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We have 3 Agusta Westland 109 helicopters - generally regarded as the fastest civilian helicopter in the world.
Sloane Helicopters is our aviation partner. They provide the helicopters, pilots, training and maintenance.
Our helicopters have special designation from the UK Civil Aviation Authority to land at hospitals, on motorways, in city centres - almost anywhere. This means we can get to patients wherever they are, and transfer them to the most appropriate hospital.
We usually fly between 500 feet and 1,500 feet above the ground.
Our Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance is based at East Midlands Airport and our Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance takes off from Coventry Airport...
...Both use one pilot and one paramedic who is specially trained to assist the pilot in navigation, fuel calculations and mission management, while also liaising with the ambulance service on the ground.
Our Children's Air Ambulance has 2 pilots - the NHS clinicians we work with travel in the patient care area.
It takes about 450L of aviation fuel to fill one of our helicopters.
Flying at maximum speed of 168 knots our helicopters can travel 325 nautical miles (347 miles by road) on one tank of fuel.
240 litres per hour They use about 240L per hour, so a full tank will last 1 hour 50 minutes.
It costs £36 in aviation fuel to fly for 10 minutes
Our helicopters fly at a top speed of 185mph - around 4 times faster than by road.
Our lifesaving missions are funded by your generous donations.
We do not receive any government funding.