Air Methods Fleet Now Fully Equipped With Night Vision Goggle Technology
DENVER, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today
announced its fleet of 368 air medical helicopters is fully outfitted with
night vision goggle (NVG) capability. With this milestone, Air Methods' fleet
is now the largest civilian helicopter fleet in the world to be fully
outfitted with NVG technology. NVGs enhance visibility during night transports
so crews can better detect hazards and obstructions and have greater
"Air Methods is extremely proud to have met this key safety objective," said
Aaron Todd, chief executive officer, Air Methods. "With the largest air
medical fleet in the industry, we anticipated 100 percent NVG compliance was
going to take time to complete. The team remained diligent in the effort
because we believe NVGs, coupled with our standard suite of advanced cockpit
technologies, keep our crews and patients safe during night operations and
further enhance the safety of our operations."
Installing and requiring that pilots use night vision imaging systems for
visual flight rules operations at night was an item included in the 2009
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations to public
Helicopter Emergency Medical Services operators. This accomplishment is part
of the framework of the Company's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
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. In May 2013, Air Methods successfully reached the highest level
(Level 4 continuous improvement stage) of the program.
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 in the United States. 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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