22-Sep-2014 Source: Airbus
CareFlightAir & Mobile Services of Miami Valley Hospital has taken delivery of a new AS365 N3+ Dauphin, the latest version of Airbus Helicopters outstanding medium twin-engine helicopter. The new aircraft, which is based at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, joins CareFlight’s all-Dauphin fleet of four air medical transport helicopters.
“We have a lot of confidence in the Dauphin,” said Candy Skidmore, Premier Health Vice President, Emergency, Trauma, and CareFlight. “We’ve been operating Dauphins for 25 years and we’ve had good reliability.”
The AS365 N3+, sold by Airbus Helicopters Inc.(AHI), of Grand Prairie, Texas, met the key criteria CareFlight established for selection of a new aircraft, including speed, twin engines, single pilot IFR and night vision capability. The new Dauphin’scabin size accommodates the needs of pilot, crew and patients. The AS365N3+ was completed with an air medical transport equipment package by Metro Aviation, of Shreveport, La.
“We are really excited to get our new aircraft,” said Skidmore. “We went back and looked at other aircraft again, all the usual suspects, before selecting the Dauphin. The speed is very important to us and we like the 4-axis autopilot system to reduce the pilot’s workload. I also like the safety of the Fenestron, as opposed to the open tail rotor. Anything we can do to enhance safety is a plus.”
“Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased that CareFlight, after reviewing the alternatives, has again selected an Airbus Helicopters Dauphin to carry out its vital, life-saving emergency medical services (EMS) and other medical transport missions,” said Treg Manning, Airbus Helicopters Inc. Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “All of us at AHI are proud that CareFlight has entrusted our company to provide their aircraft and follow up support.”
Miami Valley Hospital is a division of Premier Health, which operates five hospitals in southwest Ohio. CareFlight provides service to areas within about a 150-mile radius from Dayton. Each of CareFlight’s four Dauphin helicoptersis equipped as a mobile ICU with the latest in emergency medical care technology and the most advanced communication equipment available. Since its beginning in 1983, CareFlight has completed more than 74,000 flights.
CareFlight helicopters are operated and maintained by Air Methods Corp., and the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).
The AS365 N3+is a fast and powerful helicopter offering operators an outstanding useful load, excellent performance and long range. The AS365 N3+ features more powerful turboshaft engines and increased gross weight, plus a glass cockpit and 4-axis autopilot.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the leading U.S. provider of new helicopters for air medical transport and EMS missions with a 75 percent market share over the last decade. The company’s industry leading product range includes high performance single-engine, light twin-engine and medium twin-engine aircraft.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting at the Air Medical Transport Conferencein Nashville, Booth 523, Sept. 22-24.
About Airbus Helicopters Inc.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.