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HealthNet Aeromedical Services Strengthens Fleet with Purchase of New Helicopter

HealthNet Aeromedical Services Strengthens Fleet with Purchase of New Helicopter

CHARLESTON - HealthNet Aeromedical Services has signed a purchase agreement for an EC145e helicopter from Metro Aviation as part of the program’s latest fleet expansion. Metro expects to deliver the new aircraft in the summer of 2020.

“HealthNet Aeromedical Services and our sponsoring academic medical centers are proud to partner with Metro Aviation and Airbus on this important project,” said HealthNet Aeromedical Services CEO and President Clinton Burley. “Throughout our 32 years of service, a hallmark of this program has been ongoing enhancements of our fleet. This is exemplified in this purchase as the EC145e allows us to continually improve our mission profile.”

HealthNet Aeromedical Services turned to the EC145e for its advanced avionics and spacious cabin. In addition to a Metro Aviation medical interior, the aircraft will have the Outerlink IRIS system on board. IRIS capabilities include advanced aircraft data and tracking reporting and live EKG data transmissions.

“CAMC is proud to be the largest health care provider in southern West Virginia,” said Dave Ramsey, CEO, Charleston Area Medical Center. “CAMC’s support is a continuation of the commitment to the areas we serve.”

“The EC145e is now IFR-capable and a perfect fit for the HealthNet Aeromedical Services mission,” said Metro President Mike Stanberry. “The new system delivers more performance at a lighter weight and lower cost than anything currently on the market, and the large airframe cabin allows the space needed for specialized medical crews to provide the absolute best patient care.”

The aircraft will be stationed in Beckley, WV, replacing the current EC135 servicing Charleston Area Medical Center.

The EC145e will join HealthNet Aeromedical Services’ current Airbus-exclusive fleet, consisting of one EC145, five EC135s and six EC130s.