DENVER, Nov. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) today announced that its United Rotorcraft Division completed and delivered the first of four medically-equipped Bell 407GX helicopters to CareFlite, a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation providing medical transport across North Texas. The other three medically-equipped Bell 407GXs are anticipated to be completed and delivered to CareFlite by the end of the year.
"United Rotorcraft is honored to have earned CareFlite's trust in completing the medical interior for their four new Bell 407GXs," said Mike Slattery, President, United Rotorcraft. "We were able to leverage our unique internal Federal Aviation Administration Organization Designation Authorization status to quickly obtain Supplemental Type Certification approval for the medical interior and avionics suite and complete the work on this first unit in only 90 days."
Each Bell 407GX is equipped with United Rotorcraft's HEMS medical interior, which includes medical mounts for a ventilator, infusion pump, defibrillator, and balloon pump. The avionics suite features the Garmin G1000H flight deck, which includes high-resolution LCD screens, hosting primary flight display, and multi-function display information, as well as an Integrated Avionics System with Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology, Traffic Information Systems, and more. United Rotorcraft also modified each of the Bell 407GXs for night vision operations. The paint was custom designed per CareFlite's specifications and applied by United Rotorcraft, with the heart logo being painted in Chrome Allusion color-shifting paint.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., which provides helicopter tours and charter flights, primarily focusing on Grand Canyon tours. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Forward Looking Statements: Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are "forward-looking statements", including statements regarding anticipated completion and delivery dates, are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including those set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the Company's e-mail distribution list.
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