Victory and Kimberley turn one!

Date published

19 Mar 2020

It is with great pride that we mark the first year of successfully integrating two world-first Rio Tinto LifeFlight PC-24 jets to our wider fleet.

As our crews on the frontline of our 24-hour aeromedical emergency service work through these unprecedented times, we mark this milestone achievement with a virtual celebration.

In the last year, our crews have been able to travel further and faster than ever before; both jets so far travelling nearly 1.4 million kilometres to reach 1,300 patients across WA. Learn more in our Impact Report.

In the regions, Ravensthorpe farmer Gary Webster's story of survival and resilience after suffering severe hand injuries following a farming incident which sent shock waves through the state.

Recently, we caught up with Gary to hear how his recovery is going and captured the heart-warming reunion with his flight nurse Glenn.

Gary's story is just one scenario of how integrating jet capability into our fleet is putting time on our side to ensure the best health outcomes for our patients. On behalf of our crews and patients, we thank our principal corporate partner Rio Tinto, Lotterywest and the Commonwealth Government for their significant financial contributions towards the capital costs of the aircraft. With their support, we were able to take a crucial step forward in aeromedical service, mark a world-first and highlight our continued pursuit of innovation.

We also thank our Aero Medical Fund (AMF) partners and the wider Western Australian community for literally keeping us flying. We are so grateful to have your continued support.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service belongs to all Western Australians and we are extremely proud to deliver a world-class service with aircraft that is highly maintained and staffed by highly trained emergency doctors, flight nurses and pilots.