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FEATURE
One area that I wanted to focus on dur-
ing this visit was the new state of the art
EC-145. While it should be recognized
that the C1, still in operation, accom-
plishes all tasks at hand, I was intrigued
to find out how the new technology im-
proved upon an already reliable system.
There are way too many systems and im-
provements to go in depth detail here, in-
stead I will highlight improvements as
described to me by Jason Mohr, a pilot
who flew the C1 for years and transitioned
and now flies the C2.
First and foremost as was the case for
the Med cabin, the cockpit of the C2 (EC-
145) was also a custom configuration
specified by Mayo, however the all glass
panel is very similar to an EC-135. All the
Mayo pilots to fly the EC-145 went
through the Eurocopter Academy with the
manuals used in the training coming di-
rectly from the EC-135.
Mayo One EC-145 Medical Cabin
The aircraft fuselage was lengthened
ment combined with the teams harmo- mission requirements about 16 inches. The width was also in-
nized skill set allows for in flight proce- • Designed from the beginning so creased several inches which provided
dures that include but are not limited to: equipment is super secured to meet more room for more equipment and sys-
• Blood transfusions – 4 packed red FAA required crash attenuation stan- tems to be installed both in the med cabin
blood cell units are carried on every dards. and the cockpit. The largest impact for the
flight • Designed to accept a stretcher that in- pilots is that all of the old traditional in-
• Insertion of chest tubes cludes on board patient monitoring strumentation is now combined and sim-
• For cardiac care patients; a balloon • More windows - interestingly enough plified on multiple monitors easing the
pump can be on board and the crew besides safety of flight (more eye- pilot workload. One of the most signifi-
is trained and experienced in its op- balls out the window) the additional cant displays is the one for engine moni-
eration windows help cut down on air sick- toring, a Eurocopter staple.
• Intravenous lines; both central and ar- ness! The V.E.M.D. (Vehicle and Engine
terial may be utilized Malfunction Display) is centrally located
• State of the art ventilator
Flight Deck
between the pilot and copilot. I believe
• Tissue Oxygenation Monitoring Sys- Last but not least I was able to look at Eurocopter was the first to come up with
tem both the older technology in the C1 and this concept but others have followed suite
• In-aircraft lab test via iSTAT equip- the newest technology in the C2. For the with digital displays today being the
ment C1 I was aided in this endeavor by pilot norm. Engines and systems are displayed
• Multi monitors; including fetal heart Scott Zaske. Scott was also my subject on the VEMD while displays of all the
monitors matter expert for flight operations reported flight instruments are presented on the pri-
earlier in this article. Much of the equip- mary flight display (PFD) and navigation
Medical cabin designed to meet Mayo ment in the C1 I was very familiar with information including moving map dis-
Clinic EMS specification: as it is replicated in my old Twin Co- played on the Multi-Functional Display
• Ergonomic manche airplane. Added to that mix was (MFD) both located directly in front of
• All monitors are visible at all an autopilot coupled to a KLN-90B and the pilot and copilot positions.
times depicted along with TAWS, Terrain and The second improvement most noted is
• All equipment easily accessi- weather on two MFDs. the autopilot. Jason described the differ-
ble - Special seating ( back The St. Marys GPS 32 approach was ence between the C1 autopilot and the C2
most seat; swiveling chair also the first one approved to a hospital heli- autopilot “like night and day.” While the
has fore and aft movement - port in the United States, so there is a little autopilot on the C1 was ok and you could
entire cabin) bit of aviation history here. I would like to fly single pilot IFR the new autopilot on
• Tower System - special drawer thank Scott Zaske for allowing me to ride the C2 is spectacular. A note is in order.
system for easy access to meds along for a practice GPS approach. Scott The autopilot on the C1 was in fact a de-
and ancillary equipment was also my subject matter expert on flight rivative of an airplane autopilot built by
• Quickly reconfigurable cabin to meet operations reported earlier in the article. Honeywell. In fact this airplane autopilot
26 ROTORCRAFT PROFESSIONAL • February 2010
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