12-Feb-2012 Source: American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter announced today that University of Utah Health Careâ€™s AirMed has ordered a new EC145Â® helicopter. AirMed was established in 1972 as the seventh air medical transport program in the country. This is the programâ€™s first Eurocopter aircraft. â€œWe are honored that such an outstanding program as AirMed has selected a Eurocopter product for their next helicopter,â€ said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. â€œThe EC145â€™s capabilities are a good fit for their type of operation, and we are pleased to welcome them as our customer.â€
The EC145, powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, offers versatility, longer range, a fast cruise speed and advanced technologies. With its high-set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin, extra payload capacity, unmatched visibility and additional safety features, the EC145 has become the helicopter platform of choice for EMS and other missions. â€œWe evaluated several twin-engine aircraft before selecting the EC145,â€ said Robert Stantus, AirMedâ€™s Program Manager. â€œThe EC145 was the only aircraft that proved itself to be mission capable for the type of flying we do.â€
AirMed’s main base is the University of Utah Hospital, an academic medical center, a Level I Trauma Center, a regional Burn Center and a major tertiary referral site. Over the last 30 years, AirMed has grown into an award-winning air medical transport service, which currently utilizes a fleet of four helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft. AirMed operates from six locations throughout the state and transports approximately 2,500 patients per year.
â€œOur operational parameters require an aircraft that has the power and capabilities to perform in a high-altitude, high desert environment, while also offering reliability, easy maintainability and a spacious cabin,â€ Stantus added. â€œThe EC145 met our requirements perfectly. We are really looking forward to adding this aircraft to our fleet.â€