Royal Flying Doctor Service unveils $7.5 million Swiss-built aircraft


The Swiss-built Pilatus PC12 cost about $7.5 million.
The Swiss-built Pilatus PC12 cost about $7.5 million.

THE Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has unveiled its newest aircraft.

The Swiss-built Pilatus PC12 cost about $7.5 million and is fitted with the latest in medical aviation technology.

Fit-out was undertaken by the RFDS at its base in Jandakot.

It was funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, which also allowed the service to establish a new operating facility in Broome late last year.

RFDS chief executive Grahame Marshall said the service’s latest addition would be housed at the new facility to help meet growing demand in the region.

“Broome is the busiest patient hub for the RFDS in the north of WA, with over 1000 patients flown to and from Broome in the past 12 months,” he said.

“In the last six months alone our Broome-based team conducted more than 569 landings and flew 307,000km over 898 hours.

“Demand for aeromedical retrievals in WA remains at record levels, and we are working hard to continue to ensure that we are always there, wherever and whenever West Australians need us.”

The RFDS provides emergency care to almost 70,000 people in Western Australia every year.