Embraer has equipped one of its new Phenom 300 jets with a medevac capability after confirming a sale with medical organisation, Amil Assistência Médica on February 18.
The deal will see the first Medevac equipped version of Emraer’s Phenom 300 executive jet, which went into operation in Brazil in May 2010. The specially modified Phenom will be operated by Aeromil, an umbrella company which manages air and land rescue organisation Amil Resgate Saúde in Brazil. Embraer will equip the jet with a traditional LifePort Patient Loading Utility System (PLUS), veritable aerial Semi-Intensive Care Unit for patients, 10-hour oxygen autonomy, 1000 watts for vital equipment, a compressed air system, and space for a ventilator, medical injection pump, defibrillator, IV poles, and a neonatal incubator.
Embraer will be responsible for integrating all of the equipment with the aircraft, which includes redesigning the interior, gaining additional certification from aviation authorities and assembly. The new cabin configuration will have space for a horizontal stretcher and four seats (equipped with swivel mechanisms) for medical personnel and companions of the patient, as well as a private aft restroom.
“This new configuration demonstrates the flexibility of the Phenom 300 platform that, together with the competence of Embraer’s team of engineers and technicians, expands the operational scope of our portfolio of executive jets,” Maurício Almeida, Embraer vice president Programs – Executive Jets, said.
President of Amil Assistência Médica, Dr Jorge Ferreira da Rocha, said that the Phenom 300 would complement the organisation’s existing medical evacuation transport fleet, while Aeromil president Dr. Henrique Grossi was confident that the operator’s “capacity for service will be facilitated by the Phenom 300, while offering more modern equipment that is fully customized for rescue and the inter-hospital shuttle”.
Embraer claims that the Phenom 300 has the lowest cabin pressurisation in the light jet category, making it ideal for medical evacuation scenarios where patients must be kept at sea level atmospheric conditions. Delivery of the aircraft is expected for the fourth quarter of 2011, after supplementary type certification and the installation of the special medical rescue package.