AW119Kx assessment flight, August 2020
We’ve completed significant research on the safety aspect of this single engine aircraft. Given the known reliability and track record of the PT6 engine and the 119’s redundancy of systems, like that of a twin engine, we made the decision to transition to this model.
The capabilities in comparison to our BK117s include a faster and more fuel-efficient aircraft which is lower in cost to operate. Oh, and did we say we’re also impressed with the many safety enhancements such as an advanced avionics suite with glass cockpit providing greater situational awareness and crash resistant fuel tanks to start?
The patient limit remains the same at 400 pounds and the 119Kx can accommodate three providers in the back and one in the co-pilot seat. The mounting of medical equipment surpasses that of the BK117 configuration.
Initially, all pilots and mechanics will complete factory, didactic, and hands-on training. Once we’ve taken possession of all four 119Kx helicopters, our goal is to transition into an IFR program.