February 11, 2012 - 9:15pm

A Bell Helicopter spokesman said the company is “working on” solutions to deal with the aftermath of an FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that could impact 697 of its 206L series helicopters on the FAA registry.

On February 1, the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (2012-02-51) that mandates the immediate replacement of main rotor blades on select Bell 206L, L-1, L-3 and L-4 helicopters after 1,400 hours, as opposed to the current 3,600-hour time-in-service limit, due to concerns about fatigue cracking.

October 12, 2010 - 12:40pm

Helicopter EMS operators and OEMs announced several large orders for new aircraft at the opening of the Air Medical Transport Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., yesterday. Air Methods, the largest U.S. helicopter EMS company with a fleet of 320 rotorcraft, announced it is buying 15 new Bell 407 singles for delivery next year.

September 21, 2010 - 9:41am

The investment firms that own the Air Medical Group, which includes helicopter EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam, have hung a “for sale” sign on the enterprise with a reported asking price of $1 billion.

June 30, 2009 - 12:14pm

Bedford, Texas-based RebTech will install NVG panels in 32 more Air Evac Lifeteam EMS helicopters by the end of the year. The company has already modified 17 helicopters for Air Evac.

November 4, 2008 - 5:16am

Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Greensburg, Ind., Aug. 31, 2008–Witnesses saw “components separate from” the EMS LongRanger before it crashed and was consumed by fire. All three people on board–the pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic–were killed. The helicopter, operated by Air Evac EMS, was transporting the crew from a fund-raising event to home base in Rushville, Ind.

July 5, 2007 - 5:36am

On May 23 more than 50 FBI agents and employees of the FAA raided the headquarters of Air Evac Lifeteam in West Plains, Mo. The agents sent employees home and carted away boxes of records and equipment.

March 22, 2007 - 8:23am

The patient was killed and the three crewmembers injured when their Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 crashed April 20 about 30 miles northeast of Evansville, Ind. According to an FAA preliminary report, the engine quit in flight. It was not immediately known if weather, described as good visibility under an overcast, was a factor in the accident. Air Evac Lifeteam is based in West Plains, Mo., and currently has 39 bases in 12 states.

March 22, 2007 - 8:22am

EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam, founded in West Plains, Mo., in 1985, has new owners, including two private-equity firms. “The decision to sell was not an easy one,” said board chairman Bill Chritton. “Initially, we had no desire to sell. The company is strong, healthy and presents a bright and expanding future.”

January 31, 2007 - 10:42am

Bell 206B JetRanger, Gentry, Ark., Feb. 21, 2005–An Air Evac Lifeteam JetRanger crashed shortly after takeoff while transporting a patient to a hospital in Springdale, Ark. The helicopter was substantially damaged, the patient was killed and the three crewmembers were seriously injured. The sky was clear and visibility was 10 miles.