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Airlift Northwest, the not-for-profit air medical transport service of UW Medicine, has announced the opening of its new helicopter base at Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, Washington, to serve the communities of central and eastern Washington.
The new base will begin operations this coming summer with a specially configured Airbus H-135 helicopter. It has a range of 340 miles, a cruising speed of 156 mph and the ability to operate in adverse weather conditions. The aircraft can hold patients who weigh up to 350 pounds and has instrument flight rules (IFR) capability, which allows pilots to fly in challenging weather conditions. This will be one of the few IFR emergency helicopters currently operating in eastern Washington.
“The updated interior and avionics makes it an ideal aircraft for transporting critically ill or injured patients,” said Jeff Richey, executive director of Airlift Northwest. “It is a flying ICU, that can quickly and safely get patients where they need to go for comprehensive care while also caring for them in flight.”