AMTC 09—highlights from air medical show held Oct 26–28 at San Jose Convention Ctr

American Eurocopter delivered an EC145 to Cook Children’s Medical Center of Dallas TX in late August and celebrated the event at AMTC. (L–R) American Eurocopter Air Medical Marketing Mgr Terri Ragsdale and Pres & CEO Marc Paganini, Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport Program Dir Jack Sosebee, Cook Children’s Hospital staff members Frank Milano, Trona Milano, Deana McLelland, Deborah Boudreaux and Eric Ritzie, American Eurocopter Regional Marketing Mgr John Byus and VP Sales, Marketing and Customer Support Larry Roberts.

Life Star of Kansas ordered an Agusta­Westand AW119Ke for delivery in December. Agusta­Westland Exec VP Sales for North and South America Lou Bartolotta (L) with Life Star Exec Dir Greg Hildenbrand.

STAT MedEvac of West Mifflin PA ordered an additional Euro­copter EC135 for 2010 delivery. At present STAT MedEvac operates 15 EC135s and 6 EC­145s. (L–R) American Eurocopter Pres & CEO Marc Paganini presents EC135 model to STAT MedEvac Dir Field Ops Thomas Liebman and Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania Pres & CEO Douglas Garretson.

Metro Aviation Pres Mike Stanberry received the Jim Charlson Award for his contributions to aviation and aviation safety. (L–R) Stanberry, Jim Charlson’s son Ken, Eurocopter VP of Marketing Brenda Reuland and AAMS Pres Sandy Kinkade. The Jim Charlson Award is sponsored by American Eurocopter.

Sikorsky has delivered a new VIP S76C++ to the Royal Travel Office for use by Britain’s Royal Household. It entered service in September. The manufacturer says the new helicopter will provide the Royal Family with high-quality efficient travel service, providing “a quiet and comfortable cabin environment and low carbon footprint.”

AgustaWestland recently delivered 2 AW­139 medium twin helicopters to the South Korean Coast Guard. They will be used for maritime patrol, search-and-rescue (SAR) and emergency medical service (EMS). The AW139s add to the Gangwon Fire Fighting Dept’s AW139 already in service. The manufacturer also signed a contract recently for 1 AW119Ke for the Korea National Police. This adds to the existing 24 Super Lynx and 2 AW109s operating in South Korea. AgustaWestland recently authorized United Intl Helicopters as its official service center to support its growing operations in Korea.

FAA recently released certification standards for helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS). Honeywell’s Mark XXI and XXII helicopter EGPWS are the first to receive approval that meets the new standard. The systems are engineered specifically for rotary-wing operation and helicopter flight characteristics and address the challenges of traffic, terrain and weather, helping to ensure safe flight and guard against CFIT, weather-related hazards, and collisions with obstacles and other aircraft.

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has received FAA Part 141 approval for NVG initial, recurrent and instructor pilot courses. These courses are offered as part of NFC’s Turn Green Turn Key training package. Since 2006 NFC and Palm Beach Helicopters have combined their experience to offer night vision flight instruction.