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Conservationists oppose Alberta helipad for mountain tours

Conservationists oppose Alberta helipad for mountain tours

Rockies Heli Canada has sent in a proposal for the construction of a helipad for commercial helicopter tour flights at the base of Mount Yamnuska. The proposal has been met with much opposition from hikers, conservationists and guides. Many argue that a helicopter constantly touring Mount Yamnuska will have a negative effect on the ecology,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre has been given the go ahead to start construction on their new helipad. Members of Alberta Health Service met up recently to discuss the design of the helipad with the Wood Buffalo Health Advisory Council. The helipad will be 60ft x 60ft and will match the height of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Helipad scheduled for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Helipad scheduled for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is planning for a new heliport with direct access to the emergency department at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Construction on the heliport – to be located on land at the rear of the hospital near the emergency department, operating room and intensive care unit – is expected to begin late… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 10-Apr-17

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

The $3 million helipad plan for Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital is no longer needed. Alberta Health Services was made aware of this when STARS air ambulance relocated their new Augusta Westland-139 helicopter from Calgary to Edmonton. The proposed helipad construction was scheduled to begin in 2016, but due to tendering costs it was delayed, much… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

New Helicopter Company for Lloydminster

New Helicopter Company for Lloydminster

Ross Schmidt, Base Manager and pilot for Provincial Helicopters is happy with his move to Lloydminster. The company was building in Meadow Lake before the move, but ran into many difficulties with the cold temperatures there. Lloydminster is better suited for them, situated on the border provides more opportunities as well as being a better… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-16

CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) has announced that the fifth edition of CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser has been one of their biggest years yet, raising $387,675. Since it started in 2011, the fundraiser has seen the Alberta community come together and raise more than $4.1 million for STARS. This morning, STARS… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Sep-16

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

The US Dept of Homeland Security has sold their two AgustaWestland AW139s, as confirmed in recent days by an updated entry on the FAA register. The purchaser is listed as Guardian Helicopters of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The operator’s website says that Guardian Helicopters was formed in 1995 in Fort Nelson B.C…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

In a post on its Facebook page, STARS says a number of Albertans have received calls from someone claiming to be a STARS lottery representative telling the would-be victim they have won a prize, but in order to have it shipped to them they must first transfer a certain amount of money  See full story

Source: Global News, 26-Apr-16

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STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

In February, we issued a plea to Albertans. A stormy economic climate had led to slumping STARS lottery ticket sales, and it was in danger of not selling out for the first time in its 23-year history. The response from Albertans was overwhelming. Our phone lines were jammed and website traffic surged. Albertans from rural… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-Apr-16

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STARS Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out

STARS Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out

For the first time in more than two decades, STARS’ Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out. The lottery has a 23-year history in the province and is the only charitable home lottery in Canada to set records by selling out every year since it began. However, our stormy economic climate has led… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Mar-16

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STARS prepares for CAMTS accreditation audit

STARS prepares for CAMTS accreditation audit

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) will conduct a site visit of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) on Feb. 22 and 23, 2016. STARS has been accredited by CAMTS since 1998 with renewal occurring every three years. CAMTS accreditation standards deal with standards of patient care and safety in the… Read more »

Source: STARS, 22-Jan-16

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Calgary hospital helipad named after STARS founder

Calgary hospital helipad named after STARS founder

The heliport at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) will be officially named the Dr. Gregory Powell Helipad in recognition of Dr. Powell’s role as founder of STARS air ambulance and the STARS Foundation, and his exemplary service over a 35-year career. Since retiring as STARS President and CEO in March 2012, Dr. Powell continues to volunteer… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 12-Nov-15

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Cascade Valley Hospital builds helipad

Cascade Valley Hospital builds helipad

Local patients in critical condition will soon be able to be airlifted to Cascade Valley Hospital instead of taking ambulances there.See full story.

