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First medically configured EAGLE 407HP delivered
Calgary, Canada-based helicopter fleet support company Eagle Copters has announced that it has made the first successful conversion of a medically configured Bell 407 to an Eagle 407HP.
The helicopter is owned by AirLife Denver and its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) part 135 operator, Air Methods. Eagle Copters said that the conversion will bring increased performance and reliability, especially in high altitude environments.
“Being the first air medical operator to configure to the Eagle 407HP is a significant milestone for AirLife, but more importantly for the communities and patients that we serve,” said Brian Leonard, Director of Business Development for AirLife Denver.
The Eagle 407HP features a Honeywell HTS900 engine with a dual centrifugal compressor, cooled turbine blades and nozzles, and a Dual Channel FADEC, says the company. It gives the aircraft increased payload capabilities, saves fuel and increases performance in hot and high conditions. So far, 18 of the aircraft have gained a total of 6,000 flight hours.
“On behalf of Eagle Copters, we appreciate AirLife Denver’s foresight in being the launch customer for the Eagle 407HP in the air medical community,” said Barry Kohler, President and CEO of Eagle Copters. “We are confident that the additional power margin and payload increase is essential for air medical operators with missions in hot and high conditions. Eagle Copters looks forward to working with operators in the air medical sector to continually increase the safety and performance of its operations.”
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