The EC 130 B4 EcoStar, as it would appear with the Enloe FlightCare wrap.


Take Flight - Fast Facts

Enloe FlightCare Background:

  • Enloe FlightCare was the first air ambulance service north of Sacramento.
  • It was one of the first three air medical programs in the country to become fully certified with Federal Aviation Administration to use night-vision goggles.
  • The program grew out of the need to rapidly transport patients from growing mountain communities to its base hospital, Enloe Medical Center, a regional Level II Trauma Center.
  • FlightCare responds to an average of three calls per day within a 75-mile radius of Enloe, in counties including Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Plumas, Colusa, Sierra, Yuba and parts of Lassen.
  • The program has transported more than 16,000 patients since taking to the air in 1985.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport (CAMTS), an organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services, recognized Enloe’s program for providing “highly skilled flight nurse/paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients” and awarded a full three-year accreditation in 2008 and 2011.
  • FlightCare is equipped with 12-lead EKG machine as part of Enloe Medical Center’s STEMI Designation, providing the timeliest care for patients suffering the most urgent life-threatening heart attacks.
  • FlightCare has 8,000 member families in its FlightCare Membership Program. Benefits include no-cost transportation for reasonable and medically appropriate use of our air ambulance.
  • The FlightCare Membership program is affiliated with the Association of Air Medical Membership Programs (AAMMP), which means members’ FlightCare benefits transfer to sister programs.

Helicopter Facts:

  • FlightCare’s current AS-350 A-Star helicopter is approaching a milestone date in its operational life, requiring a complete tear-down, inspection and possible upgrades. This would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take the aircraft out of service for many weeks, during which time another helicopter would need to be leased.
  • The AS-350 A-Star currently boasts a significant resale value and is very marketable to other agencies.
  • The purchase of a NEW EC 130 B4 EcoStar helicopter positions FlightCare very well for the next several decades.
  • The EcoStar features enhanced operational safety features and increased versatility.
  • Its larger modular cabin allows caregivers easier access to the patient in-flight, as well as more space for equipment and technology that transmits vital information.
  • Other advanced features include: Higher maximum gross takeoff weight and increased speed, improved pilot visibility, crashworthy fuel system, and redundant power and hydraulics for greater safety.
  • Active anti-vibration and powerful air-conditioning systems improve comfort for patients.
  • The helicopter will be significantly quieter, thanks to its FenstronĀ®tail rotor with automatic rotor RPM control.

Decision to Upgrade

  • In May 2012, Enloe Medical Center’s Board of Trustees voted to proceed with the aircraft upgrade, and Enloe ordered the new EC 130 B4 EcoStar. No general operating funds will be used for this purchase.Ā 
  • The total purchase price, including customized air-ambulance layout, specialized equipment, delivery and training is expected to be $3,500,000.
  • Sources of funds:
    • $1,000,000 committed from Enloe Foundation unrestricted funds, Golf Tournament and Gala proceeds.
    • $1,500,000 anticipated from sale of existing AS-350 FlightCare helicopter.
    • $1,000,000 from fundraising campaign focused on the 75-mile radius served by the program.

More Information

Contact the Enloe Foundation at (530) 332-4550 or