Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip the helicopters with an EMS interior—including an articulating loading system—and other medical systems like oxygen, suction air and electrical power. Bell officials are playing up the company’s long-term partnership with Air Methods dating back to 1980 with the Bell 206. Air Methods is mainly an operator of Eurocopter rotorcraft (comprising around 80 percent of its fleet). In addition to the Bell 407GX purchase, the Englewood, Colo.-based firm also ordered 22 helicopters from American Eurocopter in late December.
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