American Eurocopter, the top provider of new helicopters for U.S. Air Medical Transport services, will feature two of its industry leading models at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Oct. 21-23 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Two of the most popular and versatile helicopter models used by Air Medical Transport operators are the Eurocopter EC145 and EC135 twin-engine helicopters. American Eurocopter will have a working version of each on display at AMTC Booth 1023: an Indiana University Health LifeLine EC145 and a Vidant Medical Transport EC135.
“American Eurocopter has worked hard to earn the trust and business of the Air Medical Transport industry by providing aircraft designed and tailored specifically for these important missions and following up with strong support and service for our customers,” said Anthony DiNota, Vice President of Commercial Sales, Market, Customer Support and Training.
Indiana University flies six EC145s. One of the U.S. largest hospital-based air medical service providers, IU Health LifeLine routinely transports patients with complex medical needs. In addition to trauma it specializes in neonatal and pediatrics, cardiovascular, neuroscience and high-risk obstetrics patient care.
“Our dedication to safety and patient access led us to choose the EC145,” said Steve Johnson, Director for Indiana University Health LifeLine. “The EC145 is the largest, most advanced helicopter for air medical transport. The larger cabin allows us full body access to patients and the ability to bring more crewmembers and better equipment on board. The safety features are also unparalleled, including GPS, HTAWS and satellite tracking, which allows our transfer center and receiving team to know exactly where the patient is at all times.”
The combination of speed and performance, high-set main and tail rotors, and rear-loading clamshell doors make the EC145 a top choice for many EMS programs in the U.S. Powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, the aircraft provides expanded range and payload capacity.
Vidant Medical Transport’s EC135 was placed into service in May 2010 by Vidant Health, a regional health care system serving 1.4 million residents of 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. Vidant’s fleet of three aircraft, which includes two Eurocopter EC145’s, provides rapid response times, transportation and advanced care to critically ill and injured patients.
“Since 1988, American Eurocopter aircraft have been proudly utilized within our program at Vidant Medical Center,” said Jon Berge, Program Aviation Manager for Vidant. These machines have proven to be rugged and reliable performing aircraft for more than 25 years in eastern North Carolina.”
More than 200 EC135s are in air medical service in the U.S., more than two-thirds of all aircraft in the light twin-engine class. There is ample room for one patient and medical crew members. Loading and unloading is easy through large sliding cabin doors and a rear, ambulance-style clamshell door. Two engines, each yielding up to 633 horsepower, power the aircraft and the Fenestron tail rotor reduces vibration and noise levels, ideal for flying over populated areas.
For more information on the EC135, EC145 and other industry leading helicopters, go to www.eurocopterusa.com, or visit American Eurocopter at AMTC Booth 1023.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin aircraft, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.
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