NSW Ambulance has commissioned the first of two Pilatus PC-24 versatile jets into service.
The ambulance service ordered two of the twin jets in 2021, with plans to provide aeromedical services across the entire state.
“The PC-24 is no stranger to the aeromedical space, it’s a highly sought after platform for many of the top aeromedical organizations around the world," said Pilatus Australia’s CEO, Sebastian Lip. "
Like the aircraft, the aeromedical configuration has proven itself in some of the harshest operating conditions anywhere.
"We’re extremely proud that the New South Wales Ambulance has chosen our aircraft to save lives and serve their community.”
NSW Ambulance estimates the PC-24 will fly 6500 patients across 800 missions in its first year of service.
“The PC-24 increases the capability of our aeromedical operations and is ideal for the long distances we have to cover in Australia," said NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dr Dominic Morgan, "it will be a great asset to our clinical staff and patients."
PC-24s, configured for medevac operations, are in service around the world with Royal Flying Doctor Service in Australia, Ornge in Canada, Kommunalförbundet Svenskt Ambulansflyg (KSA) in Sweden, and now NSW Ambulance.