600 Square Miles
10 million people

6 minutes

Normal traffic: 9 mph
Emergency vehicles: 20 mph

Anywhere in London within 12 minutes

London is the world’s busiest, most complicated airspace. We have unique privileges in London’s airspace, with priority over all other air traffic when on an emergency medical call. Our experienced pilots have the right to land anywhere they deem safe. They are looking for a space of 80ft square – equivalent to a tennis court - as close to the scene of emergency as possible. 

Our two helicopters have been chosen for their safety features which include no tail rotor, important in an urban environment.  They have been specially adapted for their purpose, to enable patients to be treated to the standard of an intensive care unit in flight. Although the helicopters are equipped to take a patient to the hospital, this is not always the case. Often, the patient will travel by London Ambulance Service accompanied by our trauma team.

We acquired our second helicopter in early 2016 thanks to the generous contributions to the 'Your London, Your Helicopter' campaign from the people and organisations of London, including London Freemasons, who pledged £2 million.

When on duty, our helicopters are operated by two pilots for safety reasons over London. The co-pilot acts as a navigator and communicator –  talking to air traffic control and looking out for wires and high buildings while identifying an appropriate landing site.

Our pilots commonly land at box junctions, multi-storey car parks and busy areas in central London.

G-EHMS Specifications

  • Model: MD902 Explorer
  • Hull No: 68
  • Max all up weight: 6250 lbs
  • Engines: 2 Pratt and Whitney 206e
  • Top speed: 140 kts
  • Mission ready endurance: 1 hour from the Helipad (130 miles)


  • Model: MD902 Explorer
  • Hull No: 125
  • Max all up weight: 6250 lbs
  • Engines: 2 Pratt and Whitney 207e
  • Top speed: 140 kts
  • Mission ready endurance: 1 hour from the Helipad (130 miles)

24/7 cover for London 

To ensure 24/7 cover for London, the helicopter is replaced by cars after dusk or in adverse weather conditions. The cars are able to drive under blue lights, reaching the patient safely, and as quickly as possible.

London’s Air Ambulance uses high performance Skodas equipped with blue lights and high visibility strips to deliver the team to the patient at night. Our paramedic drives on blue lights and the doctor navigates to the scene of incident. London’s Air Ambulance has its own internal driving licence to prepare the team to drive under blue light conditions during the day or night.

Three x Skoda Octavia Estate VRS 245

  • Colour: Corrida Red
  • Engine size: 2.0 TSI PS 6 Manual

Two x Skoda Kodiaq Estate

  • Colour: Corrida Red
  • Engine size: 2.0 TDI 190 edition 4x4 DSG