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July 03 2022

Mission Systems Design for Air Ambulance application

Air Ambulance Mission System Design
 

Air Ambulance modifications

Gama Aviation has provided support to the Air Ambulance community for over 30 years, this has allowed us to gain a unique insight into the Air Ambulance sector.

We are extremely proud to operate fixed wing and HEMS missions on behalf of the UK’s NHS, the Government of Jersey and the Government of Guernsey. We also support Lucy Air Ambulance and Air Ambulance charities in the delivery of their missions across the UK. This position allows us to have a good understanding of the needs, wants and demands of the Air Ambulance community.

Our portfolio of Air Ambulance modification services include:

  • Air Ambulance Role Fits
  • Audio Systems
  • Data Recording
  • Downlink & Uplink Systems
  • Equipment Racks
  • Suction Units
  • Syringe Drivers
  • Flooring
  • NVIS Lighting
  • Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS)
  • Infection Control Cockpit / Cabin Partitions
  • Medical Cabinets
  • Medical Equipment
  • Medical Lighting
  • Oxygen Bottle Storage
  • Patient Loading Systems
  • Stretchers

Mission Systems Design

Our HEMS Roundtable event recorded last year, considers some of the Mission System Design requirements for Air Ambulance Charities and operators. In this audio / video you’ll hear discussion on:

  • The design process and why aviation Air Ambulance & HEMS Mission System Design can be so expensive?
  • What is the problem we are trying to answer through design?
  • Is a Major or Minor change is required?
  • What is an STC (supplemental type certificate) and do I always need one?

Our process

Too often we hear from those who have commissioned aviation mission system design projects only to find that a simple Minor Change has turned into a monster project.

We are firmly of the belief that engaging in open and honest discussions with all stakeholders helps us to set clear expectations and provide expert guidance from the start, avoiding the problem of scope creep. To assure a timely, planned and controlled process we aim to assist our customers in making the correct design decisions using our established methodology, whilst ensuring compliance with all regulatory, statutory and legal requirements. Our design process is defined by gateways as illustrated below.


Air Ambulance Mission Systems Design

  • Project Management support
    Regardless of the size and complexity of the project, our Project Management Office (PMO) will be on hand to manage the entire process from your initial briefing through certification to embodiment. The team has a wealth of experience in designing Minor & Major Changes for Air Ambulance, Law Enforcement and National Security clients and their bespoke mission system requirements.
  • Minor or Major change
    All modifications are classified as either Minor or Major Changes, both of which have different development paths, risks and associated timelines. One of our first steps is to check to see if one of our many existing ‘off-the-shelf’ designs are suitable, saving the client both time and money. If this is not the case, we then proceed to classify the Change as Minor or Major.
  • Inputs
    Working with the Charity’s Clinical Team, TCM’s, Flight Crew and Maintenance Staff, our Design Team collaborate with OEM’s to identify suitable equipment for the project. The design team then consider the ergonomic, anthropometric, and operational suitability aspects and present them to the customer at key milestones such as Preliminary Design Review (PDR) & Critical Design Review (CDR).
  • Outputs
    Building from the Charity’s requirement and our initial design concepts, we employ a wide variety of techniques to produce prototypes & illustrations for customer validation. These include 3D renders, full-scale ‘mock-ups’ and ‘in-house’ 3D printing to name a few. These will be presented to the key stakeholders at the earliest opportunity to gather feedback and approval prior to manufacture. The creation of prototypes also allows the Medical Team to provide valuable input and visualise how the design change will affect their working environment.
  • Internal reviews
    We continuously review the design process and evaluate all decisions being made to highlight any challenges that may present themselves during the compliance and verification stage. This includes weight and balance, electrical load, interior layout and operational performance.

We see our job as a partner to the Charity, helping you to navigate the design process to ensure that your Air Ambulance is fit for purpose, both now, and long in to the future.

Air Ambulance mission system design
 

Interior Design

From complete interior refurbishments to a simple LED lighting upgrade we have it covered. We have a wealth of experience in Cabin Interior modifications with many “off the shelf” design solutions ready to be installed.
We also design and manufacture bespoke bulkheads, monuments and stowages to meet our clients’ needs to store medical equipment.

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Typical Air Ambulance Interior projects undertaken by our Design & Production Team include:


  • Cabin Lighting
  • Cabin Wi-Fi
  • Medical flooring
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Equipment Racks
  • LED Lighting Upgrades
  • LOPA Changes
  • Monitors
  • Non-Textile Flooring (NTF)

  • Overhead Lockers
  • Placards
  • Power Inverters
  • Restraints
  • Seat Retrimming
  • Stowages
  • Tables
  • Thermal Trim and Insulation
  • USB Charging Points


Air Ambulance mission system design
 

Mechanical Design

Using the latest 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, our team are ready to support you in all of your mechanical design needs. The team are experienced in all aspects from technical survey, initial hand calculations, through detail design development to creation of production drawings and computer aided manufacturing data.

