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News > Geisinger Life Flight® Selects Eurocopter EC145

Geisinger Life Flight® Selects Eurocopter EC145

September 25, 2006

Geisinger Life Flight®, the Air Medical Services (AMS) arm of Geisinger Health System, has chosen the American Eurocopter EC145 as its new AMS rotorcraft. The decision was made after Geisinger Life Flight issued a request for proposals and reviewed bids from several manufacturers earlier this year. 
The new EC145s will replace older Eurocopter BK117s and Sikorsky S76s within Geisinger Life Flight’s five aircraft fleet. Up to five EC145s will be purchased, with the first deliveries to be made in late 2007. Geisinger Health System serves more than two million residents throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, in a territory covering 40 counties and covering 20,000 square miles, making the selection of the appropriate aircraft important. 
“Because of the size and climatic variations of the territory, we were looking for a helicopter that is ideally suited for single pilot IFR operation,” says Jerry Splitt, Geisinger Life Flight Program Coordinator. “After we evaluated all of the bids, the EC145 came out on top of the list.” 
There are many reasons why the American Eurocopter EC145 is well suited to meet Geisinger Life Flight’s needs. Beyond its single pilot IFR capability, the spacious EC-145 has room for a pilot, up to three medical crewmembers, and two critically ill patients.  
“There’s enough room for the equipment, the patients, and the advanced medical teams to adequately care for them in the air medical environment,” Splitt says.  
Meanwhile, the EC145's two powerful Turbomeca ARRIEL 1E2 turbine engines ensure reliable flight performance in temperatures ranging from -35 to +50 degrees Celsius.  
“This capability is of particular importance to Geisinger Life Flight,” says Splitt. “Weather conditions in the Northeast change significantly from season to season, and our program and mission profile needed an aircraft that can cope with this range of conditions.”  
In addition, the EC145 has a service ceiling of 17,200 ft, a fast cruise speed of 132 kts, and comes equipped with a standard MEGHAS glass cockpit. 
“Geisinger is committed to providing rural Pennsylvania with the best in health care,” Splitt concludes. “Our new EC145s will enhance our ability to meet our commitment.” 
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, Texas, with a large, new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. 
About Geisinger Health System ( 
Geisinger Health System is the foremost rural healthcare provider in the United States. Founded in 1915, it has evolved into one of the nation's leading fully integrated healthcare providers. Serving more than two million residents throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the physician-led organization is at the forefront of the country's rapidly emerging electronic health records movement. With three major regional medical centers and a 650-member group practice, the pioneering system is home to the industry's pre-eminent not-for-profit rural HMO and the renowned Geisinger Center for Health Research—dedicated to creating innovative new models for patient care, satisfaction and clinical outcomes.e, Texas, with a large new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. 

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