King Air to the rescue
Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance recently placed an order for 11 aircraft with Textron Aviation, including the first medevac-configured Cessna Citation Latitude midsize jet and 10 Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprops.
According to a company statement, the aircraft will support Babcock’s contract with Air Ambulance Services of Norway to provide communities across Norway with vital air ambulance support.
All 11 aircraft are to be delivered over the course of the next 18 months, and expected to conclude in 2019.
“We are pleased to equip Babcock and the Norwegian government with these two highly capable and reliable platforms for their medevac operations,” commented Textron Aviation Special Mission Aircraft VP Bob Gibbs. According to Gibbs, the Citation Latitude has the perfect capabilities to enter into the special market, with its steep approach capability, short runway performance and low cabin altitude, “all of which will be essential to support Babcock’s air ambulance missions in communities across Norway,” he explained.
“The introduction of the Latitude as the first jet aircraft in our fleet will enable us to reduce patient transfer times and operate direct flights across the entire country,” added Air Ambulance Services of Norway CEO Øyvind Juell. The Latitude will be outfitted with a modified door to accommodate the loading and unloading of wide medical stretchers.
The King Air 250s will feature CAT II capability, which enables operations in reduced visibility, in addition to steep approach landing capability. The aircraft will be equipped specifically to operate in polar regions.