News > American Eurocopter delivers an EC145 to University of Utah AirMed program
July 30, 2012
Grand Prairie, Texas â€“ American Eurocopter announced today that it delivered an EC145Â® to the University of Utahâ€™s AirMed Program. AirMed currently has a fleet of four helicopters. This is the programâ€™s first Eurocopter aircraft and will be providing a much needed upgrade to one of its older aircraft.
â€śWe were getting to the point where it wasnâ€™t cost effective to operate our other helicopter, and we needed to make a change in order to provide our patients with the type of service they need and deserve,â€ť explained Rob Stantus, AirMed Program Manager. â€śWe evaluated several twin-engine aircraft during our selection process. The EC145 was the only one to meet all of our requirements: performance, cabin size, flexibilities, capabilities, and more. We are looking forward to adding this aircraft to our fleet.â€ť
â€śThis is a great example of an outstanding program like AirMed evaluating its mission needs and selecting a helicopter that will fulfill the demands of its missions, as well as the future needs of the program,â€ť said Treg Manning, Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for American Eurocopter. â€śThe EC145â€™s combination of size, performance and advanced technologies is a good fit for their program, and we are delighted that they have chosen this helicopter for their fleet.â€ťÂ
The EC145, powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, offers excellent performance, a fast cruise speed and advanced technologies. With its high set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin, extra payload capacity, unmatched visibility and additional safety features, the EC145 has become the helicopter platform of choice for EMS and other missions.
After the delivery at American Eurocopterâ€™s Texas facility, the aircraft will be flown to Denver, where it will be completed by United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods. Air Methods is the operator of AirMedâ€™s fleet, and the program is one of Air Methodsâ€™ longest-running customers.
AirMed was established in 1972 as the 7th air medical transport program in the country. This year marks AirMedâ€™s 40th year in operation, and the team is expecting to celebrate this milestone in October, in conjunction with the expected entry into service of their new EC145.
The program's main base is The University of Utah Hospital, an academic medical center, a Level I trauma center, a regional burn center and a major tertiary referral site. Since its inception, AirMed has grown into an award-winning air medical transport service, which currently utilizes a combination of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from six locations throughout the state to transport approximately 2500 patients per year.
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, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. 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, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.
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