16 June 2012
More on Vincent's Jetstream air ambulance
14 June 2012
Prime Minister John Key launched Life Flight Trust’s new air ambulance in Wellington today.
Mr Key said he was delighted to unveil the new plane as Life Flight was a worthwhile service, which helped to save lives. Life Flight Chair Bill Day says, “The Trust was the first organisation to provide air ambulance services in New Zealand and has done so since 1987. We needed to upgrade to this plane because maintaining our old Metroliner had become more challenging and expensive as it aged. “We have today moved to a J32 Jetstream which enables us to continue providing the highest standards of patient care in the air at lower costs.” Life Flight flies an average of four emergency missions every day throughout New Zealand. The service operates with doctors and specialist medical teams from Wellington Hospital who provide some of the best medical services in the country. Last year Life Flight flew 1387 missions. “The Trust can only do this with the support of the community and we need to raise $2,500 for every mission flown. Our supporters are very generous,” Mr Day said. “This plane will save lives, of that there cannot be any doubt. We are very proud of our pilots, staff and medical teams who do such an outstanding job.” A quarter of the Trust’s flights are for babies and children. Whether for children or adults, the flights are often the difference between life and death.
There are excellent photos of the Jetstream air ambulance (especially good for those wanting to do a flight sim paint job) at http://www.lifeflight.org.nz/planelaunch.php
A couple of questions I have...
"We needed to upgrade to this plane because maintaining our old Metroliner had become more challenging and expensive as it aged" - Is the J32 going to be any better???
How do they get the stretcher in the door of the J32??? A Metro or 1900 would be far easier
Posted by Steve L at 6:43 PM