Ornge takes delivery of AugustaWestland AW139
June 16, 2010, Philadelphia, Pa. - AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Ornge of Ontario, Canada, has taken delivery of the first of ten AW139 medium twin helicopters.
By Carey Fredericks
The helicopters are being produced at AgustaWestland's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania production facility. The contract includes an option for two additional
aircraft. The helicopter is equipped with an advanced full aero-medical
interior and is the first EMS-configured AW139 in North America featuring the Full
Ice Protection System (FIPS) for flights in known icing conditions with real
all weather capability. The delivery
of this aircraft follows the recently achieved TCAA Certifications for the FIPS
system with EASA and FAA Certification already achieved. The AW139 is
the first helicopter in its weight category to receive FIPS Certification.
Lou Bartolotta, Executive
Vice President of Marketing and Sales, North America said "We are proud to
deliver the best medium twin helicopter for emergency medical service duties to
such a leading aero-medical operator and to the benefit of the large community
they serve. The AW139 will enable Ornge to significantly enhance its
operational capabilities thanks to outstanding performance, dedicated mission
tools and a state-of-the-art de-icing system which is a first on the world
helicopter market. This ensures Ornge will successfully accomplish the mission of
saving lives even in the most demanding weather conditions when other types
would be confined to the hangar."
"As innovators in transport medicine,
Ornge is always in pursuit of cutting-edge advances in aviation that will
positively impact our efforts to deliver excellence in patient care," said Dr.
Christopher Mazza, President and CEO of Ornge. "We believe that the
FIPS-equipped AW139 represents a major step in that advancement, and we are
proud to be the first system of our kind in North America to take receipt of
one. With greater ability to respond to our environment through FIPS, as
well as the many other capabilities and features of the AW139, this helicopter
will provide our pilots, paramedics and patients with unparalleled safety and
operational flexibility in the sky."
Ornge is a not-for-profit charitable
organization that coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero-medical transport
system. Ornge operates one of the largest aero medical and critical care land
transport medicine programs in North America and currently has more than 400
employees in eight areas of operation. This includes over 200 paramedics, paediatric
transport paramedics and transport medicine physicians. Ornge's expertise in
transport medicine lies in its ability to serve more than 12 million Ontarians
throughout a geographic area of 1 million square kilometres, delivering its
scope of services through comprehensive door-to-door acute care aero medical