Source: North County Outlook, 12-Nov-15

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Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Leading up to the September 3rd soft opening, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will begin offering helicopter tours from August 5th throughout the summer over one of the world’s densest dinosaur bone-bed sites. The tours will showcase stunning aerial views of the museum, Pipestone Creek and Wapiti River, snaking through heavily wooded terrain to the mass gravesite of… Read more »

Source: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, 06-Aug-15

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Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

With a large gathering watching, the first dedicated Calgary Police Service helicopter touched down.  See full story

Source: Calgary Sun, 20-Jul-15

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Alberta – Helipad at Disbury Hospital for completion late summer

Alberta – Helipad at Disbury Hospital for completion late summer

The new helipad at the Didsbury hospital should be completed by the late summer of this year, according to officials involved with the project. See Full Story    

Source: Didsbury Review, 12-Feb-15

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STARS and Alberta Snowmobilers partner to spread safety awareness

STARS and Alberta Snowmobilers partner to spread safety awareness

STARS air ambulance is looking to prevent injuries involving snowmobiles for the upcoming winter season. In 2013, the helicopter air ambulance service responded to 20 serious snowmobiling and related incidents. It’s about mass times velocity and the potential for injury with these machines now is huge,” agreed Chad Hegge, flight paramedic with STARS. “They are… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Nov-14

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Phoenix Heli-Flight unveils new EC135T2e

Phoenix Heli-Flight unveils new EC135T2e

Phoenix Heli-Flight have held a launch party for a newly arrived EC135T2e, emblazoned with a graphic of the Northern Lights.  It will go into EMS service in September.  See full story

Source: Fort McMurray Today, 18-Jul-14

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Canada – Fort McMurray emergency helicopter service may be grounded

Canada – Fort McMurray emergency helicopter service may be grounded

Phoenix Heli-Flight said it plans to discontinue night flights out of Fort McMurray to remote accident sites at the end of the month.  See full story

Source: Beacon News, 21-May-14

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Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

STARS Air Ambulance’s donor-funded AW139s are forcing Alberta to upgrade priority helipads over the next two years   See full story

21-Feb-14

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Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-14

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STARS officially unveils new AW139 at Calgary base

STARS officially unveils new AW139 at Calgary base

STARS air ambulance officially announced the arrival of its new donor funded AW139 helicopter today during an unveiling ceremony at the STARS Calgary base. The Calgary-based AW139 helicopter is the second of two new donor-funded AW139s purchased by STARS for service in Alberta, with the first already in service in Edmonton (arrived in Dec. 2012)…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Oct-13

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Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation commits $549K to STARS

Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation commits $549K to STARS

STARS air ambulance will unveil the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation’s logo on the helicopter on Friday, Oct.11 at the Edmonton base. This logo unveiling will recognize the organization’s commitment of more than $549,000 to STARS. The logo will be revealed on the helicopter’s tailfin, a place reserved for donors who have pledged $500,000… Read more »

Source: STARS, 10-Oct-13

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Canadian Helicopters move to the Edmonton International Airport

Canadian Helicopters move to the Edmonton International Airport

Canadian Helicopters has made the move from their previous offices to a new location at Edmonton International Airport see full story

Source: Edmonton Sun, 02-Oct-13

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Vector & Coast to Coast Helicopters sign PT6 agreement

Vector & Coast to Coast Helicopters sign PT6 agreement

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (VA-HSNA) and Coast to Coast Helicopters Inc., based in Alberta, Canada, have signed a PT6T repair & overhaul support agreement. As per the terms of the three-year agreement,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 04-Aug-13

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Wood Buffalo Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B3e

Wood Buffalo Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B3e

Utility operator, Wood Buffalo Helicopters has taken delivery of an AS350 B3e. The new aircraft is part of a fleet renewal and will join their existing fleet of Eurocopter aircraft, which includes 5 AS350 B2’s and 2 EC120’s. “Acquisition of the AS350 B3e is an investment in the continued security and efficiency of our utility… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Jun-13

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Eurocopter Canada delivers second AS350B3e to Lakeshore Helicopters

Eurocopter Canada delivers second AS350B3e to Lakeshore Helicopters

Lakeshore Helicopters’ AS350 B3e will join their existing Eurocopter fleet of 2 AS350 B3’s and a AS350 B3e, that was delivered in April 2012. The addition of a second AS350 B3e to Lakeshore’s fleet will provide utility and transport solutions for their customers, who, through experience, have come to rely on the multi-mission platform of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Jun-13

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Canada – Vortex Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Canada – Vortex Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Eurocopter Canada supplies Vortex Helicopters Inc. with an AS350 B3e for utility based operations in Fort McMurray, AB. Vortex Helicopters has chosen its fourth A-Star aircraft, an AS350 B3e that will join their existing Eurocopter fleet. The new AS350 B3e will support a variety of utility missions that include the expanding oil sands industry in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 28-May-13

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STARS launches second lottery in Saskatchewan

