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PC-12 Air Ambulance Stretcher Loader

PC-12 Air Ambulance Stretcher Loader

The aeromedical service provider has acquired a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft to provide aeromedical services in remote Australia. These aircraft are operated in austere conditions and are often called upon to evacuate patients from remote locations to better-equipped primary care facilities.

Stretcher loading operations often result in injury to medical personnel, and the customer required a solution to improve patient outcomes and minimise worker injuries. GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge to design a stretcher loading system that would automatically transfer the stretcher onto the aircraft without manual labour.

GVH responded to the challenge and designed a computerised Stretcher Loading Device (SLD) that is permanently fitted to the PC-12. This SLD fully automates the task of stretcher loading, with electrical safeguards to ensure patient and crew safety during the loading sequence. The GVH SLDs are in operation across Australia, and are being used in very harsh environments. Our SLDs have conducted 250,000 patient transfers in the past 3 years, providing trouble-free service and helping save lives. This has resulted in:

  • Improved patient outcomes during stretcher loading/unloading
  • Reduced injuries to medical personnel during stretcher loading/unloading
  • Reduced time required for patient transfer, leading to improved medical outcomes

Key People

Gareth Dyer

Chief Executive Officer

Gareth leads our GVH Aerospace global team and has a long history in delivering aviation programmes....

Gareth leads our GVH Aerospace global team and has a long history in delivering aviation programmes. As the EASA Form 4 holder for Chief Executive and Head of Design, he is responsible for building and growing the aerospace design business, corporate governance and developing and maintaining our regulatory approvals with an effective design assurance system. Gareth’s background includes airworthiness certification, engineering & project management, strategic business development and major program delivery.

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Cher-Min Teo

Chief of Strategy & Marketing

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes....

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes. Cher Min is responsible for developing GVH’s business in the Asian market beyond Southeast Asia, having first being part of the team that established GVH’s design centre in Singapore. His background includes airworthiness certification, engineering and project management, business development and program delivery.

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