Life Flight Network invests in safety and expands access to medical air transport with the addition of 12 new Bell 407GXi helicopters
The addition of these IFR certified Bell 407GXi helicopters will allow the program to continue to strategically position its bases to serve rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and Intermontagne West.
“Life Flight Network is delighted to add more Bell 407GXi helicopters to our fleet. The aircraft’s proven reliability and enhanced safety features allow us to be continuously ready and fulfill our mission of saving lives with state-of-the-art care and transportation. noted Ben clayton, Interim CEO.
With a range of over 400 miles and a speed of 161 miles per hour, the Bell 407GXi is able to quickly transport patients to the next level of care when they need it most. The aircraft also has a power-to-weight ratio which provides excellent performance at higher altitudes in the Life Flight Network service area. The aircraft’s large folding side door also improves the transport environment for easier and faster patient loading and a three-axis autopilot that contributes to improved safety. In addition, the 12 aircraft will be certified for instrument flight rules (IFR), which will allow a greater safety margin and additional operational capabilities.
Each Bell 407GXi will be fitted with a Spectrum Aeromed medical interior that provides the necessary equipment for ICU level care provided in transport. These planes are staffed with a certified nurse and certified flight paramedic who have the experience and training to provide an advanced scope of practice to their patients. Critical care services may include mechanical ventilation, cardiac monitoring, maintenance of hemodynamic intravenous infusions, and administration of blood products.
“Bell is proud to provide Life Flight Network with the highest performing and most technologically advanced aircraft on the market,” said Jay ortiz, Vice-President, Commercial Affairs, Americas. “The Bell 407GXi with IFR capabilities will ensure that Life Flight Network’s critical response team is able to accomplish its mission in any environment. “
For over 43 years, Life Flight Network has provided ICU level care to patients requiring emergency medical transportation. All along Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana, the company has 25 rotary wing bases, nine fixed wing bases and two neonatal and pediatric bases and operates 30 ground ambulances.
ABOUT LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK
Life Flight Network, a nonprofit aerial medical service, is accredited by the Medical Transportation Systems Accreditation Commission (CAMTS), the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA), and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) . Life Flight Network is the largest non-profit air medical transport service in United States and holds its own FAA Part 135 Operator Certificate. It provides ICU level care during air travel across the Pacific Northwest and Intermontagne West. Based at Aurora, Oregon, Life Flight Network is part of a consortium of Legacy Health, Oregon Health and Science University, Providence Health and Services, and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Life Flight Network has been named Program of the Year 2021 by the Association of Air Medical Services. For more information on Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.
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