Oxford-based AirMedical has acquired a Cheyenne IIIA. Rupert Dent, ceo, says: "It was the natural choice of aircraft to add to our existing fleet. Not only does it provide more room and comfort on board but the extra speed (cruise at just under 300kts) and longer range make it the ideal aircraft for all three of the main sectors we cater for."
AirMedical focuses on air ambulance and passenger and cargo charter. Dent adds: "Because it is a continuation of our Piper fleet, our in-house EASA 145 maintenance department will be able to undertake all the necessary maintenance schedules on the aircraft allowing fast turnaround times and good aircraft availability."
AirMedical has undertaken a large expansion and refurbishment programme over the past two years. Comments Dent: "This was necessary to accommodate and keep up with demand in both the air ambulance and passenger charter sector."
This expansion has seen AirMedical increase its fleet size to a total of 12 aircraft, with only two not owned by the company. The fleet includes four Piper Senecas, three Chieftains, two Cheyenne IIXLs and the
recently acquired Cheyenne IIIA among its 12 aircraft.
The PA42 will be able to carry two LifePort stretchers, with the main one carried being the upgraded
ITU stretcher with integrated oxygen, suction unit, power supply and drip stands.
Dent says: "This, combined with the high cruise speed and long range of up to 1,900nms, will ensure that AirMedical stays at the forefront of air ambulance provision. The fleet's capability will now enable complicated critical medical cases to be repatriated throughout Europe and North Africa."
The Cheyenne IIIA will be online and available for charter from March.