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Wales Air Ambulance’s new chopper whirls into action

Apr 2 2009 by Amy Willis, South Wales Echo

THE Wales Air Ambulance’s new helicopter landed in the grounds of Cardiff Castle yesterday for its official unveiling.

The helicopter replaces the old model, the Bolkow-105, which was based on a design from the 1950s.

The new helicopter, the EC-135, is specially designed as an air ambulance. It has a higher fuel capacity and will be able to carry more passengers, including specialist doctors.

Dave Guiney, 50, the helicopter’s pilot, said: “It is a far better working environment and a much more powerful aircraft. It can fly for longer because it can hold more fuel, which is particularly important if we need to spend time searching for the patient.”

Mr Guiney also highlighted the importance of being able to fly with more people on board. He said: “I remember one incident where a German couple were in trouble on a Welsh hillside and we had to leave a paramedic stranded on a hillside and go back to collect him after the patients had been dropped off. With the new helicopter it has extra capacity so we won’t have to do that.”

Angela Hughes, chief executive of Wales Air Ambulance, said: “We thank the people of Wales for donations.”

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2 Responses

  1. Yeah, I also like to make a service like that, Thanks a lot.

  2. Medevac says:

    Yeah, I think Air Ambulances are more important in these days, thanks a lot,

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