New clinic transport aircraft almost ready to serve remote families

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5 Mar 2019 14:54

If you live in the remote Queensland and your child suffers a life-threatening medical emergency, you know the Flying Doctor will have you covered.

But who do you turn to if you need a pregnancy check-up, or your toddler has a temperature, or you’ve been feeling a little under the weather the past week – or some other routine but important problem like that?

For many outback families, like Felicity's, the answer is still the Flying Doctor. Because not only are we a critical provider of frontline emergency care for remote Queensland, we are often the sole provider of essential primary healthcare for some of our state’s smallest and most isolated communities.

With the help of generous supporters, the Flying Doctor recently purchased a King Air B200 aircraft. Now, we need help to fit it out for life as a clinic transport aircraft, capable of safely flying our Primary Health Care teams to the most remote corners of Queensland.

But before it can embark for the outback, we need to secure $256,600 to pay for new computer equipment, new cabin fittings and all-terrain landing gear. And that’s money we can’t raise without your help.  Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $45,000 to replace a toilet with extra seating allowing the aircraft to carry up to eight people and their equipment.
  • $162,000 to upgrade the landing gear so its suitable for use on remote dirt airstrips
  • $13,000 to purchase and fit a Rockwell Collins DBU 5000 data loader, to ensure our pilots have the latest navigation software in order to fly doctors and nurses quickly and safely to administer quality care to remote communities.
  • $36,500 to purchase and fit an engine monitoring system that provides continuous feedback, ensuring any problems are detected before they can threaten the safety of the Primary Health Care team onboard.