PennSTAR currently operates seven aircraft to support our diverse mission profile. Below is listed more information on the unique capabilities of each helicopter.

American Eurocopter BK-117
The American Eurocopter BK-117 features two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turbine engines and is one of the most versatile medium twin engine helicopters in the world. Its compact design allows for navigation in and out of tight landing zones – making the BK-117 ideal for intensive care patient transport flights, search and rescue operations and disaster evacuation missions. It may also be used for secondary emergency medical services, such as inter-hospital transport of patients, vital medicines and emergency equipment.

The BK-117's rugged construction and layout was designed in cooperation with rescue helicopter operators and their medical crews, and is based on thousands of successful rescue missions. A large, continuous cabin provides enough room for a critically injured or ill patient, three medical attendants and two pilots.

American Eurocopter EC-135 P-2
The American Eurocopter EC-135 P-2 is the newest addition to PennSTAR's fleet. This modern air ambulance is one of the safest helicopters in the world. A state-of-the-art cockpit features:

The light twin EC-135 is powered by two engines, each yielding up to 633 horsepower. There is ample room for one patient and up to four crew members. Loading and unloading is carried out quickly and easily with extra large sliding doors and a rear, ambulance-style “clamshell” door. The EC-135's noise level and vibration are significantly lower than regulatory standards, making this aircraft ideal for flying over highly populated areas.



PennSTAR on a Mission