Air Methods, Airlift Northwest Announce Fixed Wing Turboprop Agreement


Beginning in 2023, Air Methods will provide fixed wing turboprop services for Airlift Northwest patient transport across the state of Washington

November 18, 2022 – Air Methods, one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services, has signed an agreement to provide fixed-wing, turboprop service for Airlift Northwest’s bases throughout the Pacific Northwest beginning in 2023. Air Methods will provide three additional Part 135 Certificate and aircraft services to the Airlift Northwest air transport program.

“Partnering with Air Methods on our turboprop operations will allow Airlift Northwest/ UW Medicine to provide the very best in aircraft safety, the latest in aviation technology, and critical care 24/7 wherever it is needed,” said Jeff Richey, executive director of Airlift Northwest. “Together we will be able to work collaboratively and deliver quality aeromedical care to residents of the Pacific Northwest region.”

Airlift Northwest, a not-for-profit entity of UW Medicine, is dedicated to providing safe and efficient air medical care to critically ill and injured infants, children, and adults while transporting them to hospital facilities that can provide comprehensive care. For more than 20 years, Air Methods and UW Medicine have collaborated to serve communities in the region.

“Air Methods is proud to continue the strong relationship with such a respected partner as UW Medicine to provide fixed-wing emergency air medical services through Airlift Northwest, and we are excited to expand our team serving communities throughout the state of Washington,” said Ed Brouse, senior vice president of Air Methods’ Customer Experience. “These aircraft will make it possible for residents – particularly those in rural areas – to get access to the care they desperately need as quickly as possible.”

Currently, Air Methods provides Airlift Northwest’s rotary wing services at its six locations in the Pacific Northwest, which include helicopter aircraft, pilots and mechanics.


About Air Methods

Air Methods is the leading air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to more than 100,000 people every year. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft is the Company’s products division specializing in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased, or maintained aircraft features more than 450 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

About Airlift Northwest

Since its founding, Airlift Northwest has expanded to provide service to a four-state region and has transported more than 100,000 patients to regional hospitals. As part of UW Medicine, Airlift Northwest is a nonprofit organization. Its aircraft are strategically located at seven bases in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska for rapid deployment. All aviation services, pilots and mechanics are provided by Air Methods Corporation and Aero Air, LLC.  Airlift Northwest is an entity of UW Medicine and fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

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Denisse Coffman
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Air Methods

Susan Gregg
Director, Media Relations
UW Medicine