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|
|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.