Airbus Helicopters held a ceremony at its booth at the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to congratulate STAT Medevac for its role in shaping H135 operations in North America. STAT was the first North American customer for the earlier variant of the H135 family – the EC135 - and this year has become the first in the region to begin operations with Helionix equipped H135 helicopters. The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport provider placed their first three H135s in service in early summer this year.
“Transporting patients with the highest levels of safety is central to our mission and a driving force behind our operations and aircraft acquisitions,” said Doug Garretson, President of STAT Medevac. “The Helionix-equipped H135 gives us the latest technologies to help us provide life-saving critical care transportation to patients throughout Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C.”
The acquisition of the latest H135s with Helionix builds upon STAT Medevac’s long-standing commitment to the Helicopter Air Ambulance industry and to Airbus products – the company has exclusively flown Airbus helicopters since commencing operations in 1985 and was the first air ambulance program in North America to operate an early variant of the H135 family in 1997. They were also the first operator of this aircraft in single pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) configuration.
As the clinical arm for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, STAT Medevac is the largest single branded, non-profit medical transport system in the Eastern United States.
“We are extremely proud to have STAT leading the way with H135 Helionix operations in North America, as they have been a true partner of Airbus for more than 30 years, and know this aircraft inside and out,” said Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and head of the North American region.
Developed by Airbus and FAA certified in 2018, Helionix is an advanced avionics suite that offers increased mission flexibility and enhanced flight safety. Comprised of an innovative cockpit layout, Helionix includes multiple electronic displays designed to improve pilots’ situational awareness. Key features include a four-axis autopilot to reduce pilot workload, a First Limit Indicator which highlights all appropriate engine instrument data in one location, and a Traffic Advisory System that assist pilots in detecting and avoiding other aircraft.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, and the H135 is the industry reference for light twin-engine helicopters. Airbus Helicopters has delivered more than 1,350 H135s to customers around the globe who have logged a total of more than 5 million flight hours.