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Hospital Wing Purchases American Eurocopter EC130 B4
New aircraft to join fleet of six AS350 B3e helicopters

Las Vegas – American Eurocopter announced that Hospital Wing (Memphis Medical Center Air Ambulance Service, Inc.) has purchased an Eurocopter EC130 B4.

Currently undergoing a medical interior completion at Wysong, the new EC130 B4 is scheduled to enter service in May, joining HoAspital Wing’s current fleet of six Eurocopter AS350 B3es. The EC130 B4 is the 19th aircraft acquired from American Eurocopter by Hospital Wing since its inception in 1986.

“The Eurocopter EC130 B4 will provide an expanded level of patient care and increased program capability,’” said Hospital Wing CEO and Flight Director Bill Conway. “Our goal is a managed transition to the EC130 aircraft as our AStars are phased out.”

Hospital Wing is a non-profit air medical transport organization providing inter-hospital transfers as well as emergency medical service transport calls within a 150-mile radius of Memphis, an area that includes portions of West Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, and Kentucky. With more than 30,000 flight hours, “The Wing” transports an average of 200 patients per month with 60 percent trauma-related cases. Five of the seven Hospital Wing helicopters are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One helicopter is available for the Methodist/Lebonheur Pediatric Specialty Team, PediFlite.

“American Eurocopter has enjoyed working with Hospital Wing for more than 25 years,” said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “We are proud to be the sole provider of helicopters for the important work they do and we look forward to our continued relationship in the coming years.”

The EC130 benefits from Eurocopter’s Starflex main rotor and Fenestron® tail rotor, which contribute to the helicopter’s excellent performance and low noise levels. The cabin is large and comfortable for a light single-engine rotorcraft, while a fast cruise speed takes the EC130 to its destination quickly and efficiently.


Memorial MedFlight in South Bend Adding EC145 to Air Medical Fleet
   
Las Vegas –  American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, announced that Memorial MedFlight in South Bend, Ind., has purchased an EC145.

The new aircraft will improve and expand Memorial MedFlight’s patient care capability by increasing the program’s range and service area, allowing it to better serve the critical care transport needs of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Memorial MedFlight is the air medical and critical care transport system for Beacon Health System of South Bend.

“Memorial MedFlight is pleased to continue our relationship with American Eurocopter,” said MedFlight Program Manager Rodney Logan. “The EC145 allows us to continue operating in the latest state-of-the-art aircraft, while adding cutting edge safety features and IFR operations to provide our patients the best care possible.”

As an ancillary department within Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., Memorial MedFlight and its highly trained critical care transport specialists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond quickly and transport critically ill or injured patients within a 150-mile radius. Whether the need is for an on scene response or an inter-facility transport, Memorial MedFlight provides the knowledge and expertise needed for optimal patient care.

The new EC145 will be completed by Metro Aviation and is scheduled to be in service in June of this year.

The EC145 payload and range capacity, along with the large cabin and useful load ability, allow for the transport of medical teams and special equipment. Providing operators with multi-mission capability in a medium-class, twin-engine helicopter, the EC145 is powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines. The aircraft’s combination of speed and performance, along with its high-set main and tail rotors, large cabin and rear-loading clamshell doors, has made it the helicopter of choice for a large number of EMS programs in the United States and worldwide.

“We are pleased to once again provide our products and services to Memorial MedFlight,” said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing.  “The EC145 will enhance their program capabilities with the large cabin, excellent speed and longer range.”


The Washington Companies Purchases Eurocopter EC135
New aircraft to accommodate company’s corporate travel needs

Las Vegas – American Eurocopter announced the purchase of a Eurocopter EC135 T2e helicopter by The Washington Companies of Missoula, Mont.

Starting as Washington Construction Company in 1964 with a loan and a leased bulldozer, company founder Dennis Washington has built and diversified his business, growing from a small construction company to a major corporation with a group of individual, privately held companies located across the U.S. and western Canada.

