Midwest MedAir’s choice of aircraft is the Airbus EC135 Single Pilot IFR certified twin-engine helicopter. The aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and navigation equipment. When it comes to safety, our aircraft is equipped with HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness System) and an Autopilot. It is also equipped with TCAS (Traffic Avoidance Awareness System) and a radar altimeter. TCAS notifies the pilot if another aircraft is getting close and a radar altimeter gives the pilot their accurate altitude above the ground (AGL).
In addition, color weather is depicted on the GPS as well as the Multi-Function Display. The aircraft is outfitted with Sky connect (Satellite Helicopter Tracking) and medical radios that allow our pilots to communicate on UHF / VHF and Low band frequencies with local EMS/FIRE as well as Air Traffic.
The aircraft has a maximum speed (VNE) of 155 knots or 178 MPH and a maximum cruising altitude of 20,000 feet PA. Normal range for this helicopter is approximately 300 miles.
Medically, the aircraft is equipped similar to an Emergency Room, offering the ability to provide critical care to any patient, in any mode of flight.