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The Helicopter

One of the Most Advanced Medical Helicopters Available

The UMass Memorial LifeFlight critical care transport team currently uses a twin-engine Eurocopter EC135T2+ helicopter. This helicopter has a compact design, advanced night vision (NVIS) and terrain awareness (TAWS) technology, is more fuel efficient, is 50 percent quieter due to the enclosed Fenestron tail rotor, and has lower maintenance and operation costs than previous helicopters that we have utilized. In the United States, Eurocopter’s EC135 is the twin-engine market leader for emergency medical services (EMS), accounting for some 60 percent of deliveries during the past several years.  The EC135 is offered with a wide range of dedicated EMS interiors, which maximizes choice in configurations that provide room for single-patient or dual-patient transport. 


UMass Memorial LifeFlight’s helicopter is owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation of Englewood, Colorado. Air Methods is the nation’s largest provider of air medical emergency transport services and systems. The company is dedicated exclusively to critical care transport, focusing on the quality of care to patients and safety in aviation operations. UMass Memorial LifeFlight’s pilots and mechanics are employees of Air Methods. In addition, Air Methods has the ability to continuously track and communicate with a flight via satellite tracking on the aircraft, adding an additional measure of safety via their Operational Control Center (OCC). Air Methods has built its reputation on a commitment to quality patient care and safety in aviation operations. Since 1980, they have been dedicated to air medical transport and have grown to become the most experienced air medical operator in the industry. Air Methods is UMass Memorial’s partner of choice. Click here to lean more about Air Methods.

Aviation & Maintenance Personnel

Our highly skilled pilots and mechanics are employed by Air Methods Corporation of Englewood, Colorado. All come to UMass Memorial LifeFlight with years of experience in their respective specialties.


Rich McGee, Lead Pilot

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Michael Young, Pilot

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Mark Musgrove, Pilot

Air Methods

Edward Shoemaker, Pilot

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Joe Couming, Lead Mechanic

Air Methods

Rich Lupien, Mechanic

Air Methods


Oscar Mota, Mechanic

Air Methods

Air Methods A Partner of Choice
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Our Department

UMass Memorial EMS is a Department of the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, the region’s only Level I ACS verified trauma center. UMass Memorial (Worcester) EMS is wholly owned and operated by the Medical Center. UMass Memorial Lifeflight is operated by Air Methods Corp. (QMLA253U) and staffed by UMass Memorial Medical Center.