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Welcome to Gama Aviation

July 28 2021

When every second counts…

 
Air Ambulance, HEMS & rescue operations

Universally, our Air Ambulance, HEMS and Rescue customers select us due to our ability to remove complexity in their non-core competency aviation activities. Put simply, they focus on patient outcomes, we focus on efficiently and effectively enabling that outcome using the aviation assets (fixed wing or rotary) and in-house Medical team at our disposal.

An exemplar of this is our work with the Scotish Ambulance Service’s ScotSTAR team for which, at the end of our current tenure, we will have delivered 30 years of continuous service providing Air, Ground and software services to NHS Scotland. During our near three decades of service we have successfully re-bid three times, each time offering significant additional value back to the tax payers of Scotland. In 2020, the Group was also delighted to announce contracts with the Jersey and Guernsey Governments to provide fixed wing air ambulance support to residents of the Islands.

“Gama Aviation have consistently delivered a high-quality service over a near 30-year period and we are pleased to have negotiated an extension to this contract that delivers even greater efficiencies and value for money for the people of Scotland. Gama Aviation’s expertise has been central to delivering our mission in a challenging operational environment and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the company into the next decade.”

Pauline Howie, CEO, Scottish Ambulance Service

Air Ambulance

Glasgow Airport (EGPF)
Winter in Aberdeen for one of our King Air 200C Air Ambulance aircraft

When speed and reach are mission priorities

The fundamental properties of fixed-wing aviation (speed, reach and safety) are essential elements in providing unmatched care when critically ill or injured patients have to be moved over long distances. Beyond the range or practicality of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and especially in remote regions or where population centres are geographically spread, only the role-equipped fixed-wing air ambulance satisfies the critical need to transport the sick or injured quickly and safely.

Typically accommodating one or two patients, equipped to meet the stringent demands of critical care and providing seating and workspace for a medical team, the best air ambulances are based on proven, trusted platforms, among them the Beechcraft King Air 200 & 300 series of which we operate seven in a variety of Air Ambulance configurations

But delivering critical care in the air requires more than an aircraft. It requires a solution.

Many years’ experience of successfully enabling and delivering world-class air ambulance operations, especially for government and national organisations, mean Gama Aviation has the expertise to define and generate air ambulance solutions, whether your operation requires advice, an aircraft upgrade or a complete, turn-key platform package.

At the entry level, we are able to advise on platform definition, the effectiveness of existing platforms and the quality and suitability of safety procedures, training, engineering and ongoing support as well as profiling ‘real life’ operational costs.

Beyond platform definition, our in-house mission systems expertise using our Part21 J & G capability means complex air ambulance modifications, including refit or upgrade with the latest medical equipment, are within easy reach.

And yet the latest kit and best platform are only as good as the support behind them. Gama Aviation offers operational and maintenance support to your existing aircraft, ensuring compliance with the latest regulatory requirements and airworthiness standards, while caring for airframes, engines and avionics, alongside your specialist mission equipment.

Alternatively, customers looking for maximum peace of mind and rapidly fielded, optimised operational effectiveness choose our mission solution option, bringing the full weight of the company’s experience and capability to bear on delivering a turn-key operational solution, including aircraft, flight crews, maintenance, mission systems, medical and operational support.

Whatever the medical and operational challenges you face, we are here to optimise your air ambulance solution.

To find out more about our services please click on the link below:

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HEMS

Gama Aviation commences HEMS operations in Scotland
Airbus H145 D2 on a HEMS mission in the Highlands of Scotland

When speed and accessibility is the mission priority

No value can be placed on a life saved. Delivering advanced, pre-hospital care to critically ill or injured patients at the roadside or in their workplace, on a hillside or direct to their homes is a mission that requires the unique capabilities of the helicopter. Add to that the helicopter’s ability to transport patients quickly and directly to hospital, accompanied by a doctor and critical care paramedic, and the benefits of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) are undeniable.

Yet the UK’s HEMS market is largely charitably funded, with operating trusts facing new fund-raising challenges as budgets are pinched ever tighter. Through proven success and long experience, we know the vital importance of delivering a cost effective HEMS package, based on efficiency and a deep understanding of customer requirements.

