AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho has signed a contract for two AW119Kx helicopters to support EMS operations in the Northwest United States. The two AW119Kx will join an AW109 Power already in service, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft.
“Summit Air Ambulance has proven time and again to be a reliable and efficient provider of critical care transport, and it is with great pride we announce they are continuing their relationship with AgustaWestland by adding two AW119Kx helicopters to their fleet,” said Robert Brant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America. “The technological upgrades introduced in the AW119Kx will allow Summit Air Ambulance to safely conduct lifesaving EMS missions in the communities they operate.”
Unveiled in October 2012, the AW119Kx is the latest evolution of the proven AW119 single engine helicopter which features the Garmin G1000HTM integrated flight deck system while keeping the AW119’s outstanding performance, cabin space and payload. The new avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced pilot situational awareness and safety.
Nearly 240 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in more than 30 countries by over 100 customers. The new AW119Kx, like the AW119Ke, is perfectly suited to perform many roles including EMS, VIP/corporate transport, utility, fire-fighting, law enforcement and government duties.
The aircraft will be assembled and completed with aeromedical interiors at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility with deliveries set to begin in late 2014.
Summit Air Ambulance is a proven regional leader in working with government agencies, hospitals and healthcare systems to develop solutions specific to local needs. The company is firmly committed to helping from a network of coordinated teams linking a region’s tertiary care centers, community hospitals, critical access hospitals and first responders. Summit’s home office, communications center, and maintenance facility are located in Caldwell, Idaho. The company currently operates fixed-wing and/or helicopter bases in Bozeman, Montana; Elko, Nevada; and Reno, Nevada.