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Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized leaders of the air medical transport industry Tuesday for their efforts to improve safety and quality of service. BJ Miles, Director of Safety and Risk Management for Life Flight Network in Aurora, Ore., received the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

The powerful twin-engine Airbus Helicopters H135 deftly navigated the heat and high altitude of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains after it was put into service last summer. California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR), the first U.S. air medical transport service to operate the H135, reports the aircraft has exceeded expectations. Based in Sacramento, Calif., CALSTAR took… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation has delivered two Airbus Helicopters H135 (P3) aircraft to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), the first of five H135 air medical transport helicopters the operator ordered last year. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jul-16

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (“CALSTAR”), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement, REACH… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Jun-16

CALSTAR orders five H135

CALSTAR orders five H135

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR) has ordered five H135 air medical helicopters. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport service operators. The order announcement was made Monday in a ceremony at the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Oct-15

Sutter Medical Center staff train on new helistop

Sutter Medical Center staff train on new helistop

Sutter Medical Center staff are in training to handle air ambulance transports from the helistop atop midtown Sacramento’s tallest building — the Anderson Luchetti Women’s and Children’s Center — to a neonatal intensive care unit on the seventh floor. See Full Story

Source: BizJournals, 01-Jul-15

HAI Board of Directors Update

HAI Board of Directors Update

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, HAI regular members attending the association’s annual general membership meeting elected three members to the Board of Directors. The board provides oversight of and direction for HAI’s work on behalf of members. Its seats are apportioned in relation to the percentage of each type of member represented in the HAI… Read more »

Source: HAI, 28-Apr-15

26-Feb-15 N834CS Airbus EC13P2e Vacaville, US-California

Precautionary landing shortly after take-off

26-Feb-15

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Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

In 1997, Metro Aviation completed its first Airbus Helicopters EC135 for STAT MedEvac, serial number 0009. Since then, the worldwide completion leader has customized many EC135’s for air medical, law enforcement, utility and corporate clients. Recently, Metro delivered its 200th EC135 completion to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR). The EC135, designed and produced by… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Oct-14

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Helicopter Flight Training Center Welcomes CALSTAR as Co-Launch Customer for EC135 Simulator

Helicopter Flight Training Center Welcomes CALSTAR as Co-Launch Customer for EC135 Simulator

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce California Shock Trauma Air Rescue Ambulance (CALSTAR) as its co-launch customer for EC135 simulator training at the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  CALSTAR recently signed a five-year training agreement utilizing the EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator. “Safety is a priority for Metro and I can say that… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation Delivers Fifth EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation Delivers Fifth EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation recently delivered the fifth Eurocopter EC135 to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR). Metro will provide eight EC135’s as part of a comprehensive fleet upgrade and standardization plan for the helicopter emergency medical service. The Metro Headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana is becoming a second home for most of the CALSTAR family, but the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 19-Sep-13

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CALSTAR appoints new Chief Pilot

CALSTAR appoints new Chief Pilot

Marcus Isbill, a veteran pilot of nearly 30 years, has been named chief pilot for CALSTAR, Jim Arthur, director of flight operations, has announced. Isbill’s aviation career started in 1985 with the U.S. Army.  Prior to retiring in 2001, he served in multiple roles in the military, including UH-1 chief of standardization and instrument examiner…. Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 21-May-13

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CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

january was a historic month for CALSTAR as we transported our 50,000th patient, CALSTAR CEO Lynn Malmstrom announced. “Surpassing 50,000 patient transports is a significant accomplishment and we would like to recognize our dedicated CALSTAR team members, past and present, as well as our many industry partners who have made it possible,” Malmstrom said. CALSTAR… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 19-Apr-13

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CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

After completing approximately 7,000 flights, the CALSTAR base in Ukiah marked its 15th anniversary Monday. The base, known as CALSTAR-4, serves the diverse and largely remote areas of Mendocino and Lake Counties (see full story).

