Emergency support organisation Specialist Aviation Services is busy preparing to put the first AW169 Air Ambulance into service for the new year to complement its European MD 902 Explorer fleet.
The company is anticipating delivery of the first of several AW 169’s within the next couple of months. This will be placed in service in the UK with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
According to SAS Managing Director, Henk Schaeken, “We have now allocated all six of our first batch of AW 169’s. These are all for air ambulance customers and demonstrates the appeal to this market of the aircraft’s unique features such as its large cabin and APU mode.”
SAS is currently finalising its STC for a modular medical interior which can be adapted for its different customers.
“We anticipate putting this first batch into service in relatively quick succession and so we needed a medical fit which can be adapted between customers without any fundamental redesign.” Schaeken adds.
The company already announced its selection by Agusta Westland as an AW169 service centre earlier this year and following their recent training in Milan, several SAS engineers and pilots are ready to support the first aircraft’s entry into service.
SAS hopes to be in a position to announce more new AW 169 contracts at Helitech International 2015 this week.