Pilots Emil Fredin and Lars-Gunnar Falk of BSAA Lycksele. Photo: Mats Lind
Operating just south of the polar circle, the helicopter ambulance (HEMS) crew at Lycksele Airport face severe weather conditions every day. They recently chose to upgrade their equipment with the AUK Protection G1 flight suit. "It's outstanding, the best flight suit I've worn in my career", says pilot Lars-Göran Falk.
This Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (BSAA) station is one of some thirteen operative bases spread across the nordics. Servicing an area of roughly 55.000 km2 in the vast and scarcely populated northern woodlands, the Lycksele station is a crucial part of the local civil infrastructure.
Preferring a two-pilot system in which three aircrews alternate in crewing an AS365 N2 Dauphin, alongside a dozen medical specialists. Together they uphold a 15 minute response time and perform about 700 missions per year.
The work load is quite evenly split between primary emergency missions and intensive care transports between the regional hospitals. In vast and depopulated woodlands like this, a reliable HEMS service is a crucial part of civil infrastructure.
"The best part about this job is the people you get to work with. They all have a strong personal commitment for what they do, which creates a very special atmosphere", says Lars-Göran Falk, Pilot with 33 years of experience.
New ride, new gear Although highly regarded for its smooth running and apt flying characteristics, the time has come for the AS365 N2 to go. It will be replaced by the new Augusta Westland AW169 within shortly.
A slightly lesser upgrade is already in place. The crew recently chose to opt for the AUK Protection G1 flight suit, and they are more than happy about it.
"It gives me the same feeling as when I put on my favorite trekking gear to go hiking" says Lars-Göran. "This flight suit is just outstanding, the best I've worn in my career".
Quick facts: Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (BSAA)
With its thirteen operative and several backup bases spread across Sweden and Finland, BSAA is one of the largest air ambulance operators in the Nordics. www.airamb.se
Quick facts: AUK Protection
AUK Protection is an initiative to further the standard of personal protective equipment for aircrews via user-centered design, premium materials and scientific research. It was founded in 2012 by active helicopter pilots.
AUK Protection is a pilot owned and operated initiative to further the standard of protective equipment for helicopter professionals. All products are developed in close collaboration with active aircrews, following a strict protocol of User Centered Design (UCD), premium hi-tech materials and scientific research.