OUR HELICOPTER FLEET

STARS currently operates a fleet of Airbus BK117 and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, which have been specially outfitted for helicopter EMS operations. At any given time, one helicopter is the primary, in-service aircraft at each of our bases and is available to respond to missions.

Airbus Helicopters BK117

Number in fleet: 8
Entered STARS fleet: 1985
Speed: 225 km/hr [120 knots]
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AgustaWestland AW139

Number in fleet: 3
Entered STARS fleet: 2012
Speed: 278 km/hr [150 knots]
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FLEET Renewal

To remain on the cutting edge of emergency medical care, the time has come to update our helicopters. In the summer of 2018, STARS unveiled our vision for a new fleet that will serve our patients for generations to come. To learn more, please visit fightinflight.ca.

NIGHT VISION GOGGLES (NVG)

In 2003, STARS became the first civilian air carrier to use NVG technology in Canada. Today, we continue to use this cutting-edge technology to enable safer flights for our crews, especially in mountainous terrain, which was previously inaccessible. Flight crews at all six STARS bases are trained in the use of NVGs.