Netherlands-based aerial services provider Zeusch Aviation has begun dedicated European medevac operations in Spain using its King Air B200. The G-registered aircraft, which has been configured in air ambulance format, is operating regular flights in partnership with IAS Medical, a UK-headquartered private air ambulance company.
In its medevac configuration the King Air B200 can carry up to two walking patients or a single patient in need of a stretcher. The cabin is equipped with a Lifeport Plus-system, which provides a stretcher, as well as medical equipment including a vacuum system, compressed air, a three-outlet 1,000W (230VAC) inverter and a 3,500-litre oxygen system with remote filling port.
Air ambulance services are being provided for the Spanish aviation organisation Eliance, which specialises in supporting aerial medical transportation, search and rescue and firefighting. Zeusch has repositioned the modified King Air B200 from its home base in Lelystad, Netherlands, to Malaga, Spain, where a crew of two, working on a two-week rotation, is also based to support the mission.
“Zeusch Aviation is proud to be part of this special operation, which is literally life-saving in some cases,” said Herman van Kranenburg, managing director at Zeusch. These flights not only show the need for specialised equipment and well-trained personnel, but also highlight the capabilities of our King Air B200. Most importantly it also demonstrates the importance of cooperation between entities to fulfil a specific mission. This is enhancing our operational expertise and provides an excellent platform for expanding our medevac operations, which we anticipate will widen out across Europe over the next year.”
The first medevac operation took off on 10 July 2019, and since launching the King Air B200 has already transported some 40 patients between the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Africa’s northern coast and Malaga. Patient care is administered by a local professional medical team during the 30-minute flight.