AgustaWestland2008-10-29 19:21:40

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Accepts First of Two AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) based in Alberta, Canada has accepted the first of two AW139 medium twin helicopters. The aircraft is equipped with custom medical interiors providing care and capacity for two patients in addition to medical personnel. The new aircraft will be mission ready in early 2009. STARS is a non-profit charity dedicated to providing rapid airborne intensive care to the critically ill and injured. The addition of the AW139 to the STARS fleet will provide enough fuel for 3 flight hours at 173 miles per hour. The craft can cover an area of 200,000 square miles. STARS is on call 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie and currently services approximately 94 per cent of Alberta's population as well as eastern British Columbia.

The AW139 is designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation capable of carrying up to 15 passengers or up to four litters and six medical attendants, in the most spacious cabin and with the best power reserve of any other helicopter in the medium twin-engine class. The internal dimensions of the large and unobstructed AW139 cabin make it an ideal choice for EMS and SAR applications. The flat floor and ceiling provide maximum cabin space and easy reconfiguration. An eight cubic meter cabin that is 1.42 meters high allows medical attendants easy access to casualties. Litter layout ranges from two to four in medevac configuration. The AW139 is the fastest helicopter in its class with a maximum cruise speed of 167 knots and has outstanding performance, even in hot and high conditions, thanks to the two powerful P&W PT6C-67C engines.

More than 380 AW139 helicopters have been ordered so far by over 100 customers in over 40 countries to perform various roles including EMS, search and rescue, offshore transport, VIP/Corporate transport, law enforcement, fire fighting and utility.

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