Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital, 07-Feb-13
Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program resumed full air and ground transport service on Sunday, February 3. Working with aviation partner Air Methods, REACT pilots, flight nurses and mechanics resumed serving injured and critically-ill patients throughout the region. The first flight was a patient flown from Freeport to Rockford Memorial Hospital. REACT is using a [...]
Source: News Tribune, 05-Feb-13
OSF Life Flight, a part of OSF HealthCare, announced a significant expansion of its medical helicopter services to the region around Peru. (see full story)
Source: American Eurocopter, 01-Feb-13
American Eurocopter today announced delivery of a new AS350 B2 AStar aircraft to U.S. Helicopters, Inc. U.S. Helicopters, Inc. based in Marshville, N.C., is one of the largest operators of electronic news gathering helicopters in the country. The company has served dozens of major television stations located in cities in most of the lower 48 [...]
Source: Med-Trans, 27-Jan-13
Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry, announced today that Jana Williams has accepted the position of V.P. of Partner Development and will be working out of the Chicago area in addition to the corporate headquarters in Lewisville, Texas. Williams,a transformational leader, has been in EMS for more than 27 years. She most recently [...]
Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital, 22-Jan-13
Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program recently began training flights on a temporary aircraft. Working with our aviation partner, Air Methods, REACT pilots and mechanics are now training on a Eurocopter EC135 aircraft housed at the hangar on the North Rockton Avenue campus. Flight nurses have resumed staffing critical care ground transports throughout the region [...]
Source: Chicago Tribune, 01-Nov-12
Timothy Swanson faces an investigation into a police helicopter program he began while chief of southwest suburban Countryside in 2005 and then moved to Kankakee County in 2009, records show. (see full story)
Source: Becker Avionics, 17-Aug-12
OSF Aviation, LLC, a division of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, recently took delivery of their first of four (4) new Eurocopter EC145 Air Medical helicopters with the Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System installed. These EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air [...]
Source: HAI, 15-Aug-12
HAI, in partnership with the FAA Safety Team (FAASteam), will host a free, two-day safety seminar, Aug. 24-25, in Des Plaines, Ill. for all helicopter pilots in the Great Lakes region. Doors and registration open at 8:30 a.m. The workshop days start at 9:00 a.m. and will run until 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is not required [...]
Source: East Chicago community, 03-Jul-12
The East Chicago City Council has approved a special zoning variance allowing St. Catherine Hospital to build a new heliport. (see full story)
Source: United Rotorcraft, 08-May-12
United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce it has delivered the first of four Eurocopter EC145 aircraft to OSF Aviation, LLC, Peoria, Ill., a part of OSF HealthCare. The delivery marks the first after market WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) certified (under FAA STC) EC145. WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for [...]
Source: Vislink, 22-Feb-12
Vislink has won a major order from Motorola Solutions, Inc. to fulfill Motorola’s contract with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to equip Chicago Fire and Police Department helicopters with airborne surveillance technology in advance of the city’s hosting of the Group of Eight (G8) and NATO Summits in May [...]
Source: Becker Avionics, 09-Feb-12
Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. The four (4) EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air medical support services to [...]
Source: CBS Chicago, 23-Dec-11
The lawsuit was filed by SOAR, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The group is seeking to have a judge reverse the October ruling by the Illinois Department of Transportation that approved the heliport. (see full story)
Source: AAR, 21-Dec-11
AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office as aviation industry partner for a new education to careers engagement strategy between the City Colleges of Chicago and private business to prepare residents for jobs in high-growth sectors. AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch joined Mayor Emanuel for the announcement of the [...]
Source: Rockford Register Star, 26-Oct-11
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center celebrates 30 years of its Lifeline medical helicopter program Wednesday, and staff say health system officials have invested in major equipment upgrades and training during the last few years to make the aircraft more dependable and in demand for the region. (see full story)
Source: Air Methods, 24-Oct-11
Air Methods, the largest air medical transportation company in the world, announced today that United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods (formerly known as the Products Division of Air Methods) has been awarded a contract by OSF Aviation, LLC, Peoria, Ill., a part of OSF HealthCare, to complete OSF’s four new Eurocopter EC145 aircraft. The [...]
Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11
** EDITOR NOTE ** HeliHub.com broke this story four weeks ago – see OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145 – what follows is merely today’s press release confirming the details American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, has ordered four [...]
Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-11
Helicopters will be able to bring sick patients to the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Streeterville after the Illinois Department of Transportation approved the heliport Friday. Children’s Memorial said on average, 73 children are brought to its current Lincoln Park location by helicopter every year. William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US correspondent
Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11
SCOOP! OSF Life Flight, run by St Francis Medical Center in the Illinois city of Peoria, is set to move from using Bell 230s. Currently they fly four of the type, registered N830SF, N840SF, M870SF and N880SF, two registered to OSF Aviation LLC in 2002 and two in 2007. In recent days, four Eurocopter [...]
Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Aug-11
Marion, IL – Todd Test, flight paramedic for the Marion, Ill. Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2011 Region 1 Flight Paramedic of the Year award. Test’s region consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. The Flight Paramedic of the Year is presented to the paramedic who [...]
Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-11
Illinois legislators have passed state-level law which will make it illegal to target a laser at the cockpit of an aircraft. The law was recently signed onto the statute books by Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, as one of a package of new laws to fight crime and protect residents across the state, and will become [...]
Source: Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, 06-Jun-11
A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of [...]
Source: Chicago Tribune, 03-Jun-11
A proposed helipad for the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood should be safe enough “to perform approach and landing maneuvers,” an independent analysis conducted for the Illinois Department of Transportation says.
Source: MyWebTimes, 27-Sep-10
In the statement, St. Mary’s Hospital CEO Joanne Fenton said Air Methods has informed the hospital of the discontinuation of services. Saints Flight 2 has been based at St. Mary’s since January.
Source: Journal Standard, 23-Sep-10
Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders vigorously defended his department’s participation in a regional helicopter program Thursday, amid what he characterized as a flood of misinformation circulating about the project.
Source: Rockford Register Star, 18-Aug-10
LEAC’s accounting and record keeping seem hazy even for a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers. Their website shows them operating three OH-58s and one UH-1. A Bell 430 is also available on a donation basis
Source: My Web Times, 30-Jun-10
Whether to sponsor a helicopter on behalf of the Law Enforcement Coalition is now set to be decided by the La Salle County Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 8. The county’s role would be to sponsor, not pay for, a military surplus OH-58 [file photo]
Source: Journal Star, 04-Jun-10
OSF was awarded Best Airport of the Year in the heliport category by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.
Source: MyWebTimes, 25-May-10
A proposal by La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton to add a low-cost helicopter to the county’s law enforcement tools is to be considered by the full County Board at its June 14 meeting.
Source: Chicago Tribune, 22-Mar-10
The National Transportation Safety Board attributed the fatal 2008 crash of an Air Angels medical helicopter in Aurora to the pilot’s “inadequate preflight planning” and flying too low, which caused the copter to strike a radio tower.
Source: WREX, 17-Mar-10
Lifeline helicopters get special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. It means they can land directly at ten regional hospitals including a Rockford one.
Source: MySuburbanLife, 03-Feb-10
By a 5-1 vote Monday, Feb. 1, the Hinsdale Village Board approved Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s request to build a helistop atop the hospital’s existing parking deck as part of the hospital’s proposed $75 million expansion project.
Source: MNySuburbanLife.com, 29-Jan-10
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s plan to build a new patient wing and add a helistop pad to the existing facility will come to a Village Board vote Monday.
Source: My Web Times, 21-Jan-10
Saints Flight, a helicopter transport service, will be permanently stationed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, hospital officials announced Thursday at a press conference.
Source: Northwest Herald, 01-Sep-09
Source: Chicago Tribune, 11-Aug-09
Experts from the Illinois Department of Transportation will pore over stacks of statistics and tales of medical emergencies in trying to decide whether a heliport proposed for the new Lurie Children’s Hospital in Streeterville can be built.
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