Help us launch our 2nd helicopter

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We intend to raise £6m to launch a 2nd helicopter in Scotland.

Scotland’s mainland and its 100 inhabited islands represent over a third of UK land mass.  A second helicopter, using call sign Helimed 79, would increase our response capability to time-critical medical emergencies, retrievals and urgent transfers across the whole of Scotland – helping to meet the country's emerging air ambulance demands.  

While Scotland is the only country in the UK to have Government-funded air resources, SCAA provides the country’s only charity-funded air ambulance - in sharp contrast to the 39 charity helicopter air ambulances operating in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

Discussions with our main stakeholder, the Scottish Ambulance Service, are underway to determine where a second helicopter would be best located in order to complement the existing fleet - currently based at Perth, Glasgow and Inverness.

There is no specified timeframe for the launch - the service will become operational as soon as the fundraising target has been secured.

We are confident that the public support which has funded the existing service will increase to help develop an expanded operation - with companies, communities and grant funders already backing SCAA’s plans. 

If you would like to help our second helicopter take-off, you can support the appeal now -

Please donate at, stating '2nd helicopter' as your reason for donating.



"SCAA has proved itself to be a fully integrated and indispensable part of our national emergency services. We are extremely proud of our close relationship with the Scottish Ambulance Service and look forward to working together to deliver this project."

SCAA Chairman and Founding Trustee, John Bullough

"A second SCAA helicopter will make a huge difference, particularly in the more rural and remote areas of Scotland."

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison

"We are delighted that plans for a new air ambulance are underway as it will undoubtedly help save even more lives."

Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Pauline Howie

"Over the years the helicopter has helped to save many lives and Stagecoach is delighted to be the first corporate partner to announce dedicated funding towards the new helicopter."

Stagecoach Chairman, Sir Brian Souter

"This is fantastic news."

Director of ASCO, Jamie Marr

"It will undoubtedly be a vital and lifesaving resource, particularly for the more rural areas of the north-east."

Managing Director of Walkers Shortbread