Life Flight signs for four Bell 407GXi

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Bell have announced that Life Flight Network has signed an agreement to purchase four 407GXi the new order is in addition to the 12 it ordered last year. Life Flight, which operates a fleet of 53 aircraft will be the type’s largest operator in the US Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions when the additional four helicopters join its fleet.

Life Flight Network is the United States’ largest not-for-profit air medical transport service with 27 rotor-wing bases and 10 fixed-wing bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. For over 44 years, Life Flight Network has provided ICU-level care to patients in need of emergency medical transport, supporting hospitals, EMS, local police, fire departments, and emergency responders to help ensure patients receive the highest quality care.

Commenting on the announcement Life Flight CEO Ben Clayton said, “Last year, Life Flight Network announced the order of 12 Bell 407GXi, the first two of which have already arrived. We are proud to announce the purchase agreement of four additional aircraft, The Bell 407GXi with IFR capabilities allows us to expand our performance and safety of operations to better serve our rural communities with air medical transport.”

Life Force Tennessee: new H145 for LF1 Base

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In partnership with Med-Trans Corporation, LIFE FORCE Air Medical hosted a ceremony on Tuesday to dedicate its new Airbus H145 aircraft for service in the region, based in Cleveland, Tennessee. The new aircraft which was fitted out by Metro Aviation will allow the HEMS provider to fly longer mission profiles as well as carry additional clinicians and equipment compared with the H135P2+ it will replace.
“Prior to the pandemic and certainly during it, we recognized a need in our patient populations to have the ability to transport critical care patients requiring more specialized equipment and additional personnel,” said LIFE FORCE Senior Director Robbie Tester. “Our neonatal transport teams routinely require three specialized clinicians to safely move our smallest patients.” In addition, LIFE FORCE will now have the ability to provide air transport to patients in need of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) as well as balloon pumps for patients who require cardiovascular support. The H145 is expected to be fully operational this month.