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OSF Life Flight to begin full-time operations at Peru

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 2:58 p.m. CDT

PERU, Ill. — OSF Life Flight, a part of OSF HealthCare, has a significant expansion of its medical helicopter services to the region around Peru.

Starting this month, Life Flight is staging one of its four new, state-of-the-art helicopters at its Peru base at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport – Walter A. Duncan Field on a full-time basis. This helicopter will be available to the area for emergency transport 24 hours a day. Previously, the OSF helicopter based in Peru was only available for medical transport on a part-time basis.

This past summer, OSF Aviation upgraded its fleet with four American Eurocopter EC 145 helicopters. These models are considered by many industry experts as the top medical helicopters available today. Each helicopter has the capacity to transport two patients, if necessary, as well as two pilots and two members of the medical crew.

Navigation features on the new helicopters include Wide Area Augmentation System GPS  an improvement in accuracy and capability over traditional GPS, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems, and a Traffic Collision Avoidance System. The helicopters are also equipped with a system to detect lightning strikes in the area, a satellite system that allows the aircraft to be tracked at all times in flight, night vision goggles, and more.

OSF Aviation has a medical staff of 38, 14 pilots, seven mechanics and five communications technicians.

Learn more about OSF Aviation and its Life Flight and Lifeline helicopter operations at www.osfsaintfrancisinc.com.

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