All Ireland Air Ambulance - publicity launch

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Post by edeeorr » Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:26 pm

in the early days of the Garda chopper, much was made out of the legality of operating civilian aircraft outside controlled airspace at night (so no Special VFR available), hence its transfer to the IAC. Is the HEMS planned to be day VFR only or will it have some dispensation to operate in CLass G at night?

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Post by TrickyDicky » Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:27 am

At least for the foreseeable future it will only be a daytime operation.
Only the IAC and the Coastguard SAR aircraft can operate VFR outside controlled airspace in Ireland.
Even if allowed there may also be added equipment or crew required for night VFR HEMS ops. That could increase the cost and decrease the already limited range of a BO105 type aircraft.

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Post by 500 fan » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:53 pm

Here is a link to a few photos of the helicopter that toured the country last week ( I posted them before seeing this thread); ... php?t=3919

I think the plan is to have three BO-105s covering most of the country. Funding is the big hurdle to overcome, of course. The car insurance companies and the drinks companies are two possible sources for sponsorship, with the rest of the funding coming from collections, and perhaps the so-called government can give a few quid as well. If they can throw billions at the fat cats in the banks, they can spare a few thousand for this operation. The insurance companies in particular stand to gain enormously from a further reduction in road deaths that an air ambulance could bring.

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