Urban Aeronautics, an Israeli company, has cut a deal with America’s Hatzolah Air for its CityHawk VTOL. The CityHawk will be used for emergency medical services in the United States within the next three to five years. A VTOL is a vertical take-off and landing aircraft like a helicopter. Only Urban Aeronautics specializes in the ones that are more like propeller air planes. It’s kind of like the Osprey, only on a smaller scale.
CityHawk is Urban Aeronautics’ flagship “Fancraft” model. A twin engine craft designed to existing FAA standards including “Category A” takeoffs. It looks like a really big unmanned aerial device you see kids playing with in parks everywhere. Its front and back hold what look like huge fans and the passengers sit in a space between them. Once again the science fiction of yesterday is the fact of today and it’s thanks to an Israeli form. It accommodates up to six occupants (including a pilot).
How many movies have you seen where the police or the emergency medical services show up within a few minutes to the scene of an accident or a fire. The medics or cops seem to come out of nowhere and drop down from the air out of such a device. Well now you yourself just might see something like this actually happen in the streets of New York or Chicago in just a few years.
Hatzolah Air provides, arranges, and funds local, national, and worldwide air transportation to those in need due to medical, humanitarian, disaster relief, compassion, and/or other charitable reasons. It is the aviation division of Hatzolah, an EMS organization founded more than 50 years ago with divisions in dozens of cities across multiple continents, which collectively make it the largest volunteer EMS organization in the world. It is widely recognized as providing the most advanced technology and highest quality of care available in the industry.
“We are excited to partner with Hatzolah Air on the development of our CityHawk EMS vehicle,” said Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics. “Its compact size will enable it to land in the middle of a busy city street, making it a perfect fit for medical evacuation missions by dramatically decreasing the time it takes to arrive on-scene, treat and transport sick or injured patients to appropriate medical facilities.”
Urban Aeronautics’ engineers will work closely with Hatzolah’s experts to tailor the CityHawk flying vehicle to their operational requirements. It will accommodate a pilot, a patient plus companion, two EMT personnel, and a complete package of life support equipment.
“Based on our initial estimates, we foresee a potential market of at least 800 CityHawks for Hatzolah and other EMS operators, with the possibility to save thousands of lives every year,” said Eli Rowe, President of Hatzolah Air.