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Re: A400M Update

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:23 pm
by mxaxai
Since the title of this thread is "A400M Update" I thought an actual update may be appropiate:
It can now be used as a MedEvac / Intensive Care aircraft, including the ability to perform surgery inflight. Particularly useful to bring patients non-stop, fast and comfortable from remote locations to a well-equipped hospital. Still limited to the Luftwaffe but other customers may receive the feature in the future. I would expect the future palletised solution to also be used as a starting point for other "special" needs like VIP & passenger cabins.

A400M MedEvac success – Intensive Care Aeromedical Evacuation
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The long-distant transport of intensive care patients including in-flight surgery is a key milestone for the German Air Force. Airbus has integrated this capability in the A400M in close collaboration with the German customer and the German National Military Airworthiness Authorities (LufABw).

On 31 July the new capability was presented to the German Ministry of Defence. Secretary of State for Armaments, Benedikt Zimmer, identified the Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) option as a "rare resource in the multinational framework", enabling the Luftwaffe to close a so far EU and NATO capability gap. The protection and treatment of German soldiers contributes to the top priority of the German Air Force (GAF).
Airbus signed a national contract regarding the certification of the German Patient Transport Units operation on A400M and since August all German A400M are now cleared to conduct worldwide MedEvac missions.
"Close cooperation with the GAF and LufABw was a key success factor to overcoming challenges during the integration of the legacy patient transport units into the A400M," says Thomas Tittel, Project Leader for the German MedEvac. Together with the GAF, Airbus successfully performed ground and flight tests, including an extensive amount of electromagnetic interference tests for the medical equipment.

The medical crew of the GAF was highly satisfied with this new option. "Those intense experiences were very valuable and will set the baseline for future national modifications like the Directional Infrared Counter Measures, for which a much bigger contract is expected for 2019," concludes Martin Wildegger, the A400M Customer Programme Manager for Germany.

Combining roles
The A400M complements a capability currently provided by A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport in a medical evacuation configuration: The C160 Transall brings intensive care patients from a field rescue centre to a mobile field hospital (role 3). At a suitable airfield the A310MRTT takes over the patient and carries him to the homeland military hospital (role 4). The A400M's Intensive Care Aeromedical Evacuations (ICAE) capability can now combine both and is able to bring patients from a field rescue center directly to the homeland hospital over long distances.
Currently, Airbus is developing a future ICAE concept on a palletised and modular basis to reduce installation times and increase flexibility. With such a concept Airbus is providing a solution not only for the German customer, but also for other A400M OCCAR nations or platforms.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:18 pm
by GRIVely
Air Evac and VIP modules. I’m sure the orders will come rushing in now.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:45 pm
by AirlineCritic
How does one perform surgery in flight ... you would assume there'd be danger of plane vibration and turbulence making high-precision cutting (for instance) difficult. Or would the pallet be stabilised somehow? Or would this just be more basic surgeries?

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:47 pm
by ZaphodHarkonnen
AirlineCritic wrote:
How does one perform surgery in flight ... you would assume there'd be danger of plane vibration and turbulence making high-precision cutting (for instance) difficult. Or would the pallet be stabilised somehow? Or would this just be more basic surgeries?


I would imagine only the most emergency of surgeries would be done in flight. Just enough to stabalise a patient on the way to a fully equipped hospital.

As you say, the vibrations and bouncing around would rule out most all other surgery.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:14 am
by WIederling
ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
As you say, the vibrations and bouncing around would rule out most all other surgery.

altitude will be of interest. High enough above the weather and you start to get a reasonable environment.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:20 pm
by jupiter2
WIederling wrote:
ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:
As you say, the vibrations and bouncing around would rule out most all other surgery.

altitude will be of interest. High enough above the weather and you start to get a reasonable environment.


Hardly a sterile environment either, though if it's urgent enough you'll take the risk.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:17 pm
by WIederling
jupiter2 wrote:
Hardly a sterile environment either, though if it's urgent enough you'll take the risk.


Looks like you can seal the unit(s) ? ( See the wall with windows in the background.)

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:45 pm
by jupiter2
WIederling wrote:
jupiter2 wrote:
Hardly a sterile environment either, though if it's urgent enough you'll take the risk.


Looks like you can seal the unit(s) ? ( See the wall with windows in the background.)


You could be right, obviously we would need to see the whole unit to be sure though. Have little doubt that they have taken into consideration the total operating environment these units work in. They aren't really new as such, just a welcome addition to the A400's capabilities.

Re: A400M Update

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:40 am
by qf789
Please continue discussion in A400M Update thread 2019

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