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AIR METHODS GAINS KEY FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION APPROVALS

 AIR METHODS GAINS KEY FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION APPROVALS
 DENVER, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has formally approved a request by Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ: AIRM) to complete the medical interiors of the Bell 412 helicopter and Learjet models 35 and 35A with life-saving medical equipment systems. This favorable governmental action now permits Air Methods to expand its previously received FAA authorization, allowing it to market individual parts, sub-assemblies, as well as complete medical interior systems, to domestic and international customers. The FAA approvals follow a comprehensive two-year research and development effort recently completed by Air Methods.
 By operating as the known quality provider of emergency air medical transportation services throughout North America, Air Methods will now utilize its proprietary technology in the design and completion of medical intensive care unit (ICU) interiors for sophisticated aircraft employed in the transportation of critical care patients throughout America and internationally. For example, the company has begun a series of international deliveries of Air Methods- designed and installed ICU medical interiors for a fleet of Bell 412 HP helicopters for operation by HDM Flugservice, GmbH, in Germany.
 The medically-dedicated Bell 412 helicopters can transport two intensive care patients or four acute care patients, as well as up to four medical technicians and two Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)-certified pilots. In addition, the medically dedicated Learjet 35 and 35A consist of two medical modules, allowing for the transportation of two intensive care patients.
 According to W. Terrance Schreier, chairman and CEO, "These FAA approvals will allow us to significantly broaden our corporate revenue base. Air Methods will continue to operate as the quality provider of emergency air medical transportation services throughout the U.S., and will now begin providing proprietary technology on a global scale."
 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. The company utilizes only IFR-certified pilots and aircraft, including 24 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 Level I 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 both of Air Methods, 303-790-0587/
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