The Magpas Air Ambulance medical team responds to patients in life-threatening emergencies by helicopter and rapid response vehicles.

The Magpas Air Ambulance in the sky

Our helicopter

We operate an AgustaWestland 169 aircraft, which has been carefully fitted to allow our doctors and critical care paramedics to bring what is effectively an A&E department to our patients, wherever their incident occurs.

It can fit up to five people in the cabin, including a patient on the stretcher in the middle—allowing our team to provide treatments in flight—and space for a loved one.

Our air ambulance can reach speeds of 180 air miles an hour and can land in places not always accessible by land ambulance. We can respond in hours of darkness, and our team wears night vision goggles so they can see.

Our rapid response vehicles

Our rapid response vehicles (RRVs) have exactly the same kit bags inside as our air ambulance, meaning the Magpas Air Ambulance team has access to the same level of equipment and drugs they do on board the helicopter.

Depending on road conditions and proximity to the incident scene, sometimes it’s even quicker for our team to reach patients via RRV.

The rapid response vehicles are an authority’s division version of the Volvo XC90 SUV with benefits over the standard road car such as a larger fuel tank and bigger brakes, and all three have the same recognisable orange white striped livery as our air ambulance.


It costs, on average, £3,000 to activate our helicopter.

If you would like to help fund our lifesaving service, please donate today.