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Northern NSW : Rescue Autumn 2017
AW139 facts and stats The AgustaWestland139 is an Italian-built, stateof-the-art, multi-role aircraft that surpasses all other medium twin-engine helicopters in operational range, performance and power. The AW139 has one of the most technologically advanced emergency medical services platforms in the world. The flight management system allows for the most complex weather and navigation problems to be more simply resolved, making the AW139 ideal for the challenging and varied conditions and environments of northern NSW. The AW139 is equipped with a rescue winch and has night vision goggle technology and capability. With the largest passenger cabin in its class, it has the space and performance to carry two stretchers and two seated patients. AW139 helicopters are manned by a highly experienced crew who will deliver world-class care. AW139 ARRIVING AT THE NEW BELMONT BASE Specifications Power plant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C 67C turboshaft engine, 1142kW each Fuel capacity: 1270kg Jet A-1 (refined kerosene) Fuel burn: 420kg/hr 7kg/min Maximum weight: 7000kg Maximum speed: 310km/h (167 knots) Cruising speed: 260km/h (140 knots) Range: 780km (420 nautical miles) Endurance: 2.5 hours Service ceiling: 6096m (20,000ft) Rate of climb:10.9m/s (2140ft/min) Crew: Four – pilot, air crewperson, doctor, paramedic Capacity: Two patients / two neonatal cots Benefits • Increased: o speed o range o endurance • Improved internal and external communications systems • Improved rescue hoist with new safety and operating features as well as extended cable length • New and enhanced safety features increasing survivability rates for patients and crew in an accident/incident • Increased patient comfort – smoother ride, reduced internal noise levels, improved airconditioning • Ability to maintain flight through all conditions should one engine be lost • Increased cabin and cargo space size • Ergonomic cabin design increasing work flow and space utilisation for crew • Lower noise signature that reduces impact on the public • Patient loading system ensuring no lifting is undertaken by the crew, reducing injuries and incidents to crew/patient Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2017 7
Rescue Winter 2017