The aircraft we operate are twin-engine IFR Eurocopter AS365N2 Dauphins fitted with a two-person rescue hoist. The cabin layout allows for a two-patient stretcher fit, easily accessed by the medical team. The aircraft are highly manoeuverable, versatile and fast. As a result the Dauphins are ideally suited to aero medical and rescue operations in our region. Maintaining two aircraft, allows the Service to meet a higher availability rate and helps to ensure we are readily available.
Our call signs are Life Saver 4 and Life Saver 2. Life Saver 4 is our primary aircraft and is fitted with night vision goggles, the latest rescue beacon homing device and a wire strik kit, along with four integrated video cameras. Both aircraft are capable of rapidly transporting two ill or injured persons to a trauma hospital.
- Helicopters: Eurocopter Dauphin AS365N2.
- Call Signs: VH-LRH LIFESAVER 4; VH-LRC LIFESAVER 2
- Engines: Twin Turbomeca Arrial 1C2 Free Turbine Engines
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 4250kg
- Maximum Range: 280 Nautical Miles (with reserves intact)
- Average cost of a mission: over $5,000
- Fuel: Jet A1
- Fuel usage: 375 litres per hour
- Max Fuel Load: 1135 litres
- Duration or Maximum flight hours on fuel: 2 hours
- Flight Speed: 140 knots (cruise)
- Air conditioned
- Length: 15 metres
- Rotor diamenter: approx. 13.5 metres