Air Methods Launches Spright, a New Drone Solution, Deploying Fleets of Wingcopters

Air Methods Launches Spright, a New Drone Solution, Deploying Fleets of Wingcopters

Strategic partnership to offer new choices for on-demand supply and entry to lifesaving sources

DENVER, CO—August 3, 2021—Air Methods, the nation’s main air medical service supplier, introduced immediately the launch of Spright, a newly fashioned drone resolution, designed to assist enhance healthcare entry and decrease provide challenges. Collaborating with Wingcopter, an industry-leading German drone producer, Spright is making a drone-based, healthcare-specific supply community throughout the United States.

As a results of the nation’s efforts to maintain healthcare prices down, Americans are impacted by a scarcity of fast or well timed entry to healthcare sources. When these shortages affect the provision of blood merchandise, medicines, diagnostics or small medical units, the results could be dire. The resolution is a versatile, speedy distribution community designed with 21st-century expertise.

This new drone supply community will enhance entry to urgently wanted medical provides for healthcare suppliers and the communities they serve. Air Methods will make this potential by deploying fleets of Wingcopter’s new flagship supply drone, the Wingcopter 198. The group at Wingcopter has the confirmed expertise and manufacturing capability to allow Spright to create a nationwide community, constructed round Air Methods’ current infrastructure of greater than 300 bases, serving a whole lot of hospitals, throughout 48 states in predominantly in rural areas.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated a few of the actual challenges in our well being care system creating a chance to seek out higher options to increase entry to healthcare, particularly in rural America,” stated JaeLynn Williams, CEO of Air Methods. “That is why we’re doing what Air Methods does greatest, taking to the skies, utilizing the most recent in expertise and drone innovation, delivering hope and facilitating therapeutic with velocity and effectivity that was beforehand unimaginable.  We see Spright serving a vastly underserved market and taking part in an enormous function in a future full of higher outcomes for everybody.”

This fall, Spright will likely be kicking off this endeavor by partnering with Hutchinson Regional Medical System, in Hutchinson, Kan., for the launch of an preliminary pilot challenge utilizing Wingcopter’s supply drones. This challenge will present a proof of idea of how this new and thrilling enterprise can present wanted reduction and certainty for medical sources in rural America. Spright will present further particulars on this preliminary challenge because the deployment attracts close to.

The Wingcopter 198 is a state-of-the-art autonomous eVTOL supply drone that permits protected, dependable, quick, and bi-directional medical deliveries. It is designed to offer most flexibility and ease of use in operations. The firm’s patented tilt-rotor expertise permits for vertical take-off and touchdown, whereas additionally enabling environment friendly ahead flight over lengthy ranges, thus eliminating the necessity for extra infrastructure. The drone has a spread of as much as 68 miles (110 kilometers), a most velocity of 90 mph (145 kilometers per hour) and may carry a payload of as much as 13 lbs. (6 kg). Therefore, the Wingcopter 198 is a superb option to make Spright’s imaginative and prescient a actuality.

“We are thrilled to group up with Air Methods to create a life-saving drone supply community all through the United States,” stated Tom Plümmer, Co-Founder and CEO of Wingcopter. “Our expertise has been used globally to successfully ship medical provides, for instance insulin in Ireland, youngsters’s vaccines in Vanuatu, emergency treatment in Malawi, and only recently, blood samples in Germany. Our imaginative and prescient to ‘save and enhance lives’ resonates completely with Air Methods’ legacy of offering lifesaving care, mixed with Spright’s ambition to enhance the standard of healthcare throughout the U.S. by deploying fleets of Wingcopters, and we’re enthusiastic about scaling this collectively.”

Today, Air Methods serves because the nation’s largest and most skilled FAA Part 135 Operator. Combining this operational expertise with Wingcopter’s cutting-edge supply drone expertise provides Spright a novel means and the sources to dramatically enhance medical provide chains.      

More photos and movies of the Wingcopter 198 could be discovered right here:

About Air Methods Air Methods ( is the main air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to almost 100,000 individuals yearly. With almost 40 years of air medical expertise, Air Methods is the popular accomplice for hospitals and one of many largest community-based suppliers of air medical companies. United Rotorcraft is the Company’s merchandise division specializing within the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace expertise. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained plane options greater than 450 helicopters and stuck wing plane.

About Wingcopter Wingcopter is a German producer and repair supplier of eVTOL unmanned plane methods (UAS) devoted to bettering and saving the lives of individuals worldwide via significant business and humanitarian functions. The startup is concentrated on optimizing medical provide chains. In the longer term, Wingcopter may also ship packages, instruments, and spare components, in addition to meals and groceries. Thanks to its patented tilt-rotor mechanism, the Wingcopter 198 can take off and land vertically like a multicopter, whereas flying lengthy distances as effectively and shortly as a fixed-wing plane, even in rain and wind.

In 2020, Wingcopter was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Wingcopter’s traders embody Xplorer Capital, Futury Regio Growth Fund, Futury Ventures, Hessen Kapital III, and Corecam Capital Partners.

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