New helicopters for air ambulance

TWO new helicopters have been bought by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) to help give patients the best possible care.

WNAA chief Andy Williamson has signed the preliminary sale contract to take on the AW169 helicopters.

The aircraft are set to be in action in 2015 and will be specially configured for WNAA’s mission requirements.

Mr Williamson said: “We’re delighted with the development of the AW169 and intend to launch the first two in service as a more advanced state-of-the-art helicopter emergency medical service.”

The contract marks the entrance of the AW169 into the UK public service just a few months after its commercial launch earlier this year.

Although the helicopters will not be seen in the county’s skies until 2015 the first flight is scheduled for next year.