WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. STAT MedEvac, an air medical transport service provider in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, will be the first air medical transport service in North America to operate Airbus H135 helicopters equipped with the powerful new Helionix avionics system.
The Airbus-developed Helionix system, an advanced avionics suite designed to increase mission flexibility and enhance flight safety, will be standard equipment on new production H135s. Comprised of two computers and a one-of-a-kind cockpit layout, Helionix includes up to four electronic displays designed to improve pilots’ situational awareness. The system provides a four-axis autopilot to reduce pilot workload and a Traffic Advisory System that improves safety by assisting pilots in detecting and avoiding other aircraft.
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Officials at the critical care transport business have elected to replace older aircraft in the company’s fleet, placing an order with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for three new H135s to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.
“The addition of these H135s builds upon STAT’s commitment to safety,” STAT MedEvac President and CEO Doug Garretson says. STAT MedEvac was the first air medical transport program in North America to operate the EC135 and the EC135 certified for Single Pilot IFR.
“STAT MedEvac maintains the highest degree of safety in all our operations, and we are very proud of our safety culture,” Garretson adds. “We are thankful the H135 series continues to evolve, enabling us to operate to the standards we set. We continue to invest in twin-engine, IFR platforms, and the H135 delivers what we need to meet our goals for the product and support.”
“All of us at Airbus are extremely proud that STAT MedEvac, one of the world’s outstanding air medical transport providers with a superb safety record, has chosen to upgrade its fleet with the Helionix-equipped H135,” Airbus Helicopters Inc. President Chris Emerson says. “Helionix is the latest Airbus product improvement that will significantly enhance the safety of helicopter operations.”
With 17 sites in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, STAT MedEvac is the critical care transport system for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania and is one of the largest air medical providers in the United States. STAT MedEvac flies a combination of Airbus H135 and H145 series helicopters.
Airbus is a global provider of aeronautics, space, and related services, as well as tanker, combat, transport, and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business, officials say.
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