EagleMed to Integrate New Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System


 
 

| Thursday, June 5, 2014


Wichita, Kan.– EagleMed LLC critical care air transport company has begun flying its first Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS 2-axis autopilot and stability augmentation system on one of its medically-equipped Eurocopters. EagleMed’s entire fleet of based Eurocopter AS350 helicopters will receive the system over the next three years.

The HeliSAS stability augmentation system provides stability and ease of handling. This reduces pilot workload while providing precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or shifts in weight.

“The HeliSAS 2-axis autopilot and stability augmentation system has a number of safety-related attributes that will enhance our daily rotor wing flight operations,” EagleMed President Larry Bugg said.

The attitude stabilization and force feel features of the new system enhance handling characteristics and mitigate inadvertent cyclic control inputs that could result in dangerous attitudes. The HeliSas system's two-axis autopilot allows for heading and navigation hold as well as vertical speed and altitude hold.

Safety Focus

EagleMed is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS), which is the gold standard for patient care and safety across the operational spectrum of air medical transport services. EagleMed is one of only two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 charter certificate holders in the FAA Central Region to achieve Safety Management System (SMS) Level 2 distinction. Additionally, EagleMed received the ARGUS International, Inc. Gold Rating based on pilot qualifications and a comprehensive on-site safety audit of its aviation and maintenance operations.

Recognized as a leader in the industry, EagleMed received the 2013 Chairman’s Award and the 2010 President’s Award for Leadership and Safety from the Association of Air Medical Services. EagleMed also received the 2011 Safety Award from the Helicopter Association International, Best Practice in Just Culture from CAMTS; and the 2012 Pilot of the Year Award from the National EMS Pilots Association.

Advanced Training

EagleMed’s experienced and proficient team of commercial instrument rated rotor and Airline Transport Pilot rated fixed wing pilots undergo extensive hands-on training every four months to include FlightSafety International simulation training. EagleMed’s expert staff of critical care paramedics and Certified Flight Registered Nurses has advanced training in pediatric and adult care and utilize METIman Human Patient Simulators (adult, pediatric, and infant) to maintain the highest level of competency and proficiency.

About Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems' Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of fixed wing autopilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of many more operators.

About EagleMed LLC

EagleMed LLC, headquartered in Wichita, Kan., is a privately owned and operated critical care air medical and ground transport service. A subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc., EagleMed has provided safe, world-class patient care to patients and communities in the Midwest for more than 30 years. EagleMed has more than 400 highly trained employees and operates an extensive fleet of 14 medically equipped Eurocopter AS350 B2/B3 helicopters, 20 Beechcraft King Air fixed-wing aircraft, and six ground ambulances in 14 States. For more info go to flyeaglemed.com.

About AirMedCare

EagleMed is a membership-supported air ambulance service that is part of the AirMedCare Network. AirMedCare is America’s largest air medical transport membership network, providing emergency access to the highest levels of care for its 1.5 million subscribers. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators: EagleMed, REACH, Air Evac Lifeteam and Med-Trans Corporation. For more information about memberships, visit joineaglemed.com.

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