Midlands Air Ambulance Charity operates three state-of-the-art helicopters, covering an area of over 5,500 square miles and a population of approximately 6 million people.
The charity owns two helicopters, one H145 and one EC135, located at the RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire, and Strensham airbase in Worcestershire respectively. We lease a third aircraft from Babcock Mission Critical Services, another EC135 which is located at Tatenhill Aviation in Staffordshire.
Each helicopter has been specially adapted for carrying out lifesaving missions, to enable our aircrew to treat patients at the incident scene before transferring them to the most appropriate specialist hospital for their injuries.
The charity’s three aircraft carry an aircrew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90 per cent of the region is within reach within eight minutes.
Here are some quick, key stats about the aircraft the charity operate:
• EC135 Helicopter Top speed: 155kts
• Weight: 2,950kgs
• Cost: £4.5 million each
• Cost per mission: £2,500
• Flying time cost per minute: £25