CANADIAN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO TO GET NEW AIR AMBULANCES

Feb 16, 2023 | International News

 

 

The Government of Ontario recently announced plans to acquire a new fleet of eight fixed-wing aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of Pilatus PC-12 NG planes, on behalf of the province’s Ornge Air Ambulance.

 

The new fleet is expected to enter service by 2026, acquired by Ornge through a competitive procurement process. Sylvia Jones, Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, said the purchase will “ensure Ontarians continue to have the best care, no matter where they live in the province”.

The aircraft will replace the entire existing fixed-wing fleet of eight Pilatus PC-12 NG planes, which were acquired between 2009 and 2010 and are used for long-distance transport.

Ornge also operates a fleet of 12 Leonardo AW139 helicopters for shorter-distance and emergency on-scene response.

In addition, the provincial government is to consider expanding the air ambulance’s fleet beyond its current size of 20, potentially adding “larger and faster aircraft”. Ornge operates from nine bases across Ontario, with its fixed-wing aircraft launching from bases in Thunder Bay, Timmins and Sioux Lookout.

The organisation performs roughly 21,000 patient transports per year, with around 15 per cent conducted using its fixed-wing fleet. It serves a territory of over one million square kilometers. (Source: AirMedandRescue.com)

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