OSF Aviation, LLC, a division of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, recently took delivery of their first of four (4) new Eurocopter EC145 Air Medical helicopters with the Becker Avionics' DVCS6100 Digital Audio System installed. These EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF's operations.
OSF Aviation is the provider of air medical support services to hospitals and communities through OSF HealthCare's Illinois service areas. The aircraft will replace the fleet operated for OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline (Rockford, IL) and OSF Saint Francis Life Flight (Peoria, IL).
The completion of their other three EC145 aircraft is currently underway at United Rotorcraft in Denver, a division of Air Methods (formerly known as the Products Division). The aircraft will be delivered to OSF during the first half of 2012.
The DVCS6100 was chosen due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the helicopter. Becker's Digital multi-channel audio and intercom system, with its software configurable profiles, provides the flexibility to specifically customize the system to meet the demanding operational requirements of OSF's HEMS operation. The DVCS6100 manages all transceivers, receivers and audio warning sources in one central system and provides simulcast capabilities on 8 channels, along with a new radio relay feature.
Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing stated, "We are delighted to see that the first OSF helicopter has delivered with our digital audio system on board. The DVSC6100 will provide their Life Flight and Lifeline programs with the most advanced digital airborne audio management system on the market and will enhance their operational capabilities."
OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline (Rockford, Illinois) and OSF Saint Francis Life Flight (Peoria, Illinois) programs are 24-hour helicopter air-medical transport services. Their teams of physicians, nurses, pilots and mechanics handle and average 2,200 patient transfers each year, making them a one of the busiest air medical operations in the State of Illinois. Their parent, the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have led the way in air-medical transport helicopter service in Illinois since 1981, and together, OSF HealthCare's Life Flight and Lifeline services combine to form one of the premier flight programs in the United States.
About United Rotocraft
United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, is a certified FAA Repair Station that provides aircraft completions and refurbishment services, systems integration, maintenance, component overhaul, customized interior installations and unsurpassed exterior finishing, servicing all segments of the helicopter industry - Air Medical, Law Enforcement, Special Mission, Corporate and Utility. They also offer FAA approved NVG compatible lighting systems and designs, engineers, manufactures, and certifies medical interiors for the Eurocopter EC135, EC130, and AS350, and Bell 407 and 429 helicopter airframes.
About Becker Avionics
Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.
Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, Airborne Law Enforcement, and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to: Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, Bell Helicopter, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi'an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc.