The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust operates one MD902 Explorer from our base at Marden in Kent and one AW169 from our base in Redhill in Surrey to provide our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) across the region.
Leonardo AW169: G-KSST
In 2017, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance became one of the first air ambulance services to operate a brand new AW169 helicopter. Flying faster, further and for longer, this state of the art aircraft enables us to reach, treat and deliver our patients to hospital even faster, and potentially reach even more people in time.
Although it is similar in size to our existing aircraft externally, the AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients, allowing for delivery of more life-saving interventions, and offering the potential to carry out those interventions inside the aircraft rather than outside – which can only be better for patients.
MD902 Explorer: G-KSSA
The charity currently operates a night-capable MD902 Explorer from its base in Marden, registration: G-KSSA. This helicopter has twin engines. It travels at average speeds of up to 150mph, essential for a rapid response to serious medical traumas. The MD902 is still one of the most advanced aircraft available for Air Ambulance work, and the combination of this, together with the skills and experience of the pilots, allow the helicopter to land in some of the most challenging locations to respond to medical emergencies.
The MD Explorer helicopter was the first design to incorporate the unique NOTAR system. This means that the helicopter does not have a tail rotor. The benefits of this system are increased safety, lower noise levels, better performance and controllability enhancements.