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AIR METHODS RECEIVES PILOT TRAINING AWARD FROM THE U.S. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

 DENVER, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: AIRM), the nation's largest exclusive provider of air medical services and systems, today announced its receipt of a pilot training contract from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this connection, the company has agreed to provide Bell 222 training for FAA personnel. This training will complement the significant in-house programs Air Methods provides for its more than 130 IFR pilots. Air Methods is the nation's largest exclusive operator of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certified aircraft in the air medical transport industry. Furthermore, the company is the largest operator of IFR Bell 222 helicopters in North America.
 The Bell 222 single pilot IFR certified helicopter is a twin engine, medium sized helicopter, capable of transporting two patients, one IFR-certified pilot and three medical professionals and is used by the company to provide rapid air medical transportation services to hospitals throughout the United States. This contract will also allow the company to accelerate its training of significantly more IFR pilots as the company expands its air medical operations through the use of Bell 222 helicopters. While the amount of the training contract was not disclosed, the award will have a positive impact upon the company's operating revenues and overall profitability.
 Air Methods is the largest exclusive provider of state-of-the-art emergency air medical transportation systems and services to hospitals throughout the United States. Air Methods now serves 48 hospitals located in 13 states under 20 dedicated, long-term operating service agreements. The company utilizes only IFR- certified pilots and aircraft, including 30 helicopters and four airplanes, to perform these services. In addition, Air Methods offers completely integrated airborne medical systems for administering intensive care to patients while flying to a trauma center or a tertiary care facility, either from outlying hospitals or the scene of an accident.
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 /CONTACT: W. Terrance Schreier or William H. Critchfield of Air Methods, 303-790-0587/
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