U.S.-based Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) is partnering with Aviators Air Rescue of India to provide the first dedicated helicopter EMS (HEMS) operations in that country. The program will use a trio of specially equipped Airbus Helicopter H130 singles beginning later this year. Aviators Air Rescue will operate the service with technical expertise and standards provided by AMGH, the parent company of Air Evac Lifeteam.
The helicopters and pilot and crew training will be supplied by Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas. Support in India will be provided by Airbus Helicopters India. AMGH and Aviators have options to acquire additional helicopters for use in the venture.
The service's rollout follows the recent release of Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) regulatory guidelines that allow the operation of single-engine, dual-pilot EMS helicopters. Apart from the two pilots, the H130 can accommodate one stretcher, two medical attendants and one additional seat. Aviators will offer HEMS through state governments, rescue groups, hospitals, clinics and public and private companies, as well as to individuals through private membership subscriptions for the service.