Yorkshire Air Ambulance takes to the skies on 25th October 2000 in a 20 year old, leased Bolkow helicopter G-PAS-G whilst operating from a Portakabin at Leeds Bradford Airport. Income at this time was £250,000.
The operations at Leeds Bradford Airport took a step forward when the crew finally moved from their Portakabin to new office space on the Multiflight site at the airport. Income from the year stood at just over £1million.
New aircraft G-SASH joins the team, and new Chairman, Peter Sunderland takes to the helm of the organisation. Also this year on 20th September, YAA were called to a crash at Elvington Airfield near York. Their patient was Top Gear Presenter Richard Hammond who had been involved in a serious accident. This year saw the income for the charity hit £2million for the first time.
First episode of Helicopter Heroes airs on 3rd September on BBC1 and is presented by Richard Hammond. The series is comprised of 10 initial episodes but due to the success of the first series it is re-commissioned.
YAA welcomes second helicopter, G-CEMS, to their fleet, based at Sheffield Business Park. The second series of Helicopter Heroes airs in August, this time with new presenter Rav Wilding. The charity hosts their first ever Recognition Awards ceremony. Income this year hit the £3million mark.
Move to and official opening of new Northern Airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk by HRH The Duke of York , KG – Royal Patron of the YAA. Also acquired their own Air Operating Certificate this year – one of the first Air Ambulances to achieve this in the UK.
November saw the YAA move to a new Flagship Airbase on the Nostell Estate in Wakefield. Purpose developed especially for their operations. The charity also saw their most successful year so far, with income totalling £5million for the year.
In March 2015, HRH The Duke of York, KG officially opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s state-of-the-art Air Support unit at Nostell Priory Estate, near Wakefield.
25th October, 2015 The Yorkshire Air Ambulance have been saving lives for 15 years and have carried over 6,000 patients!
2016 will be remembered as a momentous year for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Two brand new state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters were delivered and came into operation during the year.
The majority of 2016 saw the Charity make the necessary preparations at each airbase for the arrival of these new helicopters, and a grand unveiling event was held at Nostell on the 7th June in front of regional dignitaries, corporate supporters and guests.
G-YAAC came into operation at Nostell on Saturday 3rd September and G-YOAA followed shortly after, becoming operational from her new home at Topcliffe on Wednesday 14th December.
This year saw our first full year of operations with the two new Airbus H145 helicopters and the benefits they have brought to the people of Yorkshire and its visitors.
We also saw some key medical and operational advancements for the Charity during this year too. Firstly, the commencement of NVIS (Night Vision Imaging Systems) Operations. This has allowed the Charity to extend its operational hours into darkness both earlier in the mornings, and later into the nights.
Secondly, was the addition of carrying Blood on Board, enabling critically injured patients to receive transfusions at the scene of accidents or in the air.