Mon, Jun 14, 2010
Canadian Company Has Ordered Ten Of The Aircraft
Ornge of Ontario, Canada, has taken delivery of the first of ten
AW139 medium twin helicopters. The helicopters are being produced
at AgustaWestland's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania production facility,
and the contract includes an option for two additional aircraft.
The helicopter is equipped with an advanced full aero-medical
interior and is the first EMS-configured AW139 in North America
featuring the Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for flights in
known icing conditions with real all weather capability. The
delivery of this aircraft, announced Friday, follows the recently
achieved TCAA Certifications for the FIPS system with EASA and FAA
Certification already achieved. The AW139 is the first helicopter
in its weight category to receive FIPS Certification.
Lou Bartolotta, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales,
North America said "We are proud to deliver the best medium twin
helicopter for emergency medical service duties to such a leading
aero-medical operator and to the benefit of the large community
they serve. The AW139 will enable Ornge to significantly enhance
its operational capabilities thanks to outstanding performance,
dedicated mission tools and a state-of-the-art de-icing system
which is a first on the world helicopter market. This ensures Ornge
will successfully accomplish the mission of saving lives even in
the most demanding weather conditions when other types would be
confined to the hangar."
"As innovators in transport medicine, Ornge is always in
pursuit of cutting-edge advances in aviation that will positively
impact our efforts to deliver excellence in patient care," said Dr.
Christopher Mazza, President and CEO of Ornge. "We believe that the
FIPS-equipped AW139 represents a major step in that advancement,
and we are proud to be the first system of our kind in North
America to take receipt of one. With greater ability to
respond to our environment through FIPS, as well as the many other
capabilities and features of the AW139, this helicopter will
provide our pilots, paramedics and patients with unparalleled
safety and operational flexibility in the sky."
Designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of
operation, the AW139 is capable of carrying up to four litters and
four medical attendants. An 282-cubic-foot cabin that is over 4.6
feet high allows medical attendants easy access to casualties.
Litter layout ranges from two to four in medevac configuration. If
cabin access to the large baggage compartment is utilized, litter
capacity can be increased to six.
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