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Aircraft of the Month: Sikorsky S-76C+ Ambulance Aircraft

This month, we take a closer look at the Sikorsky S-76C+, a Helijet Ambulance Aircraft used by B.C. Ambulance Services.

Helijet operates year-round out of the South Terminal and offers commercial flights between YVR and a number of destinations, but it also plays a vital role in emergency services. Based at YVR and Prince Rupert-Seal Cove, Helijet Air Medical is contracted to operate Air Ambulance Sikorsky S76 helicopters on behalf of B.C. Air Ambulance Services.

The Sikorsky S76 is configured to accommodate up to two stretcher patients and four medical attendants. The aircraft is primarily used for patient transfers within a 161 km (100 mile) radius of its Richmond base to r from hospitals, airports and on-scene calls.The twin-engine chopper and its dedicated crew are on standby 24/7, ready to spring in to action and aid emergency services.

Length: 16.00 m (52 ft 6 in) from tip of main rotor to tip of tail rotor

Width: 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in) at horizontal stabilizer

Height: 4.42 m (14 ft 6 in) to tip of tail rotor

Empty Weight: 3,177 kg (7,005 lb) in utility configuration

Gross Weight: 5,307 kg (11,700 lb)

Fuel Capacity: 1,064 liters  (281 US gallons)

Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 turboshaft, 922 shp (688 kW) each

Main Rotor Diameter: 4× 13.41m (44 ft 0 in)

Maximum Speed: 287 km/h (178 mph; 155 kn) at maximum takeoff weight at sea level

Cruise Speed: 287 km/h (178 mph;155 kn) maximum cruise speed is the same as maximum speed

Range: 761 km  (473 mi; 411 nmi) no reserves, at long-range cruise speed at 4,000 ft altitude

Service Ceiling: 14,200 m (3,800 ft)




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