Air Retrievals

Flight times in PC-12 Pilatus aircraft

Flight times in PC-12 Pilatus aircraft

Western Australia is the largest state in the country, spanning over 2.5 million square km. This is the largest area in the world in which a transport service operates. NETS WA partners with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to retrieve babies from country WA. RFDS Western Operations are based at Jandakot airport and air retrievals are undertaken using PC-12 Pilatus fixed-wing turboprop aircraft. A NETS doctor undertakes these transports with an RFDS Flight nurse; for very preterm or sick babies, a NETS nurse will accompany the team.

Transports from the Pilbara & Kimberley are generally undertaken by local NETS-accredited paediatric staff. Most patients from the Kimberley are transferred to Darwin, given the relative proximity of that centre to Broome.

The RFDS also operates a Hawker 200 aeromedical jet aircraft, which NETS primarily uses to transport neonates interstate to Melbourne or Brisbane for complex cardiac surgery.

NETS is also pleased to be working with Medical Air, a new aeromedical jet service provider. Their Learjet 35A is used to transport babies interstate, but also to rapidly reach remote areas of Northwest WA.