Airbus is collaborating with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation (NAAF) to develop CityAirbus NextGen’s future missions for medical services in Norway, reports a press release.
This partnership is to measure the added value of eVTOL aircraft for various medical services across the country and integrate the operational requirements into the configuration of the CityAirbus NextGen.
The partners will elaborate “a comprehensive roadmap toward reducing emergency response time through the researched scenarios in Norway,” explains the release, “and follow a long-term strategic approach to research the complementarity of existing assets, such as conventional helicopters, and eVTOLs when the technology enters into service.” This approach can then be expanded with other countries to optimise operations beyond the national healthcare system.
Balkiz Sarihan, Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, commented, “The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation has always been at the forefront of medical innovation, most recently with dedicated research to integrate a CT scanner into a five-bladed H145 helicopter.”
She continued, “We’re looking forward to working with the NAAF as a strategic partner to further develop the exact missions where our eVTOL’s capabilities would contribute to protecting citizens and making sure they can access effective healthcare in Norway.”
Prof. Hans-Morten Lossius, Secretary General of the NAAF, added, “Complementarity is a key driver in this endeavour. Helicopters remain essential to perform EMS missions, whilst eVTOLs can bring additional capabilities to support first responders, for instance by transporting medical specialists to accident scenes or organs from one medical site to another.”
As an initial step, an evaluation of the present efficiency of the emergency medical system in Norway will take place, to then simulate different air medical services scenarios by integrating advanced air mobility assets. The partners “will drive the definition of the foundational elements of the eVTOL ecosystem in the country, including for infrastructure, traffic management and energy sourcing and distribution.”
Operating a mixed fleet of H135 and H145, the Norwegian Air Ambulance (NAA) is Norway’s national Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operator. With more than 40 years of experience in medical response, NAA supports pre-hospital care across the country by delivering air ambulance services to provide patients with state-of-the-art medical solutions and equipment.
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