Air ambulance flights operated by BC Emergency Health Services partner Helijet International will be fully and permanently restored at all hospital helipads in B.C., effective 8:30 a.m. Friday.
This follows Transport Canada approval of a new flight manual supplement for the Sikorsky helicopters used by Helijet. That follows months of intensive collaboration between Health Services, Sikorsky Aircraft and Transport Canada to test and validate certain flight operating procedures for the aircraft.
In August, air operations were suspended by Transport Canada. Jodi Jensen with BC Emergency Health Services said at the time that seven hospitals were affected, including a handful in Metro Vancouver.
“BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Vancouver General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbia.”
Spokesperson for Transport Canada, Sau Sau Liu, said at the time that recent Transport Canada inspections had discovered areas of non-compliance affecting operations at several hospital heliports, in particular helicopter performance and night operations.
Liu said that helicopters permitted to fly into this heliport need to be multi-engine to accommodate potential engine failure.
The matter has since been resolved.
“This outcome is a real credit to the hard work, collaboration and support we received from our client, the British Columbia Emergency Health Services, as well as Transport Canada, Sikorsky Aircraft, Maxcraft Avionics and all the employees at Helijet,” said Rick Hill, Vice President Commercial & Business Programs at Helijet in a release.