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New helicopters feature five blades

STARS has passed a significant milestone now that we’ve taken delivery of our fourth and fifth Airbus H145 helicopters. “We’re now more than halfway through our H145 deliveries, and having them in our fleet has already been a game-changer for our operations,” said David Harding, STARS chief aviation officer. Also significant is that our remaining H145 deliveries will feature five blades, not four like the earlier helicopters. The five-bladed aircraft will have an increased load capacity and will be particularly suited to high-altitude environments, such as missions into the Rocky Mountains. STARS will be the first H145 operator in Canada to take delivery of the newest version of this impressive helicopter. “The H145 is uniquely suited for our demanding HEMS operations, and we really look forward to getting our first five-bladed variants later this year and the increased performance and capabilities they will bring,” said Harding. As our operations team continues to train and prepare for the implementation of more new aircraft, our Foundation team continues to raise more money to fund the new fleet. We still have much work to do to reach our fundraising goal, and we are exceedingly grateful for the allies who have helped us get closer to our target. Unfortunately, due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t welcome visitors into our hangars to show off the new aircraft for the time being. In response, we’ve developed a virtual tour of the H145 that you can watch from the comfort of your home – the next best thing to seeing it in person. Veteran crew members captain pilot John Carson and flight paramedic Greg Barton lead you on a quick and informative tour of the cockpit and back of the helicopter, just as they would conduct a live tour. It’s a small but meaningful way to connect with our community who has been so supportive throughout these challenging times and without whose help our new fleet would not be a reality. “I just can’t emphasize enough how much we appreciate the support of our allies in allowing us to care for critical patients in the back of this exciting, amazing new aircraft,” said Barton. Take your own virtual tour of the Airbus H145 with John and Greg: bit.ly/STARSH145tour