The helicopter used by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is a Eurocopter EC 135.
The current aircraft is seven years old and was launched at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Wednesday 29th September 2010. The EC 135 can land in an area the size of a tennis court and can be anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes and the Isle of Wight in 20 minutes. It also has skids, which are ideal for the varied terrain we have in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Aircraft has a larger and much improved cabin layout, which is better for the paramedics as they have more room to work on the patient in flight, should this be necessary. The EC 135 can carry three or four crew members as it has an extra seat. This extra seat means that not only can a doctor fly with two paramedics, but sometimes a family member can travel with the patient. With the EC 135 the patient can be loaded from the side door, unlike the Bolkow which could only load through the clamshell doors at the back. Side loading is much better for the crew, and far less stressful for the patient.