SIXTH FLIGHT DEPARTS ST HELENA AIRPORT

Taking advantage of weather conditions, the sixth flight into St Helena Airport, a Bombardier Challenger business jet, departed the Island this morning at 09.47hrs, slightly ahead of its scheduled departure time (10.00hrs).

The business jet departs St Helena, having arrived at 11.38hrs yesterday (Monday 20 June 2016) to renew and relieve Airport staff.

On landing at St Helena Airport, the crew reported an uneventful landing operation with nothing abnormal experienced.

SHG
21 June 2016

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Posted on 21 June 2016
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SIXTH FLIGHT ARRIVING AT ST HELENA AIRPORT TODAY – UPDATE

A Bombardier Challenger business jet aircraft operated by ExecuJet and chartered by Basil Read will today (Monday 20 June 2016) arrive at St Helena Airport, departing tomorrow, Tuesday 21 June. This will be the sixth fixed-wing aircraft to land at St Helena Airport.

St Helena Airport has this morning advised (08.45hrs) that the aircraft has refuelled and is now airborne, inbound for St Helena. Weather permitting, the aircraft will arrive at St Helena Airport from Walvis Bay at around 11.36hrs today (St Helena time). The business jet is due to depart St Helena at around midday tomorrow.

The purpose of the flight is to renew and relieve Airport staff, with eight incoming and eight outgoing passengers, in addition to the crew.

Please note that St Helena Airport will not be open to the public or media for the duration of this flight.

SHG
20 June 2016

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Posted on 20 June 2016
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SIXTH FLIGHT TO ARRIVE AT ST HELENA AIRPORT

A Bombardier Challenger business jet aircraft operated by ExecuJet and chartered by Basil Read will arrive at St Helena Airport on Monday 20 June and depart on Tuesday 21 June 2016. This will be the sixth fixed-wing aircraft to land at St Helena Airport.

The purpose of the flight is to renew and relieve Airport staff, with eight incoming and eight outgoing passengers, in addition to the crew.

Weather permitting, the aircraft will arrive at St Helena from Walvis Bay at around 11.15hrs on Monday morning (St Helena time), departing at around midday on Tuesday.
Please note that St Helena Airport will not be open to the public or media for the duration of this flight.

SHG
17 June 2016

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Posted on 17 June 2016
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ST HELENA AIRPORT – STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR LISA PHILLIPS

“Press reports in the UK and elsewhere that describe St Helena Airport as being ‘scrapped’, ‘mothballed’ or ‘postponed indefinitely’ are incorrect. The situation remains as in our last update. This is that there are wind shear challenges on one runway (20, the northern approach) which means larger planes (eg. 737-800) cannot currently land safely. We are collecting wind data which will allow larger planes to land on this runway, but this will take some time.

“Wind shear is a factor at several airports around the world, including London City Airport, where safe landings happen every day.

“In the meantime, we are working hard to identify an interim flight solution that can land on our second runway (02, from the south). There is no wind shear on this second runway, but there is a tailwind. We have identified aircraft types which can land in these conditions, and airlines that have such planes – and we are now exploring the specific availability of aircraft with these airlines.

“The Airport is certified and open, as demonstrated by the emergency medevac flight last Saturday when we were able to fly a sick baby to Cape Town.
“Naturally, we will keep the public informed … as we have been doing.”

Governor Lisa Phillips
SHG
10 June 2016

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Posted on 15 June 2016
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FIRST EVER MEDEVAC FLIGHT – CRITICALLY ILL SAINT TRANSFERRED TO CAPE TOWN

An emergency aero-medical transfer of a critically ill infant to Cape Town was successfully carried out at the weekend from St Helena Airport – the first ever Air Medevac from St Helena.

A Falcon 20 air ambulance, crewed by emergency response specialists ER24 and operated by Guardian Air of South Africa, arrived at St Helena Airport from Namibia on Friday 3 June 2016 at 13.57hrs local time – experiencing a smooth landing.

On arrival at the General Hospital in Jamestown, the specialist medical crew – Dr Khumeshan Moodley and Flight Paramedic Alastair Lithgow – immediately engaged in patient care and assessment. For technical and practical reasons, the aircraft remained overnight, departing St Helena for Cape Town at 07.34hrs on Saturday morning, 4 June 2016.

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport at 13.40hrs SA time, the child and mother were immediately transferred to Vincent Pallotti Hospital, arriving at around 14.00hrs.

Acting Director of Health Helen Lawrence said:

“As a Directorate we are immensely thankful that this medical evacuation mission has successfully concluded with baby and mother safely at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital – where the baby is receiving all necessary medical care.

“I’d like to thank ER24 for carrying out the mission and pay tribute to our Health Directorate team – doctors, nurses, midwives, medical laboratory and pharmacy staff, ambulance drivers and other staff – whose professionalism and commitment was outstanding.”

Dr Robyn Holgate, ER24’s Chief Medical Officer, commented:

“We have an excellent aero-medical team and we are proud that we were able, not only to help a critically ill baby, but also to support the St Helena Government and be part of the Island’s history. We continuously monitored our flight team and patient from our ER24 Emergency Contact Centre in Johannesburg and knew that things were going according to plan.”

Ilze Mibert, ER24’s Global Assist Fixed Wing Coordinator, added:

“It was a long trip but the baby is doing well – the baby and mother was safely handed over to the receiving Doctor at the Hospital.”

A procurement exercise is currently underway by SHG to secure a regular provider of Air Medevac flights to and from St Helena.

The public is asked to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

SHG
7 June 2016

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Posted on 7 June 2016
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