25-Jul-2017 Source: Erlanger Health System
The aircraft arrived at Erlanger Baroness Hospital Wednesday afternoon to be equipped for its inaugural medical flight set for August 15. The LIFE FORCE 6 helicopter will be based at Western Carolina Regional Airport in Andrews, North Carolina. The new aircraft is a H135 with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). In mountainous regions, like where LIFE FORCE 6 will be based, aircraft not equipped with IFR can frequently get fogged in and are unable to answer patient transport requests. With the addition of this aircraft, patients in the Murphy region will have quicker access to a higher level of care with increased safety. The addition of the new LIFE FORCE helicopter brings the LIFE FORCE fleet to six total helicopters – four dual engine aircraft equipped with IFR and two single-engine aircraft that use visual flight rules, or VFR.