The Air Corps currently operates one Learjet 45. This aircraft entered service in 2004 and operates seven days a week usually in the Ministerial Air Transport role.
In addition to its transport role, the Learjet 45 regularly carries out national and international patient transfer services in conjunction with the Department of Health and Children. In order to do such, the aircraft can be modified within an hour whereby seats are removed from its interior allowing a fully independent Lifeport stretcher system to be installed in the cabin.
This system allows patients to be transferred directly from an ambulance to the aircraft by use of a specially modified loading ramp. The Lifeport stretcher system then provides a fully independent electrical, oxygen, vacumn and air source to medical personnel on board the aircraft for the patient transfer. The system is designed to transport patients requiring advanced life support.
- Presidential & Ministerial Transport
- Military & VIP Transport
- Air Ambulance
|Aircraft Type||Bombardier Learjet 45|
|Role(s)||Presidential, Ministerial, Military and VIP transport & Air ambulance|
|Crew||2 Pilots, 1 Flight Attendant and up to 7 Passengers|
|Powerplant||2 x Honeywell TFE731-20AR-1B turbofans|
|Wing Span||14.58 metres (47 feet, 10 inches)|
|Height||4.29 metres (14 feet, 1 inches)|
|Length||17.81 metres (58 feet, 5 inches)|
|Max T/O Weight||9,762 kilogrammes (21,500 pounds)|
|Service Ceiling||51,000 feet|
|Cruise Speed||Mach 0.78|
|Maximum Speed||Mach 0.81|
|Endurance||4 hours, 30 minutes (Plus Reserves)|
|Range||2,000 nautical miles|
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