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AIR METHODS DELIVERS PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE ADVANCED MEDEVAC UH-60Q BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER

 DENVER, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Methods Corp. (AMEX: ARF.EC), the nation's largest exclusive provider of sophisticated aeromedical services and systems has been instrumental in delivering the nation's first Sikorsky UH-60Q Blackhawk helicopter retrofitted with a state-of- the-art aeromedical evacuation system. This fully integrated airborne military advanced trauma life support capability was developed by Air Methods, in consultation with Active Army, Army National Guard medical evacuation units and the Surgeon General of the United States Army.
 The UH-60Q advanced Medevac helicopter was officially presented March 8, 1993 at a roll-out ceremony at the Marilyn Lloyd Army Aviation Facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The UH-60Q DUSTOFF helicopter is assigned to the Tennessee National Guard's Medevac Combat Enhanced Capability Aviation Team (CECAT) Medicl? Unit, stationed at Lovell Field in Chattanooga. The proof-of-principal medically-equipped aircraft actually completed its first flight in late January 1993 at the Lexington Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky.
 The UH-60Q Medevac aircraft was designed by Air Methods to set an entirely new, state-of-the-art standard in aeromedical transport for the military by optimizing on-board, advanced medical care. Among the new features and benefits installed in the Blackhawk helicopter which enhance enroute patient care delivery are:
 -- Improved patient litter configuration for aeromedical evacuation
 of up to nine litter or ambulatory patients.
 -- Wall-mounted litters with individual electrical lifts which
 raise, lower and tilt each of the nine individual litters for
 maximum patient access during flight.
 -- Innovative on-board oxygen-generating systems, including oxygen,
 medical air and suction distribution capabilities.
 -- Physiological monitoring devices designed to continuously
 evaluate each patient's vital signs, as well as equipment to
 control the volumetric administration of intravenous fluids under
 life-threatening conditions.
 This proof-of-principle UH-60Q Medevac helicopter will now be evaluated by the Department of the Army. The company and the Army intend to begin working in concert throughout the next several months in determining the best design from which to move forward into "type classification" preparatory to multi-unit production.
 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 43 hospitals in 13 states under 19 dedicated long-term operating agreements. The company utilizes only IFR-certified pilots and aircraft, including 26 helicopters and five 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 Roy L. Morgan of Air Methods, 303-790-0587/
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