Pilots: Estonia needs smaller ambulance helicopter

Estonia operates three helicopters between the Police and Border Guard and the Rescue Board, and is thinking about getting a fourth. While the state is looking at another full-size rescue helicopter, pilots think getting a smaller aircraft would make more sense.

Pilot Martin Noorsalu of the not-for-profit Eesti Kiirabikopter (Estonian Ambulance Helicopter) told daily Postimees that the three helicopters of the Agusta Westland AW139 type where too small for most rescue operations, but too large for border patrol and ambulance flights.

A helicopter of the size with small landing gear also had trouble landing in lots of places, for example where the ground was soft. On the islands there often wasn’t enough space for the large aircraft to land.

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