STARS begins fleet replacement in Alberta with new helicopter

By Conner Toffan - With files from the Government of Alberta
March 17, 2019 - 10:18am

ALBERTA — STARS Air Ambulance has introduced a new Airbus H145 in Alberta.

The $13 million dollar helicopter was bought with the goal of improving pilot, patient and practitioner safety, while reducing maintenance costs and training.

“This new aircraft will make a significant impact on the lives of countless Albertans who rely on STARs for critical care and transport,” said Andrea Robertson, President and CEO of STARS.

STARS, who flew over 1,450 missions in Alberta last year, expects the new, medically-equipped chopper to arrive this spring.

“These funds, along with the generosity of donors, will ensure that helicopter-based emergency services are there when Albertans need them most,” said Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health.

This announcement comes as part of an effort to replace the organizations BK117s which are designated as a legacy aircraft. STARS says finding replacement parts and maintaining them can be difficult.

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