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News > REACH takes delivery of fifth EC135

REACH takes delivery of fifth EC135

February 12, 2012

Reach Air Medical logoDallas, Texas – American Eurocopter has delivered a new EC135® to REACH Air Medical Services. This is the fifth EC135 for the Santa Rosa, CA-headquartered operator, bringing its fleet to 19 helicopters and, with its recent merger with Cal-Ore Life Flight, nine fixed-wing aircraft.

“REACH prides itself on providing state-of-the-art service to the communities we serve using the most advanced equipment to safely transport patients in critical situations,” said Jim Adams, REACH’s CEO.

“The addition of our fifth EC135 continues the modernization of our fleet and helps ensure that we are ready to perform efficiently and reliably in all situations.”

The EC135’s high endurance, extended range and outstanding maneuverability enables it to perform a full range of mission requirements, while carrying more payload over longer distances than any twin-engine aircraft in its class. With its cabin size, flexibility, performance and reliability, the EC135 is the helicopter of choice for the air medical services industry.

REACH was the first air ambulance company in the United States to receive approval by the FAA to operate off published instrument airways, using its own proprietary GPS routes to specific hospitals. Founded in 1987, REACH currently has bases throughout California, Oregon and Texas. Each base provides 24/7 emergency helicopter service to the surrounding areas. REACH has performed more than 65,000 air ambulance missions since its inception.

“An essential element of our success is that we can respond to most situations and customer needs because of our aircraft interior configuration, aircraft performance, payload and IFR capability, and the EC135 is a key component to this success,” added Sean Russell, REACH’s CSO. “We’re looking forward to putting another EC135 in service.”

“We are pleased that REACH has added another EC135 to its fleet,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “The IFR capability the aircraft offers is very important to their missions and that, along with the performance and payload benefits, is the right combination for their operation.”

For more information on American Eurocopter’s presence at Heli-Expo 2012, see the event page.

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, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. 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, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

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