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MAAC Helicopter LocationsWe have three helicopters - two EC135 helicopters, with the call signs G-OMAA and G-HWAA, and one H145 helicopter named G-RMAA.

The charity’s two owned helicopters, G-OMAA and G-RMAA, are located at Strensham in Worcestershire and RAF Cosford in Shropshire respectively. The third helicopter, G-HWAA, is leased from Babcock Mission Critical Services and based at Tatenhill in Staffordshire.

We also have back up vehicles at each base so the aircrew can respond when the helicopter offline. This could be during times of bad weather. 

We have two specialist vehicles based in Birmingham and the Black Country, and in Worcestershire. The critical care cars are manned by a critical care paramedic or trainee critical care paramedic, and attend patients suffering from cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke or sepsis. 

All MAAC assets have been specially adapted to carry out lifesaving missions, enabling our aircrew to treat patients at the incident scene before they are transferred to the most appropriate specialist hospital for their injuries. A pilot and two paramedics or flight doctors occupy the aircraft, along will full life-support medical equipment.

 

G-OMAA

EC135

Located in Strensham in Worcestershire.

The Eurocopter EC135 (now Airbus Helicopters H135) is a twin-engine civil light utility helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters (formerly known as Eurocopter). It is capable of flight under instrument flight rules (IFR) and is outfitted with a digital automatic flight control system (AFCS). First flying on 15 February 1994, it entered service in 1996 and 1,300 have been delivered up to January 2018 to 300 operators in 60 countries, accumulating over 4.5 million flight hours. It is mainly used for helicopter emergency medical services then for corporate transport, law enforcement, offshore wind and military flight training.

Stats

 

EC135 Helicopter

Top speed

140 knots (161mph)

Maximum take-off weight

2,950kg

Cost

£4.5 million

Length

12.16m

Height

3.35m

Width

2m

Fuel capacity

710 litres

Fuel consumption

250 litres per hour

Operational endurance*

1 hour 48 mins

Operational range*

234nm

G-HWAA

EC135

The H135’s (formerly known as EC135) high endurance and extended range enables this helicopter to perform a full range of mission requirements, while carrying more payload over longer distances than any twin-engine aircraft in its class. The H135’s superior payload-range performance offers an impressive 3,303 lb in useful load.

Incorporating a modern cockpit and avionics – as well as Airbus Helicopters’ Fenestron® tail rotor and bearingless main rotor – the H135 is recognized for its high performance and outstanding maneuverability. As one of the quietest helicopters in its class, the H135 is approximately 7 db below ICAO standards. This level represents a perceivable noise reduction of approximately 50 percent compared to older-generation helicopters in the same category – which is of particular importance to customers regularly flying over cities and in densely-populated areas, including emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies.

Stats

 

EC135 Helicopter

Top speed

140 knots (161mph)

Maximum take-off weight

2,950kg

Cost

£4.5 million

Length

12.16m

Height

3.35m

Width

2m

Fuel capacity

710 litres

Fuel consumption

250 litres per hour

Operational endurance*

1 hour 48 mins

Operational range*

234nm

G-RMAA

H-145

Located in RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

Designed to deliver excellent performance throughout the flight envelope, Airbus’ H145 is the latest member of its 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions. Compact in size, this helicopter’s small footprint and large, flexible cabin make it the aircraft of choice for a variety of civil missions.

The H145 joins Airbus’ multi-purpose EC145/BK117 family, from which some 1,100 rotorcraft are in service worldwide – logging a combined total of more than four million flight hours.

Bringing a large cabin, a compact airframe, and powerful engines, the H145 responds to a multitude of mission needs.

Enhancements incorporated in the H145 include Airbus’ innovative Helionix® avionics suite and 4-axis autopilot; increased performance through its Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2E; an anti-torque system with the latest version of the company’s signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor; and a new tail gearbox as well as an upgraded main gearbox.

Stats

 

H145 Helicopter

Top speed

143 knots (164mph)

Maximum take-off weight

3,700kg

Cost

£7 million

Length

13.64m

Height

3.45m

Width

2.4m

Fuel capacity

904 litres

Fuel consumption

300 litres per hour

Operational endurance*

2 hour 30 mins

Operational range*

325nm

 

Critical Care Car

BMW X5

Equipped with the same advanced medical kit and equipment as our helicopters. It has been operational since June 2018, and covers Birmingham and the Black Country, operating daily between 7am and 7pm. It has been specifically designed tend to those suffering from either a heart attack, cardiac arrest, sepsis, stroke or serious respiratory issues.

 

BMW X5

Top speed

150mph

Cost

£60,000

Length

4.9m

Height

1.6m

Width

1.8m

Fuel capacity

85 litres

 

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