United Rotorcraft has delivered the first of four Eurocopter EC145s to OSF Aviation, LLC, Peoria, Ill., a part of OSF HealthCare. The delivery marks the first aftermarket wide area augmentation system (WAAS) certified EC145 (under FAA STC).
WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight including precision approaches. Cockpit upgrades also included the cockpit instrument panel and Storm Scope, which will indicate lightning strikes in the immediate area for additional weather avoidance and enhanced safety.
The delivery also included a first for the Next Generation machined floor that includes sealed access/inspection panels that are removable, eliminating the need to remove the entire floor during
routine inspections. The machined floor has an integrated antiskid surface that eliminates the wear and tear of antiskid tape, and the customers logo is machined into the floor to enhance program brand awareness.
The aircraft also received a next generation monitor mount system, recessed into the window wells to provide additional cabin space and enhancing patient comfort and care. The Ferno Proflexx 93H serves as the primary litter accompanied with a secondary litter kit for two patient transports, as well as an incubator solution. All are approved via FAA STC.
The aircraft and STC was completed at the United Rotorcraft facility in Englewood, Colorado and received its custom four-color paint scheme at United Rotorcrafts paint facility in Decatur, Texas. The remaining three aircraft are all slated to deliver by midsummer.
United Rotorcraft customized this interior and avionics suite to the customers unique requirements all with FAA STC approval, instead of the less robust field approval route. The added value of an STC versus field approval will benefit both the customer and our company for years to come stated Frank Graham, director of business development at United Rotorcraft.