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News > Memorial Hermann Life Flight Chooses the American Eurocopter EC145

Memorial Hermann Life Flight Chooses the American Eurocopter EC145

March 30, 2007

American Eurocopter has received an order from Memorial Hermann Life Flight for six EC145s, continuing this twin-engine helicopter’s success in the U.S. air medical services (AMS) marketplace. 
The Houston, Texas-based Memorial Hermann Life Flight is a long-time operator of Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft, beginning service in 1976 with the SA319B Alouette as America’s second air medical program. Today, its fleet consists of four Eurocopter helicopters: three BK117s and a B0105. 
“We are the only AMS provider in the greater Houston area capable of carrying loads of two patients with twin-engine speed and safety,” said Tom Flanagan, the Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hermann Life Flight. “The EC145 will continue to provide us with these operational advantages, while also giving us a state-of-the art aircraft that is suited to our around-the-clock missions.” 
The EC145’s excellent performance, fast cruise speed, and large cabin make it the helicopter of choice for a growing number of AMS operators in the United States and worldwide. For Memorial Hermann Life Flight’s operations, the aircraft will be configured to accommodate special mission equipment and medical personnel for neonatal transports and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) patients.  
“This latest order is another confirmation of the EC145’s value for providers of emergency medical services,” explained American Eurocopter President Marc Paganini. “It also demonstrates our customer commitment, which spans three decades with Memorial Hermann Life Flight.”  
The EC145’s large sliding doors, rear clamshell loading doors and high-set main and tail rotors facilitate the loading of equipment and patients, which is important for AMS operators. Twin-engine safety is provided by the helicopter’s Turbomeca ARRIEL 1E2 turbine powerplants. 
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 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 large new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi.  
About Memorial Hermann Life Flight 
A program of the 16-hospital Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Memorial Hermann Life Flight is based at the system’s level one trauma center and teaching hospital, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Life Flight was the first air ambulance program to operate in Texas, the second in the U.S. and has completed more than 110,000 missions since inception. The program is committed to providing safe, rapid, quality and cost effective air medical transport to everyone in need regardless of ability to pay. Life Flight receives no federal, state or local monies and is entirely funded by Memorial Hermann and its philanthropic partners.

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