Creating an air ambulance
This month, we invite you to look behind the scenes at TAA to discover in more detail exactly what it takes to prepare a new air ambulance aircraft for service.
Inspection, Modification, Documentation
- A total of 2,500 man-hours were invested in the transformation of TAA’s newest G100 aircraft from a VIP-jet into a state-of-the-art air ambulance jet.
- 14 December 2015, 08:55. The new Gulfstream 100 touched down for the first time at Innsbruck Airport. The aircraft was then processed by customs authorities before any work could begin. Already at this stage however, the preparations for such a large maintenance project (resource planning, procurement of materials etc.) were well underway.
- TAA’s maintenance team also completed additional tasks regarding the aircraft’s electrical power supply, as well as various other cabin modifications. Aside from these steps, the new aircraft was also incorporated into flight and technical operations documentation. Additionally, a large scheduled maintenance inspection was successfully carried out, including intensive checks of all systems.
- A complete transformation from VIP jet to state-of-the-art ambulance jet was achieved in a matter of weeks, in accordance with European (EASA) legal requirements. Many installations and modifications were required in order to comply with the scope of air ambulance applications for the Gulfstream 100. Pre-existing installations which were not certifiable by EASA were replaced with installations that were in accordance with EASA standards.
- 20 April 2016, 14:59. The new G100 ambulance jet took off on its first air ambulance mission for TAA.