News > OSF Aviation fields four new EC145s
New aircraft to support needs of OSF HealthCare System
October 24, 2012
Seattle, Washington â€“ OSF Aviation has added four new EC145s to their fleet. The new aircraft were placed into service this summer as part of a fleet replacement program initiated last fall.
OSF Aviation is a part of Peoria, Illinois-based OSF HealthCare and provides air medical support services to eight hospitals and their communities throughout OSF HealthCareâ€™s Illinois service areas. The new EC145s replaced the fleet operated for OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline (Rockford, Ill.) and OSF Saint Francis Life Flight (Peoria, Ill.). Currently, this team of physicians, nurses, pilots and mechanics averages 2,200 patient transfers each year, making it the busiest aeromedical operation unit in the State of Illinois.
â€śWe could not be more pleased with our selection of the EC 145,â€ť said OSF Executive Director Brent Grady. â€śOur fleet of four has been in service since July and greatly improved our patient care and transport capability. We looked at several helicopters for our needs. The 145 offered the best combination of pre-hospital patient care, specialty transport capability, life cycle cost, safety record, and proven manufacturer support. OSF is certain that our investment in Eurocopter products will provide positive returns for the long-term while allowing us to support our growing system transport needs.â€ť
Completed by United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, the EC145s are outfitted with the latest safety equipment, including night-vision goggles, Extended Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Skyconnect Satellite tracking, a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS), and are fully certified to operate with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), giving pilots greater flexibility and further enhancing safety. These aircraft are the first WAAS-certified EC145s in service in the USA.
â€śWhen we entered the competition at OSF Aviation it was open to anybody,â€ť said American Eurocopter Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing Treg Manning. â€śThey were using competitor aircraft and were very thorough in their procurement research. When their work was done, they selected the EC145, based not only on its capabilities, but also for having American Eurocopter as a long-term support partner. We are truly appreciative of their efforts and confidence in us.â€ť
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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