New aircraft for the Flying Doctor

New aircraft for the Flying Doctor

THE Royal Flying Doctor Service will purchase a new plane to service WA following a funding boost from the Federal Government.

The service, which has a transfer base at Jandakot Airport, was given $2.5 million towards the purchase of a PC12 aircraft.

The planes cost more than $7 million to purchase and fit-out, with the RFDS to pay for the gap from money it has raised.

WA RFDS chief executive Grahame Marshall said the funding was crucial, with patient demand growing all the time.

He said the PC12�s ability to access smaller, unsealed airstrips, together with their reliability and safety, made them ideal for the job.

The new machine will be added to the RFDS�s fleet of 15 sophisticated aero medical retrieval aircraft.

The fleet features 14 PC12 single engine turbo prop aircraft and one Hawker 800XP jet aircraft.

The extra plane will help the service as it treats 9000 sick and injured patients each year.

The plane will be in service by the end of this year.