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News > American Eurocopter’s 2008 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

American Eurocopter’s 2008 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Displayed on American Eurocopter booth number 829

October 20, 2008

Today, American Eurocopter announced that it will be showcasing Gundersen Lutheran Health System’s MedLink AIR EC145 on its booth at the Air Medical Transport Conference. The booth number is 829.

Due to its high performance, large cabin size, versatility and advanced avionics, the EC145 has become the helicopter of choice for growing numbers of AMS operators in the United States and worldwide. Gundersen Lutheran purchased this EC145 in June 2006 and it has been in service since April 2007.

“The features that attracted us to the EC145 were the larger cabin space, more range, more payload, and continuation of a twin engine program,” said Quentin Lamers RN, BSN, Clinical Manager for Gundersen Lutheran MedLink AIR. “The main reason for choosing the EC145 was due to its multi-mission capabilities so we could maintain our mission profile, which can be very diverse.”

The company’s mission profile includes transport of trauma, cardiac, medical/surgical, neurological, pediatric, high risk maternal, and intra aortic balloon pump patients.  The company also has a specialized neonatal transport team.  “The EC145 was important because we did not want to lose the capabilities we have offered our customers for over 15 years,” Lamers continues.

The advanced technology available on the EC145 also has allowed Gunderson Lutheran to maintain its high standards of safety. This technology includes: Terrain Awareness Warning System, Radar Altimeters, Obstacle Avoidance Systems, Night Vision Compatible cockpit, advanced GPS systems, IFR capabilities and wire strike prevention.  

Gundersen Lutheran Health System is one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group medical practices.  Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the company provides health services to patients at its hospital and clinics throughout western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. Gundersen Lutheran is a major teaching hospital, providing a broad range of emergency, specialty and primary care services to its patients.

The company has been consistently ranked in the upper five percent of hospitals in the country, and they have flown over 6,500 accident-free missions. 

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. 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 is a helicopter manufacturer and the company 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 manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility, in Long Beach, CA.

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