STARS launches second lottery in Saskatchewan

The STARS Lottery in Saskatchewan officially launches today with 2,206 prizes worth over $3.8 million. In its inaugural year in 2012, STARS generated more than $1.6 million – a significant source of funding to help keep STARS in the sky. “STARS’ success depends on the people across this great province. All proceeds from the lottery… Read more »

Source: The STARS Lottery, 10-May-13

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Obituary – STARS founder John Panton

Obituary – STARS founder John Panton

He was an engaging storyteller, a master at delivering puns and always good for a funny joke or two. John Panton’s dedication, devotion and admiration for STARS, however, were no laughing matter. “Without John’s support, and that of others from the Lions Club and community, STARS wouldn’t be here,” said Dr. Greg Powell, STARS founder…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 08-May-13

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Phoenix Heli-Flight to acquire an EMS EC135

Phoenix Heli-Flight to acquire an EMS EC135

Despite STARS being active in many parts of Alberta, Phoenix Heli-Flight is convinced that there is a market for 24×7 EMS services in other parts of the Province.  So much so, they are buying a Eurocopter EC135 for such operations (see full story)

Source: Fort McMurray Today, 04-Feb-13

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Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

“In the evening of January 27, 2013 Gemini was alerted of an overdue helicopter with a last known location approximately 77 kilometers southwest of Fox Creek. ” (see full story) File photo

30-Jan-13

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Alberta Health Services moves STARS BK117 to Edmonton Airport

Alberta Health Services moves STARS BK117 to Edmonton Airport

Patients living in northern Alberta will continue to have access to rapid, reliable, and safe emergency care when the new air ambulance base is relocated to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in March. Alberta Health Services air ambulance operations are moving to a new 3,600 square-metre hangar at the Edmonton International Airport, immediately adjacent to… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 21-Jan-13

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Telecoms company Telus passes $1M barrier in STARS donations

Telecoms company Telus passes $1M barrier in STARS donations

The Telus logo was added to the STARS helicopter in a ceremony on Wednesday morning for surpassing the $1 million mark in giving to the charity. (see full story)

25-Nov-12

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408 Tac Hel Squadron help move Flying Banana across Canada

408 Tac Hel Squadron help move Flying Banana across Canada

On June 8, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, located at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, but belonging to 1 Wing Kingston, Ont., played a unique part in seeing that a part of Royal Canadian Air Force history is preserved. Ten members of the squadron’s maintenance flight loaded most of the airframe and parts of an H-44a “Flying Banana”that… Read more »

Source: Canadian Forces, 06-Aug-12

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STARS founder steps down, but not away

STARS founder steps down, but not away

Dr. Gregory Powell and wife Linda retire but remain ambassadors for pioneering Alberta emergency service (see full story)

Source: Calgary Herald, 04-Jul-12

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Canadian Helicopters to switch Edmonton airports

Canadian Helicopters to switch Edmonton airports

Canadian Helicopters is relocating to the Edmonton International Airport when its City Centre Airport lease expires in September (see full story)

Source: Canada.com, 27-Jun-12

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Canada – Chinook Regional Hospital opens new helipad

Canada – Chinook Regional Hospital opens new helipad

STARS air ambulances are now able to land and take off from Chinook Regional Hospital’s new helipad, which was officially approved for use last week by Transport Canada. The helipad, located on the roof of the hospital’s parkade, is rated to handle 8,000 kilograms and will accommodate STARS’ current Eurocopter BK-117 helicopter, as well as… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health, 29-May-12

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Enerplus passes $500,000 milestone in donations to STARS

Enerplus passes $500,000 milestone in donations to STARS

Enerplus Corporation, who have been strong supporters of STARS since 1992, have reached the $500,000 giving milestone. A celebration, which included a logo unveiling on the STARS helicopter, was held on April 25 for the independent oil and gas producer at the STARS Calgary hanger. “Enerplus has been in business for over 25 years, and… Read more »

Source: STARS, 27-Apr-12

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Politician promises to triple STARS funding if elected

Politician promises to triple STARS funding if elected

Progressive Conservative Leader Alison Redford pledged $10 million in additional funding for STARS air ambulance at a campaign stop in Grande Prairie on Saturday afternoon. see full story

Source: Calgary Herald, 17-Apr-12

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2012 STARS lottery winners announced

2012 STARS lottery winners announced

Lucky Albertans are celebrating today after their names were pulled during the 2012 STARS Lottery draw. Top prize winners included: James Kotyk of Calgary Calgary show home worth $1.1 million retail Shari Macdonald of Delburne Sylvan Lake show home worth $905,100 retail Kenneth and Cynthia Fenwick of Red Deer Sherwood Park show home worth $856,000… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-Apr-12

