27-Oct-2015 Source: HeliHub.com
HeliHub.com was the first media outlet to confirm that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance were going to update from their Bo105 to the larger EC135 helicopter, in our article on 22nd September, the day after the EC135 was registered by the Civil Aviation Authority as G-SCAA. What we can now reveal is the colour scheme of the helicopter. The helicopter continues to be in the fleet of Bond Air Services, and was previously operated on behalf of Gama Aviation for the Scottish Ambulance Service who have recently upgraded from the EC135 to a pair of new H145s.
The new customer is a charity-funded air ambulance based at Perth, starting operations in May 2013 and have thus far flown 752 missions according to their website today. Like many UK air ambulances, the Bo105 was used as a cost-effective starting platform, and plans have likely been in place most – if not all – of the time to move to something bigger like the EC135.
The scheme includes sponsor logos for Clydesdale Bank, Stagecoach and power company SSE, along with the lower part of the tail below the fenestron with a blue and red tartan to mark it’s Scottish roots.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
Photo is © Copyright 2015 of Keith C Wilson and used with his permission