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News > REACH Air Medical Purchases Two EC135s


REACH Air Medical Purchases Two EC135s

September 18, 2007

American Eurocopter announces today, from the 2007 Air Medical Transport Conference in the Tampa Convention Center, that REACH Air Medical Services has purchased two EC135s in a multi-ship deal with American Eurocopter. The EC135 was selected as the new light twin engine helicopter to modernize their fleet and update REACH’s EMS operation in northern California. 
 
REACH, located in northern California, was established in 1987 and currently serves the air medical transport needs of communities stretching from central California to Portland, Oregon. REACH has transported more than 33,000 patients in its 20-year service history. 
 
“Commitment to excellence has remained a focus for REACH as they have grown in service and coverage area over the last several years,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “The replacement of their current fleet with the EC 135 will allow REACH to continue their air medical focus in a safe, efficient and reliable service.” 
 
Offering a fast cruise speed of 138 kts, the roomy (pilot plus 6-7 passengers) EC135 can be purchased with two FADEC-controlled Turbomeca ARRIUS 2B2 or Pratt and Whitney 206B2 engines. Its twin-engine reliability, open cabin, and substantial lifting capacity explain why the EC135 has been called ‘the most effective AMS solution on the market.’ 
 
Providing a unique combination of performance, safety and versatility, the new generation EC135 is the market-leading EMS twin helicopter, accounting for 60% of U.S. deliveries in 2007 to date. Developed to comply with the strictest JAR Part 27 safety standards, the EC135 was designed in close cooperation with doctors and medical flight crews, resulting in a helicopter that was truly ‘made for the mission.’ The EC135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, maxiziming operator choice, and provides ample room for single-patient or dual-patient transport. The EC135 is equipped with an anti-resonance isolation system (ARIS) that ensures a smooth ride to safely transport injured patients. 
 
The EC135 is offered with a choice of FADEC-equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B2 or Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 low-emission engines and has a standard range of over 340 nautical miles. The EC135’s high-set main rotor and shrouded Fenestron tail rotor provide a smooth ride, safe ground handling and a low noise signature. Its safety is carried through in its dual system architecture, while the aircraft’s comprehensive suite of single-pilot or dual pilot IFR avionics options offers all-weather reliability. 
 
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.


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