UPDATED 9 APRIL 2015 | A larger Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HMS) federation is slowly forming in Western Sweden. After the provinces of Värmland and Dalarna decided to work together in May 2014, Västra Götaland with its main city of Gothenburg now announced it will join the new HEMS group that will change its name to Svensk Luftambulans (Swedish Air Ambulance) this year.
On 15 December Värmland and Dalarna already ordered two new Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2s, to be delivered in December 2015 at the latest, with an option on eight more. Operations started with a EC135 P2 based in the city of Karlstad in August 2014, and has a second operations location in Mora further north. Värmland has even proposed to have a third helicopter on stand-by as a back-up for the new choppers, with hopes that this third machine – possible a EC145 T2 as well – will be available in Spring 2016.
Gothenburg City Airport
Västra Götaland’s län is currently using the services of Norrlandsflyg that has been flying the Sikorsky S-76 from Gothenburg City Airport (Säve) in the HEMS role since 2002. Säve is closing down as an active airport unless a buyer revamps the field for more than 26 million euro. Already closed down for heavier traffic, Säve is still much in use. Amongst the operators is the Swedish National Police flying one of its EC135s from the airfield. All operations are now gradually planned to move to Gotheburg Landvetter further east. Landvetter is both further away from the city of Gothenburg as well as from the important shipping lanes between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea / Atlantic Ocean, increasing the response time of all emergency services once based there.
Twenty of the 21 Swedish regions are currently building up a new organisation for the fixed-wing air ambulance, with only Skåne in the southwest opting out. Göteborg-Säve was an operating base for the principal subcontracter Scandinavian Air Ambulance. But the reorganisation only calls for Luleå in the far north, Umeå in the southern north and Stockholm-Arlanda in the centre of the country have a permanent fixed-wing flight. Scandinavian Air Ambulance (Ambulansflyg) operates four Beechcraft Super King Air 200s and a single Bombardier Learjet 35, making 4400 flights a year transporting patients and donor organs throughout the whole of Sweden.
Gothenburg Säve is well-known as the location of the impressive Aeroseum in the former underground air base complex of the Swedish Air Force. The Aeroseum will stay open, but if nothing happens the airshows that used to be there in Summer will no longer continue to take place – unless aircraft fly in from other airfields for the display only.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger