1-Mar-2016 Source: Airbus
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), an air medical transport services provider for Northern New England, has contracted with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the purchase of one H135-series helicopter.
With bases in Lebanon and Manchester, N.H., DHART provides air ambulance services throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. DHART operates more than 1,400 missions per year with two EC135 aircraft equipped with the latest IFR (instrument flight rules) avionics and medical technology. The new aircraft, which will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016, will replace an older EC135, which will be transitioned to a dedicated backup role. Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. will operate and provide aviation services for the new DHART aircraft.
DHART’s new H135-series helicopter will be outfitted with the latest avionics technology – the Garmin GTN 750, a fully integrated GPS/NAV/COMM multifunction avionics display system. This feature-rich system provides terrain mapping, air traffic viewing, satellite weather reporting and detailed geo-referenced charting.
The state-of-the-art technology will allow DHART to maximize use of their Helicopter Low-Level IFR Enroute and Approach Structure to serve 30 hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont in poor weather conditions. The new technology provides the pilot and crew with superb situational awareness and current data to enhance the already efficient and safe IFR transport system.
“We chose the H135-series because it fits our mission profile for outstanding performance in our operating environment,” said Kyle Madigan, Program Director of DHART. “Northern New England consists of challenging mountain terrain and coastal communities. We needed a helicopter that offers maximum maneuverability and safety in the areas we service, while providing the high- and low-altitude performance margins needed to accomplish our mission of saving lives.”
“DHART purchased its first EC135 from Airbus Helicopters over 17 years ago and was the first to operate a single pilot IFR EC135 in the nation,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. “DHART’s decision to add a new H135-series aircraft to their air medical fleet is a strong endorsement for Airbus Helicopters, and also for the proven safety track record and exceptional performance of the H135/EC135 family of aircraft.”
Airbus Helicopters’ H135-series rotorcraft is the twin-engine platform of choice among air medical service providers due to its performance, safety features, operator efficiency and cabin flexibility. The H135/EC135 family accounted for nearly 60 percent of U.S. air medical service helicopter deliveries in the last decade. H135-series options include a wide range of dedicated air medical and EMS interiors that provide ample room for equipment, medical crew, and single- or dual-patient transport. In-flight intensive care stations (including resuscitation functionality), incubators and hygiene-convenient flooring can be installed in the cabin. The Fenestron tail rotor and rear-fuselage clamshell doors offer a safe environment for loading and unloading patients.
For more information on Airbus Helicopters’ H135-series and other industry-leading rotorcraft, visit Airbus Helicopters Booth #9651 at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville.
DHART is based at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Trauma Center. Consisting of medical personnel from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and aviation personnel employed by Metro Aviation Inc., the DHART team uses two helicopters and two ground ambulances to transport adult, pediatric and neonatal patients to medical facilities throughout Northern New England. The DHART team also responds to public safety agency requests for evacuation of trauma patients from scenes of accident and injury. DHART has been providing life-saving services to the Northern New England region for 22 years and has transported more than 26,000 patients by air or ground ambulance.