North Memorial Health Adds Two New Airbus H135 Helicopters to Fleet


Airbus H135 helicopterNew helicopters will advance in-air treatment and safety

North Memorial Health is proud to announce Air Care’s acquisition of two new Airbus H135 helicopters that are now in service.

The H135 is the market leader in emergency medical services (EMS) worldwide and can be fitted with a wide range of EMS configurations providing direct access to and ample room for patient care. The H135 comes with some of the lowest operating and maintenance costs of any twin-engine helicopter and is also one of the quietest helicopters in its class. Recent evolutions to the proven H135 include Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite, which is a very advanced cockpit.

Along with the two H135 helicopters, North Memorial Health acquired a HATS – Helionix® Advanced Tool Simulator – to help pilots continually enhance their skills, techniques, and teamwork. This mobile aviation flight simulator is the first of its kind in the United States and offers an unmatched degree of realism for training pilots.

“We are excited about the H135’s modern technology and what it means in terms of improved safety and advanced patient care,” said Scott Sampey, vice president and chief of ambulance services for North Memorial Health. “This is the most recent initiative in our commitment to provide safe air medical transport for our patients, communities, and flight crews.”

North Memorial Health’s Air Care fleet of nine helicopters provides 24/7 service throughout Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas. They respond to more than 2,600 service requests annually, ranging from motor vehicle crashes, strokes, and heart attacks to the hospital-to-hospital transport of critically ill and injured patients. North Memorial Health’s Air Care also has transport capabilities to support the neonatal population and extend its Level III NICU/23-week gestational care capabilities further into the community. The helicopter has a self-contained mobile neonatal intensive care unit that provides acute care for newborns during transport. Air Care is NAAMTA certified, and all Air Care team members must meet rigorous training standards.


Airbus is the leading provider of helicopters to the air medical transport industry, providing nearly 55% of the emergency medical services (EMS) helicopters flying in the world today and more than half of all new air medical helicopters sold in the last decade in the U.S.

“We are pleased to deliver two H135 helicopters to our new partners at North Memorial Health for their Air Care program, which serves as a vital lifeline for communities across the region,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. “As the worldwide fleet leader in EMS, the H135 offers the highest safety levels in its class, outstanding reliability, and state-of-the-art technology that will benefit the Air Care team as they care for patients.”

About North Memorial Health

At North Memorial Health, we are on a mission to change healthcare. We’re delivering unmatched customer service and empower our patients throughout the Twin Cities to achieve their best health. North Memorial Health provides access to high-quality, low-cost care throughout the Twin Cities through its medical transportation services and two hospitals – North Memorial Health Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital. North Memorial Health Clinics which include primary, specialty, and hospice care transforming the healthcare experience for consumers. Across the North Memorial Health system, 900+ doctors and 5,000+ team members are dedicated to delivering a more connected experience for our patients.

About Airbus

Airbus is a leader in designing, manufacturing, and delivering aerospace products, services, and solutions to customers on a worldwide scale. With around 130,000 employees and as the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe, Airbus is at the forefront of the aviation industry. It builds innovative commercial aircraft and consistently captures about half of all commercial airliner orders. Thanks to its deep understanding of changing market needs, customer focus, and technological innovation, Airbus offers products that connect people and places via air and space.