First H-145 HEMS helicopter to the Canadian STARS
Its initial aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and based in Calgary, Alberta
Following an extensive RFP process, Airbus’ H-145 was selected as the fleet replacement aircraft for STARS air ambulance’s aging fleet, becoming the first helicopters in HEMS configuration to enter Canada. The twin-engine model with HEMS interior, will support STARS’ highly skilled professionals in providing a safe, rapid, specialized emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured, many of which are located in rural areas. The first tranche of aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and will be based out of STARS’ Calgary, Alberta base. The H-145 is Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certified and is the latest member of its 4-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range. To date, the global fleet has achieved more than 100,000 flight hours since entry into service in 2015, with more than 200 units delivered. The helicopter is easily customized for intensive care transport, due to its easy and safe loading/unloading of patients through wide side sliding doors and large rear clamshell doors. Its spacious cabin provides easy access and greater comfort for the medical crew, and its extremely low external sound levels allow neighbourhood-friendly operations around hospitals and in urban areas.
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