The very first Pilatus PC-24 with medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations) in Stans, Switzerland.
Configured for patient transport, this PC-24 was especially developed to meet the needs of the RFDS and has been equipped for medevac missions all over Australia.
Rebecca Tomkinson, RFDS Chief Executive Officer, commented at the handover: “The Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations is proud to be introducing with Pilatus the first Rio Tinto Lifeflight PC-24 into service in Australia. The innovative aeromedical interior is the first of its kind in the world – a game changer for patient outcomes and improving health care to regional and remote Australians.”
Oscar J Schwenk, Chairman of Pilatus added: “The PC-24 will become the emergency ward in the sky and will almost half the time for long-haul critical patient scenarios. I am positive that the PC-24 will ideally supplement the existing fleet of PC-12s of the RFDS.
“The PC-24 will enable the RFDS to enhance the outstanding service that they provide to the Australian people. In the name of Pilatus, I would like to express my most sincere thanks for the trust and I am extremely proud that the RFDS now flies the Pilatus PC-24 as the first Super Versatile Jet medevac operator in the world.”
The interior was installed under a supplemental type certificate procedure in partnership with Aerolite AG, a Swiss company specialising in aircraft medical interiors. The RFDS Western Operations is the first organisation to use the Super Versatile Jet as a medevac aircraft. The RFDS Central Operations will follow next year.
Source: Pilatus Aircraft