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American Eurocopter’s family of helicopters are the aircraft of choice for air medical service providers across the United States, accounting for three-quarters of all deliveries in this segment over the past decade.
From the light single-engine AS350 AStar turbine helicopter to the twin-engine EC155, hospitals and air medical service providers count on American Eurocopter when safety, performance and reliability can literally mean the difference between life and death.
The AS350 AStar has established itself as the most popular single-engine emergency medical services (EMS) rotorcraft in U.S. service, offering a combination of safety, low operating costs and a spacious cabin. One major operator of the AS350 is Air Methods Corporation, the nation’s largest air medical transportation provider. In 2012, Air Methods ordered six additional AS350 B3e helicopters to further expand its fleet of more than 330 Eurocopter-built aircraft.
Other AS350 air medical customers in the U.S. include: Air Evac Services Inc.; EagleMed; Hospital Wing; LifeNet Arizona; Southwest Med Evac; and PHI.
The EC130 brings together the powerful engine, dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and dual hydraulics of the AS350 B3e with an enlarged cabin interior and FenestronÂ® anti-torque tail rotor. Combining low operating costs with the roomiest cabin size in its class, the EC130 is rapidly becoming a popular choice for EMS missions â€“ with current operators including Air Methods, Medi Flight Oklahoma, Hospital Wing and MedFlight of Ohio.
American Eurocopter’s EC135 is the twin-engine platform of choice for many air medical service providers, accounting for over 50 percent of all twin-engine air medical services deliveries over the past decade. The EC135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, maximizing the operator’s choices for single-patient, dual-patient or isolette transport. The EC135’s Fenestron tail rotor and rear-fuselage clamshell doors offer the safest and easiest loading possible, while the aircraft’s anti-resonance isolation system ensures that patients are given the smoothest possible ride.
Major U.S. EMS operators and service providers with the EC135 include Air Methods Corporation, Med-Trans Corporation, Midwest Medical Transport Co., MidAtlantic MedEvac, Metro Aviation, Northwest MedStar, PennSTAR AMS, PHI Air Medical, REACH Air Medical Services, ProMedica Air, Med-Trans, STAT MedEvac, and CALSTAR.
The EC145 enjoys an exceptional EMS heritage in the shape of its BK117 predecessor, and has rapidly become the platform of choice in its class. Providing the highest levels of safety and performance, the EC145 is offered with a wide range of comprehensively-equipped air medical services interiors. The EC145 combines a spacious cabin with a high-mounted tail rotor, allowing for safe patient loading through wide sliding doors or rear window-equipped rear clamshell doors.
The growing list of EC145 air medical services customers reads like a “who’s who” of air medical service providers in the United States, and includes: Allegheny General Hospital’s LifeFlight AMS; EmergyCare Erie LifeStar; Florida Hospital Medical Center; Geisinger Life Flight; Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center’s MedLink Air; Mayo Medical Services; Memorial Hermann Hospital; Stanford Life Flight; STAT MedEvac; Travis County STAR Flight; the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center’s LifeFlight; OSF Aviation; Air Care & Mobile Care; University of Utah’s AirMed Program; Metro Aviation and Vanderbilt LifeFlight. The EC145 is also utilized in the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) role by the U.S. Army in its UH-72A Lakota version.
The EC145 T2 is the latest evolution for American Eurocopter’s twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter family. With more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and a Fenestron tail rotor, the EC145 T2 offers improved performance and safer operations for air medical service providers.
AS365 N3 and EC155
For long-distance, multi-patient or multi-mission transports, American Eurocopter offers the AS365 N3 Dauphin and the wide-body EC155. These high-performance platforms offer outstanding cabin space, maximizing patient care and access. The AS365 and EC155 also provide the smoothest of rides and high cruise speeds, plus genuine all-weather capabilities. The AS365 is currently utilized by eight air medical operators, including Life Lion Air Medical, Miami Valley Hospital Careflight, Parkview Samaritan, the University of Chicago Hospitals' Aeromedical Network and West Michigan Air Care.
Among the EC155’s air medical customers are the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight and ShandsCair.