Children’s Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance
This air ambulance entered service at the start of September 2016. It will be joined by a second H145, G-YOAA, before the end of 2016.
The H145s replace two aging MD902 Explorers. The Explorers had seen unprecedented exposure in numerous series of BBC’s Helicopter Heroes. The first series of the programme was presented by Richard Hammond as his way of saying thank you to YAA for saving his life when he crashed while filming for Top Gear.
The new H145 is night-capable, enabling longer flying hours and not leaving medics grounded as soon as the sun sets. It is also fitted with a winch and FLIR camera to see heat rather than light.
London’s Air Ambulance Skoda Octavia VRS providing a ground-based alternative to the helicopter in London. The cars are used when the helicopter is out of action or when weather prevents it flying. They are only used for the most serious medical emergencies.
The images show the sponsors and cameras mounted into the lights bars. The registrations and call signs are:
EK14 NXO [H01]
EF63 MLU [H02]
EK14 NXR [H03]
EK14 NXP [H04]
G-CEMS and G-SASH are the two Yorkshire Air Ambulances. It is unusual for them to be seen together as they are based in and cover different areas of Yorkshire. It is also unusual to see them at night, as they are not permitted to fly then. They are seen here under spotlights, on display as part of the tenth anniversary party of the service at York Racecourse. They flew back into normal operation the next morning.
This is G-SASH, one of the Yorkshire air ambulances. This wide-angle shot shows the carefully sculpted angle of the rotor blade. Also in the shot is a TV camera next to the skid. This is used for filming the BBC TV show Helicopter Heroes.
The BBC TV observer helps load the equipment onto the helicopter as the doctor and paramedic return to the craft before taking off to another emergency call.
KN58 LNU is a Seat Leon that is used by Warwickshire and Northampton shire Air Ambulance. It carries a traditional green and yellow livery over the white bodywork.
The rear and side view of the Seat. The companies sponsoring the vehicle are listed on the side, as well as the charity’s helicopter logo. This car replaces a yellow version that can be seen below.