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How did we choose our new helicopter?

Posted by on October 8th 2012 in Operational

What made you choose the car you drive?  You probably weighed up all of the options and made an informed decision?  That’s exactly what we did when deciding what make of helicopter to buy for Devon’s second owned aircraft.  We already own an EC135 in Exeter, and the leased aircraft, which the new aircraft is replacing in Autumn 2013 is also the same type.

The reasons we chose the EC135 over other options are primarily operational. These are a few of the considerations which favour the EC135 for our particular needs:

  1. Because of the nature of the incidents we are...

Qualifications needed to become pilot - by Captain Rob Mackie

Posted by on September 24th 2012 in Operational

My name is Rob Mackie and I’m the senior pilot for the Devon Air Ambulance based in Exeter.

The qualitifications needed to become a pilot is a very good one, and one that is not easily answered (but I’ll try my best!). If you’re a parent please excuse me for saying this BUT in theory, you don’t need any specific qualifications to be an Air Ambulance pilot! It might sound a little bit strange saying that, but it’s true. What you do need is a good head for maths, some of which is quite complicated, and a good command of English...

What a busy weekend

Posted by on September 19th 2012 in Operational

Busy Weekend for Devon’s Air Ambulances

Our crews are always busy, but this weekend was one of those extraordinarily busy ones.  In fact in the South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset) during Saturday and Sunday there were 33 Air Ambulance incidents, of which 13 were flown by the two Air Ambulances in Devon.

On the Sunday, Devon’s Air Ambulance flew 9 missions.  However there were also an additional 4 Air Ambulance incidents in the county, which were supported by the Devon & Cornwall Police helicopter, Search and Rescue and Cornwall Air Ambulance also popped over the border to...

Kathryn�s Volunteering Experience

Posted by on September 17th 2012 in Volunteering

Kathryn volunteered for the Charity in our reception area, whilst also studying at University.  Kathryn said…

I decided to start volunteering at Devon Air Ambulance Trust because I had lived in Exeter for two years whilst studying at the University, and I felt it was time to give something back to the community that had become my home. Also, this was the first position that came up on the volunteering website. I am, of course, joking when I state that was the reason I applied; I have always been a supporter of the various Air Ambulance organisations that exist...

Why don�t we carry blood on board?

Posted by on September 10th 2012 in Operational

You may have read recently that our friends at the London Air Ambulance are now carrying blood supplies on board.  We’ve been asked whether we are going to be doing the same.  The simple answer is no.  This is why:

The service provided by the London Air Ambulance is significantly different to the service we provide because the two services have developed to meet very different needs.  London HEMS are implementing a very innovative scheme within the UK and we very much look forward to following its progress and the results they achieve. There are a few similar schemes in place...

Our new blog ââ?¬â?? work experience

Posted by on September 4th 2012 in Volunteering

Well it’s taken us a while, but at last we have our new blog up and running.  We hope that you will find it enjoyable and informative to read.

This is a very short first blog post, but we’ll be doing one blog a week.  We want it to tell you about things that you want to know as well.

So if you have a question or idea for future blogs why not post them?

For the first time this year we have offered work experience placements in our offices, and they have truly proved to be valuable, as...



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