AgustaWestland2009-10-27 08:26:20

Life Star Of Kansas Orders An AW119Ke

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Life Star of Kansas has signed for an AW119Ke helicopter during a ceremony at the Air Medical Transport Conference in San Jose, California, today. The helicopter will be used for medical transport and will be delivered to the customer in December of this year.

Speaking at the ceremony today, Lou Bartolotta, Executive Vice President Sales for North & South America said, "For over 20 years, Life Star has served the State of Kansas with an outstanding commitment to safe, state of the art air transport. We are pleased to have been selected by Life Star to provide an AW119Ke as the newest addition to their fleet.�

Life Star Executive Director Greg Hildenbrand said, "We selected the AW119Ke because it is the best value, best performance helicopter for our mission. The cornerstone of Life Star's mission is to provide the highest quality care in a safe manner. This aircraft allows for full-body, patient access and will be equipped with the latest safety technology, including night vision goggles, terrain and nearby aircraft warning systems, satellite tracking, weather and advanced communications. With this new platform, we will continue to fulfill our mission with expanded capability and improved performance."

The AW119Ke will be based at Freeman Field in Junction City, Kansas. Life Star is a not-for-profit corporation in business since 1988 with bases in Lawrence and Osage City, in addition to its headquarters at Forbes Field in Topeka. It operates under its own Part 135 operating certificate and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) since 1996.

The AW119Ke is a spacious 8 seat single engine helicopter developed to strengthen safety and provide high productivity and performance at a competitive price. The large unobstructed cabin permits rapid re-configuration for a variety of emergency medical services missions. The high power margins deliver outstanding performance that makes the AW119Ke the most cost effective helicopter in its class. Approximately 190 AW119Kes have been ordered by over 90 customers in almost 30 countries worldwide so far to perform a number of roles also including EMS, offshore transport, law enforcement, VIP/corporate transport, firefighting and utility.

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