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News > HealthNet Aeromedical Adds an EC145 to Expand Capabilities of West Virginia Air Medical Service (AMS)

HealthNet Aeromedical Adds an EC145 to Expand Capabilities of West Virginia Air Medical Service (AMS)

February 24, 2008

HealthNet Aeromedical, the private non-profit air medical service (AMS) that serves West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Tennessee, has purchased an EC145 from American Eurocopter. The aircraft will bolster HealthNet’s fleet of six Eurocopter aircraft two of which are EC135s and the rest of which are AS350B2s. 
“The new EC145 will be used concurrently for medical response and training purposes,” says HealthNet Aeromedical CEO Chip Sovick. “The West Virginia University Hospital, where this aircraft will be based, will be adding a resident to their air crew for training purposes. The EC145 has the extra lifting capacity and cabin space to accommodate this extra person, without compromising the aircraft’s ability to perform its AMS mission.” 
The EC145 is a twin-engined medium lift helicopter powered by Turbomeca ARRIEL engines. It uses high set main and tail rotors to maximize operator safety and offers rear clamshell doors to provide easy access for stretchers and medical equipment. EC145s are offered in single-pilot IFR and dual-pilot IFR configurations, and both options are equipped with the modern MEGHAS glass cockpit and digital autopilot. 
HealthNet Aeromedical was founded in 1986 by West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) in Morgantown and Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) in Charleston, to respond to uncertain funding of the state-run AMS service (now defunct). The system is built around four operational bases in West Virginia and one in Ohio. It is the only statewide hospital-based AMS in the United States, with each base providing service in a 150-nautical mile radius.  
“We’ve been a Eurocopter operator since our inception,” says Chip Sovick. “We fly about 3,500 missions a year in Eurocopter helicopter, and have logged over 50,000 accident-free patient transfers in our history. We have found these aircraft to be reliable, safe, and up to the tough environments that we fly in. You know how some people are ‘Chevy people’ or ‘Ford people’? Well, we are ‘Eurocopter people’!” 
About Eurocopter 
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world. 
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American 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 markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic 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 manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The company’s first regional support facility, the West Coast Regional Support Facility, is located in Long Beach, California.

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