Air Methods Corporation (AIRM), the largest provider of air medical transport services in the world, ordered a whopping 200 Bell 407GXPs on 3 March 2015. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016 with a 10 year contract.
Established in 1980 in Colorado, Air Methods is the most experienced air medical operator in the industry. The company began with a single Bell 206 helicopter and has since grown to have more than 300 bases of operations that serve 48 states. Air Methods provides air medical transportation for hospitals and communities nationwide and operates eight maintenance centers.
All of the Bell 407GXPs will be equipped with United Rotorcraft emergency medical services interior. The adaptable interior can accommodate a single patient or specialty transport, and includes the Articulating Loading System for a more easy patient loading. The interior also provides integrated medical systems such as medical oxygen, suction, air, storage, electrical power, and approved provisions for securing medical support equipment during all aspects of flight.
Derived from the Bell 407GX platform, the Bell 407GXP has an additional 50 lbs (22.5 kg) of payload capability, coupled with the new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that improves performance and fuel efficiency. The aircraft is also equipped with new avionics features and a transmission extensions that needs less maintenance.
Source: Bell Helicopter
Featured image: The Bell 407GXP has adaption really useful to the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service branche, as shown on this HAA Lifeguard flight (Image © Bell Helicopter)