MedFlight’s New EC-130 Air Medical Helicopter

Service, Safety and Capabilities Fact Sheet

MedFlight is excited to announce that we are enhancing our helicopter fleet by introducing the new EC-130 Helicopter to serve you and your patients. The following information includes many aspects of this dynamic and cutting-edge aircraft.

Patient Care Features

•The EC-130, by design, is excellent for air medical patient transportation, allowing MedFlight to continue to perform the mission of caring for and transporting the critically ill and injured.
•The EC-130 has a much larger cabin than the A-Star and allows for full patient care access on both sides. It also allows for transport of specialized equipment including IABP.
•The EC-130 is one of the quietest air medical helicopters in operation
•The new MedFlight EC-130s will be the first air medical helicopters in the country to have an internal cabin management control system for patient oxygen, suction, air systems and lighting control.
•In addition to the crew and patient, the EC-130 will accommodate 234 pounds of medical equipment, well within MedFlight’s needed mission allocation.
•MedFlight crews maintain full capacity on board the EC-130 to care for pediatric patients. In addition, because we transport high-risk obstetrical patients, the EC-130 has full newborn resuscitation equipment.
•The EC-130 insures over 1.5 hours of flight time when pre-fueled.
*In flight air conditioning and patient crew/patient climate control in all of MedFlight’s EC-130’s.

Safety Features

•The new EC-130 fleet will come equipped with all of the NTSB recommended safety equipment.
•Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) notifies the pilot of any oncoming obstructions like hills, trees, etc.
•Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) also notifies the pilot of any other aircraft in their flight path or region.
•Night Vision Goggle Imaging System for all crew members allows for safe short- and long-view sight during dark conditions.
•The Synthetic Vision System allows the Pilot to see the ground both visually and graphically much like a real-life simulator during landing.
•Autopilot enables the pilot to automatically engage electronic flight assistance when desired.
•SAT Weather enhances real-time tracking for the pilot.
•The Wire Strike System on the aircraft prevents catastrophic events if ever needed during a wire strike.
•Light Weight Aircraft Recording System (LWARS) that records communication, engine and airframe data for quality review and tracking.
•Enclosed tail rotor system to prevent accidental strikes.
•MedFlight’s proven state-of-the-art Communications Center will be using satellite tracking and communications to assist the pilot and crew on all missions.
•While, mechanical failures are very rare, MedFlight’s EC-130s has the most cutting-edge mechanical back-up systems, just-in-case, including:
•A second hydraulic system
•A second FADEC system

General Information & Metric Facts

•MedFlight’s Air Medical Helicopters continue to be safe. MedFlight has over a 16 year history of safety excellence.
•Requestors and patients throughout Ohio will have numerous opportunities to explore the EC-130 during service area visitation days before the aircraft goes in to service.
•The single engine aircraft is just as safe as the twin engine aircraft. According to air medical industry ADAMS database, although air medical helicopter crashes are rare, in fact, 51% were twin engine fatalities/crashes compared to 49% being in single engine aircraft fatalities/crashes (see pie-chart below).





•Also, of the 20 air medical helicopter crashes between 2005 and 2009, 10 were twin engine and 10 were single engine.
•Unfortunately, most crashes are attributed to human factors, not the type of helicopter flown at that time. MedFlight has a Safety Management System (SMS) and a dedicated Safety Director with many decades of rotor wing experience to help identify threats and prevent human errors. MedFlight continues to work with Metro Aviation to integrate our two Safety Management Systems.
•Rest assured, MedFlight has vetted all aspects of helicopter safety and service capability and is proud to offer you, our crews, and your patients, an enhanced air frame built on safety and enhanced service for those you serve.

For more information about MedFlight’s safety program, clinical excellence and training, aircraft, MICU, and Dispatch Services, please send your comments or questions to Thad Turano at or find us on facebook: search word, “medflight.”