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STARS Air Ambulance leadership change

STARS Air Ambulance leadership change

More than 25 years after founding STARS to provide emergency medical transport and help save the lives of the critically ill and injured, Dr. Gregory Powell is continuing his work as founder of the non-profit, charitable organization, while Andrea Robertson takes on the responsibilities of president and CEO. “Dr. Powell has made an incredible contribution… Read more »

Source: STARS, 12-Apr-12

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Perfect Turf to support STARS Fund-a-Flight program

Perfect Turf to support STARS Fund-a-Flight program

Perfect Turf has supported the new Fund-a-Flight program for STARS, which makes one mission possible for a critically ill or injured patient. A donation of $5,400 – equal to one dollar per second of an average 90 minute mission – helps with the cost of medical and aviation crews, medical supplies and helicopter fuel needed… Read more »

Source: STARS, 03-Feb-12

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Gala raises $720K for STARS air ambulance

Gala raises $720K for STARS air ambulance

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) today announced it has helped raise a total of more than $5.3 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) over 18 years of presenting the annual STARS & Spurs Gala. This year’s gala brought in the highest total ever raised in the history of the event… Read more »

Source: PSAC, 24-Jan-12

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STARS Lottery launches with prize fund of $5.2M

STARS Lottery launches with prize fund of $5.2M

The 19th annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,200 prizes worth over $5.2 million retail. The STARS Lottery raised over $10 million net during the 2011 campaign and continues to be the single largest source of funding to keep STARS in the sky. “STARS flies an average of four missions a day in Alberta,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Jan-12

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Alpine Helicopters renews lease on Canmore Heliport

Alpine Helicopters renews lease on Canmore Heliport

Canmore Council has approved a new 10-year lease on the heliport with Alpine Helicopters, the current tenant.  Originally presented as a 25-year lease, the Council decided that planning ahead 10 years was sufficient and offered that term to Alpine with very few other changes of terms. The lease establishes a heliport monitoring committee and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-11

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STARS celebrating 5th anniversary in Grande Prairie

STARS celebrating 5th anniversary in Grande Prairie

Former STARS patients, media, and members of the public are invited to a special five-year anniversary celebration at the STARS Grande Prairie base on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will acknowledge the incredible support from the community, while reflecting upon major milestones that have taken place over the past… Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Nov-11

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$400,000 contribution to STARS from FortisAlberta

$400,000 contribution to STARS from FortisAlberta

FortisAlberta announced today a five-year pledge of $400,000 in support of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Human Patient Simulator Program (HPS), bringing the company’s contributions to $1.4 million over 15 years to 2016. “We are truly grateful for FortisAlberta’s very generous financial commitment to the STARS Human Patient Simulator Program (HPS),” says Andrea… Read more »

Source: STARS, 21-Oct-11

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Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Canada’s 408 Sqn celebrates its heritage

Thirteen members from CFB Edmonton-based 408 Tactical Helicopter (TH) Squadron flew to Nanton, Alta, home of the Bomber Command Museum and the Lancaster FM159, to celebrate the Squadron’s 70th anniversary, the museum’s 25th anniversary and the unveiling of newly acquired Halifax Bomber parts. It was a weekend filled with immense passion, amazing stories and the… Read more »

Source: Canadian National Defence, 03-Oct-11

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Pioneer of STARS air ambulance dies in road accident

Pioneer of STARS air ambulance dies in road accident

Calgary’s emergency services community is in mourning after a trail-blazing paramedic Eric Arnestad who helped lift STARS off the ground was killed in a Montana motorcycle crash.  (Full story)

Source: Calgary Sun, 04-Jul-11

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Campbell Helicopters: Pilot details released on May 20 crash nr Slave Lake, Alberta

Campbell Helicopters: Pilot details released on May 20 crash nr Slave Lake, Alberta

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – 54-year-old Jean-Luc Deba has been named as the deceased pilot who manned a Bell 212 helicopter from the Campbell Helicopters’ fleet in Abbotsford on Friday, May 20. The helicopter was engaged in battling the blazes in Canyon Creek, 24 kilometres west of Slave Lake Alberta. The helicopter went down in shallow… Read more »

Source: Campbell Helicopters, 26-May-11

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STARS Opening Critical Care Simulation Centre

