Originally Posted by chris123
A lot of this may be down to the helicopter - all the air ambulances I have seen have been small / lightweight 'commercial' helicopters - I would imagine the operational envelope on this type of helo will be considerably smaller than that for the 'military spec' helicopters flown by the RN, RAF and CG.
It is down to the fact the air ambulance service is a charity with very little funding. Of course they manage to find money for Police helicopters that are a total waste of time. We do NOT have many cities like Los Angeles and yet they find the need to copy the Yanks as usual.
Police helicopters cost millions to run and yet what good are they - chasing a joyrider in a car worth £200 doesn't make much sense.
I know someone who used to fly on one of the Welsh Police helicopters and believe me the number of serious incidence they are used on is tiny - and yet every hour they are in the air they cost us £5,000 - that would provide a lot more coppers on the ground where they are really needed.......