Commonwealth Government and $6.5 million from Lotterywest.

Tomkinson concludes: “As we look to the future, ensuring the sustainability of our essential service is of utmost priority and we will be seeking support from the wider public to help us fund the ongoing maintenance costs of our aircraft and for the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to all West Australians for their continued support in enabling us to deliver an essential service that belongs to anyone who lives, works or travels across our great state.”

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