Mayo Health System’s air arm will add an EC145 to its medevac fleet of three BK117s this year. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Medical Transport is leasing the new aircraft from American Eurocopter.
Mayo Medical Transport’s Mayo One helicopters serve patients over a wide swath of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nearly all of Iowa and Wisconsin are served by Mayo helicopters based in Rochester and Mankato, Minn.
The outfit’s number of calls has been up lately, although "there’s no rhyme or reason as to why," said Paul Drucker, the organization’s director of air operations.
Air Methods is slated to complete the EC145 and deliver it by about August. The aircraft will have dual GPS and autopilot and be equipped for single-pilot IFR. On-board systems are to include a Honeywell Mark XXI terrain-awareness warning system, an L3 Communications SkyWatch 497 traffic-alert/collision-awareness system, a Garmin GDL69 satellite weather radar and Garmin GWX69 weather radar.
The EC145 will be based out of Rochester.