DENVER, May 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that it has received U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) approval to continue participation in the DOD Air Transport Program. Conducted by the DOD Commercial Airlift Division, the CARB audit continuously monitors and oversees commercial air carriers that perform air transport for the DOD. The DOD's CAD survey and analysis office extensively examined all areas of the Company, including safety, flight operations, maintenance, and quality. Air Methods has continuously held CARB approval since 2009, and currently supports air medical, personnel transport, and hoist operations at several military bases throughout the country. "Air Methods is extremely proud of this accomplishment and we look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. military to transport military personnel during medical emergencies," said Aaron Todd, chief executive officer, Air Methods. "This achievement, along with reaching the highest level in the Federal Aviation Administration's voluntary Safety Management System program, are both outstanding testaments from U.S. federal agencies that our safety and quality initiatives are making a difference." 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 for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. 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. Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the Company's e-mail distribution list.
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