- East Anglian Air Ambulance
The East Anglian Air Ambulance is an
air ambulancewhich covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshireand Bedfordshire. The service was launched in the summer of 2000 by jockey Frankie Dettori. The service now operates 365 days a year utilising two helicopters, covering over 5,000 square miles and a population of approximately 2.5 million [ [http://www.angliaone.org.uk/About_us.html East Anglian Air Ambulance - About Us] ] . Although the service was launched in 2000, flying did not commence until January 2001.
The service operates two
MBB/Kawasaki BK 117helicopters. These helicopters operate with the code names Anglia One and Anglia Two. Anglia One covers Norfolk and Suffolk, while Anglia Two covers Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Both helicopters are equipped for night-time flying in cloudy conditions. The night service does not operate in the same manner as during the daytime, instead landing at known and approved sites. It is hence mainly used in the transportation of patients between hospitals.
The two helicopters operate from different bases. Anglia One begins and ends its day at Norwich Airport, where Sterling Helicopters (the operator) is based. During the day, it relocates to
RAF Honingtonto cover Norfolk and Suffolk. Anglia Two operates from its base at RAF Wyton.
When the service was first launched, Anglia One operated for only one day a week; this was soon expanded to five days a week and later to the current service of seven days a week. Anglia Two currently operates five days a week (from Sunday to Thursday); however, it is hoped that it will be able to operate seven days a week by the end of 2008.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance is a charitable service and does not receive funding from the government. It is estimated that it costs £3m a year [ [http://www.angliaone.org.uk/The_Helicopters_-_technical_information.html East Anglian Air Ambulance - Helicopter Technical Information] ] to keep both helicopters and the service operational; this money comes entirely from public donations.
Air Ambulances in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.angliaone.org.uk Official website of the East Anglian Air Ambulance]
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