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STAT MedEvac

Orders 15th EC135 from American Eurocopter

STAT MEDEVAC of West Mifflin, Pa., has placed an order for its 15th EC135 heli- copter. Delivery of the new aircraft is slated for 2010. STAT MedEvac will also soon take delivery of two EC135s ordered in late 2007. In addition to its EC 135s, STAT MedEvac operates six EC 145 he- licopters.

“We are pleased that STAT MedEvac has reaffirmed its commitment to Ameri- can Eurocopter and the EC135,” said Marc Paganini, President & CEO of American Eurocopter. “Repeat air med- ical customers validate that our products and services are meeting the needs of this important operating community.” “The EC135 airframe is a great asset to the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) industry, with multi-en- gine and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) capabilities, said Rich Gross, Director of Operations for STAT MedEvac. “The digital autopilot system is more advanced than previous autopilot systems, and this gives the pilot a margin of safety few oth- ers enjoy.”

The STAT MedEvac fleet is equipped with a number of advanced technologies that underscore the operation’s commit- ment to safe flight, and the new EC135 will exceed all of the recommendations in the National Transportation Safety Board’s comprehensive report on HEMS safety. These technologies include IFR capabil- ity, Night Vision Goggles for pilots and crew, Traffic Collision Avoidance System,

Color Weather Radar, and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems. “Together, American Eurocopter and operators like STAT MedEvac are mak- ing important strides in continuously im- proving air medical safety,” Paganini said, adding that American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award program is dedicated to promoting a higher level of safety within the air medical industry. STAT MedEvac was the first helicopter and HEMS FAA Part 135 air carrier to ap- ply and be accepted into the FAA’s Avia- tion Safety Action Program. The fleet operates from 17 bases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These regional bases link rural and com- munity health resources with advanced tertiary care centers and provide quick access to ad- vanced care. STAT MedEvac, a service of the Center for Emer- gency 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 plat- form of choice for air medical operators, accounting for 60 per-

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cent 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 sys- tem ensures that patients are given the smoothest possible ride.

About American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter is the U.S. sub- sidiary of Eurocopter, the largest heli- copter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Euro- copter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public he- licopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost- effective, technologically advanced heli- copters, 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 produc- tion facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA. ❚ Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
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