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News > Iowa Methodist Medical Center Buys an EC145

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Buys an EC145

February 24, 2008

Iowa Methodist Medical Center’s air medical service, Life Flight, has announced it has an agreement with Air Methods Corporation to operate an EC145 helicopter from American Eurocopter. When delivered in 2009, the new EC145 will replace Life Flight’s venerable AS350B2 helicopter, which has been in service since 2002. 
“Moving up to the EC145 gives Life Flight a significant improvement in size and speed,” says Tom Mulrooney, Assistant Administrator for Iowa Health - Des Moines, which operates Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children’s Hospital, and Iowa Lutheran Hospital. “The EC145 will give our team of clinicians improved aircraft capabilities to provide life-saving care. This aircraft’s safety features, and larger cabin that can accommodate a family member in addition to medical personnel and the patient, were important characteristics when deciding on the EC145. When you are transferring a pediatric patient, being able to take a parent along on the flight makes a big difference to the patient’s state of mind.” 
With its larger cabin with rear-opening clamshell doors and flat floor, the EC145 is ideally suited for air medical service. In fact, this medium twin aircraft offers more space, more range, more payload and a lower noise level than other helicopter in its class. It comes equipped with two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, high-set main and tail rotors for added safety, and a modern MEGHAS glass cockpit as a standard feature. The EC145's optional IFR configuration with digital autopilot is available either for single or dual pilot applications, offering a duration of almost four hours in flight. 
“Since its founding in 1979, Life Flight has dedicated itself to serving the people of Iowa with reliable, fast, and safe air medical service,” says Mulrooney. “With our new EC145, we will further expand our tertiary care services to where they are needed the most. The EC145 is an important investment for our community that will make a positive impact on the patients and families we serve.” 
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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