IFR will be a significant development for the Rescue Helicopter Service in Canterbury and will essentially allow the Rescue Helicopter and crew to operate in more compromised weather conditions.
Currently, due to specific weather patterns around the Canterbury region, we are unable to respond to some emergency call outs, it is estimated this figure is approximately 5%. This is a particular problem on the Canterbury Plains when a blanket of cloud forms.
It is based on GPS and involves setting up procedures for instrument flying to different regional locations, Christchurch Public Hospital and the Rescue Base.
Close to $250,000 needs to be raised across the region. Funds are needed now so we can introduce IFR before next winter.