History

Unmatched level of air medical experience

Mr. Roy Morgan

From a single contract in 1980, we have grown to become the most experienced air medical transport company in the nation. That year, Mr. Roy Morgan purchased a Bell 206 helicopter and became the Partner of Choice for a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Over the years, we have fortified our market presence through a variety of acquisitions. In 1997, we purchased Mercy Air Services, San Bernardino, Calif., and in 2000, ARCH Air Medical, St. Louis. Two years later in 2002, we made our largest acquisition, Rocky Mountain Helicopters (RMH), Provo, Utah. In 2007, we acquired CJ Systems Aviation Group, West Mifflin, Pa., 2011 Omniflight Helicopters, in 2012 Sundance Helicopters, and in 2013 Blue Hawaiian. 

Timeline

1980 Air Methods is established with 1st rotor-wing Hospital Program
1983 Air Methods 1st fixed-wing Hospital-Based Program
1991 Air Methods becomes publicly traded
1993 Completion of proof of principle for U.S. Army UH60Q helicopter multi-mission interior
1995 Products Division established
1996 Award of first contract for UH60Q (later HH60L) military helicopter multi-mission interiors
1997 Mercy Air Service, Inc. acquisition; commencement of community-based operations
2000 ARCH Air Medical Service, Inc. acquisition
2002 Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC acquisition
2005 Deployment of aircraft to Hurricane Katrina response
2007 CJ Systems Aviation Group acquisition; Establishes Operational Control Center
2008 Enters FAA SMS program; Deploys METI mobile medical simulator; Customer Service Advisory Board (CSAB) celebrates fifth anniversary
2009 Acquires Omniflight’s Atlanta/North Georgia operations; Purchases three advanced aviation training devices; Successfully completes U.S. Department of Defense CARB certification; The Air Methods Medical Application (TAMMA) launches
2010 Celebrates 30-year anniversary; Exits Level 1 FAA SMS voluntary implementation program; Completes First Bell 429 Helicopter Medical Interior; Director of Safety earns industry’s prestigious Jim Charlson safety award; Unveils new EZ Lift 1300 Patient Stretcher
2011 Exits Level 2 FAA SMS voluntary implementation program; Air Methods purchases United Rotorcraft Solutions; RSQ911 Solutions customer survey tool deployed; DirectCall Transfer Center expands; acquires Omniflight Helicopters; selected as Preferred Provider of air medical transport to Community Health Systems Hospital Affiliates
 2012 Begins use of full motion simulation for all AS350 pilots; National Training Center for all new hire pilots, medical and mechanics opens; purchases 42 new Eurocopter and Bell helicopters; completes acquisition of Sundance Helicopters
 2013

Utilizes FlightSafety’s EC135 Simulator; Reaches Highest Level in FAA’s Safety Management System Program; Successfully Renews DOD CARB Approval; Purchases 150 Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring Devices; Fully Equips Fleet with NVG Technology; Acquires Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

 2014

Awarded Contract to Provide Services to Haiti Air Ambulance