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News > STAT MedEvac orders 16th EC135 from American Eurocopter: planned fleet upgrade program continues to advance

STAT MedEvac orders 16th EC135 from American Eurocopter: planned fleet upgrade program continues to advance

October 26, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas — STAT MedEvac of West Mifflin, Pa., is continuing expanding its fleet of EC135 helicopters, converting one of three existing options to a firm order. The company has now ordered a total of 16 EC135s. The new aircraft will be delivered in 2010.

“We consider it a privilege to be a part of the vitally important air medical community and to provide industry leaders like STAT MedEvac with helicopters that are made for their mission,” said Marc Paganini, President & CEO of American Eurocopter. “Their choice to continue to expand their fleet of EC135s reaffirms their commitment to incorporating the latest technology to perform their important missions.”

STAT MedEvac was the first air medical provider to operate the EC135 in the U.S.  Today, STAT MedEvac operates 15 EC135s and six EC145s.

“The EC135 and EC145s are well suited for the air medical mission, and provide us with a highly efficient and effective fleet,” said Doug Garretson, president and chief executive officer of STAT MedEvac.  “The digital autopilot system and other safety enhancements continue to be important considerations in selecting American Eurocopter products.”

The STAT MedEvac fleet is equipped with a number of advanced technologies that underscore the operation’s commitment to safe flight.  The EC135 exceeds all of the recommendations in the National Transportation Safety Board’s comprehensive report on HEMS safety. Its safety-enhancing technologies include IFR capability, Night Vision Goggles for pilots and crew, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Color Weather Radar, and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems. In their latest EC135, which was delivered in September, STAT MedEvac also had cockpit voice and data recording installed.

“Together, American Eurocopter and operators like STAT MedEvac are making important strides in continuously improving air medical safety,” Paganini said.

STAT MedEvac was the first helicopter and HEMS FAA Part 135 air carrier to apply and be accepted into the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program. The fleet operates from 17 bases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These regional bases link rural and community health resources with advanced tertiary care centers and provide quick access to advanced care. STAT MedEvac, a service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., is directed by a consortium of hospitals that include: UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and UPMC Mercy Hospital.

American Eurocopter’s EC135 is the twin-engine platform of choice for air medical operators, accounting for 60 percent of all twin-engine air medical services deliveries over the past decade. The EC135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, maximizing the operator’s choice for single-patient, dual-patient or isolette transport. The EC135’s Fenestron® tail rotor and rear 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.

Visit American Eurocopter representatives in exhibit 1617 during the Air Medical Transport Conference Oct. 26-28.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter’s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program.

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