The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is officially launching its night-flying service today (Wednesday).

New CEO of the organisation Alex Lochrane says volunteer pilots and medics have been training for night missions over the last few months. The charity acquired a new night-flying helicopter, the Airbus H135, last year. The helicopter is flown by highly-trained and experienced Bond pilots operating with the latest-generation of night-vision goggles. The aircraft  is fully equipped and optimised for night operations, meaning the Charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic HEMS crews can bring their life-saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people by night as well as by day, saving more lives. The service will run for 19 hours a day, 365 days a year. Mr Lochrane said:

 “Thanks to our unique partnership with TVAA, there is now a dedicated HEMS crew operational until 2am, an additional seven hours every night, covering the whole of the South Central region. “Working in close partnership with SCAS to crew and deploy the service, our Doctor Paramedic teams can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver an advanced level of critical care to the patient and give them the very best chances of survival and recovery”