Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Eurocopter Expands Air Medical Reach
American Eurocopter has announced several new contracts during AMTC. The manufacturer received an order for four EC145s from Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare. The helicopters are part of a fleet replacement for the hospital’s air medical program, OSF Aviation. OSF Aviation expects delivery of the new EC145s to begin in October, following completions from Air Methods. Indiana University Health LifeLine also bought its fifth EC145, following four purchased in 2008. The new helicopter is slated to go into service shortly and will be operated by Metro Aviation. Both Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) in Pennsylvania added EC145s to their fleets. Sanford purchased 3 helicopters, with the first expected to be in service at its Sioux Falls, S.D. base by year’s end. The other two aircraft are expected in 2012 and will be flown out of Fargo. WPAHS’ purchase is the fifth EC145 for its LifeFlight Program. Also expanding its air medical helicopter fleet was Helicopter Marketing Associates (HMA), with the procurement of three EC135s.
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