Air Methods Reaches Highest Level in FAA's Safety Management System Program

Air Methods Reaches Highest Level in FAA's Safety Management System Program

First Helicopter Operator and Air Medical Provider to Achieve Safety Milestone
of Excellence

DENVER, May 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, recently was
informed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it successfully
reached the highest level (Level 4) of the FAA's voluntary Safety Management
System (SMS) program. The SMS program is an organizational framework created
and implemented by the FAA to systematically guide, track, and provide
recognition for safety efforts by commercial air operators. Level 4, the
continuous improvement stage, is the final phase of implementation. With this
milestone, Air Methods joins the elite company of only seven other commercial
air operators (including major U.S. airlines) in the nation to reach this
final level, and currently is the only helicopter company and air medical
provider to hold this distinction.

"Since Air Methods entered the FAA's voluntary SMS program in 2009, we set
lofty goals to mature our SMS and reach this highest level," said Aaron Todd,
chief executive officer, Air Methods. "This accomplishment demonstrates
clarity and confidence that we have the tools in place to mitigate risk across
all facets of the organization. Our core SMS working group was instrumental in
keeping this effort on track, and our employees deserve credit for being
front-line risk managers everyday."

To accomplish this milestone, Air Methods implemented a variety of voluntary
safety programs more commonly used by major passenger commercial airlines and
cargo operations. Examples include an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP),
Maintenance Safety Action Program (MSAP), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA)
Program, Flight Data Monitoring, Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA),
and an Internal Evaluation Program (IEP). In addition, Air Methods has
embraced the 2009 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations
to public Helicopter Emergency Medical Services operators, and in the last
four years has invested millions in the technology required to follow through
on these recommendations. The NTSB's recommendations included conducting
scenario-based training and the use of simulators and flight training devices;
implementing a safety management system program; installing flight data
recording devices and establishing a structured flight data monitoring
program; installing and requiring that pilots use night vision imaging systems
for visual flight rules operations at night; and equipping helicopters with

Air Methods Corporation ( 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. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance
Helicopters, Inc., which provides helicopter tours and charter flights,
primarily focusing on Grand Canyon tours. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased
or maintained aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

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