We have a total of four helicopters. They include one aircraft each based in Peoria, Peru, and Rockford, Illinois, and one spare that is used for training and backup as needed.

EC 145 Medical Helicopter Specifications
OSF Life Flight helicopter landing
Manufacturer: American Eurocopter
Engine Type: Twin Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshafts
Capacity: Nine passengers / two crew 
Cruise Speed: 153 mph
Range: 426 miles
Rotor Length: 36 feet

Aircraft and Flight Team Terminology

  • Air Medical Resource Management (AMRM): This training is designed to enhance OSF Life Flight's overall safety culture and manage all available resources to operate as safely as possible.
  • Auto Pilot: Decreases pilot workload and distraction in the cockpit.
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGWPS): Enhances pilots' situational awareness as it relates to obstacles and terrain.
  • Enhanced Pilot Training: Each OSF Life Flight pilot receives a full FAA check ride twice a year and additional flight training every six months to maintain proficiency in day, night, night-vision goggle and instrument operation. Also, each pilot is required to accomplish a minimum of four instrument approaches each month. These flight training standards far exceed those of other EMS helicopters in the area.
  • Flight Data Recording System: Video and audio data are recorded from the cockpit and instrument panel.
  • Flight Risk Assessment Program: This comprehensive risk assessment process is utilized by OSF Life Flight before every flight to increase safety margins in the EMS helicopter environment.
  • GPS Approaches: Enhances patient and crew safety during limited visibility/foggy conditions by allowing us to conduct flight operations using instrument helicopter GPS approaches to select hospitals and most airports.
  • Instrument Flight Rules (IFR): OSF Life Flight is a full IFR program which allows us to safely and legally fly when other EMS helicopters cannot due to visual flight rule restrictions.
  • Night Vision Goggles (NVGs): Allow the pilot and crew to easily identify hazards, enhance situational awareness, and increase overall safety during nighttime operations.
  • Radio Altimeter: Enhances the pilot's awareness of other helicopters' height above the ground.
  • Storm Scope: Indicates lightning strikes in the immediate area.
  • Sky Connect Satellite Phone: Allows for continuous communication with the helicopter.
  • Sky Connect Satellite Tracking System: Allows the aircraft location to be tracked at all times.
  • STARCOM: Statewide radio network enhances communication with emergency agencies.
  • Traffic Advisory System: Notifies the pilot of other aviation traffic in the area.
  • Twin Engine Aircraft: Increases power and maneuverability.
  • Wide Area Augmentation System GPS (WAAS): Provides improved accuracy and capability over traditional GPS.
  • Wire Strike Protection System: Provides a level of protection against unseen wire contact.
  • XM Satellite Weather: Provides current weather radar and forecast information.