15-Feb-2012 Source: Eurocopter
Scandinavian Air Ambulance is acquiring four Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters for emergency medical transportation services in the north of Finland, with these rotary-wing aircraft performing demanding day/night operations over land and water in temperatures ranging from – 45Â°C to +35Â°C.
The newly-ordered helicopters are to be flown from three northern bases â€“ Oulu, Kuopio and one Lapland location in Rovaniemi â€“ using the EC145 T2â€™s performance, lift and range capabilities for emergency air ambulance flights and inter-hospital transportation of patients. These operations will be performed in the framework of a medical helicopter service contract awarded last week to Scandinavian Air Ambulance by FinnHEMS ( Finnish Authority in charge of EMS Service by Helicopters ) .
â€œScandinavian Air Ambulance is one of Scandinavia’s largest air ambulance companies, and its choice of the EC145 T2 is a strong endorsement for this variant of the Eurocopterâ€™s modern helicopter product line,â€ said Jacques Cardaillac, the Sales Director of Northern Europe at Eurocopter.
The order was signed today at the Heli-Expo 2012 exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Eurocopter unveiled the evolved version of its popular twin-engine EC145 at last yearâ€™s Heli-Expo event, with the helicopter incorporating the companyâ€™s Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, new Arriel 2E engines with dual channel FADEC, upgraded main and tail rotor gear boxes, and an innovative new digital avionics suite together with a 4-axis autopilot.
â€œEurocopterâ€™s development of the evolved EC145 T2 provides a helicopter system that meets our needs in a very challenging operational environment,â€ explained Dick Lindholm, the President of Scandinavian Air Ambulance â€“ Finland. â€œWe look forward to receiving the EC145 T2s beginning in 2014, which will join our Eurocopter fleet that already consists of EC135s and EC145s, along with AS365 helicopters.â€
The Swedish company began operations in 2001 with helicopter bases in Stockholm and Ã–stersund, subsequently expanding across the country using both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft at the service of Swedish health care authorities and county councils. Further growth occurred in December 2010 when it took over helicopter activity in Finland.