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News > EC135S Provide Med Flight With Higher Reliability, Ease of Maintenance

EC135S Provide Med Flight With Higher Reliability, Ease of Maintenance

December 20, 2007

Higher reliability, more availability, and easier to maintain: That’s the verdict of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic's Med Flight air medical service (AMS), about their two new American Eurocopter EC135s. Flown and maintained on the UW Hospital's behalf by CJ Systems Aviation Group, which is now Air Methods, the two EC135s replaced two Augusta 109Es that were slated for retirement. 
“We received the first EC135 in July 2007, and the second in September 2007,” says Mark Hanson, Med Flight’s Program Manager. “Granted, moving from one cockpit configuration to another takes a while to get used to. But the EC135s have already proven themselves to be more reliable and easier to take care of by our mechanics. This translates into more availability for AMS flights, and more service to our clients.” 
Based in Madison, the Med Flight team of specially trained physicians, flight nurses, dispatchers and pilots works within a 225-mile radius of the city. Since time is always of the essence, Med Flight’s EC135s are kept ready to fly; whether for transporting patients between hospitals, or to care -- including UW Hospital's Level One Trauma Center -- for victims of crashes or disasters. 
Inside, each EC135 is equipped to serve as a flying emergency room, with airway equipment including a ventilator, blood pressure and heart monitors, IV 0equipment, defibrillators and pacemaker equipment. It also carries a complete array of emergency medicine drugs, including those for treating heart attacks and brain injuries. 
Available with a pair of FADEC-equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B2 or Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engines, the EC135 is renowned for its maneuverability, multi-mission flexibility, and low-noise, safe-shrouded Fenestron tail rotor. It is rapidly becoming the helicopter of choice for U.S. AMS operators. 
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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