Eurocopter, April 19, 2010 - Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter (“AEC”) announced today that the Cleveland Metro Life Flight program has taken delivery of another EC145.
This helicopter will be the third EC145 in the Metro Life Flight fleet.
Members of the Metro Life Flight team were at the company’s Grand Prairie campus for the delivery and to transport the aircraft back to Ohio.
Cleveland Metro Life Flight takes delivery of third EC145
Metro Life Flight is one of the largest critical care transport programs in Ohio and part of The MetroHealth System. Metro Life Flight has long maintained a strong focus on safety. All of the program’s EC145s feature the latest in aviation safety technology, including Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), satellite tracking, cockpit data and voice recording, XM satellite weather reporting, and doppler weather radar. The crew will begin Night Vision Goggle training soon.
Metro Life Flight has flown more than 66,500 accident-free missions in its nearly three decades of service to Northeast Ohio. Its crew model differentiates the program from most other air medical services providers. The crew consists of two pilots, and a combination of critical care-trained physicians and nurses. The program has used dual pilot operations since 1984.
Metro Life Flight’s focus on safety also was a factor in the team’s selection of their new helicopters and the configuration of their interiors. Their goal was to not only meet the current and future needs of their patients and crew, but also to anticipate and, whenever possible, exceed the future safety requirements of the industry.
“Metro Life Flight has long been a leader and innovator in providing critical care transport in the Northeast Ohio region,” said Dr. Charles Emerman, Executive Director of Metro Life Flight and Emergency Medicine at MetroHealth. “Our service has critical care-trained physicians and nurses available around the clock that have advanced capabilities, such as bedside ultrasound. The Metro Life Flight communications office coordinates air and ground critical care transfers and is responsible for coordinating trauma transfers for the Northern Ohio Trauma System, which includes MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic facilities. This latest addition to our fleet continues our tradition of utilizing advanced technology to provide the highest levels of patient care and safety.” In that regard, the program is working with AEC on implementing WAAS LPV approach capabilities in order to be able to use the EC145s in certain inclement weather conditions.
The EC145s were chosen after an exhaustive process. It was determined that the EC145 was the most economical choice, and it not only offered the power and reliability required for Metro Life Flight’s missions, but also provided the additional flexibility and safety the program was looking for.
The EC145 provides the largest cabin size in its class, which allows for maximum flexibility and configuration options. Because of the aircraft’s high set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin, extra payload capacity, unmatched visibility and additional safety features, it has become a platform of choice for many missions, particularly HEMS.
About American Eurocopter: American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter’s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program.