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Yorkshire Air Ambulance To Start Night Operations

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5:14pm 13th September 2017

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been given the green light to start night operations.

It comes as the organisation has been granted Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) approval by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to extend their flying hours.

It means the air ambulance can now respond to incidents from 6.00am until midnight during the week, and to 10.00pm on weekends initially. 

Captain Andy Lister, YAA Director of Aviation, said:

“This really is a great move forward in the operational developments of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 

 Our pilots and crews have worked extremely hard over the last few months to undertake and learn the processes involved in NVIS flying.

I am very proud of them and know we have taken another major step in providing the best possible service for the people of Yorkshire.

The YAA will commence NVIS operations with immediate effect. Now we have CAA approval, our crews will be operational for longer periods each day, which will be particularly beneficial in the winter months, when darkness falls much quicker. 

 A number of our paramedics have been trained and we expect to have everyone approved for NVIS operations by the end of October when we will become a fully night-capable operator.”

The approval means that the crews, wearing the latest generation night-vision goggles, can now respond to incidents into the night in two helicopters which carry medical equipment. 


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