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European Air Ambulance Welcomes 4th Learjet 45XR

European Air Ambulance has welcomed a 4th Learjet 45XR to its fleet of dedicated air ambulance aircraft.

The latest arrival means that four out of the five-strong EAA fleet based at the company’s state-of-the-art Luxembourg Airport headquarters are now 45XRs, fully equipped for take-off on life-saving medical missions worldwide.

The flexibility, technical superiority and added capacity offered by the newer aircraft make them ideal for EAA’s needs as one of the largest specialised air ambulance service providers in Europe, offering worldwide repatriation 24/7/365.

EAA – which was last month named ITIJ Air Ambulance Provider of the Year for 2016 - has added the new aircraft as part of a rolling programme of renewal that had already seen three Learjet 35As replaced with 45XRs.

Director of Sales and Marketing, Patrick Schomaker said,  “Every patient’s situation and needs are unique, meaning no two missions are the same; but EAA’s harmonised and modernised fleet means our clients can rely on an exceptional service and standard of care every time – regardless of wherever, whenever and for whatever reason a patient needs to be transported.”

The larger cabin size of the 45XR allows far greater flexibility in the onboard medical set-up – with room for two patients, or additional passengers, medical crew and equipment as required.

Configuration options mean EAA can simultaneously and more cost-effectively transport two intensive care patients, or an incubator and a mother on a stretcher, or a single patient with their family of up to four passengers, as well as other options depending on the specific requirements of the mission – including use of its groundbreaking infectious disease module and unique stretcher system for heavier weight patients.

Shorter take-off and landing distances mean better accessibility to smaller or remote airfields, reducing ground transportation time for patients. Loading is easier and safer, and onboard comfort is greater for patient, passengers and medical crew alike.

Compared with the aircraft it replaced, the 45XR is faster, can take off with a higher fuel capacity thereby reducing the need for refuelling stops, and can refuel in half the time, while satellite phones allow contact with EAA’s mission control anywhere in the world, and an improved windshield defogging system means flights to and from hot, humid areas are less challenging.

Schomaker added, “We are delighted to take delivery of the new LJ45XR (registration LX-RSQ), following the sale of our fourth LJ35A (registration LX-LAR) to an Australian company last month. This is the latest step in our ongoing strategy to increase capacity and service flexibility. The upgrade brings many advantages to our operations, and most importanly to the service we can provide our clients and the patients in our care. All of our aircraft are dedicated to medical flights and are in effect in-transit hospitals, offering a level of service and medical care that is simply not possible on commercial charter transfers for patients.”

EAA will be looking to upgrade its remaining LJ35A (registration LX-TWO) early in 2017. A buyer is currently being sought, with interested parties invited to contact Patrick Schomaker at


London’s Air Ambulance Launches New Charity Partnership With Vocalink

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has formed a two-year strategic partnership with VocaLink, who will provide the charity with financial and resource support.

Launching the partnership, the UK and international payments provider is assessing the ways in which to enhance the donation systems and the associated technologies used by the charity.

Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance said: “It is ultimately the donations from people and businesses that enable us to save lives each day. Improving the donation experience and making the process easier for our supporters will enhance our fundraising effectiveness, allowing us to continue our life-saving work. As organisations that are both renowned for excellence and built on values of innovation and leadership, we believe this partnership has scope to support the ongoing transformation of the charity and would like to thank VocaLink employees for choosing us as their charity.”

VocaLink has pledged to provide pro bono expertise and support the charity in maintaining and enhancing its life-saving service to London via staff fundraising activities.

Cara O’Nions, Marketing and Customer Insight Director at VocaLink said: “We are pleased to have partnered with London’s Air Ambulance, a new addition to our Responsible Business programme. Welfare of the residents of London is of prime importance to us as a number of our employees, customers and business partners are also a part of this community. VocaLink is driving innovation in the payments industry and sharing this expertise will provide London’s crucial life-saving service the enhanced financial system support they require to be readily available to the people in need.”

London’s Air Ambulance has served London for 25 years. Having treated over 30,000 critically injured patients in London and attended most major incidents, since inception, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the people of London to maintain its service. In its 25th year, the charity is asking for your help to acquire a desperately needed second helicopter and to recruit additional pilots and fire crew to extend its daylight flying hours in the summer months, enabling the service to reach an estimated further 400 patients per year by aircraft.


Solomon Islands Travel Warnings Advice News: Inter-Island Ferry Sinks - At Least 200 On Board

On 18 December 2013, an inter-island ferry travelling from Honiara to the island of Malaita sank with at least 200 people on board.

A search and rescue operation is underway. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British High Commission in Honiara. Medical facilities are very basic throughout Solomon Islands, including Honiara. There has been a recent increase in reported cases of dengue fever. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

For regular travel warnings, travel news and travel advice visit


Angel MedFlight and AZBAA to Award Scholarship

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance announces for the fourth consecutive year it is partnering with the Arizona Business Aviation Association to award the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation. Students who are actively pursuing a degree in the aviation field at an Arizona college or university are urged to apply. All video applications must be postmarked by Oct. 25, 2013 to be considered. The recipient of the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation will receive $3,000 toward his or her tuition. Angel MedFlight is a leader and innovator in the air ambulance industry and is committed to providing exceptional care and service for its patients. Angel MedFlight and the AZBAA established this scholarship to encourage this spirit of dedication and resourcefulness in others.

"Business aviation is a very significant part of our transportation system and our economy," said AZBAA Board Member John Washington. "However, the general public knows very little about it. Thus, students and trainees in fields leading to careers in business aviation don’t have nearly the ability to get support compared to students on more traditional aviation career tracks."

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