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A North Carolina hospital has begun replacing its fleet of helicopters with new twin-engine Airbus Helicopters H135s.
AirCare, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's critical-care transport service, will see three of the new helicopters this week, according to a hospital press release. The helicopters will provide increased speed, ability to carry more weight and fly using instrument flight rules.
Metro Aviation will be operating and maintaining the aircraft. The H135s are replacing an older Airbus EC135, EC130 B4 and EC 130 T2.
The air unit currently serves North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. With these new helicopters, it will be the first air medical service in North Carolina and Virginia to provide whole blood products for blood transfusions, the release said.