We are ready to advise on platform selection. The UK HEMS market focuses towards operators that are either focused toward Airbus Helicopters or Leonardo aircraft, but we, as a new market entrant take an agnostic view of which equipment is most suitable for your operation, ensuring optimum availability and efficiency.

Yet delivering critical care exactly where it is needed requires more than just an aircraft. It requires a Mission Solution.

We have amassed a wealth of helicopter expertise over more than two decades of engineering, modifying and operating rotorcraft. That means we have the power to deliver HEMS, whether you require aircraft acquisition, engineering or operational advice; aircraft upgrade or modification; or a complete, turn-key platform package.

Our experts are ready to listen to your requirements in detail before advising on the optimum platform for your operation. And if you aren’t in the market for a new platform, then we’ll help you assess the effectiveness of your existing aircraft, and the quality and suitability of your safety procedures, training, engineering and ongoing support.

Our in-house mission systems and engineering expertise also means that complex aircraft modifications are within easy reach. We’re expert in refit and upgrade with the latest medical equipment, installations of complete mission suites and new avionics.

We know you need to focus on your patients. You need a helicopter that’s well equipped, available and ready to go whenever and wherever critical care is required. That’s why we’re here to provide flight operations and maintenance support to your existing aircraft, ensuring compliance with the latest regulatory requirements and airworthiness standards, while caring for airframes, engines and avionics, alongside your specialist mission equipment.

Of course, we also understand that your operation may need the most comprehensive package, where the only thing you need worry about is providing medical professionals. Our complete mission platform option offers that peace of mind, guaranteeing rapidly-fielded, optimised operational effectiveness through turn-key solutions that include aircraft, flight crews, maintenance, mission systems, advisory service and operational support.

Whatever the medical and operational challenges you face, we are ready to help you save lives with its industry-leading HEMS solutions.

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Strong medical leadership and delivery capability

Air Ambulance, HEMS  & rescue operations
Our medical capability includes the road to aircraft interface.

Our Medical Team is led by Medical Director, Dr Simon Forrington.

Dr Forrington is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest and most respected Trusts in the UK. Dr Forrington was previously Medical Director for Capital Air Ambulance and is head of standards for the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI). He also has 2 years direct clinical experience as a medical HEMS Consultant with the North West Air Ambulance.

Working alongside Dr Forrington is a highly skilled and professional team of Flight Doctors, Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics. The team has a great deal of experience in aeromedical transportation, moving patients, often critically unwell, from all corners of the world. The Medical Department is focused on delivering a service that is safe, effective and of a consistently high quality.

All missions that we fly are subject to continuous case review, regular audit and inspection by our regulators, including the CQC and EURAMI. Our monthly Governance Meetings are open to external scrutiny and we welcome input from other providers experienced in the field, such as our neighbouring HEMS and neonatal transportation services. We foster a culture of transparency and continuous improvement.

All of our doctors, nurses and paramedics are fully trained and participate in regular continuous professional development. Training focuses on areas such as clinical aviation physiology, human factors and high-fidelity simulation in our unique Beechcraft King Air simulator.

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Rory, one of our most experience King Air 200 pilots

Our aircrew play a vital role in delivering our fixed wing air ambulance and HEMS operations often under extreme circumstances where weather and patient welfare can change suddenly. One of our longest serving air ambulance pilots, Rory, talks about his experience of flying a King Air out of Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Air ambulance & HEMS operations

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Air Ambulance, HEMS & rescue operations Contact Details

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Supported aircraft

Airbus H145

The Airbus H145 helicopter is our aircraft of choice for HEMS operations. Find out more here.

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Leonardo AW169.

The AW 169 is one of the most versatile multi role, emergency rotorcraft airframes in theatre

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Leonardo AW139

The AW 139 is one of the most versatile multi role, emergency rotorcraft airframes in theatre

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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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Locations

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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Jersey Airport (EGJJ)

Our base on Jersey offers our clients a variety of high quality services from aircraft charter, FBO services, aircraft management and easily accessible conference facilities.

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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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