Spectrum Aeromed elevates medical air transport with ‘cutting-edge’ liquid oxygen tech


US-based air medical equipment specialist Spectrum Aeromed (Spectrum) has signed a deal with liquid oxygen (LOX) equipment provider Essex Industries (Essex) to integrate liquid oxygen (LOX) technology into aircraft designed for medical transport.

Having recognised a growing global trend towards the utilisation of longer-range fixed-wing aircraft for medical transport, the deal has seen the partners fit five supplemental type certificate (STC) applications with LOX technology, including the Leonardo AW109/119, Bell 407, Bell 429, Beechcraft King Air 300 Series, and Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Larger than the standard 3,500 litre compressed tank, the basketball-sized 10,000 litre tank (referred to as an ‘orb’) allows patients to receive medical oxygen in-flight during transport to specialised treatment facilities.

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