Monday, August 13, 2012

New U of M Helicopters

New helicopters mark new era for U-M Health System's Survival Flight

Three new maize-and-blue American Eurocopter 155s – the first to be put into emergency medical service in the U.S. -- replace iconic Bell 430s

Photo Credit: American Eurocopter
One of the three new Survival Flight helicopters in action, with its retractable wheels getting ready to touch down.
Three new maize-and-blue helicopters will soon be saving lives in the air above the Great Lakes states, and speeding patients toward advanced care at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals.
The arrival of three newAmerican Eurocopter 155helicopters marks the beginning of a new era for the 29-year-old U-M Survival Flight  program, which was the first medical flight service in Michigan. The first one entered service Friday afternoon.

The Health System chose the new aircraft to replace three Bell 430 helicopters that have been icons since 1998. More than 10,000 critically ill and injured patients and donated organs for transplant have passed through their cabin doors, each flight carrying a unique story of pain and hope. Together, they have flown the distance to the moon and back several times.

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