Helicopter Fleet Information
PennSTAR currently operates six aircrafts to support our diverse missions. Below is more information on the unique capabilities of each helicopter:
American Eurocopter EC-145
The EC145 is at the top of its class in the medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter category. Since its introduction into the U.S. marketplace, the EC145 has established itself as a multi-mission leader. It is the undisputed platform of choice in the air medical services sector, while also demonstrating its off-shore capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico and service with the U.S. Army in the militarized Light Utility Helicopter version. Equipped with twin Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 engines that ensure a fast cruise speed of 133 kts. and a service ceiling of 17,200 ft., the EC145 has the "dash" capability for emergency airlift missions when minutes often mean the difference between life and death. The rugged Arriel powerplants guarantee reliable flight performance in temperatures ranging from -45 to +50 degrees Celsius.
American Eurocopter EC-135
This modern air ambulance from American Eurocopter is one of the safest helicopters in the world. A state-of-the-art cockpit features color weather radar, dual global positioning systems (GPS), LCD multi-function display panels, night vision goggle (NVG) technology, real-time satellite tracking, single pilot instrument flight rules (SPIFR), Terrain Awareness Warning systems (TAWS), three moving map displays and a traffic collision avoidance system.
American Eurocopter BK-117
The American Eurocopter BK-117 features two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turbine engines and is one of the most versatile medium twin engine helicopters in the world. Its compact design allows for navigation in and out of tight landing zones — making the BK-117 ideal for intensive care patient transport flights, search and rescue operations and disaster evacuation missions. It may also be used for secondary emergency medical services, such as inter-hospital transport of patients, vital medicines and emergency equipment. The BK-117's rugged construction and layout was designed in cooperation with rescue helicopter operations and their medical crews, and is based on thousands of successful rescue missions. A large, continuous cabin provides enough room for two patients, three medical attendants and two pilots.