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News > STAT MedEvac Orders 15th EC135 from American Eurocopter

STAT MedEvac Orders 15th EC135 from American Eurocopter

August 17, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas â€” STAT MedEvac of West Mifflin, Pa., has placed an order for its 15th EC135 helicopter. Delivery of the new aircraft is slated for 2010.  STAT MedEvac will also soon take delivery of two EC135s ordered in late 2007. In addition to its EC 135s, STAT MedEvac operates six EC 145 helicopters.   

The HealthNet Aeromedical Services fleet EC135

STAT MedEvac’s current helicopter fleet includes these two EC135s, which are shown in flight over downtown Pittsburgh.

“We are pleased that STAT MedEvac has reaffirmed its commitment to American Eurocopter and the EC135,” said Marc Paganini, President & CEO of American Eurocopter. “Repeat air medical customers validate that our products and services are meeting the needs of this important operating community.”

“The EC135 airframe is a great asset to the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) industry, with multi-engine and IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) capabilities, said Rich Gross, Director of Operations for STAT MedEvac. “The digital autopilot system is more advanced than previous autopilot systems, and this gives the pilot a margin of safety few others enjoy.”

The STAT MedEvac fleet is equipped with a number of advanced technologies that underscore the operation’s commitment to safe flight, and the new EC135 will exceed all of the recommendations in the National Transportation Safety Board’s comprehensive report on HEMS safety. These technologies include IFR capability, Night Vision Goggles for pilots and crew, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Color Weather Radar, and Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems.

“Together, American Eurocopter and operators like STAT MedEvac are making important strides in continuously improving air medical safety,” Paganini said, adding that American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award program is dedicated to promoting a higher level of safety within the air medical industry.

STAT MedEvac was the first helicopter and HEMS FAA Part 135 air carrier to apply and be accepted into the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program. The fleet operates from 17 bases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These regional bases link rural and community health resources with advanced tertiary care centers and provide quick access to advanced care. STAT MedEvac, a service of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., is directed by a consortium of hospitals that include: UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and UPMC Mercy Hospital.

American Eurocopter’s EC135 is the twin-engine platform of choice for air medical operators, accounting for 60 percent of all twin-engine air medical services deliveries over the past decade. The EC135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, maximizing the operator’s choice for single-patient, dual-patient or isolette transport. The EC135’s Fenestron® tail rotor and rear clamshell doors offer the safest and easiest loading possible, while the aircraft’s anti-resonance isolation system ensures that patients are given the smoothest possible ride.

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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