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News > Air Methods Adds 10 B2s to its Annual B2/B3 Order


Air Methods Adds 10 B2s to its Annual B2/B3 Order

March 1, 2007

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In September 2006, Air Methods Corporation, the largest U.S. air medical transportation provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with American Eurocopter to purchase ten AS350 B2/B3 “AStar” helicopters annually and indefinitely. Now the company has announced that it is adding 10 B2s to the order due for delivery in 2008. 
 
“We’re adding 10 extra B2s to keep up with demand for single engine platforms in the medical field,” says Archie Gray, Air Methods’ Vice President of Aviation Support Services. “We’re buying additional AStars for the same reason we signed the MOU last year: This aircraft’s open cabin, economical cost of operation, and capabilities fit neatly with our mission requirements.” 
 
For most air medical service (AMS) flights, the turbine engine-equipped AS350 B2 can do the job safely and cost-effectively. In a medical configuration it can carry up to four people (one pilot, one patient and two attendants) plus all the necessary medical equipment. In other configurations it can carry up to six people (one pilot and five passengers). The AS350B2 can cruise at 133 knots, and fly up to 360 nautical miles without using reserve tanks. Meanwhile, for missions that must overcome extremes in weather and altitude, the AS350 B3 combines the B2's spacious cabin with a 847 shp engine that boosts this aircraft’s fast cruise speed up to 140 knots, and adds extra lifting capability. 
 
Air Methods’ current fleet consists of approximately 210 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, which includes Eurocopter, Bell, MD and Sikorsky helicopters. “The AS350B2/B3 has become our single engine aircraft of choice. Having a common platform reduces maintenance costs and increases our technical expertise,” Gray says. 
 
“We look forward to continuing our support to providing Air Methods Corporation with the best AMS helicopter available and to insure that their growth plans are sustained,” says Marc Paganini, President and CEO.
 
About American Eurocopter  
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, 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 new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. 
 
100 years of vertical flight 
In 1907, Paul Cornu performed history’s first ever vertical flight. Since then, thanks to pioneering spirits, technological advances and innovative minds, the helicopter has become a key to saving lives, protecting citizens and contributing to economic development the world over. In 2007, Eurocopter is proud to celebrate this anniversary and to share its passion for helicopters.


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