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Life Link III to Buy Leonardo’s AW169 and AW109 Trekker Helicopters

: Nov 6, 2020 - : 4:51 am

Life Link III, an US-based EMS operato, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. Delivery is anticipated to take place in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the country and . This order marks the entry of the AW109 Trekker into the US for EMS applications.

The AW169 features a 222 cubic ft. cabin. Life Link III will have a FAA-certified EMS interior that provides 360-degree patient access essential for critical care. The helicopter can travel up to 440 nautical miles, with a top speed of 160 knots and it can climb to 14,500 feet.

The Trekker has high-end EMS capabilities in terms of its interior, performance, advanced avionics, and safety standards. The twin-engine helicopter is equipped with Night Vision Goggles (NVG), single-pilot instrument flight rules, and a customised interior built to meet Life Link III’s requirements.

This sale will increase Life Link III’s Leonardo helicopters fleet to 14 aircraft and the company will be the first to operate a mixed fleet of AW119 IFR and AW109 Trekker.  The EMS operator’s existing fleet comprises of ten AW119Kx, which have accrued more than 21,000 flight hours. In addition, in July of this year, Life Link III signed for the first IFR-certified AW119 in the civil market.

“The addition of the AW109 Trekker and AW169 will return Life Link III to instrument flight capability and further enhance our ability to deliver safe, fast, and reliable air medical transportation to the communities we serve,” said Lee McCammon, Vice President of Operations at Life Link III.

“The AW109 Trekker and AW169 will be great additions to the EMS operator’s fleet and both aircraft with their high-tech capabilities will enable Life Link III to conduct its operations safely and quickly,” said William Hunt, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters in Philadelphia.

Nearly 240 orders for AW169s have been placed by countries including Italy, the UK, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United States.

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