The right aircraft, a rapid response

An important measure of our readiness is our ‘time to patient’ – how long it takes to get our doctors and nurses to those in need of critical care. In practical terms, the way we measure this is by how fast we can safely get our teams airborne and on their way.

Another dimension of readiness is having the right aircraft available at the right time for the right mission. CareFlight operates a fleet of medi-jets, aeroplanes and helicopters, each aircraft selected and configured to meet specific mission requirements.

Rapid response BK117 helicopter

For the Westmead rapid response helicopter, the BK117 currently in service can be airborne very quickly and, being a small aircraft, is suited for work in a densely populated urban environment.

Multi-role Top End helicopter

For the Top End, the AW139 is configured for multiple roles and missions. Bigger, faster and with over twice the range of its predecessor, this helicopter has a cruise speed of 260 km/h and an endurance of four hours. It has a two-person rescue hoist and is night vision goggle equipped.

Medi-Jets

For long-range emergency transfers, CareFlight has moved to direct ownership of medi-jets is aimed at improving operational efficiency. Integrated management and control of our fleet allows us to optimise crew rostering and maintenance scheduling. This means better aircraft availability, the fundamental requirement for getting our medical teams airborne and on the way to our patients in the shortest possible time.

Safety

As our operations grow and become more complex, an intense focus on safety is vital in maintaining readiness.

By identifying and mitigating risks, we minimise the chance of an unforeseen event coming between us and our patients.

Dedicated engineering teams (self-supplied > reliability)

Behind the scenes, expert maintenance teams work around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year to ensure our aircraft are ready to take off when needed.

All CareFlight engineers hold an Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence. They also have specific experience and training for our aircraft types as endorsed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Each is qualified to work across all facets of the aircraft, including airframe and engine, as well as electrical, instrument and radio.

The decision to bring jet operations in house saw three additional engineers employed to service the new Beech 400 aircraft in Darwin. Others travelled to the United States for further dedicated training. The team made extensive modifications to a commercial VIP jet, installing medical stretchers, special flooring and the electrical components needed to turn the cabin into a state of-the-art airborne hospital.

Securing CASA certification for maintenance of the jet aircraft makes CareFlight Australia’s only charity with an engineering team capable of maintaining jets, turbo-prop and helicopters.

Thanks to the hard work and skill of our engineers, CareFlight’s fleet clocked up more than 6,000 flying hours in combined operations for the year.

Aircraft ready

The right aircraft, a rapid response

An important measure of our readiness is our ‘time to patient’ – how long it takes to get our doctors and nurses to those in need of critical care. In practical terms, the way we measure this is by how fast we can safely get our teams airborne and on their way.

Another dimension of readiness is having the right aircraft available at the right time for the right mission. CareFlight operates a fleet of medi-jets, aeroplanes and helicopters, each aircraft selected and configured to meet specific mission requirements.

RAPID RESPONSE BK117

Rapid response BK117 helicopter

For the Westmead rapid response helicopter, the BK117 currently in service can be airborne very quickly and, being a small aircraft, is suited for work in a densely populated urban environment.

MULTI-ROLE TOP END HELICOPTER

Multi-role Top End helicopter

For the Top End, the AW139 is configured for multiple roles and missions. Bigger, faster and with over twice the range of its predecessor, this helicopter has a cruise speed of 260 km/h and an endurance of four hours. It has a two-person rescue hoist and is night vision goggle equipped.

MEDI-JETS

Medi-Jets

For long-range emergency transfers, CareFlight has moved to direct ownership of medi-jets is aimed at improving operational efficiency. Integrated management and control of our fleet allows us to optimise crew rostering and maintenance scheduling. This means better aircraft availability, the fundamental requirement for getting our medical teams airborne and on the way to our patients in the shortest possible time.

safety inspection

Safety

As our operations grow and become more complex, an intense focus on safety is vital in maintaining readiness.

By identifying and mitigating risks, we minimise the chance of an unforeseen event coming between us and our patients.

Dedicated engineering teams (self-supplied > reliability)

Behind the scenes, expert maintenance teams work around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year to ensure our aircraft are ready to take off when needed.

All CareFlight engineers hold an Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence. They also have specific experience and training for our aircraft types as endorsed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Each is qualified to work across all facets of the aircraft, including airframe and engine, as well as electrical, instrument and radio.

The decision to bring jet operations in house saw three additional engineers employed to service the new Beech 400 aircraft in Darwin. Others travelled to the United States for further dedicated training. The team made extensive modifications to a commercial VIP jet, installing medical stretchers, special flooring and the electrical components needed to turn the cabin into a state of-the-art airborne hospital.

Securing CASA certification for maintenance of the jet aircraft makes CareFlight Australia’s only charity with an engineering team capable of maintaining jets, turbo-prop and helicopters.

Thanks to the hard work and skill of our engineers, CareFlight’s fleet clocked up more than 6,000 flying hours in combined operations for the year.