by John M. White |
|Enhanced Vision Systems have been available for some time on high-end jet aircraft, and now there is a version available for Aero Med helicopters as well. This infrared technology will bring a higher level of safety to helicopter operations that traditionally have had a poor safety record.
|Rodgers Helicopter Service contracts with Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearny, Nebraska to provide helicopter, pilots and mechanics for AirCare, the medical evacuation unit of Good Samaratan Hospital. The new Enhanced Vision System was installed to improve safety and help the mission of AirCare. The pilots noted that the $100,000 system us is totally updated, cheaper to install and run than competitive systems. AirCare began operations in 1982, but in 1985 had a fatal accident resulting in the deaths of all three crewmembers aboard the helicopter. Currently AirCare serves the state of Nebraska in a 150 mile radius of Kearney with a helicopter that has a top speed of 175mph.