Air Medical Group to launch helicopter EMS venture in India

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a US provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus helicopters H130s to launch a dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India, the company said.

AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later in 2016. The new venture will primarily be run by Aviators Air Rescue management, with technical expertise and standards provided by AMGH.

The company is initially acquiring three H130s from Airbus Helicopters Inc., in Grand Prairie, Texas, which will supply the air medical helicopters on a tight delivery timeline to meet AMGH´s schedule requirements. Pilot and crew training for the new helicopters will be conducted by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie. Airbus Helicopters India will provide service and support for the aircraft in the country. AMGH and Aviators have options to acquire additional helicopters for use in this venture

The rollout of Aviators Air Rescue´s new service follows the recent release by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of regulatory guidelines for the operation of helicopter EMS in India. The new guidelines will allow the use of single-engine, dual-pilot helicopters.

Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. It transports more than 80,000 patients annually through its subsidiaries, which include three helicopter EMS providers: Med-Trans Corp, Air Evac Life Team and Reach Air Medical Services.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the US affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, a large helicopter manufacturer and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports a range of civil and parapublic helicopters.