About the Helicopters

About the Helicopters

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CARILION CLINIC LIFE-GUARD 10

The Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 10 helicopter, which covers the Roanoke Valley region, is an EC 135. It has the space to accommodate up to two patients, two medical attendants and two pilots. The aircraft is equipped with instrumentation that allows its operation safely in less than optimal weather conditions, when appropriate.

However, Life-Guard 10 is unable to operate in extreme weather conditions, such as thunderstorms or icing. Current weather conditions and forecasts for the service area are routinely monitored. Pilots will accept or reject a flight request based on the current and forecasted weather between patient location and the receiving facility.

Features

  • Dual GPS with moving map
  • Full auto pilot
  • Color weather radar
  • Fully digital "glass" cockpit
  • Wire strike protection system
  • Enclosed fenestron tail rotor
  • Rear loading clam shell doors
  • 750,000 candle power search light
  • TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System)
  • Traffic alert
  • Night vision equipped
  • Single pilot IFR

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum gross weight: 6,415 lbs.
  • Cruise speed: 130 knots/155 mph
  • Length: 40'
  • Width: 40'
  • Cruising altitude: 2000 - 5500' MSL
  • Fuel capacity: 187 gallons
  • Range: 160 miles

CARILION CLINIC LIFE-GUARD 11

The Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 11 helicopter, based in the New River Valley region, is a Eurocopter EC135P2 light twin engine helicopter. It has an aircrew of one and a medical crew of two. In optimal conditions it is capable of flying two patients.

Features

  • Dual GPS with moving map
  • Full auto pilot
  • Color weather radar
  • Fully digital "glass" cockpit
  • Wire strike protection system
  • Enclosed fenestron tail rotor
  • Rear loading clam shell doors
  • 750,000 candle power search light
  • TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System)
  • Traffic alert
  • Night vision equipped
  • Single pilot IFR

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum gross weight: 6,415 lbs.
  • Cruise speed: 130 knots/155 mph
  • Length: 40'
  • Width: 40'
  • Cruising altitude: 2000 - 5500' MSL
  • Fuel capacity: 187 gallons
  • Range: 160 miles

CARILION CLINIC LIFE-GUARD 12

The Carilion Clinic Life-Guard 12 helicopter, based in Lexington, is a Eurocopter EC135P2 light twin engine helicopter. It has an aircrew of one and a medical crew of two. In optimal conditions it is capable of flying two patients.

Features

  • Dual GPS with moving map
  • Full auto pilot
  • Color weather radar
  • Fully digital "glass" cockpit
  • Wire strike protection system
  • Enclosed fenestron tail rotor
  • Rear loading clam shell doors
  • 750,000 candle power search light
  • TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System)
  • Traffic alert
  • Night vision equipped
  • Single pilot IFR

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum gross weight: 6,415 lbs.
  • Cruise speed: 130 knots/155 mph
  • Length: 40'
  • Width: 40'
  • Cruising altitude: 2000 - 5500' MSL
  • Fuel capacity: 187 gallons
  • Range: 160 miles

Medical Equipment

Medical equipment onboard the helicopter includes:

  • Cardiac monitoring, defibrillation and external pacing devices.
  • Pediatric care equipment.
  • Cervical collars, backboard and other splinting devices.
  • Oxygen and advanced airway supplies.
  • Critical care medications.
  • Ventilator
  • IV Pumps

Landing Zone

The landing zone, or helipad, must be a minimum of 100-feet square and free from wires, poles and other obstructions. For safety reasons, by-standers should not approach the aircraft.