Aircraft

AirCare 1 EC-145

aircare-1-ec-145.jpgThe 2010 model American Eurocopter EC145 is the civilian variant of the U.S. Army's Lakota (UH-72A), which is currently produced at Eurocopter's facility in Columbus, Miss.

  • Aircraft maximum gross weight: 7,880 lbs.
  • Cruise speed: 133 kts. (160 MPH)
  • Useful load: 5,218 lbs. (fuel, equipment, Pilot/RN/Paramedic/2 patients). Seating capacity allows for support of observer program for medical residents and students to learn about aeromedical transport.
  • Instrument flight capability: 3 axis autopilot, 2 GPS satellite navigation systems. Two-way satellite communication equipment. Satellite weather systems and active onboard color weather radar systems. Terrain and ground proximity radar systems. Night vision-friendly interior lighting.
  • Night vision goggles are worn by the pilot and medical crew during all night operations.
  • Capability to transport two patients. Stretcher weight limit - 500 lbs.

Onboard medical equipment/capabilities

  • Two oxygen and medical air sources
  • Two suction units
  • Extensive list of medications for the critical care setting
  • LTV-1200 Ventilator
  • Three-channel IV pumps
  • Phillips HeartStart MRx monitor
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Neonatal isolette / nitric oxide therapy
  • O-negative packed red blood cells for emergency transfusions
  • Peripheral arterial line insertion / monitoring
  • RSI intubation / emergency airway devices
  • Portable ultrasound for FAST exam of trauma patients