Air Methods

February 25, 2014 - 9:40am
Archie Gray, Air Methods senior vice president of aviation services, will be honored at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards with Bell’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In his position as senior vice president of aviation services of Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods, a job that covers flight operations, technical services and training, Archie Gray is responsible for managing about half of the company’s approximately 4,000 employees.

February 25, 2014 - 9:15am
Howard Ragsdale, senior v-p of business development for Air Methods, will be honored with the Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award for his lifetime dedication to air medical services.

Howard Ragsdale, senior vice president of business development for Denver-based Air Methods and this year’s winner of the Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award, has spent most of his aviation career in air medical operations. Along with Archie Gray, senior vice president of aviation services, he is one of two long-time employees of Air Methods to receive an HAI Salute to Excellence Award this year. The “Golden Hour,” of course, refers to the period of time after a person has been severely injured during which, if given medical care, he or she has the greatest chance of survival.

February 22, 2014 - 9:30am
Helicopter and fixed-wing EMS continue to be the core of Air Methods’s business. The company transported 114,000 patients in 2012.

Air Methods, the largest helicopter EMS operator in the U.S., is expanding its international operations, growing its heli-tourism division and has expanded its fixed-wing operations into jet ambulances.

February 6, 2014 - 3:10am

Bell Helicopter announced last month that it has reached a deal with Air Medical Group Holdings, the parent of helicopter EMS company Air Evac EMS, for 20 new Bell 206L-4 singles to be delivered between this year and 2017. The helicopters will be used to refresh and expand the fleet, according to Air Evac president Seth Myers. Air Evac’s Lifeteam currently operates more than 130 Bell 206 LongRangers and is the second-largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S., behind Air Methods, with 115 bases in 15 states.

January 14, 2014 - 2:25pm

Bell Helicopter announced today that Air Medical Group Holdings, the parent of helicopter EMS company Air Evac EMS, placed a firm order for 20 new Bell 206L-4 singles to be delivered between this year and 2017. The helicopters will be used to refresh and expand the fleet, according to Air Evac president Seth Myers. Air Evac’s Lifeteam currently operates more than 130 Bell 206 LongRangers and is the second-largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S., behind Air Methods, with 115 bases in 15 states.

January 2, 2014 - 5:00am
Air-tour operator Blue Hawaiian flies its 24-strong Eurocopter fleet on five of the state’s six islands.

The largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S. is continuing its foray into the air-tour business. Air Methods has acquired Blue Hawaiian helicopters for an undisclosed sum. Blue Hawaiian flies a mixed fleet of 24 Eurocopter EC130s and AS350s and operates tours on five of Hawaii’s six islands. Last year it posted revenues of $47 million.

November 26, 2013 - 3:23pm

Air Methods, the largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S., continued its foray into the air-tour business last week when it signed an agreement to acquire Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for an undisclosed sum. Blue Hawaiian operates a mixed fleet of 24 Eurocopter EC130s and AS350s and operates tours on five of Hawaii’s six islands. Blue Hawaiian posted revenues of $47 million in 2012.

May 2, 2013 - 1:10am
The price and performance of the Pilatus PC-12 are making it an increasingly popular  alternative to or supplement for helicopters  in air ambulance operations.

The Pilatus PC-12 turboprop single is gaining ground as a cost-effective alternative to helicopter air ambulances.

April 29, 2013 - 3:55pm

Bad weather, fewer patient transports and a higher percentage of uninsured patients combined to create a surprise loss during the first quarter at Air Methods, the largest air ambulance provider in the U.S. CEO Aaron Todd hinted that the downturn was just temporary.

March 5, 2013 - 9:26pm
Eurocopter EC135T3/P3

At Heli-Expo yesterday, Eurocopter introduced a new model intended to help maintain its market position, the EC135T3/P3, which is making its debut here. The company reported a 15-percent growth in revenues in 2012 despite a decrease in deliveries over 2011.

 
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