Friday, January 15, 2010
EMS Sky Connect Signs Contract
Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) selected the FLEET Satcom system from EMS Sky Connect, of Takoma Park, Md., to provide voice and tracking for each of its aircraft ambulances. The MedCenter Air program, based in Charlotte, N.C., operates a fleet of three EC135 helicopters, two King Airs and two Cessna Citations. “We wanted a solution with coverage for aircraft traveling within the Carolinas as well as worldwide coverage for fixed-wing aircraft that travel internationally, offering the ability to both track and talk, all in a standardized system,” said Jason Schwebach, MBA, MHA, CMTE, administrative director for MedCenter Air. “In addition to providing reliable service, the EMS Sky Connect equipment will simplify our operations and accounting by unifying all tracking and voice capabilities through a single company. It’s a win for everyone.” The system provides voice telephone services for flight and medical crews. Aircraft equipped with the FLEET Mission Management Unit (MMU-II) also provide fast two-way text messaging. Each aircraft will also use FLEET’s automated tracking system. The aircraft position, flight plans, and text messaging will be displayed to MedCenter Air dispatchers using the Tracker Map service.