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Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s family of helicopters are the aircraft of choice for air medical service providers across the United States, accounting for three-quarters of all deliveries in this segment over the past decade.

Care Flight Air Medical HelicopterFrom the light single-engine H125 turbine helicopter to the twin-engine H155, hospitals and air medical service providers count on Airbus Helicopters, Inc. when safety, performance and reliability can literally mean the difference between life and death.


The H125 has established itself as the most popular single-engine emergency medical services (EMS) rotorcraft in U.S. service, offering a combination of safety, low operating costs and a spacious cabin. One major operator of the H125 is Air Methods Corporation, the nation’s largest air medical transportation provider.

Other H125 air medical customers in the U.S. include: Air Evac Services Inc.; EagleMed; Hospital Wing; LifeNet Arizona; Southwest Med Evac; and PHI.


The H130 brings together the powerful engine, dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and dual hydraulics of the H130 with an enlarged cabin interior and Fenestron® anti-torque tail rotor. Combining low operating costs with the roomiest cabin size in its class, the H130 is rapidly becoming a popular choice for EMS missions – with current operators including Air Methods, Medi Flight Oklahoma, Hospital Wing, MedFlight of Ohio and Enloe FlightCare.


Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s H135 is the twin-engine platform of choice for many air medical service providers, accounting for over 50 percent of all twin-engine air medical services deliveries over the past decade. The H135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, maximizing the operator’s choices for single-patient, dual-patient or isolette transport. The H135’s Fenestron tail rotor and rear-fuselage clamshell doors offer the safest and easiest loading possible, while the aircraft’s anti-resonance isolation system ensures that patients are given the smoothest possible ride.

Major U.S. EMS operators and service providers with the H135 include Air Methods Corporation, Med-Trans Corporation, Midwest Medical Transport Co., MidAtlantic MedEvac, Metro Aviation, Northwest MedStar, PennSTAR AMS, PHI Air Medical, REACH Air Medical Services, ProMedica Air, Med-Trans, STAT MedEvac, and CALSTAR.


The H145 enjoys an exceptional EMS heritage in the shape of its BK117 predecessor, and has rapidly become the platform of choice in its class. Providing the highest levels of safety and performance, the H145 is offered with a wide range of comprehensively-equipped air medical services interiors. The H145 combines a spacious cabin with a high-mounted Fenestron® tail rotor, allowing for safe patient loading through wide sliding doors or rear window-equipped rear clamshell doors.

Life Flight Air Medical HelicopterThe growing list of H145 air medical services customers reads like a “who’s who” of air medical service providers in the United States, and includes:  Allegheny General Hospital’s LifeFlight AMS;  EmergyCare Erie LifeStar;  Florida Hospital Medical Center;  Geisinger Life Flight;  Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center’s MedLink Air;  Mayo Medical Services;  Memorial Hermann Hospital;  Stanford Life Flight;  STAT MedEvac;  Travis County STAR Flight;  the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center’s LifeFlight; OSF Aviation; Air Care & Mobile Care; University of Utah’s AirMed Program; Metro Aviation and Vanderbilt LifeFlight.  The EC145 is also utilized in the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) role by the U.S. Army in its UH-72A Lakota version.

With powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and a Fenestron® tail rotor, the H145 offers performance and safe operations for air medical service providers.

AS365 N3 and H155

For long-distance, multi-patient or multi-mission transports, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. offers the AS365 N3 Dauphin and the wide-body H155. These high-performance platforms offer outstanding cabin space, maximizing patient care and access. The AS365 and H155 also provide the smoothest of rides and high cruise speeds, plus genuine all-weather capabilities. The AS365 is currently utilized by eight air medical operators, including Life Lion Air Medical, Miami Valley Hospital Careflight, Parkview Samaritan, the University of Chicago Hospitals' Aeromedical Network and West Michigan Air Care.

Among the H155’s air medical customers are the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight and ShandsCair.

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