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The spacious pressurised cabin can accommodate the required medical equipment and beds for three patients and additional seats for medical personnel. Depending on the type of mission, the cabin is designed to allow fast, flexible modification for maximum freedom. The large cargo door and bespoke electric stretcher loading device facilitate safe, ultra-easy loading and unloading of patients. The PC-24 is the world’s first jet to offer this possibility thanks to the cargo door which comes as a standard fit from the factory.
Individual oxygen, vacuum and power systems ensure multi-parameter patient monitoring and support. Additional security is provided in the form of a second and separate power system for the cabin and dedicated communication systems for the medical crew, thereby ensuring uninterrupted medical assistance.
RFDS to use the PC-24 from 2019
In continuous operation since 1928 the RFDS is one of the world’s largest and most professional aeromedical organisations. It provides comprehensive basic medical assistance across Australia plus a 24-hour emergency service. The RFDS currently owns a fleet of over 35 PC-12s, each of which has proved itself over and over again through many years of cost-effective airborne operations.
The RFDS will celebrate their 90th anniversary with the entry into service of the PC-24. The PC-24 will be used for the cost effective transport of patients over longer distances in conjunction with their existing fleet of PC-12 aircraft. The PC-24 was developed for outback use from the very outset and this is exactly how the RFDS plans to use it: its outstanding performance on short runways and unpaved strips will provide the RFDS with a previously unattained degree of flexibility of direct benefit to patients in Australia.