posted on March 07, 2013 15:58
All American Aviation to Fy AS350B3e for Gulf of Mexico Service
Las Vegas – American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that All American Aviation LLC will be the first helicopter operator to provide offshore oil and gas transport service in the Gulf of Mexico using new Eurocopter AS350B3e AStar helicopters.
All American has leased two AS350B3e aircraft from Rainier Heli International, an affiliate of Papillon Helicopters, and plans to begin offshore transport operations with a few weeks from bases in Louisiana.
“We are excited to put this great aircraft to work serving oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Wayne Schmitz, a partner in All American, which is based in spring, Texas.
All American already operates a number of AS350 helicopters. Schmitz said the aircraft offer unmatched performance, reliability and maneuverability, while reducing pilot workload and providing superior passenger comfort with the forward facing seats. The addition of the AS350B3e with its greater speed will enhance All American’s customer service.
“American Eurocopter is pleased and excited that All American will be the first operator to the put the AS350B3e into service in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Anthony DiNota, Vice President-Commercial Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. “We appreciate the vote of confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft and pledge to provide All American with world class support to help ensure their success.”
Midwest Medical Transport Purchases Eurocopter EC135 P2e
Las Vegas – American Eurocopter announced the purchase of an Eurocopter EC135 P2e helicopter by Midwest Medical Transport Co., Nebraska’s largest EMS transport company.
Midwest Medical Transport serves all of Nebraska and western Iowa. With 12 stations and a staff of highly trained and certified personnel, the company provides care through a fleet of ALS equipped ambulances and Para-transit wheelchair vans, and a state of the art air medical helicopter via Midwest MedAir.
“From the inception of our program we have focused our development of MedAir to meet or exceed all standards when it comes to safety,” said Kim Wolfe, owner of Midwest MedAir/Midwest Medical Transportation.
Midwest MedAir currently operates an American Eurocopter EC135 P2+ based at the company’s North Platte, Neb. location. The company responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any and all critical care, adult, pediatric and high risk OB patients, and trauma requests. It transports patients to wherever the sending facility has coordinated a receiving physician or from the scene of an accident.
The Midwest MedAir EC135 P2+ is Nebraska’s only medical helicopter capable of flying under Part 135 instrument conditions allowing Midwest MedAir to transport patients when other helicopters are grounded.
The EC135 has established itself as one of the premier helicopters in the U.S. air medical market. Worldwide, there are more than 1,100 EC135s in service, with about 50 percent of them working in emergency medical services.
“The EC135 was designed to meet the demands of operators in variety of mission environments and is particularly well suited for the air medical field,” said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “American Eurocopter is proud to support Midwest Medical Transport and their MedAir operation in providing the highest quality of care to their patients.”
The Wolfe’s also own an American EurocopterEC120 for corporate use, complete with a Nebraska Cornhuskers paint scheme.
Med-Trans Continues Addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its Fleet
Las Vegas – Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air medical transport services, has ordered its 14th EC135 helicopter from American Eurocopter in the last six months.
American Eurocopter announced the latest order Thursday at the Heli-Expo 2013 trade show in Las Vegas. The order, along with three others placed in December, is part of an agreement with Med-Trans announced in September that included 10 firm orders and six options. With the latest conversion of an option to a firm order Med-Trans has committed to the purchase of 14 of the 16 aircraft.
“Med-Trans rapid growth and its success with the EC135 have led it to accelerate its plans for acquiring the EC135s faster than originally anticipated. We are grateful to Med-Trans leadership for the trust and confidence they have shown in the EC135 and in our company,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for American Eurocopter.
The EC135 has established itself as one of the premier helicopters in the U.S. air medical transport market. Med-Trans initially selected the EC135 as the platform for many of its life-saving air medical programs in 2007 with the purchase of eight EC135s and eight options. Med-Trans now has 24 EC135s in its fleet.
“We continue to increase the number of EC135’s in our fleet as it is a very reliable and proven aircraft, allowing us to offer an airframe to meet and exceed our health care partners expectations,” said Rob Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of Med-Trans. “The newest order of EC135’s will assure that we keep up with our continued growth at an economical operating cost and ultimately maximize patient care throughout our established service areas.”
Nearly 1,100 EC135s are in operation globally and around 50 percent are in service with emergency medical service providers. Since the series introduction in 1996, the EC135 fleet has logged about 2.6 million flight hours. In the last 10 years the EC135 has accounted for nearly 80 percent of all light twin-engine helicopters put into use in the U.S. by emergency medical service operators.
Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. A proven solution to our partners, Med-Trans offers an array of customized air medical program designs including hybrid models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company’s extensive fleet rapidly delivers teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome. For more information, please visit: www.med-trans.net
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.