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AIR METHODS CORP. ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF FIRST PROTOTYPE MODEL BELL 430, THE MEDICAL HELICOPTER OF THE FUTURE

 Agreement to Acquire First Production Order Bell 430 Helicopter
 Scheduled for 1995 Delivery to Feature Company's Proprietary,
 State-of-the-Art, Medical Intensive Care Interior
 ST. LOUIS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: AIRM), the nation's largest exclusive provider of air medical services and systems, today announced its agreement in principle to purchase the first production model of the Bell 430 helicopter available anywhere in the world. This announcement was made in connection with the industry's annual convention, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Conference, currently being held in St. Louis.
 The Bell 430, an intermediate size helicopter, features twin-engine reliability and includes an innovative four bladed rotor system, as well as increased cabin capacity. The company will develop a proprietary medical intensive care interior particularly designed for this aircraft, rendering it an airborne intensive care unit. This aircraft, complete with the company's dedicated state-of-the-art, medical interior, will be the premier air medical helicopter of the future. This highly sophisticated medical intensive care unit will feature next generation medical-technology components and ergonomic designs which have distinguished all Air Methods interiors. This helicopter will be marketed for use in the United States and throughout the world, jointly by the company and Bell Helicopter Inc. of Mirabel, Canada, and Fort Worth, Texas.
 This new helicopter will utilize Allison 250-C40 twin engines, will feature a "stretch" version of the proven Bell 222/230 airframe and may be equipped with wheels or skids. Its advanced rotor system design will allow greater aircraft performance and faster speeds in hot, high density altitude, flying conditions essential to demanding EMS flight operations where mission readiness and capability are never compromised.
 Air Methods Corp. 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 54 hospitals located in 14 states under 21 dedicated, long-term operating service agreements. The company utilizes only IFR-certified pilots and aircraft, including 30 helicopters and 12 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, chairman & CEO of Air Methods, 303-790-0587; or Malcolm McGuire of CCRI, 800-828-0406/
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CO: Air Methods Corp.; Bell Helicopter Inc. ST: Missouri, Colorado IN: HEA AIR SU: PDT TNM

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