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Key Facts

StarCare is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our team will bring the critical care experience necessary to transport seriously injured or ill patients. When speed is vital, air transport may be the best choice for patients. StarCare doesn't replace local ground EMS services; we partner with them to provide additional, expert care.

Some situations when air transport is especially appropriate is when the weather adversely affects ground times, or when local EMS staff personnel are unable to leave their area because of staff availability.

Advantages of Using Air Transport:

  • Out of hospital time is kept at a minimum
  • Experienced, highly trained crew
  • Safer, more comfortable for patient
  • Avoiding traffic and hazardous road conditions


Aircraft Specs

  • BK-117 (Messerschmidt, Bolkow, Blohm) American EurocopterStarCare helicopter
  • Top speed: 155 MPH
  • Range :160 Mile radius of Lincoln
  • Fuel capacity: 187 gallons
  • Twin engine (twin turboshaft Lycoming engines each producing 750 Shaft Horsepower)
  • Total horsepower: 1500
  • Safety systems include Night Vision Goggle Capability (NVG)
  • Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS)
  • Dual fuel systems, hydraulic systems and electrical systems along with redundant lubrication systems for the main rotor transmission
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 42' 7" from leading edge of blade to tail rotor
    • Fuselage: 32' 9"
    • Height: 12' 7" 

This aircraft is a multipurpose helicopter, but has the distinction of being a premier EMS helicopter due to its power-to-weight ratio, speed and the minimal amount of space needed to land the aircraft. It is highly suited for scene work and can carry two patients.  

Medical systems include:

  • Dual cardiac monitoring along with non-invasive blood pressure
  • Defibrillator
  • Mechanical ventilator
  • Hemodynamic invasive monitoring capability
  • Liquid oxygen system
  • On-board powered suction
  • Oxygen delivery capable for two patients
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump patient transport capability
  • Neonatal isolette configuration capability
  • Patient fluid warmer
  • Multi channel infusion pump
  • ST02 monitoring


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