The first official flight from the new Comox Valley Hospital’s helipad. The hospital opened in October of 2017 but needed to have it’s helipad upgraded before it could become operational. This was due to regulatory changes and an increase in development around he hospital site between the design phase and opening of the hospital. The first official flights took place on August 2, 2018.
Helijet C-GHHJ – Sikorsky S-76C (Built 1995/Acquired 2011)
Helijet is contracted by BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) to provide patient transfers as part of the Provincial Patient Transfer Network and BC Ambulance Service’s Critical Care Transport (CCT) and Infant Transport Team (ITT) fleet. Helijet operates four S-76 variants for BCEHS. Two serve the lower mainland and Vancouver Island out of Vancouver international Airport and one serves parts of the northern coast out of Prince Rupert. An additional S76 is based out of Vancouver International Airport to cover as a spare. The four helicopters often rotate between assignments.
*First Flight* BC Ambulance Helijet Leaving Comox Valley Hospital