The new helicopter will be Sikorsky's first night vision-capable S-76C++ air medical helicopter. The aircraft will be operated and maintained by EraMed, LLC. It will replace an AS-365N2 Dauphin, and is slated to be delivered in 2008.
"Boston MedFlight has an impressive record of service to the citizens of the Northeast," said Jeanne Connor-Osborne, Sikorsky Sales Manager. "We are proud that they have chosen the S-76® helicopter to fulfill their lifesaving missions."
Boston MedFlight CEO, Suzanne Wedel, added: "We give every investment at Boston MedFlight the most careful consideration, and extensive research went into selecting the right aircraft to maximize the effectiveness of our entire fleet of vehicles."
To date, more than 700 S-76 helicopters have been delivered, serving a multi-mission role that includes offshore oil, VIP including head of state, emergency medical transport, search and rescue and civil defense.
The current production version is the S-76C++ helicopter, in service since 2005. It features a glass cockpit, dual digital autopilot, superb flight controls and the best combination of speed, range and operating costs in its weight class.
Improvements on the S-76C++ helicopter over the S-76C+ aircraft include:
Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 Engines – the replacement 2S2 provides a 5-to-6 percent increase in engine ratings, 350- to 450-pound increase in Category A takeoff gross weight at sea level 90F, and a barrier filter that provides superior protection against foreign object damage (FOD) and contamination, resulting in longer time between overhaul, fewer removals and lower costs.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. The company's long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere ... every timeTM.“ United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
Boston MedFlight is a CAMTS-accredited Critical Care Transport service. Its mission is to extend the tertiary care services of the major Boston hospitals to the citizens of Massachusetts and New England. As a non-profit organization, Boston MedFlight transports patients regardless of their ability to pay. Boston MedFlight is financially supported in part by a consortium of Boston hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.