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News > Flight For Life Acquires Two EC145s to Expand Its Fleet

Flight For Life Acquires Two EC145s to Expand Its Fleet

October 21, 2008

During the 2008 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter today announced that Flight For Life Transport System has acquired two EC145s, one of which is scheduled to go into service at the end of 2008 and the other in early 2009.

“The EC145 is an aircraft that was made for EMS missions and we are excited that Flight For Life has chosen it as the aircraft to expand their fleet,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter.

The EC145 offers excellent performance and a fast cruise speed. Its high set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin and additional safety features have made it the helicopter platform for a growing number of AMS operators in the United States and worldwide.

“After researching the current available twin engine aircraft we concluded that the EC145 was the only airframe that would meet our needs,” said Tammy L. Chatman, Public Information Officer for Flight For Life.

The mission of Flight For Life has been and continues to be centered around "safety first." The company and its employees pride themselves on their commitment to safety, patient care, customer service and education.

Powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, the EC145 is offered in single pilot IFR and dual pilot IFR configurations. Both options are equipped with the modern MEGHAS glass cockpit and digital autopilot, which can greatly reduce pilot workload.

“With the current changes in industry regulations, growth in demand for our services, and the extra capabilities offered by today’s generation of helicopters, we felt it was time to upgrade our fleet. This is why we selected the EC145,” continues Chatman. “Besides its extra carrying capacity, speed, and spacious interior, the EC145s we purchased will be equipped with both single and dual pilot IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) control systems.”

Flight For Life has three bases located in McHenry, IL, Waukesha/Milwaukee and Fond du Lac, WI. The company recently completed a state of the art hangar at the Waukesha County Airport in Waukesha, WI that houses the corporate headquarters of Flight For Life Transport System. In 2009, Flight For Life Transport System will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 1984 the company has safely flown over 26,000 patients. Flight For Life is also proud to announce that Les Love, Program Maintenance Manager, has been selected as the Association of Air Medical Services 2008 Transport Mechanic of the Year award winner.

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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