The air ambulance
The Dassault Falcon 20F-5BR corporate jet has been classified as one of the most successful corporate jets in the world. The Falcon jet is built for comfort, speed and durability. It has a range of 4 080 kilometres or 2 200 nautical miles, a maximum speed of 850 km/h, flying as high as 42 000 feet. This particular business jet has been completely refurbished to perform the requirements of a modern air ambulance. The interior of the aircraft is spacious and provides the opportunity for family members or friends to accompany the patient. The aircraft can comfortably seat six people who are not in need of medical care.
The Cessna Citation V (Model 560) is a turbofan-powered small-to-medium sized business jet built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. This ultra-utility jet can operate into most prepared airports across the country while still being able to cover a range of 2 500+ kilometers /1 400 nautical miles at a maximum speed of 750km/h and operating altitudes up to 45 000ft. The aircraft is equipped with one Spectrum Aeromed medical stretcher allowing a fully ventilated patient to be transported in VIP comfort with the opportunity for family members or friends to accompany the patient.
On board fixed medical equipment is from aerospace services companies Lifeport and Spectrum Areomed, who are world leaders in aero-medical equipment. The equipment is designed to handle rigorous conditions, having been tried and tested for many years on the African continent. Our aircraft are dedicated air ambulances with permanent medical interiors. Aviation-approved coin-dot matting has been installed to ensure that the aircraft is kept clean and sterile. A Patient Loading and Utility System (PLUS) from Lifeport is used for ease of loading stretcher patients. The PLUS is a modular advanced life support platform and is composed of three separate, but complimentary elements: the PLUS base unit, the loading system and the AeroSled stretcher. This loading ramp system assists transferring patients from a road ambulance into the aircraft swiftly, reducing the risk of endangering them. Although the loading system varies slightly from aircraft to aircraft, it attaches directly to the base unit and extends out of the aircrafts door. The equipment on board has been modified to suit specific medical and electrical requirements. Carbon fibre oxygen bottles from are installed on board the aircraft, allowing patients to be kept oxygenated for long periods.
Commercial repatriations and Aero medical charters
Guardian Air and ER24 have the added capability of providing highly trained medical personnel to accompany passengers in need of medical attention on commercial flights to all corners of the globe, which may not necessarily require the services of an Air Ambulance. These services are accomplished using either Airlines or charter flights as is best suited for our clients requirements.