Bell offers solutions for air medical services with a range of products customized to your needs. Dating back to the original Model 47, Bell helicopters have been involved in the medical aviation industry for decades. Helicopters are essential transportation tools that enable emergency medical services to access remote or difficult to reach areas. When speed and time are critical, Bell aircraft deliver high cruise speeds that allow air medical operators to respond within the golden hour and maximize patient survivability. Bell aircraft are designed to maximize safety, capability and reliability while minimizing the operational costs of the aircraft.
Bell understands the complexity of patient care requirements and has extensive history working with operators on better ways to design aircraft to meet those needs.
With a range of 306nm, the Bell 505 is the only HEMS-capable short light single aircraft in the market with the speed and range to aid global communities and save lives. A range of cabin configurations from a quick change casualty evacuation system to a complete HEMS interior, provide the flexibility to meet your mission.
The Bell 407GXi is a proven IFR-capable platform for HEMS operators across the globe. With patient care as paramount, the widest door opening in its class and ease of configurability provides medical staff a capable and reliable solution.
As the newest light twin on the market, the Bell 429 was designed by HEMS customers, pilots and operators for HEMS customers. Its large and flexible cabin, class-leading cabin opening, clamshell doors combined with an unparalleled smooth ride delivers maximized loading and unloading efficiency with patient outcomes as priority #1.
The Subaru Bell 412 EPX provides an open and flexible cabin with room for crew and specialty medical equipment. Driven by a legacy of upgrades and modernization over four decades, the 412EPX delivers improved transmission and power in hover.
The Bell 525 sets the standard for the future of flight. With its expansive and easily customizable cabin, it provides HEMS operations the flexibility and the space for complex missions and specialty equipment.
Steve Soliz serves as the Helicopter Air Ambulance Safety Segment Manager for Bell. Steve has worked in the air evacuation industry since 1988 and plays an integral role in supporting Bell’s sales team as a subject matter expert in air ambulance operations. In this role, Steve brings both line and leadership experience as a civilian and military flight nurse to support customer needs with Bell solutions.
Steve began his aviation career in the late-1980s serving in the U.S. Air Force as a flight medic, eventually becoming a flight nurse. In the last three decades, Steve served as a flight nurse instructor, examiner, Chief Nurse, Director of Operations and Squadron Commander. He worked as a pediatric transport nurse and was an essential part of exponential growth of a Bell 206 EMS program in the early 2000’s. Steve has helped develop military and civilian doctrine and served for six years as the President of the Texas Association of Air Medical Services. Steve has been an appointed member of the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Council Air Medical Committee and the Disaster and Emergency Planning Committee.
Steve earned his BS in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1992 and his MBA in Leadership at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008.
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