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ceremony held at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The helicopter, based in Junction City, Kansas, is now in service and is being used for medical transport missions. Speaking at the ceremony, Lou Bartolotta, Executive Vice President of Sales for North America said, “Serving the State of Kansas since 1988, Life Star has an exceptional record of service. AgustaWestland is pleased to be a part of their team.” Life Star Program Director Greg Hildenbrand said, “We selected the AW119Ke because it is the best value, best performance hel- icopter for our mission. The cornerstone of Life Star’s mis-


sion is to provide the highest quality care in a safe manner. With this new platform, we will continue to fulfill this mission with expanded capability and improved performance.” The AW119 Koala enhanced is a spacious 8 seat single engine helicopter developed to strengthen safety and provide high productivity and perform- ance at a competitive price. The large unobstructed cabin per- mits rapid re-configuration for a variety of emergency medical services missions. The high power margins deliver out- standing performance that makes the AW119Ke the most cost effective helicopter in its class. ◆


“We are proud to continue our partnership with Intermountain Healthcare,” said Louis Bartolotta, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, North America, “The GrandNew helicopter offers increased performance, allowing the helicopter to be operated as an airborne intensive care unit with unprecedented situational awareness and safety. Intermountain Healthcare is widely seen as a leader in mod- ern healthcare, we are proud to do our part in supporting their work.


"This is a wonderful oppor- tunity for Intermountain Life Flight to reach its goal of fleet standardization while benefiting from AgustaWestland's techno- logical advances and enhanced operations with the GrandNew," said Jerry Morrison, Executive Director, Intermountain Life Flight.


Each GrandNew will be equipped with modern, compre- hensive EMS interior featuring single or dual stretchers in addi- tion to a rescue hoist, wire strike protection, snow skis and NVG compatibility. This marks a world first and the start of a new technological era for commer- cial helicopters with the integra- tion of advanced vision systems to deliver a new level of situation and terrain awareness to pilots,


Intermountain Healthcare Orders Three GrandNew Helicopters


Intermountain Healthcare has signed for three GrandNew helicopters with options for two additional aircraft. These air- craft will be equipped to provide industry leading in-flight patient care and will also benefit


from the world’s most techno- logically advanced avionics sys- tem ever to fly in a helicopter of this class. Operated by Intermountain Life Flight, Intermountain Healthcare’s avi- ation division, these aircraft will join two A109K2’s already in service performing critical medevac missions in Utah and Northern Nevada


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greatly enhancing safety. The GrandNew is the first helicopter in its class to incorporate a Synthetic Vision System (SVS), Highway in The Sky (HITS) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) to provide full terrain and obstacle awareness in low visibil- ity flying conditions. The system provides the pilot with three dimensional guidance and detailed terrain maps, resulting in an advanced operating capa- bility which sets a new bench- mark in safety. The GrandNew also already meets the latest NTSB/FAA recommendations for EMS operations to consider the use of an FAA-approved night vision goggle or enhanced vision system into flight pro- grammes, when conditions and missions dictate. Orders for over 50 Grand News helicopters have been made so far by cus- tomers worldwide. Intermountain Healthcare has received extensive praise from many in the healthcare commu- nity, including the President of the United States, as an example of an innovative and successful healthcare organization. Intermountain Healthcare’s Life Flight division has adopted the highest safety standards and is a leader in providing safety train- ing to their community part- ners. ◆


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