Our Helicopter

Registration number: G-WLTS Call sign: Helimed22

We are making aviation history with our new helicopter, the Bell 429, which is the first of its type to operate as an air ambulance in the UK. It is one of the most advanced light twin helicopters ever developed, offering exceptional flight performance, low operating cost and proven reliability.

It has a top speed of 155 knots (178mph) and a cruising speed of 150 knots (173mph). The cabin can accommodate a pilot, two paramedics, one patient, and a passenger where appropriate (for example a parent accompanying an injured child).

The aircraft is fitted with an Aerolite medical interior. On board we have all the kit you would find on a land ambulance, with extra specialist equipment to enable our crew to provide the best medical care possible - in effect, bringing a mobile A&E to the people of Wiltshire. Some of the extras we carry include the Zoll X defibrillator, Capno True C02 Indicator, Buddy Lite Fluid Warmer and Lucas CPR Device - all paid for by donations.

The air ambulance flies up to 19 hours a day. Helimed22 is fitted with a Trakka Beam moveable searchlight and, when flying at night, our aircrew use the Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) and Night Vision Goggles.