After three years, Faisal Edhi is going to resume the Edhi Air Ambulance Service.
Faisal Edhi head of Edhi Foundation and son of late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, has said he will soon start flying air ambulances, himself, to rescue patients during emergencies, just like his father used to drive ambulances from their centres decades ago.
He also added that “I completed 40 hours of flying with my instructor and two hours of solo flight during my training at a flying school in England in 2001.”
But according to him he could not get the license because Edhi received an invitation from the United Nations and his father wanted him to return to Pakistan and represent him there. Faisal added that later he got busy with work and never got the chance to obtain the licence.
Faisal expressed his feelings by saying that “I had the dream of taking the Edhi Foundation to calamity hit areas [to rescue patients] by flying the aircraft but it was never fulfilled.”
“My instructors in training school abroad used to wonder about my smooth landings,” he told the reporters.
He said, the death of their chief pilot Captain Imtiaz three years back was the reason behind shutting down the air ambulance service. Speaking about resuming the air ambulance services, Faisal said that a test flight of their aircraft will be conducted within two to three days.
“We have tackled the issue in the aircraft and hopefully this week we will get approval [to fly],” he said.
Faisal Edhi told that, “it is critical to resume the service since it helps airlift serious patients to major cities during accidents and emergencies and precious lives can be saved through this service.”
He said that in emergencies, the service will be delivered free-of-charge whereas in other cases Rs70,000 to Rs80,000 will be charged per hour.
Right now the foundation has a six-seater Piper Seneca. Both the engines of the aircraft have been replaced, as the previous ones had completed their flying hours.