Air Methods to Utilize FlightSafety's Eurocopter EC135 Simulator

Air Methods to Utilize FlightSafety's Eurocopter EC135 Simulator

Pilot Training Program Includes Two Full-Motion Simulators and Three Advanced
Training Devices

DENVER, March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today
announced that it has entered into an agreement with FlightSafety
International to use its Dallas-based Eurocopter EC135 Level D qualified full
flight simulator for the Company's pilot training program. Air Methods
believes simulator training enhances the Company's pilot training program by
affording opportunities to set up scenario-based and mission-specific
exercises, while also providing more flexibility with training schedules.

Air Methods currently employs 550 EC135 pilots who will cycle through the
simulator for their annual recurrent training. The Company will also send new
hires for initial training and pilots transitioning from other helicopter
models to the EC135. This simulator has Night Vision Goggle qualification from
the Federal Aviation Administration and is the first qualification of its type
under the National Simulator Program's Guidance Bulletin 10-01. There also
will be a helicopter on-site in Dallas that will be used for en route check
rides after the simulator training is completed.

"Air Methods continues to actively pursue cost-effective technology, systems
and training in excess of regulations that we know can encourage safety
improvements in the air medical community," said Aaron Todd, chief executive
officer, Air Methods. "We believe simulator training is another step in that
endeavor and are proud to add this fifth simulator solution to our robust
pilot training program."

"We are pleased and proud to serve Air Methods," said Bruce Whitman, President
& CEO FlightSafety International. "Air Methods and FlightSafety share a mutual
commitment to enhance safety by providing pilots with the highest quality
training programs using advanced technology flight simulators."

In addition to the Eurocopter EC135 simulator, Air Methods' pilots also
utilize a Eurocopter AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator; two
Eurocopter AS350 advanced aviation training devices (AATD); and a Eurocopter
EC135 AATD.

Air Methods Corporation (www.airmethods.com) is the global leader in air
medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest
provider of air medical transport services for hospitals and one of the
largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft
Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and
aerospace technology. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained
aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the
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CONTACT: Tracey Budz, Director, Corporate Communications
         (303) 256-4122 or tbudz@airmethods.com

Air Methods Corporation
 
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