H130 lightweight medical interior receives STC

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LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced on 11 October that it has been granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) by the US Federal Aviation Administration to equip Airbus H130 aircraft with a lightweight medical interior. The firm said the modular system can be easily reconfigured, modified or removed from the helicopter in two hours after initial installation. It includes a MedPak Advanced Life Support (ALS) services module in the baggage compartment including oxygen, vacuum, and compressed air; a MedDeck rotating stretcher system; and electrical outlets and USB ports for carry-on equipment. The system uses the seat track, so that the co-pilot seat can be re-installed when the stretcher system is removed. LifePort said the interior can accommodate patient stretchers or incubators, and weighs in at some 100 pounds (45 kg) less than alternate systems.

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