Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance


Scotland’s Unique Geography

  • Scotland – 30,500 sq mi – 32% of UK land mass
  • 6,200 miles of coastline
  • 790 islands of which almost 100 inhabited


Filling an urgent Need

Dedicated to saving lives and reducing the suffering resulting from serious injury or
illness, SCAA pilots undertake rescues and patient transfers from remote and near-inaccessible locations through all kinds of weather (Scotland’s weather is predictably unpredictable).


Many hikers experiencing grave peril, citizens stricken with sudden, life-threatening illnesses and others will owe their survival to SCAA and its extraordinarily brave and skilled pilots, medics and other crewmembers.

  • 30 helicopters cover England & Wales – only 2 in Scotland
  • Fragile road infrastructure (especially in winter) and limited alternatives north of Perth – cannot achieve “golden hour rule” by road
  • 1.5 hour by road = under 12 minutes by helicopter
  • Centrally located, Perth Airport based helicopter will offer service across Scotland


Response Times From Perth Airport

Comrie - 10 mins
Crieff - 10 mins
Crook of Devon - 10 mins
SNA1722GX4-620_1711937aSt Andrews - 10 min
Edinburgh - 15 min
Pitlochry - 15 min
Aberfeldy - 15 min
Forfar - 15 min
Kinloch Rannoch - 20 min
Aberdeen - 30 min
Inverness - 40 min
Mull - 45 min
Wick - 60 min

Glenshee Ski Area to Ninewells Hospital Dundee
Road Ambulance 1 hr 17 min
Our helicopter only 12 min

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Where the RTW80 funds will go
(via the Scottish Aviation Charity)

All funds will go directly to SCAA to fund its full operations, including, the upkeep of aircraft, salaries, fuel, insurance, airfield fees, etc.

The Scottish Aviation Charity SCIO – Registered Charity Number SC043703

The Scottish Aviation Charity (SAC) is a non-profit organization established in late 2012 to channel funds raised (less some expenses) to the SCAA. It was accredited by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) in January 2013.

SAC’s stated purpose
To advance health and save lives through the organization of fundraising aviation activities for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and other worthy charitable organizations.

SAC Scottish Aviation Charity Trustees
The Charity has four Trustees: Richard Blackbourn, Ian Corse, Graeme Hammond and Dave McElroy. Each has offered to lend talent and experience toward ensuring fulfillment of the organization’s critical fundraising aspirations, while adhering fully to the considerable statutory and financial integrity requirements of a Registered Scottish Charity.

Richard A Blackbourn, Treasurer and Trustee
RBlackbournRichard learned to fly at Perth Airport in 1995 and has clocked over 500 hrs flying time since. He has served on the Scottish Aero Club General Committee for three years and continues to take an active role in the running of the club and airport. The married father of three boys has a wide range of interests including scuba diving, canoeing, dinghy sailing, ocean racing – including completion of the Fastnet Race, with a 12th-place finish. Richard lives near Blairgowrie, Scotland, with his wife Kristine. During his career Richard has been involved in a wide range of business interests and directorships involving pharmaceuticals, furniture production, motor auctions, healthcare, catering, transport and property. He started his own business in 1985, which employed some 800 people, and sold in 2007. He is currently an investor/partner in a wealth management company in the City of London with assets under management of £3.6bn, is involved with one of the UK’s fastest growing data storage companies, as well as two international on-line retail companies.

Ian T Corse, BSc (Hons), Trustee 
ICorseIan is an electronic and electrical engineer who presently runs his own consultancy business. Married with one son, he learned to fly in 2000 and holds a private pilot licence with night, aerobatics and IMC qualifications. He is presently in the final stages of construction of his Vans RV6A, a project spanning over 10 years. Ian has spent all his working life in the oil industry, both on and offshore, in design and maintenance roles. He also administers several aviation-related websites, this being one of them.

Graeme G Hammond, OBE, Trustee 

464-GraemeGraeme began his career as a newspaper journalist before joining HM Government Information Service, where his appointments included Head of Information at HM Customs and Excise, Chief Press Officer at the Department of Environment, and Chief Press Officer (Armed Forces) at the Ministry of Defence. Graeme saw active service with British forces in the Falklands Conflict, in Iraq during the Kurdish Refugee Operation, and in Croatia and Bosnia in support of the UN Peacekeeping Operation. He later became Director of Corporate Affairs for a major defence company and now runs his own corporate communications consultancy. He is a pilot, an active member of the Scottish Aero Club and a civilian instructor with the Air Cadets Corps. He lives with his wife, Moira, in Kirbuddo, near Dundee, Scotland.

David C McElroy, Convenor and Trustee
DMcelroyDave is a businessman and pilot who, together with Chris Elgar of Burlington, ON, Canada, will fly around the world for The Scottish Aviation Charity. As nominal leader of the organization, Dave’s senior management experience over the past 35 years is valuable in setting, tracking and achieving the many complex tasks required for this complicated mission. Dave recently completed 28 years with Norbord Inc., where he served in a number of senior management positions in both Canada and Europe.