STARS is another step nearer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a $1 million gift from Capital Power.
In June 2018, STARS unveiled a multi-year plan to replace its fleet of BK117 and AW139 aircraft with nine new medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of $13 million each.
One million outfits a helicopter with the medical interior needed to perform emergency life-saving procedures.
“The bulk of our ageing fleet is no longer being built and is becoming costlier to maintain,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO.
“Additionally, independent assessments of the sustainability of our fleet told us we needed to move from two aircraft types to one.”
An extensive review resulted in the selection of the H145 aircraft as the best option for STARS’ new fleet.
It offers cutting-edge technology, advanced safety features, and an updated version of the medical interior found in STARS’ existing helicopters.
STARS has been flying missions with the new H145 aircraft from its Calgary base since July 2019, thanks to early support from the Government of Canada and the Alberta government.