Hatzolah Air is a new air response branch of Hatzolah, a volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) organization out of New York serving mostly Jewish communities around the world. It has ordered four CityHawk VTOL aircraft from Urban Aeronautics, an Israeli aerospace company. They will also act as official sales representative and distribution channel to other rescue organizations worldwide. The two companies are working closely together to tailor the CityHawk to the operational requirements of a flying ambulance. It will accommodate a pilot, a patient with companion, two EMS personnel, and onboard life support equipment.
Hatzolah’s pre-order of four air ambulance CityHawks is an amazing show of confidence in our program and in our company. We look forward to delivering on our promise to revolutionize urban air mobility and the emergency response capabilities of major cities across the world.
– Nimrod Golan-Yanay, CEO of Urban Aeronautics
We are excited to become not just the worldwide distributor of Urban Aeronautics Air Ambulance CityHawk, but its first customer as well. Hatzolah’s mission is always about patient care and adding the VTOL CityHawk has the potential to save many thousands of lives every year.
– Eli Rowe, President of Hatzolah Air
The CityHawk is based on Urban Aeronautics’ Fancraft design, which the company first built in 2003. It has over 250 test flights and is said to be in full accordance with FAA certification standards for commercial aircraft. The aircraft features one fan in front and one fan aft of the passenger cabin, promising a lower noise signature than a helicopter. The press release mentions jet propulsion, but other documents on the company’s website show it is also considering an electric version powered by hydrogen fuel cells.