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News > STAT MedEvac Buys Two More EC135s from American Eurocopter, Options Three


STAT MedEvac Buys Two More EC135s from American Eurocopter, Options Three

February 26, 2008

Heli-Expo 2008 - STAT MedEvac, the air medical service (AMS) operated by the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., has announced the purchase of two EC135s from American Eurocopter, with an option to buy three more. The two new EC135s are due to be delivered in 2009. Currently, STAT MedEvac flies 14 EC135s and 6 EC145s. 
 
Founded in 1984, STAT MedEvac flew the first EC135 in air medical service in the United States in 1997. Its number of medical missions exceeded 100,000 in June of 2006. “We transport approximately 10,500 patients annually,” says Douglas A. Garretson, STAT MedEvac’s President and CEO. 
 
“We take patient and medical personnel safety very, very seriously,” Garretson continues. “We have found the EC135 and EC145 to be highly safe and reliable aircraft, capable of meeting our varied mission profiles. That’s why we have been a Eurocopter operator since 1984, and will be so for the foreseeable future.” 
 
Today, STAT MedEvac’s 20 helicopters serve 15 bases predominantly in western Pennsylvania. STAT MedEvac has a base in eastern Ohio near Youngstown and bases in York, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. The service is operated by the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. a consortium of hospitals consisting of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC Mercy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Altoona Regional Health System.  
 
“We are standardized on the EC135 and EC145 platforms,” explains Garretson. “By using a common helicopter platform, we are able to effectively manage our fleet’s maintenance, servicing, and overhaul schedule. We are also able to cross-train all our pilots on both aircraft, ensuring maximum flexibility in scheduling and personnel availability.” 
 
About Eurocopter 
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world. 
 
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, 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 parapublic 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, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The company’s first regional support facility, the West Coast Regional Support Facility, is located in Long Beach, California.


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