Both of our H145 helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA are based between our two Air Bases, Nostell Air Support Unit near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomed the new fleet at the back end of 2016/beginning of 2017. The new helicopters offer exceptional flight performance and will have significantly lower operational and maintenance costs. The H145 is night capable, enabling longer flying hours, and offers a much larger cabin area to treat patients in flight.
The region’s air ambulance doctors and paramedics have been involved from the start in the fit out of the H145s which will also carry the latest medical equipment.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance has planned the replacement of its increasingly costly, ageing aircraft for several years. The £12m cost has been met through planned savings, grants, careful budgeting and the amazing generosity of the people of Yorkshire.
YAA Chairman Peter Sunderland said: “These helicopters belongs to the people of Yorkshire and will do so for the next 10 to 20 years. I am very proud to say we now have a level of service which is probably the best of any air ambulance charity in the UK.”