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News > Pennsylvania Ambulance Company Takes Delivery of New EC145

Pennsylvania Ambulance Company Takes Delivery of New EC145

August 8, 2006

EmergyCare/LifeStar, an ambulance and air medical transport company based in Erie, Pennsylvania recently took delivery of their first EC145 at a ceremony held at American Eurocopter headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas. EmergyCare, Inc., which operates LifeStar as one of its divisions, purchased the aircraft after careful consideration of the market and an extensive evaluation process by their selection committee.  
“We’re uniquely positioned along the shores of Lake Erie, so we’re able to provide service to a three-state area,” said Richard “Dick” Gibbons, president and CEO of EmergyCare, Inc. “Our coverage area of several hundred square miles, although primarily rural, includes Erie County as well as several other counties in Northwestern Pennsylvania, parts of Ohio and New York, and we serve a population base estimated to be more than one million persons.” 
LifeStar’s commenced Air Medical Transport Operations as a supplement to their ground service in 1985. Transport specialties include cardiac, trauma and neonatal, supporting two major hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania: Hamot Regional Medical Center and Saint Vincent Medical Center. LifeStar averages over 550 helicopter air medical transports per year. 
Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter presented the EC145 keys to Dick Gibbons. Also present at the ceremony was Bob Fitzsimmons, CJ Systems maintenance technician for LifeStar, who conducted a final inspection before accepting the aircraft. CJ Systems Aviation will provide pilot, maintenance and management services for the LifeStar EC145. The helicopter will first go Metro Aviation in Shreveport, Louisiana to be equipped for EMS service. After completion, LifeStar’s new EC145 is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of this year.  
The EC145 is one of the most versatile and functional medium twin-engine helicopters available. With a wide range of certified optional equipment, it can complete the demanding missions of air medical service. The aircraft is powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines and is also noteworthy for its low noise level. The helicopter has firmly established itself as a rugged, reliable workhorse in markets worldwide and was selected by the U.S. Army for their Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).  
About American Eurocopter  
American Eurocopter Corp. 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 builds, 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, Texas, with a manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi. For more information: (972) 641-0000 or visit our website at 

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