“As the company has grown, our need for travel between our various company locations grew as well, so the decision was made to purchase a second helicopter,” said Will Clark, flight department manager for The Washington Companies. “We chose another Eurocopter product, the EC135, because of the twin engine design and inherent safety of the aircraft.”

Scheduled for delivery in March, the new EC135 joins the company’s fleet of aircraft, including an EC130. The company estimates the two helicopters will each see about 100 hours of flight time this year.

The Washington Companies’ endeavors include mining, marine and rail transportation, aviation and technology service, heavy equipment distribution and environmental remediation. Serving clients around the world, the company provides equipment, technology, service and special expertise to increase each client company’s efficiency and profitability.

“We are pleased that The Washington Companies has once again chosen to place its trust in a Eurocopter product and the support of American Eurocopter,” said Treg Manning, Vice President-Commercial Sales and Marketing for American Eurocopter. “We work hard every day to earn and keep the business of customers like The Washington Companies.”

The technologically-advanced EC135 helicopter combines a wide, unobstructed cabin with Eurocopter’s Fenestron® tail rotor and bearingless main rotor for excellent performance, range and payload capacity - along with low-noise operation and multi-mission capability. Oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading/unloading of passengers and equipment. The airframe has a high degree of crashworthiness due to an energy-absorbing fuselage and seats, as well as crash-resistant fuel cells.


American Eurocopter Leads in Helicopter Sales for EMS Missions

Grand Prairie, Texas – Many times each day, a call goes out somewhere in the United States for a helicopter to provide emergency airlift for a critically injured or ill patient. More often than not, a Eurocopter helicopter sold and supported by American Eurocopter answers the call.

As HELI-EXPO 2013 begins, American Eurocopter can proudly say that in 2012 it led the industry in sales of new turbine commercial/civil helicopters to U.S. customers for the 12th straight year.
It also is the leader in sales to U.S. helicopter emergency medical services operators.

In the last 10 years, 75 percent of all new EMS helicopters put into service in the U.S. have been Eurocopter aircraft. American Eurocopter delivered 38 new EMS aircraft in 2012, and there are now more than 630 Eurocopter EMS aircraft in operation in the U.S., 58 percent of the entire fleet.

“We are proud of our success and our strength in this market segment, but we never forget how we got here,” said Anthony DiNota, Vice President – Commercial Sales, Marketing & Customer Support. “We’ve listened to our customers and have developed and built the aircraft they need to conduct the important mission of air medical transport.”

In 2012, American Eurocopter received 55 orders for new helicopters from EMS operators and major healthcare institutions. Operators placing multiple aircraft orders included Air Methods, Med-Trans, Metro Aviation and CalStar. Several major healthcare institutions ordered new helicopters including Geisinger Health System, Miami Valley (Ohio) Hospital, and Memphis Medical Center.

“Our EMS customers appreciate the safety and mission-fit features that are designed into Eurocopter aircraft,” said DiNota. “Eurocopter continuously strives to design and produce helicopters that enhance crew safety, reduce pilot workload and insure excellence in patient access and care.”

The Eurocopter lineup features four aircraft that are particularly suited to EMS operations. They are the AS350 B2/B3 series and EC-130 T2 single-engine helicopters, and the EC135 light twin-engine and EC145 intermediate twin-engine aircraft. The latter two helicopters feature rear-opening doors, easing the work of emergency medical attendants loading and unloading patients.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Purchases Eurocopter EC145

Las Vegas – Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio, has begun its new hospital-based air medical transport program with the purchase of a Eurocopter EC145 from American Eurocopter.

Dubbed “Monarch 1,” the new aircraft was placed into service in February allowing Nationwide Children’s neonatal and pediatric transport team to initiate critical care services sooner. Based at The Ohio State University (OSU) Airport, the helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art critical care equipment including a combination of nitric oxide therapies and High Frequency Ventilation (HFV) for patients in need of respiratory care, making it the only Ohio transport helicopter offering this kind of respiratory care for neonatal patients. In addition, the helicopter is equipped and certified for single-pilot IFR operations allowing it to operate in a wider range of weather conditions.

