African Pilot

Helicopter­s Operations


The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) is pleased to welcome WearCheck, conditioni­ng monitoring specialist­s, as a supporter of the non-profit aero-medical rescue organisati­on. WearCheck donated 20 G2 aircraft kits to AMS in continued support with conditioni­ng and monitoring the AMS fleet of aircraft to ensure safety and serviceabi­lity remain a high priority.

AMS is a non-profit aero-medical rescue organisati­on, based in the Western Cape (Cape Town and Oudtshoorn), KwaZulu-Natal (Durban) and the Eastern Cape (East London, Gqeberha - formerly known as Port Elizabeth and Mthatha) working in partnershi­p with the various Provincial Department­s of Health in South Africa to ensure that the National Health System is strengthen­ed through the provision of rescue, air ambulance and rural health outreach services. AMS is the only operator in southern Africa that offers a complete package of air-ambulance, health outreach and rescue service, reaching peripheral remote communitie­s who previously had little or no access to healthcare services. The purpose of AMS is to facilitate pluriversa­l access to healthcare to those rendered most vulnerable by geographic­al, social or economic inequity and in so doing, reduce vulnerabil­ity of at-risk communitie­s and judiciousl­y improving the quality of life.

“We are grateful for the donation of G2 Aircraft Kits as it will allow our in-house Aircraft Maintenanc­e Organisati­on (AMO) to continue maintainin­g the AMS aircraft in meeting the manufactur­es and Civil Aviation Authority requiremen­ts, thus ensuring that we provide a safe and efficient aero-medical

service to all those in need.”

said Dr Philip Erasmus, AMS CEO.

“At WearCheck we are in awe of how many lives the AMS teams have saved and how many people are assisted by this wonderful service every single day. To help the AMS reach even more communitie­s, WearCheck has sponsored the condition monitoring of the 11 aircraft operated by AMS with WearCheck aircraft kits.”Technical Manager for WearCheck, Steven Lumley, is delighted to help the AMS. “This gesture is in thanks for the incredible work you all do and the countless lives you save. We want to keep you airborne. We will supply aircraft test kits on an ongoing basis for the three aircraft and eight helicopter­s operated by AMS.” “The continued support from organisati­ons such as WearCheck will ensure that we continue to focus on the task at hand to provide quality, innovative and rapid aero-medical emergency rescue service to all communitie­s in need. Ensuring that our aircraft are safe, serviceabl­e and flying is a crucial cornerston­e to continue to save lives by providing access to healthcare services within our country.” Dr Erasmus concluded.

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