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We are very proud of our roots, together with the landmarks that have got us where we are today - only thanks to our amazing supporters and fundraisers.   Why not scroll down below and find out how and when we started, together with lots of other information and highlights so far.  We'll obviously be adding to the timeline as and when other key things happen.



The Ceri Thomas Appeal is launched. After the death of her son, Ann Thomas sets about raising funds for an Air Ambulance in Devon

August 1992

First mission flown. Flying 5 days a week

July 1997

Service extended to 7 days flying


Sharron Davies launches a larger stretched Bolkow at The Gipsy Hill Hotel, Exeter

September 2001

New in house DAAT Lottery launched


DAAT celebrates 10th birthday with Air Ambulance Challenge – visiting all emergency helipads throughout the UK


Bishop of Exeter blesses the helicopter 10 years on

June 2004

New state of the art EC135 helicopter arrives – leased


A cycling accident left 17 year old Tom Staniford with similar injuries to those suffered by Ceri Thomas. Tom was airlifted to RD&E Hopsital Exeter and amazingly went on to make a full recovery

May 2005

Second aircraft launched, based in North Devon. Bolkow 105dbs aircraft. 5 days a week


Princess Anne opens a new airbase shared with Devon & Cornwall Police air support team

January 2006

First charity Air Ambulance to have an incubator, paid for by corporate supporters


CEO Heléna Holt joins the Charity


The country’s first HEMS team is established in Devon

May 2007

Second helicopter extended to 7 days a week

October 2008

Charity buys EC135 GDVAA inc customisation of fit. Leased EC135 moves North to replace Bolkow 105DBS


First turf dug at Eaglescott for purpose built new airbase

January 2010

Steve Ford airbase officially opened. Owned and built by the Charity. The airbase was named after our much loved pilot Steve Ford who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.


January saw the conclusion of BBC Radio Devon Air Ambulance Appeal which exceeded all expectations by raising over £852,000


DAAT celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

June 2012

Flying hours extended during Summer months – up to 14 hours a day covered


DAAT’s 21st birthday

October 2013

Charity buys second custom build EC135

March 2014

The Charity became completely independent after being awarded its own Air Operating Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority.

We are now looking towards the future and plans to increase our hours of operation and save more lives.

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