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American Eurocopter

Delivers EC145 To LifeFlight Eagle

AMERICAN EUROCOPTER is pleased to an- nounce that LifeFlight Eagle has taken de- livery of a new EC145 that will be exclusively dedicated to The Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City, MO) Critical Care Transport program for the care and transport of pediatric and neonatal patients throughout the region.

The brightly-painted aircraft sports a “Just for Kids” paint scheme that clearly demonstrates the hospital’s mission of car- ing for children. The EC145 is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and can be flown single-pilot IFR. Night Vision Gog- gles will continue to be used for night oper- ations.

“We chose the EC145 because we felt it was the aircraft that could take us into the future,” said Sherry McCool, Director of Transport Operations. “In addition to its re-

liability and enhanced safety features, the EC145 offers an optimal medical configu- ration for our crew to provide in-flight crit- ical care to our patients.”

The EC145, powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, offers excellent perfor- mance and a fast cruise speed. Its high set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin, extra payload capacity, unmatched visibility and additional safety features have made it the helicopter platform of choice for EMS missions.

Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport has utilized Eurocopter aircraft for many years, relying on the BK117 to fulfill their mission objectives. This EC145 is an up- grade to that model and it is the first aircraft that the program has purchased directly. “As a long-time operator and first-time customer, we are pleased that Children’s

Mercy Critical Care Transport chose the EC145 for such an important mission as transporting children and infants requiring critical care,” said Larry Roberts, American Eurocopter Vice President of Sales, Mar- keting and Customer Support.

“The EC145 is the perfect combination of size, performance and advanced technol- ogy for EMS operations and continues to be the platform of choice for this segment of the industry.” American Eurocopter is the nation’s leading provider of rotorcraft to the EMS industry.

“The EC145’s interior is more spacious and allows for crew seating that is better- suited for our missions. We also have better access to our patients during transport,” added McCool. “The increased visibility with the EC145 is also a big plus for our night vision goggle missions.” ❚ • August 2009

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