Henley Air this July launched a new Helicopter Emergency Medical Service leveraging six Bell 222 UT helicopters. The HEMS operation, called ROCKET (Rapid On Call Emergency Transport) will run missions in South Africa as a neutral and independent helicopter ambulance service.
The service has established an in-house call centre, tasked with evaluating medical flight criteria and ensuring facility acceptance, along with managing complex HEMS logistics.
Henley Air is a family owned and managed company that has provided helicopter services to the South African market for more than 22 years.
In addition to its 222 UT helicopters, which Bell describes as holding a range of more than 320 nautical miles, Henley Air also operates the only South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) approved and certified Bell 222 simulator.