STARS Opening Critical Care Simulation Centre

STARS is hosting an air medical crew simulation competition together with the grand opening of a new STARS Critical Care Simulation Centre at 11 a.m. on May 12, 2011. There will be three STARS teams involved in the competition, including two from Grande Prairie and one from Calgary. The teams will be competing to represent… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-May-11

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ConocoPhillips reaches $2M milestone in supporting STARS

ConocoPhillips reaches $2M milestone in supporting STARS

ConocoPhillips reached a $2 million donation milestone today after presenting the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) with a $100,000 cheque at the STARS Calgary base hangar. Mr. Joe Marushack, President, ConocoPhillips Canada, presented the donation to Dr. Greg Powell, President and CEO of STARS, with the STARS BK117 helicopter as a backdrop. STARS team… Read more »

Source: ConocoPhillips Canada, 03-Mar-11

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Western Coal donates C$500K to STARS

Western Coal donates C$500K to STARS

Western Coal Corp today announced a five-year, $500,000 commitment to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). Mr. Keith Calder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Coal, is presenting a cheque to STARS Grande Prairie Base Major Gifts Manager Glenda Farnden in the community of Tumbler Ridge on February 23, 2011. “In December 2010,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 24-Feb-11

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Oil and gas producer Apache presents $400,000 cheque to STARS

Oil and gas producer Apache presents $400,000 cheque to STARS

Apache Corporation presented the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) with a $400,000 cheque today at the STARS Calgary Base. The cheque presentation elevates Apache’s total cumulative financial support of STARS to more than $1 million since 1990. Approximately $200,000 is being directed to the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC) work site registration program. The… Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Feb-11

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STARS to present Edmonton mayor with a “Red Ring for Life”

STARS to present Edmonton mayor with a “Red Ring for Life”

STARS is presenting Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel with a Red Ring for Life (RRFL) in City Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in recognition of the City of Edmonton’s life-saving work with STARS. STARS representatives will be available for interviews following the presentation. The presentation recognizes the City’s support, through its services… Read more »

Source: STARS, 01-Feb-11

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Teck Resources logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

Teck Resources logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

Teck Resources’ logo was unveiled today on a STARS helicopter in recognition of Teck reaching a $500,000 donation milestone. Boyd Payne, Teck’s Senior Vice President, Coal, and Dr. Greg Powell, STARS President and CEO, took part in the event alongside STARS crew members. “Teck is proud to support STARS in its mission to provide critical… Read more »

Source: STARS, 18-Jan-11

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Laser hits television news helicopter over Calgary

Laser hits television news helicopter over Calgary

Flight crews reported the beam coming from southwest Calgary in an area near the Home Depot at the Shawnessy Shopping Centre.  Calgary police, with the support of the HAWCS helicopter, moved into the area but couldn’t find the offender, they said.

Source: CBC, 07-Jan-11

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Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

This is a repeat of when an Alberta-based STARS helicopter air ambulance was stationed in southern Manitoba during the last serious spring flood in 2009, and it was credited with saving two lives

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Dec-10

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AltaGas logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

AltaGas logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

AltaGas Ltd.’s logo was unveiled today on a STARS helicopter in Calgary, in recognition of AltaGas reaching a $500,000 donation milestone. Since 2001, AltaGas has partnered with STARS to help bring emergency medical services to its field locations in Alberta and British Columbia. “We are passionate about initiatives that better the lives of people in… Read more »

Source: STARS, 20-Oct-10

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STARS Air Ambulance Celebrates 25 Years of Community Support

STARS Air Ambulance Celebrates 25 Years of Community Support

It was an emotional celebration of community support for the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), as the non-profit organization celebrated 25 years of care in the air on Saturday, October 2, 2010. A new “Thank You” logo was unveiled on the organization’s Eurocopter BK117 helicopters in front of event attendees and dozens of… Read more »

Source: STARS, 04-Oct-10

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Vector celebrates new engine service and parts distribution center in western Canada

Vector celebrates new engine service and parts distribution center in western Canada

Calgary, Alberta– Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector),one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the official opening of Vector Aerospace Engine Services- Atlantic’s newest service center, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “The new service center in Calgary will dovetail well with our existing network located… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Sep-10

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STARS employee admits stealing over $260k from employers

