Airbus Helicopters Logo

About us

Helicopter Models

Sales & Marketing

Optional Equipment


Customer support





Environmental Policy




News > Indiana University Health adds another EC145 to fleet

Indiana University Health adds another EC145 to fleet

October 17, 2011

St. Louis – From its booth #321 at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced today that Indiana University Health LifeLine will add its fifth EC145 to the fleet of four that were purchased in late 2008. The first four went into service throughout 2010 and the fifth is expected to go into service this week.

“Indiana University Health has been a Eurocopter customer for over 25 years,” said Treg Manning, vice president of Sales, American Eurocopter. “They moved up to the EC145 in 2008 and we are delighted that the aircraft has worked well for them and that they are continuing their fleet standardization program with another EC145.”

“We have been extremely pleased with the EC145 and it has become our premier aircraft,” said Steve Johnson, director of LifeLine Critical Care Transport, IU Health. “Our program does a large number of specialty team transports ranging from neonates to adult trauma, often requiring special equipment and extra crew members. The EC145 offers a large cabin and the reliability and versatility we need to execute a variety of specialty missions every day.”

IU Health is in the process of transitioning from a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) program to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) program and the EC145 is the foundation to that transition. “The EC145 provides us with a safe and stable platform as we move from VFR to IFR,” said Johnson.

The EC145, powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, offers excellent performance and a fast cruise speed. Its high set main and tail rotors, rear-loading clamshell doors, large cabin, extra payload capacity, unmatched visibility and additional safety features have made it the helicopter platform of choice for emergency medical service missions throughout the United States.

Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S.News & World Report for 14 consecutive years, IU Health is the largest and most comprehensive health system in Indiana. IU Health LifeLine is the gold standard for both ground and air critical care transport and operates 24/7 out of five bases throughout  the state with a fleet of six helicopters, a KingAir 200 and ground ambulances. Founded in 1979 as Indiana's first air medical transportation service provider and one of the largest providers in the nation, IU Health LifeLine is the only hospital-based transport system affiliated with two level one trauma hospitals in Indiana.

IU Health’s EC145 fleet is now operated by Metro Aviation.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter’s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program.

View the Press release archive.

Rotor Journal image