United Rotorcraft announces it was awarded the contract by Enloe Medical Center of Chico, Calif., to complete the medical center’s new Eurocopter EC130 T2 aircraft. The contract includes the manufacture and integration of a new Federal Aviation Administration (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior and avionics suite. The aircraft is slated to be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2013. "Enloe FlightCare selected United Rotorcraft for the air medical completion of our new EC 130 T2 because we believe they offer the best solution for our specific needs,” said Marty Marshall, Enloe FlightCare Pilot and Director of Enloe’s Emergency Services. “Our FlightCare personnel conducted site visits to potential completion centers and they were thoroughly impressed with United Rotorcraft's facility, expertise and innovative EC 130 T2 air medical interior."
“United Rotorcraft is excited about the opportunity to work with Enloe Medical Center and its FlightCare team as they are a well-established and respected non-profit operation,” stated Brian Leonard, Manager of Business Development, United Rotorcraft. “It’s especially exciting to work with Enloe FlightCare on this program, as they are the launch customer in the United States for the EC130 T2 in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) industry. At United Rotorcraft we are committed to advancing air medical technology for the unique needs of the industry, and partnering with Enloe and the launch of this new airframe model is a perfect match to that established commitment.”
The medical interior design will be based off United Rotorcraft’s current EC130 B4 HEMS interior, but will incorporate new next-generation advances to meet the needs of Enloe’s operations as well as any future EC130 T2 customers. The aircraft will be outfitted with a right hand side loading patient system that will allow for greater patient access, transport of neonatal patients in isolettes, advanced cardiac patient transports on Inter-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP), as well as other critically ill or injured patients. Additionally, the cockpit instrument panel features avionic upgrades including dual Garmin 430s, Garmin G500H, Skywatch 497 TAS, Satellite Weather, and Skyconnect satellite tracking and voice communication.
The EC 130T2 succeeds its predecessor, the EC 130 B4 as one of the most highly successful single engine helicopters in Air Medical Service. Improvements in power, performance, ride comfort and speed will enhance Air Medical Transport operations for Enloe and others nationwide. In addition, reduced direct maintenance cost will provide operators with improved economics. With the largest cabin of any single engine helicopter in its class, the EC 130 offers a unique combination of excellent patient access, low maintenance and reliable operation.
About United Rotorcraft
United Rotorcraft is a united front of expertise, precision, and dedication to enhancing the completion and service support of aircraft completions, refurbishments, painting services and accessory availability for more than just Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. United Rotorcraft, with its expanded operational facilities, is able to provide current and future customers a partner who can provide innovative interiors, EMS kits, paint and service for HEMS, Military, VIP, Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue operations. United Rotorcraft will deliver high-quality interior solutions and unequalled customer support.
About Enloe Medical Center
Enloe Medical Center is a 298-bed, independent, non-profit hospital serving Chico since 1913. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through patient-centered care. As a regional referral center, Enloe serves a population of more than 400,000 in six counties. The medical center includes acute care, home health, and outpatient services and is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) Receiving Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Enloe is the only California hospital that owns and operates an air ambulance transport service. Enloe’s Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring that the communities the medical center serves have the finest quality, most patient-centered medical care available.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The 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 facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.