Raised AMTC2022: AW609 EMS and AW169 mockup
Leonardo is back at AMTC, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) annual trade show that focuses on the latest technologies and the most innovative products and services for the medical transport industry. This year’s expo, called AMTC2022 Elevated, is taking place on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Tampa from October 24-26.
The participants are emergency medicine and intensive care professionals from air and ground medical transport services: doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, pilots, Part 135 operators and aircraft manufacturers.
In addition to providing the opportunity to come together with other community stakeholders to share thoughts and perspectives on the many challenges faced by critical care transport providers, Leonardo’s presence at AMTC will highlight featured the EMS mockup of the AW609, as well as a static display of an AW169 in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) configuration.
In the North American EMS market, Leonardo has a fleet of over 100 helicopters, including AW119, AW109, AW169 and AW139, and worldwide there are over 650 Leonardo search and rescue and emergency medical services, saving lives every day in more than 50 countries. .
The AW609 EMS interior model
The Leonardo stand will present an EMS model of the AW609. The AW609 equipped medical cabin can accommodate up to five medical crew members and a patient on a stretcher. The smooth, low-vibration flight profile and pressurized cabin, capable of pressurizing at sea level, allows a higher level of life-saving care to be administered if required. Flying twice as fast as conventional helicopters, the AW609 doubles the range of the critical “golden hour”, the period of time when there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical and surgical treatment will prevent death, while its long reach allows direct patient or organ transfer between hospitals, greatly reducing the number of loading and unloading cycles.
The AW169 launch at AMTC
Leonardo will present on static display an AW169 in EMS configuration, which will be operated by Life Link III.
Life Link III is a Minnesota and Wisconsin EMS operator that provides in-flight critical care and transports patients across the Upper Midwest of the United States, through its mixed fleet of 15 helicopters across AW169, AW119Kx, AW119 IFR and AW109 Trekker.
With more than 130 helicopters in service in 25 countries and more than 300 orders worldwide, the AW169 is the next generation helicopter, also designed for EMS missions, whose presence in the American EMS market is growing with multiple carriers in different states.
The AW169 offers best-in-class cabin volume, with flexible interior layouts designed to provide 360° patient accessibility essential for critical care. The AW169 can transport two patients and provide medical personnel, in addition to intensive care equipment. Wide doors provide easy access to the cabin and a separate luggage compartment is large enough to accommodate additional equipment and stretchers.
The aircraft also features unparalleled PC1-CAT.A performance and a unique Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode, allowing key cabin systems to remain “powered” even with the rotors stopped. Thanks to the recent aerodynamic improvements, the new version of the basic avionics software of phases 7 and 8 and the performance increase packages introduced on the aircraft from the end of 2021, the AW169 is the helicopter model with the Best power to weight ratio in its class. Additionally, the AW169 also offers operators the three landing gear options, retractable or fixed landing gear, skids. The AW169 stands out in the EMS market and will stand out at AMTC.