Mechanical design

Examples of projects and additional services covered by our Mechanical Team include:


  • 3D Scanning
  • Adapter Plates
  • Antenna Installations
  • Anti-Vibration Mounts
  • Blanking Plates
  • Bulkhead Penetrations
  • Chart Holders
  • Circuit Breaker Panels
  • Detail, Assembly & Installation Drawings
  • Doublers (Internal & External)
  • Empennage Changes & Repairs
  • Equipment Mounts
  • Equipment Racks & Trays

  • Fairings
  • Flooring
  • Fuselage Changes & Repairs
  • Ground Support Equipment
  • Hard Points
  • Instrument Panels
  • Air Ambulance Consoles
  • Mock-Ups
  • Monuments & Stowages
  • Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing)
  • Structural Repairs
  • Tie Rods
  • Wing Changes & Repairs


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Electrical Design

Using the latest Electrical Computer Aided Design (ECAD) software, our team are ready to support you in all of your electrical design needs. Modifications and repairs with electrical aspects will involve numerous assessments, such as power distribution, electrical load analysis and electromagnetic compatibility.

Typical projects undertaken by our Electrical Team include:


  • Annunciator Panels
  • Annunciators
  • ARINC Signal Converters
  • Avionic Backup Batteries
  • Battery Upgrades
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Communication Ports (RJ45, RS-232)
  • Electric Start Systems
  • Generators
  • Ground Use Batteries
  • Instrument Panel Lighting
  • Instrument Panel Plugs

  • Inverters
  • LED Lighting (Internal & External)
  • NVIS Lighting
  • Passenger Service Units
  • Power Outlets
  • Redundant Wiring Removal
  • Switch Guards
  • Switches
  • USB Charging Sockets
  • Warning Lights
  • Wiring Diagrams
  • Wiring Repairs


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Manufacturing & Assembly

Our assembly shop floor has been laid out to ensure that the creation and production of parts follows a lean process. We have the capability to assemble components of any weight and size both mechanical and electrical. All assembled parts are fully inspected and released with either a Form 1 or C of C.

Special mission design

Typical assembly work undertaken by us includes:


  • CAA approved welding
  • Capability to assemble components of any size.
  • Certificate of Conformity
  • Composite Assemblies
  • Crimping
  • Electrical Assemblies
  • Form 1 Release
  • Fully configurable assembly area

  • Kits of Parts with Release Certification
  • Mechanical Assemblies
  • Mission System Consoles
  • Painting
  • Surface treatments
  • Threaded inserts
  • Wet bonded assemblies
  • Wiring Looms & Harnesses


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Mission Systems Design Certification

As an approved design and production organisation certification is at the heart of everything we do here at Gama. We are experienced in producing both Major & Minor Changes and Repairs that are either approved or accepted by the various National Aviation Authorities (NAA’s) across the world.

With over 1700 Minor Changes & Repairs and 70+ STC’s within our portfolio we often have an off-the-shelf design solution to fit your particular needs.

However, we also realise that not every aircraft is the same and every project is different, if we don’t have a pre-existing design we have the capability and approvals to produce a new Change or Repair to support your particular aircraft and operation.

Our core certification activity includes:

  • Minor Changes created in-house
  • Minor Repairs created in-house
  • Major Changes & STC’s
  • Validations of Minor Changes, Repairs & STC’s
  • Experienced in working with the vast majority of the world’s NAA’s
  • Experienced in both Civil & Military certification

We work closely with the following Authorities:

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Supported aircraft

Airbus H145

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Beechcraft King Air 200 series

We offer operational & maintenance expertise across the Beechcraft King Air 200 series of aircraft.

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Beechcraft King Air 300 series

We offer availability and expertise across the BAE Hawker series of aircraft, including charter services, maintenance approval and capabilities and we have extensive management experience, having owned and operated BAE Hawker aircraft ourselves and for our clients.

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Britten Norman BN2-T Islander

The Britten Norman Islander BN-2T is used within both a civilian and Special Mission context being able to accommodate various interior fitments from executive to up to three stretchers for Air Ambulance operations.

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Locations

Bournemouth International Airport (EGHH)

Our Bournemouth International Airport facility, a hangar and office facility of over 135,000 sq ft provides an extraordinary space which we aim to turn into one of Europe’s flagship business aviation facilities.

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25 Templer Avenue, Farnborough.

25 Templer Avenue, Farnborough is home to our Group headquarters and is the nerve centre for the European Air division. With excellent access to the facilities at the airport.

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Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)

Glasgow International Airport (EGPF) operates as an MRO and FBO facility servicing business jets at Glasgow International (EGPF) , fleet operators and transient fuel stops.

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Aberdeen International Airport (EGPD)

We have had a base at Aberdeen Airport for most of our 25 year contract with the Scottish Ambulance Service, leasing hangarage from the Airport.

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