The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) South Eastern Section has ordered two modified Beechcraft King Air 350 cargo heavyweight aircraft from Textron Aviation.
The new turboprops will replace King Air B200 aircraft to modernize the organisation’s patient transfer and air ambulance fleet. The RFDS currently operates more than 35 Textron Aviation aircraft, including 18 King Air turboprops.
Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific sales and marketing for Textron,said, “We are eager to continue supporting the RFDS patient transport and medevac mission with the King Air 350, a trusted aircraft that empowers the operator to utilize unimproved runways and travel longer distances with a higher payload.”
The two new King Air 350 turboprops are scheduled to be delivered with an 11-pax, high-density seating configuration. This configuration empowers the RFDS to transport passengers from rural and remote communities to their regional health care facilities.
The RFDS will use the King Air 350’s flexibility by converting it from its high density seating to air ambulance configurations and back as needed for each mission.
Other modifications include an added cargo door for easier patient loading and offloading as well as heavyweight landing gear that supports a higher maximum takeoff weight for increased payload of more than 1,100kg that can be carried more than 2,500km.
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David Charlton, General Manager Aviation and Strategic Development for the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section said, “Building our fleet through the acquisition of the Beechcraft King Air 350 advances our strategic mission to deliver more health care to those that need us most.
“Innovation is vital to our evolution so the Beechcraft King Air 350 are valuable additions.”
The Royal Flying Doctor Service works to provide emergency medical and primary health care services to anyone who lives, works or travels in rural and remote Australia.
The RFDS provides 24-hour aeromedical emergency services that can reach anywhere, no matter how remote, within hours.
Combined with telehealth consultations, fly-in fly-out GP and Nurse clinics, mobile dental services, patient transfers, and a myriad of other health services, the RFDS is constantly working to see that those living in rural and remote areas can enjoy the same health outcomes as those living in city areas.