Helijet renews B.C. air ambulance agreement

Helijet has announced that it has renewed its dedicated air medical contract with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an additional four years, effective April 1, 2019.

Helijet helicopter in flight at night.
Helijet provides air medical support to British Columbia Emergency Health Services. The company’s contract has been renewed for four more years with an estimated contract extension value of $60 million. Heath Moffatt Photo

Helijet will continue to supply four Sikorsky S-76 model helicopters for the B.C. Ambulance Service which is operated by BCEHS. Under the new agreement, a current Sikorsky S-76A helicopter used as a backup aircraft will be replaced with a newer model Sikorsky S-76C, to provide consistency throughout the air ambulance fleet.

The four-year contract extension is valued at $60 million.

One of the four S-76C aircraft will continue to be based at Helijet’s Seal Cove, Prince Rupert, facility, while the other two and the back-up will operate from Helijet’s Vancouver International Airport facility.

BCEHS also has another contracted helicopter based in Kamloops, plus seven fixed-wing aircraft in its air ambulance fleet to serve British Columbians. All of these aircraft continue to provide air ambulance service for patients around the province on a 7/24/365-day operation.

All of Helijet’s aircraft are night vision imaging system (NVIS) or night vision goggle (NVG) capable, allowing increased operational reliability while ensuring the safest possible flying conditions. Helijet is also expecting final Transport Canada authorization to fly under the most advanced operating levels afforded in Canada, when performing NVG-equipped flight missions.

All of Helijet’s aircraft are night vision imaging system (NVIS) or night vision goggle (NVG) capable. Helijet Photo

Helijet International is a Canadian-owned company and the world’s largest scheduled helicopter airline, carrying well over 2.4 million passengers in the past 33 years. In addition to its scheduled helicopter services, Helijet is the major service provider of dedicated medically-equipped helicopters to B.C. Emergency Health Services.

Helijet also provides exclusive use helicopters and business turbojet services to world renowned Sport Fishing Resorts, public service and energy companies throughout the West Coast of British Columbia and Pacific North West.


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