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Press release The UH-145 Light Utility Helicopterís EC145 version builds on its growing sales success in the U.S. Market
Arlington, VA, January 18, 2006 – EADS North America’s entry in the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter competition, the UH-145, is benefiting from the growing operational experience of its commercial variant, the EC145, which is increasingly used in America and abroad by medical services, police forces and other operators.
The EC145 has become the helicopter of choice for many U.S. hospitals and medical evacuation providers, including Vanderbuilt LifeFlight of Nashville, Tennessee, Air Life of Oregon, and University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center - all operated by Air Methods Corporation (the largest air medical provider in the world); STAT MedEvac of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; CJ Systems Aviation Group of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania; and Lee County Rescue of Florida.
These aircraft are operating daily in the same challenging conditions as the Army’s Light Utility Helicopter, which will be assigned duties that include medical evacuation, passenger and logistics transportation, and homeland security operations.
Vanderbuilt LifeFlight currently flies three EC145s to serve communities within a 130-mile radius of its base. This operator is the first air medical services provider to receive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification for night vision goggle (NVG) use on the EC145, which will allow its pilots to fly night missions with NVGs for heightened visibility and increased situational awareness.
Air Life of Oregon is modernizing its rotary-wing fleet with the EC145, which will be used for fast and affordable medical access throughout central and northeast Oregon. The company serves many residents who live far from major medical facilities, and its helicopters fly in a full range of operating conditions – from the leeward side of the Cascade Mountains, where it can snow up to 300 inches annually, to the hot operating environment of the high desert further east.
“We fly in the best and worst of both worlds,” said Air Life Director Michael Greene. “This is why we chose the EC145: it came out on top when compared to other makes and models because the EC145 is best suited to fly in the weather, temperatures and altitudes that we work in.”
STAT MedEvac, the largest private provider of air medical services in the U.S., is phasing in a fleet of four EC145s, while CJ Systems Aviation Group – which is another of the country’s major medical airlift service providers – has built its operations to a fleet that includes a mix of EC145s and EC135s.
The EC145 is assembled in the United States by American Eurocopter, which will have overall UH-145 production responsibility as a member of the LUH industry team led by EADS North America. To date, more than 80 EC145s have been delivered worldwide to law enforcement, paramilitary and security agencies, emergency medical service providers, offshore operators and corporations. The EC145 fleet has accumulated more than 39,000 flight hours.
EADS North America’s UH-145 solution for the Army’s light utility helicopter mission is a U.S.-built aircraft that offers the best value solution to meet or exceed all speed, range, endurance and performance requirements. The UH-145 industrial team also includes Sikorsky Aircraft, which will provide its contractor logistics support (CLS) expertise; WestWind Technologies, contributing its experience in quick-reaction helicopter systems integration, engineering support and program management support; and CAE USA, which will supply the UH-145 cockpit procedural trainers as an integral element of pilot training and familiarization for Army crews operating the helicopter.
About EADS North America
EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $6 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 100,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 10 operating companies located in 28 cities and 15 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.
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