The Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service has taken delivery of its first Pilatus PC-24 twin-engine jet equipped with a medevac (medical evacuation) interior.
RFDS chose the PC-24 for its rough field ability (tested at Woodbridge, UK during last summer’s drought) after many years operating the single-engine turboprop PIlatus PC-12.
“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,” said Rebecca Tomkinson, CEO of RFDS.
Oscar J Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus added, “The PC-24 will become the emergency ward in the sky and will almost halve the time for long-haul critical patient scenarios.”
The PC-24 can accommodate medical equipment and beds for three patients with seats for two medical teams. It has a large cargo door and bespoke electric stretcher loading device.
The jet will start work early in 2019, with a second aircraft arriving late January, 2019.