“With approximately 30 percent of all neonatal admissions to Nationwide Children’s requiring a drive of more than an hour, the addition of this aircraft allows the hospital’s dedicated neonatal and pediatric transport team to initiate specialized critical care services more quickly,” said Edward Shepherd, MD, section chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s and a faculty member at OSU College of Medicine.

The EC145 helicopter is operated by Metro Aviation and will be used in addition to the existing ground-based and air transport options offered by Nationwide Children’s and MedFlight, the hospital’s current partner for helicopter transport.

“We are proud to be chosen by Nationwide Children’s Hospital for their important service to children in need,” said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “They had their choice of any aircraft to begin their new hospital-based service and they selected the Eurocopter EC145. It speaks volumes for the quality and reputation of our aircraft and we look forward to a long relationship with Nationwide Children’s.”

Providing operators with multi-mission capability in a medium-class, twin-engine helicopter, the EC145 is powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines. The aircraft’s combination of speed and performance, along with its high-set main and tail rotors, large cabin and rear-loading clamshell doors, has made it the helicopter of choice for a large number of EMS programs in the United States and worldwide.


Air Methods Is Launch Customer for Newest Version Eurocopter EC135

Las Vegas – American Eurocopter announced that Air Methods Corp., the world’s largest operator of helicopters for emergency air medical transport services, has become the U.S. launch customer for the Eurocopter EC135 P3.

The EC135 P3 is the latest version of the popular twin-engine helicopter that is a favorite of the air medical transport industry. The order for six aircraft was confirmed by Air Methods officials in ceremonies at the Heli-Expo 2013 helicopter industry trade show that opened Tuesday.

“We are extremely pleased that an industry leader like Air Methods has chosen to add this high performance Eurocopter model to its fleet,” said Marc Paganini, President and Chief Executive of American Eurocopter. “Air Methods, by choosing to be the launch customer of this new variant, has endorsed the quality, safety and reliability of Eurocopter products and the customer support of American Eurocopter.”

The commitment to acquire the EC135 P3 is part of an order placed by Air Methods in December 2012 for a total of 22 Eurocopter aircraft valued at more than $80 million. That order also included 10 EC130T2 and six AS350B3e single engine helicopters.

“We are excited about continuing to improve transport capability and safety for our crews, patients and customers,” said Archie Gray, senior vice president, Air Methods Aviation Services. “The P3 will give us the ability to operate in extreme environments without any compromise to safety, and shows Eurocopter’s commitment to continued product improvements.”

Air Methods, based in Englewood, Colo., continues to equip its fleet with new aircraft incorporating the latest in safety and technology improvements. Air Methods already operates more than 330 Eurocopter helicopters, comprising about 80 percent of its fleet. The new EC135 P3 helicopters will be delivered beginning in mid-2014.

The EC135 P3 is equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PWC 206B3 turbine engines that, combined with new rotor blades that have been extended 10 cm, provide a significant increase in performance in hot/high conditions. It also features optimized FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) software and enhanced air intakes compatible with inlet barrier filters, which protect the engines from sand, dust and foreign object damage (FOD).  The EC135 P3 variant has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 6,569 pounds, a 66 pound increase. Extended range is provided by a new external auxiliary fuel tank, while operational safety is enhanced with improved one-engine inoperative performance.

Nearly 1,100 EC135s are in operation globally. Since introduced in 1996, the EC135 fleet has logged about 2.6 million flight hours. In addition to the P3, the latest EC135 variant is also offered with Turbomeca Arrius 2-plus engines (the EC135 T3). The development of the P3/T3 variants was conducted in consultation with selected key customers in order to confirm that design goals met market requirements.

About Air Methods
Air Methods Corporation is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

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, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin aircraft, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.

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