STARS employee admits stealing over $260k from employers

Olaronke Adunal Fakunle, 40, appeared in court Thursday, where she acknowledged she embezzled money while working as accounts-payable clerk for STARS in Alberta and used it for personal expenses between Sept. 7, 2007, and Oct. 9, 2008.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 04-Sep-10

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Alberta man who pointed laser beam at police helicopter convicted

Alberta man who pointed laser beam at police helicopter convicted

Alvin Vargas Bautista had testified during the trial that he was trying to fix his young son’s toy laser while waiting for his wife outside a friend’s apartment building near Millbourne Mall.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 25-Jun-10

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STARS red loyalty rings celebrate 25 years

STARS red loyalty rings celebrate 25 years

Alberta, June 23, 2010 – Garry Nargang wears a red ring on his finger because his grand-son was flown by STARS in 2006. The ring is just one of hundreds already being worn across the province as part of a new program called the Red Ring for Life, which provides individuals a unique opportunity to… Read more »

Source: STARS, 24-Jun-10

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STARS inks 10-year deal with Alberta Health Services

STARS inks 10-year deal with Alberta Health Services

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) base in Grande Prairie will receive provincial funding for the first time in its history as part of a new agreement between Alberta Health Services and STARS. The new agreement, formally announced by Health and Wellness Minister Gene Zwozdesky in Grande Prairie today, commits to long term partial… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 04-May-10

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STARS equips BK117 fleet with AKV Cycle Counters from Dart Helicopter Services

STARS equips BK117 fleet with AKV Cycle Counters from Dart Helicopter Services

Oceanside, CA, May 4, 2010 — The Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) recently equipped its fleet of five Eurocopter BK117s with AKV engine cycle counters from DART Helicopter Services (DHS). Engine manufacturers require engine cycle counting for maintenance purposes, and turbine engine cycle counters are an efficient, effective alternative to relying on pilots… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 04-May-10

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Alberta Government raises funding to STARS by Can$1.2M per year

Alberta Government raises funding to STARS by Can$1.2M per year

STARS has long been funded through a combination of public and private cash. Beginning this year, the province will up its contribution to the charitable group by $1.2 million, bringing its total annual investment in the group to $5.49 million.

Source: Edmonton Journal, 30-Apr-10

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Husky Energy donates ultrasound machines to STARS

Husky Energy donates ultrasound machines to STARS

Husky Energy’s President & Chief Executive Officer John C.S. Lau presented the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) with a $100,000 cheque today at the Calgary STARS base to fund two new ultrasound machines. “The use of ultrasounds offers another important, sophisticated tool to assist our air medical crew in caring for the critically… Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Mar-10

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Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

Calgary police helicopters are reported to have flown too close to other aircraft at least 11 times in the last four years, a CBC News investigation has found. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2010/03/05/calgary-police-helicopter-close-calls-air-planes.html#ixzz0i2WRCpqo

Source: CBC, 13-Mar-10

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STARS readies itself for CAMTS accreditation audit in early March

STARS readies itself for CAMTS accreditation audit in early March

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) will conduct the accreditation site visit of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) from March 8 – 9, 2010. STARS has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems since 1998 through this voluntary process. Accreditation renewal occurs every three years…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 02-Feb-10

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STARS kicks off 25th celebration as first patient speaks at annual Gala

STARS kicks off 25th celebration as first patient speaks at annual Gala

The annual STARS and SPURS Gala, hosted by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), was a huge success Saturday night raising approximately $458,000 for the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). The event kicked off STARS’ 25 year anniversary celebrations with an emotional speech by Kelly Hulstein, the first patient to be flown… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Jan-10

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STARS asks Albertans to share stories on new 25 year anniversary weblog

STARS asks Albertans to share stories on new 25 year anniversary weblog

STARS is celebrating 25 years of care in the air next year and is asking Albertans to share their stories on a new STARS Weblog at www.stars.ca

Source: STARS, 02-Nov-09

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Nexen logo unveiled on STARS helicopter in recognition of $500K donation

Nexen’s logo was unveiled on a STARS helicopter in recognition of Nexen reaching a $500,000 donation milestone in cumulative giving. Nexen President and CEO Marvin Romanow and STARS Foundation Vice President Phil Levson, took part in the event alongside STARS crew members.

Source: STARS, 23-Oct-09

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STARS air ambulance service asks city to triple annual donation

STARS air ambulance service asks city to triple annual donation

STARS Grande Prairie is asking the city for $100,000 more a year from on top of what it is already providing to help fund the organization.

Source: Daily Herald Tribune, 20-Oct-09

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