CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- HealthNet announced Tuesday the purchase of two new helicopters to replace the current ones in Ripley and Buckhannon.
The aircraft for the Ripley base is a Eurocopter EC-130 B4 and for the Buckhannon base a Eurocopter EC-135 P2e.
The EC-130 aircraft will fly primarily in support of Charleston Area Medical Center. The EC-135 aircraft will fly primarily in support of West Virginia University.
"When these two aircraft enter service in the first quarter of 2014 our average fleet age will be 2.5 years. That is unmatched in the critical care transport industry for a program our size," said Clinton Burley, President and CEO of HealthNet Aeromedical Services.
HealthNet is a not-for-profit critical care transport system operated cooperatively by Charleston Area Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, and WVU Healthcare.