The Great North Air Ambulance service which is based out of the United Kingdom recently revealed that it was “completely blown away” by the generous estate that was left behind for it by John Dodds. He was a retired teacher and had recently passed away at the age of 85 years. The air ambulance charity revealed that it was the largest donation that it had ever received by an individual in its history. The medical flight organization, however, refused to reveal the amount as it was the wish of John Dodds. Mr. Dodds, it is believed, was a socially active individual who loved doing things for the community.
How will the Donation Help the Air Ambulance Organization?
It was revealed by the air ambulance charity that it conducts about 400 rescues on an average every year. Each rescue costs them about 5000 British Pounds. The charity covers North Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the North East. The estate left behind by Mr. Dodds will cover about 200 of these rescues, which, no doubt, is a big help for the organization. It also gives us an idea that he has left behind quite a sizeable amount for the air ambulance charity.
A Bit About the Donor
Mr. Dodds was a teacher of math and physics. The man was quite passionate about motorcycles. He was well aware that air ambulances often reach places that land ambulances find hard to do. According to one of his friends, the decision to donate the sum was made later in his life as he had come to appreciate what air ambulance services do for the local communities.
Mr. Dodds would involve himself in community tasks like helping seniors with their shopping trips and even making book calls for those who found it physically tough to go to the library and get books. Certainly, a life well-led.
From e-commerce and ride-hailing services to air ambulances, the quest is on to get flying cars going. Although we do not see many of them on the road (or in the skies), it does not mean that such cars are not in the making. There are several manufacturers out there who have been pursuing this for quite some time. If flying cars becomes a reality, they could prove quite useful as air ambulances. Let’s take a look at the various options out there.
Klein Vision AirCar – An Option for Air Ambulances
The car can double up as a flying vehicle in just about three minutes and needs a takeoff stretch of about 300 meters. It can reach a max speed of 190 kilometers per hour. This vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter 140-horsepower engine.
AeroMobil 4.0 is Also an Option
This car is counted among the viable options today. It can cover a good 740 kilometers on air and 520 kilometers on road. It is powered by a 300-horsepower engine and manages speeds up to 260 kilometers an hour.
Terrafugia Transition – An Ecofriendly Option for Air Ambulances
Terrafugia Transition sports an electric hybrid engine. The car boasts a range of 644 kilometers and can reach up to 160 kilometers per hour in the air. What sets it apart is its ability to host 4 passengers. This means that it would have ample space for turning it into an air ambulance for short distances.
PAL-V Liberty – Another Choice
This vehicle is quite different in its approach. Rather than turning a car into a helicopter, this vehicle transforms itself from being a helicopter to a car. It has a 100-horsepower twin petrol engine. It has the capacity to cruise at 180 kilometers per hour. It offers a superb range on the road of 1315 kilometers on-road and 500 kilometers when flying.
With so many options out there, the day might not be far when flying cars are increasingly transformed into short-range air ambulances.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom has appealed to drone enthusiasts across the country to be mindful of air ambulances as they fly drones. It must be noted that the island nation has over 400 thousand registered drones and probably a few unregistered ones. Owing to the craze surrounding drones these days, the recent festive season has seen an uptick in drone sales. The Civil Aviation Authority is rightly concerned for air ambulances in this scenario. The reason for this is straightforward. Air ambulances often fly at an altitude that is less than 120 meters – the permissible altitude for drone enthusiasts.
CAA Guide for Safety of Air Ambulances
- Keeping drones within the range of sight: It is easier to control the drone if one can see where exactly it is as one flies it. This will help the flyers steer clear of any air ambulances that they may encounter.
- Avoiding airfields and airports completely: Unless there is a compelling reason, flying drones near spaces where air ambulances land or take-off should be a strict no for obvious reasons. The chances of collision are simply too great.
- Adhering to the best practices of flying drones: One can know more about this by visiting the Civil Aviation Authority’s website and reading The Drone and Model Aircraft Code.
- Qualifying for flying drones: This is perhaps the most important one. It is essential that one registers with the CAA and clears the Flyer ID test.
Adherence is a Social Responsibility
According to a statistic by the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom, the air ambulances took to the skies over a thousand times in just the last month of 2021 with over 180 crew members each day. Over 80 people’s lives were saved through various operations. It is, therefore, the responsibility of common citizens to follow certain drone-flying best practices to keep air ambulances safe.
The year 2021 is behind us, and as we enter the brand-new year, we look at it with a lot of hope. The year gone by was quite eventful for the air ambulance industry, to say the least. The pandemic continued into the second year, and by the looks of it, is going to bother the world in the years to come. However, there was a silver lining. The latest variant, Omicron, although considered highly transmissible is less lethal, especially when compared to the previous variant, Delta.
Then, there was the issue of balance billing, which brought a lot of negative public perceptions towards the air ambulance industry. It had created a constant tussle between the health insurance industry and the air ambulance industry. The result was the No Surprises Bill – effective January 2022.
Customer Expectations in 2022 from the Air Ambulance Industry
One major expectation will be to utilize air ambulance services without the worry of having to bear the balance payments. Payment will now be a matter that needs to be sorted out between insurance providers and the air ambulance industry.
Rural America can possibly breathe free of the worries about the Coronavirus given the fact that air ambulance service will now be much more reachable due to the No Surprises Bill. Of course, it is yet to be seen how much of the air ambulance industry will be willing to support rural areas. The reason: with the insurance companies prefixing costs, the medical flight providers might witness dwindling margins and diminishing motive to serve far-off regions.
Differences Need to be Ironed Out in 2022
Overall, it can be said that the air ambulance industry is moving in the right direction from the customers’ point of view. If all outstanding issues are sorted out, it will be highly beneficial to all parties involved. Perhaps, the government needs to play a more active role as an arbitrator.