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Edhi Foundation All Set to Resume Air Ambulance Service by Weekend

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:38 am

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Edhi Air Ambulance Service Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II registration AP-BFM.

KARACHI:
Edhi Foundation on Tuesday, went for testing flight of its only aircraft in its air-ambulance service - a move to resume air ambulance service after the gap of three years time.

The air ambulance service is being resumed after installing new engine in its Piper Seneca aircraft.

"The test flight was conducted after gap of three years and remained successful. We didn't have pilots but now we have hired one. A new engine has been installed which cost around Rs 15 millions," Faisal Edhi, Managing Trustee of Edhi Foundation told Daily Times.

Faisal thanked Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its support "Today we went for 25 minutes test flight. If CAA allowed us, the aircraft would be available for flight both for patients and passengers by the end of this week," he added.

The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare organization in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. It owns air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas. At present, in order to boost emergency services, the organization owns one private jet and one helicopter for removing victims from hard-to-reach locations, especially during disasters. "We have 3-seater helicopter which is grounded as it needs Rs 40 millions for repair," Faisal said.

The Edhi Foundation is the first of its kind in South Asia that owns air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas.

Edhi foundation possesses this plane for last 23 years and is stationed at Karachi airport. The plane took part in major disasters in the country including earthquakes and floods. Abdul Sattar Edhi himself flew to take part in relief activities during a train accident at Khanewal some fifteen years ago.

Edhi foundation has planned to purchase further aircrafts to increase size of its air fleet.

"We are also planning to buy two more aircrafts for our fleet. Both will be Cessna Grand Caravan from USA which will be included in system during next six months. These planes will be deployed in Karachi and Lahore. These planes have capacity of 14 seats with 6 stretchers", Faisal informed.

"With the resumption of Piper Seneca and induction of two Cessna Grand Caravan planes our aero-medical services will enhanced during ongoing year," Faisal hoped.

"Although new Cessna Grand Caravan costs around Rs 250 millions but we are buying two refurbished planes in the cost of one", he added.

Source: Daily Times
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Edhi Air Ambulance Allowed to Resume Operations

Post by Abbas Ali » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:07 pm

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Edhi Air Ambulance Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II registration AP-BFM seen in March 2017.

According to news sources, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has allowed Edhi Air Ambulance Service to resume flight operations.

Every commercial and chartered aircraft operator must follow aviation rules and regulations, says CAA.

Edhi Air Ambulance Service transports patients within Pakistan.

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Edhi Air Ambulance Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III registration AP-BDO seen in September 1996.

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Re: Edhi Foundation All Set to Resume Air Ambulance Service by Weekend

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:09 pm

According to Urdu Daily Express newspaper report, Edhi Air Ambulance Service had been grounded because the aircraft was unable to maintain airworthiness due to technical issues.

After repairs, the aircraft performed a test flight sometime ago (March 2017?). However, that test flight failed to satisfy Pakistan CAA safety inspections and regulations.

CAA has now allowed operations of the Edhi Air Ambulance after the aircraft passed fitness/airworthiness tests and inspections.

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Re: Edhi Foundation All Set to Resume Air Ambulance Service by Weekend

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:41 pm

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Edhi Air Ambulance billboard being installed in Karachi on January 25.

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Re: Edhi Foundation All Set to Resume Air Ambulance Service by Weekend

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