Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts
DENVER, Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced
today that its United Rotorcraft Division has been awarded contracts totaling
up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed
customer in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete
several airframes for a variety of missions.
"United Rotorcraft is very pleased to have been awarded these unique,
international completion contracts," stated Mike Slattery, President, United
Rotorcraft. "This new business validates the capabilities and capacity of
United Rotorcraft, as well as demonstrates the confidence global markets have
in our products and company. We look forward to showcasing the breadth of our
capabilities through successful completion of these agreements."
United Rotorcraft will reconfigure four Bell 430 aircraft for the Ecuadorian
Navy. Two helicopters will be converted from a dedicated EMS configuration to
a search and rescue configuration. The aircraft will be outfitted with new EMS
interiors, external hoists,sliding doors, cargo hooks, bambi bucket kits, and
a wide arrangement of avionics, tactical radios, satellite communications, and
new paint. Two other helicopters will be modified in country to integrate
downward looking SAR radars and thermal imaging systems. Additionally, United
Rotorcraft will performan EMS completion, satellite communications
installation, and paint for the Ecuadorian Navy's King Air B350 fixed-wing
aircraft.All work will be completed in this fiscal year.
The second contract is with AgustaWestland to design, manufacture, and
European Aviation Safety Agency-approve three EMS interiors of an AW169
twin-engine helicopter for the Dubai Air Wing/Dubai Police/EMS slated for
completion July 2015. With interior design collaboration from Dubai Air Wing,
the EMS interior will include the United Rotorcraft Translating Patient
Loading System, seating to accommodate six occupants in the main cabin, plus
pilots, a customized medical cabinet, and provisions for securing medical
support equipment. The interior will be a "quick change" design so that the
operator can reconfigure the aircraft to Airborne Law Enforcement and
high-density seating for eight occupants in main cabin plus pilots.
The third contract shipping in March 2014 is for a Middle Eastern customer
operating the S70i (UH-60 Blackhawk) helicopter. United Rotorcraft will
provide two Multi-Patient Stacking System (MPSS) kits for the operator's S70
Blackhawks in support of MEDEVAC missions.Each MPSS will equip the S70's with
a light weight stacking litter system capable of transporting up to four
critical patients, an integrated seating system for four during ambulatory
transports, and advanced life saving capabilities such as oxygen storage and
115A/C power outlets for charging or powering carry-on equipment throughout
the mission.In addition, each MPSS includes two multi-function crew seats for
medical technicians or other crew members as the mission dictates.This will
be the first sale for United Rotorcraft of the MPSS into the Middle East.
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. The United
Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical
and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance
Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provides helicopter
tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii,
respectively. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft
features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Please contact Christina Brodsly at (303) 256-4122 to be included on the
Company's e-mail distribution list.
CONTACT: Trent J. Carman, Chief Financial Officer
Air Methods Corporation
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.