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News > Carolinas Medical Center Selects Three EC135s - American Eurocopter wins industry-wide competition

Carolinas Medical Center Selects Three EC135s - American Eurocopter wins industry-wide competition

October 1, 2009

Grand Prairie, TX – American Eurocopter has won an industry-wide competition to provide three new helicopters to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., the company announced today.

The EC135s are to be delivered this fall and will subsequently be customized to meet the specific needs of the MedCenter Air program at Carolinas Medical Center. As they enter service, the new EC135s will replace an existing fleet of helicopters. The aircraft will serve North and South Carolina, providing 24/7 coverage from three separate bases.

“The Carolinas Medical Center has an impressive air medical program. We are extremely happy that they took the time and effort to research the products, compare the companies and choose American Eurocopter and our helicopters,” said Marc Paganini, president and CEO of American Eurocopter. “Our team is working diligently to ensure that the transition to our aircraft is a seamless process and positive experience for everyone at MedCenter Air.”

“We selected the EC135 after an extensive review and evaluation process,” said Jason Schwebach, administrative director for MedCenter Air. “The EC135 meets our scope of service and mission-profile from both an aviation and healthcare perspective to better serve our community and state.  These new aircraft will have the latest in medical and aviation technology to include: ground and traffic collision avoidance, NVG’s, satellite tracking, environmental control, and all current and proposed State and Federal safety recommendations”.

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.

MedCenter Air is a leader in the industry and its fleet includes helicopters, fixed wings and critical care ground ambulances. MedCenter Air is available to all medical facilities, EMS services, insurance companies, managed-care organizations and members of the public. The organization has won several air ambulance awards and has been CAMTS accredited since 1997. 

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.

About Carolinas HealthCare System  
With the addition of AnMed Health (Anderson SC) and Cannon Memorial (Pickens SC)  Carolinas HealthCare System ( includes 29 affiliated hospitals in North and South Carolina. One of the leading healthcare systems in the Southeast, Carolinas HealthCare employs some 1,400 physicians and serves patients at more than 475 care locations including physician practices, nursing homes, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies and other facilities. These operations comprise more than 6,000 licensed beds and employ approximately 44,000 employees. 

CHS’s flagship facility is Carolinas Medical Center (, an 874-bed hospital in Charlotte that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a research institute and numerous specialty units (heart, cancer, organ transplant, behavioral health, etc.). CMC also serves as one of North Carolina’s five Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, providing graduate medical education for more than 240 physicians in 18 specialties.

Levine Children’s Hospital ( has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Other CMC hospitals have also been honored by J.D. Power and Associates for maternity and emergency services. Carolinas HealthCare’s “community benefit,” which includes the value of indigent care, uncompensated medical services, education, research and charitable contributions, totals more than $770 million annually.

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