Air Methods Delivers EC145 to Mayo
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota received first of two EMS EC145. first aircraft of its type to be completed for a customer outside of Air Methods.
Air Methods, December 20, 2007 - Air Methods Corporation delivered an EC145 EMS helicopter to Mayo Medical Transport today during a roll-out ceremony held at Air Methods Corporate Headquarters.
The new aircraft is the first of two EC145 aircraft on order from Mayo Medical Transport.
Mayo Medical Transport is the medical transport service for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. This EC145 is the first aircraft of its type to be completed for a customer outside of Air Methods.
“This aircraft demonstrates that our collaborative efforts with leaders in the air medical industry, such as Mayo Medical Transport, results in a highly effective EMS platform for our customers”, said Arthur Torwirt, Products Division Vice President. “We are very proud to play a role in developing this advanced life-saving technology.”
The helicopter is outfitted with Air Methods’ state-of-the-art air medical interior, capable of transporting one or two critical care patients and up to three medical attendants. The medical interior features a Ferno 93 litter system, the first commercial litter Air Methods has certified for the EC145. In addition, an external 7-liter Liquid Oxygen (LOX) System was developed and installed, which frees cabin room for more equipment and personnel. Additional modifications include an NVIS-compatible Dual-Pilot IFR cockpit with a wide variety of avionics and special mission systems, including redundant navigation systems, multi-function displays, tactical communications systems, satellite communications and data link, ground-proximity warning and a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).
The aircraft was certified by Air Methods Products Division’s Designated Alteration Station (DAS). Air Methods’ DAS capability provides a benefit to customers who have specific or unique requirements for their aircraft without an extended delivery schedule.
“Contracting with Mayo Clinic and working with the team at Omniflight from the beginning has gone very smoothly and has been a real pleasure”, adds Mr. Torwirt. Air Methods is currently completing a second aircraft for Omniflight, an AS 350 B3, which will be equipped with Air Methods’ medical and avionics STC packages along with customer-specific equipment.
About Air Methods Products Division: Air Methods Products Division employs over 130 people, and is the industry leader in the design, engineering, manufacture, and installation of civilian and military aircraft medical interiors, state-of-the-art avionics systems, and aircraft accessories. The 48,000 square foot facility is located at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado.
About Air Methods: Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) is a leader in emergency aeromedical transportation and medical services. The Hospital Based Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services for hospitals. The Community Based Services Division is the largest community- based providers of air medical services. The Products Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Company’s fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 330 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
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