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October 5, 2009
Carolinas Medical Center’s MedCenter Air in Charlotte, N.C., has order three new EC135 helicopters to replace its existing fleet. The EC135s will be delivered this fall and will be customized to meet the specific needs of the MedCenter Air program. The aircraft will serve North and South Carolina, providing 24/7 coverage from three separate bases.
“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, NVGs, satellite tracking, environmental control, and all current and proposed state and federal safety recommendations,” he added.
American Eurocopter’s EC135 accounts 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 safe and easy loading while the aircraft’s anti-resonance isolation system ensures that patients are given a smooth ride.
MedCenter Air’s fleet includes helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, 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 accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services since 1997.
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