Fast and reliable - that's the pilot's verdict on our Dauphin N2 and Dauphin N3+ helicopters.

We rely on our aircraft to cover an area of about 8,000 square miles. They need to handle challenging conditions and be able to land in varied environments such as mountain ranges, urban centres and busy motorways. Thankfully, we've got just the tool for the job...

What type of aircraft are they?

Three of our aircraft are Eurocopter Dauphin AS365 N2 aircraft, and our latest addition is the Eurocopter Dauphin AS365 N3+ aircraft. These are medium-weight twin-engine helicopters that are used globally for civilian and military activity. No other air ambulance charity in the UK operates these aircraft.

Where are they based?

We bought the four aircraft separately frpm private owners. They now work across our two staffed bases – Langwathby near Penrith and Progress House near Eaglescliffe.

Have they got names?

Three of our helicopters have names – the Guardian of the North, the Guardian of the North II and the Pride of Cumbria. The fourth is nameless. However, each has its own unique registration:

  • G-NHAA (Guardian of the North)
  • G-NHAB (Pride of Cumbria)
  • G-NHAC
  • G-NHAD (Guardian of the North II)

Did you know?  The G in the registration shows the aircraft is registered in the UK.

Helicopter history

Several aircraft have flown for GNAAS over the years, and they’ve varied in shape and size.

The first region’s air ambulance began service in 1994 and operated under several liveries on behalf of the ambulance service.

The G-NAAS aircraft made its debut appearance in the trademark green and white, which has been consistently displayed on the majority of GNAAS’ aircraft since.

 

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The helicopters:

In summary

  • GNAAS owns three Eurocopter AS365 N2 helicopters and one Eurocopter AS365 N3+ helicopter.
  • The aircraft can fly at speeds of up to 190mph
  • They are one of the biggest and fastest air ambulance helicopters in the UK
  • They have a range of around 500 miles, although ours rarely carry a full fuel load.

Keep them flying

The helicopters can only continue to fly thanks to your support. Please consider making a donation.


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