Your Helicopter | Herts Air Ambulance

Your Helicopter

Operational facts

- The Essex Helicopter is based at Earls Colne Airfield, with the Herts helicopter operating out of North Weald Airfield. The Service is operational 7 days a week from 7.00am to 9.00pm or sunset whichever occurs first.

- The Trust works in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust who, according to clinical need, dispatch the helicopters from the Critical Care Desk based in the Emergency Operation Centre at Broomfield Hospital. The CCD is manned by a Critical Care Paramedic and a trained Dispatcher to ensure appropriate tasking.

- The Charity provides fully equipped response vehicles for use when the aircrafts are grounded due to bad weather or require urgent unplanned maintenance.  The response vehicles carry full life-saving equipment exactly like the helicopters.

- The helicopters take off within minutes of the emergency call being received at the Air Base.

- Each aircraft is deployed on average 2-3 times per day. 

- The helicopters are dispatched to patients with serious illness or injury caused by such incidents as traffic collisions, falls from height, heart attacks, stabbings, cardiac arrests and strokes.

Scroll down to discover how many missions have been flown since the launch of the Herts Air Ambulance.

Technical facts

- The current model for both helicopters is a MD902 Explorer.

- The helicopters are powered by 2 Pratt and Whitney engines. They also have full single engine capability allowing it to fly and land with one engine if necessary.

- The helicopters fly at around 150 miles per hour (138 knots). 

- Normal flight height is around 1,000 feet but the helicopters may fly as low as 500 feet over urban areas on a mission. The team can land in built up areas as well as remote countryside locations

- The helicopters have the ability to access remote parts of Essex and Herts quickly.  They are not affected by the ever-increasing traffic congestion on our roads and country lanes. The helicopters can also reach areas inaccessible to land vehicles including woods, beaches, docks and golf courses.