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AMS Heli Design, LLC has announced the delivery of two Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters outfitted with the AMS Heli Design lightweight EMS interior to South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (SARCAMS).
The helicopters, formerly operated by REACH Helicopter, have been retrofitted with AMS Heli Design’s new lightweight EMS interior at the company’s hangar facility in Denison, Texas, and included a number of additional services such as structural repairs from the removed interiors, periodic maintenance, disassembly for overseas transport, and containerized delivery.
The outcome is significant weight saving of 103 pounds, while at the same time offering additional equipment options such as a 35 percent more capable oxygen bottle and an articulating stretcher offering improved patient handling.
SARCAMS is a non-profit organization that provides both fixed- and rotary-wing aero-medical services along with helicopter external load operations and health outreach support services to communities in both rural and urban areas across South Africa.
SARCAMS, in adding the additional AW119Kx helicopters to its fleet, chose to fit the lightweight FAA STC’d AMS Heli Design EMS interior since it is a good fit for the organizations operational requirements — in terms of a multi-role helicopter platform conducting both air ambulance and external load operations from coastal to hot and high areas.
“I was grateful to receive this challenge since I know the value of our kit,” said Andrea Girolin CEO of AMS Heli Design. “It adds incomparable operational advantages through the seat allocation and articulating stretcher, and the weight saving is amazing thanks to the use of new materials and interior arrangements.”