RFDS takes delivery of new PC-12

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 19, 2015
A RFDS PC-12. (Ryan Hothersall)
A file image of an RFDS PC-12 (Ryan Hothersall)

Adelaide-based Central Operations of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has taken delivery of the first of five new Pilatus PC-12 aeromedical aircraft.

The $7 million aircraft has been described as a “flying intensive care unit” with its new-technology emergency medical equipment.

Central Operations has begun the replacement of five ageing PC-12s, with the first to be retired having been in service for 13 years and carried more than 10,000 patients, according to Central Operations chairman David Hills.

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Hills said the federal government had contributed $2.7 million towards the purchase and equipping of the new aircraft.

Adelaide IT entrepreneur Simon Hackett donated $600,000 from the Hackett Foundation and the balance was raised from RFDS supporters and sponsors.

Central Operations has a fleet of 11 PC-12s, and has -> ordered a Pilatus PC-24 jet due for delivery within three years for services on the Adelaide-Port Augusta-Alice Springs corridor.

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