General helicopter discussion. Post pictures or talk about whatever
REACH/AMR/GMR has a rotor EMS somewhere in the Hawaii area, not sure where it is based out of.Honolulu Fire Department Air 1
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MD500D NOTAR. Used primarily for Search and Rescue. Can only sling load non ambulatory patients on a litter (an ambulatory patient can sit inside) or sling load a Bambi Bucket for brush fire water drops. Closest thing we have to air ambulance here. Air 1 plucks patient off the mountainside/ocean, flies them to a waiting ground ambulance for transportation.
Air 1 is staffed 24/7. They just stood up Air 2 (identical airframe) during "daylight hours only", plans to get a third helicopter mostly as a spare for maintenance.
OK, correction, its the only air ambulance to respond on island. There is Inter-island transports (so if you wreck on Maui, you can still get to the Trauma Center here). They're probably based at Honolulu International (HNL).REACH/AMR/GMR has a rotor EMS somewhere in the Hawaii area, not sure where it is based out of.
How old are the BK117s? They aren’t produced anymore correct?
Wish we had more variety than A-Stars and 407s here.
I like the comfort of a second engine in an IFR program.Most still around were produced in the late 80s. They are fantastic helicopters for HEMS and are still heavily used worldwide. The EC145 (BK117c2) is current generation of the airframe however unless it is an E model I wouldn't be too eager to transition to it. Parts availability has been issue for a while now and it is probably long overdue for us to retire them tho.
I understand the economics of single engines and that they work for a large majority of flights however there is nothing like flying in twin engine that was purpose built for doing work.
Our BK117 with the children's program EC145