WICHITA — EagleMed air ambulance announced it has leveraged technology to further enhance its safety and service capabilities while conducting night rotor wing air medical operations.
In 2010, EagleMed began the process of retrofitting their fleet of Eurocopter AS350 B2 rotor wing aircraft, and training pilots and medical crew members to conduct Night Vision Goggle operations. On Monday the company announced it had completed the project and reached the goal of 100 percent NVG implementation across the Kansas and Oklahoma rotor wing fleet. EagleMed is the first air medical transport provider based in Kansas to fully implement this advanced technology.
Larry Bugg, president of EagleMed, stated, "NVGs represent one of the most proactive state-of-the-art technologies available to enhance the safety of night rotor wing air medical operations. This achievement is a significant milestone for EagleMed and represents our ongoing commitment to the safety of our employees, partners, and the patients we serve."
"All of our pilots and medical crew members are absolutely thrilled with the goggles, which provide a greater margin of safety while conducting night flight operations," said Andy Faletto, director of operations for EagleMed. "The NVGs we employ are the latest generation technology and tremendously increase the situational awareness of our pilots and medical crew by giving us the ability to better see at night."
EagleMed LLC is a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) accredited critical care transport service corporately based in Wichita. A subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings Inc. ("AMGH") since August 2009, EagleMed began serving patients and communities throughout the Midwestern United States in 1981.
Today, EagleMed has approximately 300 employees and operates a total of 20 medically equipped fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft throughout the Midwest.