Source: The Ukiah Daily Journal, 18-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation recently delivered the third of eight new EC135s to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR).  The new aircraft are part of a comprehensive fleet upgrade and standardization plan for the helicopter emergency medical service based in McClellan, CA.  Metro will provide eight EC135s to replace the program’s older fleet, making it an all-Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Apr-13

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CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

Sacramento based CALSTAR, the largest nonprofit air ambulance on the west coast, is the first air ambulance in the United States to introduce a new “clot stabilizing” treatment to its arsenal of medications. Tranexamic acid (TXA) could save hundreds of lives in California and thousands across the country, according to Dr. David Duncan, CALSTAR’s medical… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 17-Apr-13

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American Eurocopter leads in helicopter sales for EMS missions

American Eurocopter leads in helicopter sales for EMS missions

Many times each day, a call goes out somewhere in the United States for a helicopter to provide emergency airlift for a critically injured or ill patient. More often than not, a Eurocopter helicopter sold and supported by American Eurocopter answers the call. As Heli-Expo 2013 begins, American Eurocopter can proudly say that in 2012… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

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CALSTAR launches new Eurocopter EC135s

CALSTAR launches new Eurocopter EC135s

Central Coast residents had the opportunity Friday night to check out two new air ambulances that recently started serving the area and have the capability to whisk them to safety in an emergency (see full story)

Source: Lompoc Record, 28-Jan-13

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CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

Specialist Aviation Services have imported a pair of MD Explorers from California, which have been purchased from EMS operator CALSTAR.  The two have been registered as G-HMDX and G-KSSA and are serials 900-00121 (previously N902RN) and 900-00123 (previously N902CS) respectively. G-HMDX is for Magpas Helimedix, a more recent addition to the UK EMS scene.  Magpas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-13

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19-Nov-12 N222RX Bell 222U Santa Maria, US-California

Post flight inspection revealed damage following bird strike

19-Nov-12

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CALSTAR to standardise on EC135 – orders up to eight

CALSTAR to standardise on EC135 – orders up to eight

American Eurocopter announced today that California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), with headquarters at McClellan, CA, has agreed to purchase up to eight EC135® helicopters. CALSTAR operates nine full-time bases in northern and central California and is the largest nonprofit air ambulance provider on the west coast. With this order, it will replace its older,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 16-Aug-12

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Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

This month, Rose Gaither marks her 25th year as a flight nurse. At 57, she is the longest flying flight nurse at CalSTAR (see full story)

15-Jun-12

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Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has named Cordelia Resident Scott Wallace, R.N., C.C.R.N., C.F.R.N., as its new Director of Medical Operations, CALSTAR COO Tad Henderson announced. In his new position, Wallace will have direct responsibility for all medical operations of CALSTAR, the largest non-profit air ambulance provider on the West Coast. “Scott is a… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 15-May-12

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CALSTAR closes two bases

CALSTAR closes two bases

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a not-for-profit air ambulance company serving northern and central California announced two changes today in its base operations. The organization has suspended operations of its helicopter base located in Jackson, Amador County (CALSTAR 10). The company will also relocate its helicopter base operations, formerly known as CALSTAR 11, from… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 19-Jan-12

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Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

The Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation has donated $25,000 to the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Ukiah. It is the ninth year in a row that the foundation has made a substantial donation to the base, known as CALSTAR 4. According to Deborah Pardee, R.N., M.S., North Bay Regional Director for CALSTAR, the donations… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 15-Dec-11

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Calstar installs Belfort AWOS at California Hospital

Calstar installs Belfort AWOS at California Hospital

Belfort Instrument Company, one of the country’s oldest meteorological sensor and meteorological system manufactures, has installed its DigiWxTM Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) at the George L Mee Memorial Hospital (09CA), King City, California. The AWOS AV provides real-time wind speed, wind direction, temperature, relative humidity, dewpoint and altimeter setting, visibility, and cloud height information… Read more »

Source: Belfort Instrument, 14-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

he chief flight nurse at the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in South Lake Tahoe can remember like it was yesterday when the base started operations 10 years ago this month.  Bryan Pond, CFRN CCRN, vividly recalls the challenges, and enthusiasm, of getting the base operational. All of the crew members were brought… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Vacaville, known as CALSTAR 8, marks its 5th anniversary this month.  Since the base opened in 2006, flight crews have flown approximately 1,400 critically ill and injured patients throughout Solano and surrounding counties. According to Chief Flight Nurse Scott Wallace, approximately two thirds of the calls… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

The BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in South Lake Tahoe has been installed with a $230,000 Super Lifter Kit, giving it enhanced aerodynamic performance, more speed, more efficiency and less vibration while in flight. For the few pilots who have had the opportunity to fly it, the BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 30-May-11

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Two California EMS lawsuits grounded by Federal and State courts

Two California EMS lawsuits grounded by Federal and State courts

In two days in late March, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Sonoma County Superior Court dismissing separate claims by EMS operators seeking to obtain medical provider benefits under workers’ compensation without following the dictates of the California workers’ compensation system

Source: Barger & Wolen, 13-Apr-11

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Calstar deal with Solano County ends over legal technicality

Calstar deal with Solano County ends over legal technicality

Contrary to state law requirements, Solano County did not establish an EOA prior to awarding an air ambulance contract to CALSTAR in 2007, and because of this the contract must be terminated

16-Sep-10

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Night Flight Concepts completes NVG maintenance training for CALSTAR

Night Flight Concepts completes NVG maintenance training for CALSTAR

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) completed NVG Maintenance Training to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue “CALSTAR”. Night Flight Concepts is the industry’s premier provider of night vision goggle equipment, training, and maintenance solutions. CALSTAR is a non-profit Air Ambulance organization headquartered in Sacramento California. The company became the first non-hospital-based Air Ambulance Program in the nation,… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 15-Sep-10

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CALSTAR Trains with NVG

CALSTAR Trains with NVG

Three new pairs of night vision goggles were bought with money from a private donation. They’re worth $15,000 each.

Source: KION, 29-Jul-10

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Calstar’s plans for Hollister base on hold

Calstar’s plans for Hollister base on hold

The Hollister base’s opening – it would be Calstar’s 11th in the state – has been delayed before. Calstar’s original plan was to have the base open by April 2009, but because of the economy it postponed the completion to later in the summer. Nearly a year later, the project remains incomplete.

Source: Hollister Freelance, 24-Apr-10

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CALSTAR appoints new CFO

CALSTAR appoints new CFO

McClellan, Calif. – California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a nonprofit air ambulance service, has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. Mark A. Vincenzini was formerly the CFO for International Business Systems in Folsom, CA.  Vincenzini assumed his new duties March 1st. He replaces current CFO Lynn Malmstrom, who was recently promoted to CEO following… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 05-Mar-10

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CALSTAR CEO retires, new leader named

CALSTAR CEO retires, new leader named

CEO Joseph F. Cook, a 22-year veteran of the organization, will retire at the end of March.

Source: The Californian, 24-Feb-10

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CALSTAR appoints new CFO

CALSTAR appoints new CFO

Lynn D. Malmstrom, a senior executive with more than 30 years of management experience, has been hired as the Chief Financial Officer of California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR).

Source: Vertical, 07-Dec-09

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06-Dec-09 N623MB Eurocopter Bo105 nr McClellan, US-California

06-Dec-09

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MD Helicopters, Inc. to Show at 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. to Show at 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) will have a booth at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) and will have on display the latest California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) MD Explorer.

Source: Vertical, 23-Oct-09

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CALSTAR Leads the Way in Pioneering Helicopter Modification

CALSTAR Leads the Way in Pioneering Helicopter Modification

CALSTAR has the first helicopter in the world modified to allow for dramatically enhanced abilities and increased safety to make landings while using Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), Joseph Cook, CALSTAR’s President and CEO announced today.

Source: CALSTAR, 26-Jun-09

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CALSTAR races into the sky for grand opening in Amador

Source: Ledger Dispatch, 23-Jun-09

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15-May-09 N902EC MD Helicopters MD902 Salinas, US-California

15-May-09 N902EC MD Helicopters MD902 Salinas, US-California

15-May-09

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CALSTAR starts service out of Jackson

Source: Ledger Dispatch, 16-Apr-09

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CALSTAR seeks court relief over reduced Worker’s Compensation reimbursements

Source: Vertical Magazine, 11-Feb-09

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CALSTAR Completes Major Engine Upgrades on Eurocopter Bo105LS fleet

Source: Vertical Magazine, 28-Jan-09

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MD Helicopters wins order for five MD902s from CALSTAR

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Feb-08

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