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Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

David Rodriguez, Donald Kowalski, Nathan Carrion and George Karcher, a crew from Cal Fire have been awarded with the California State Firefighters Association’s Medal of Valor. This was after they performed a dangerous rescue on September 6, rescuing a badly hurt climber who was stuck, upside down, 2,682m off the ground on Mount San Jacinto,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

The Gozo General Hospital’s helicopter was under scrutiny after the death of a heart patient. Allegations were made that the helicopter was faulty, and the elderly patient could not be transferred to Malta due to this. An inquiry into this revealed that “No difficulties were encountered during the transfer of the patient from GGH to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 to Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Transport program. The hospital partnered with Metro Aviation to customize the aircraft at Metro’s completion center in Shreveport, La. The H135 features a standard medical interior including various specialty add-ons including a Cardiosave mount for hemodynamic support and Outerlink’s IRIS – a system for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

First Flight turns 30

First Flight turns 30

In 1988, Ronald Reagan was President, shuttle Discovery led the space program back into flight nearly three years after the Challenger disaster, and, on the local front, Brevard County’s first and only air ambulance program debuted. This year marks 30 years of Health First’s First Flight — the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) mobile medical unit… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

During the Tracheal Reconstruction, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeries workshop, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said that they are planning on introducing helicopter ambulance services to the Tamil Nadu area. Specifically, to transport hearts to transplant centres that lack nearby airports, reports The Hindu.

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-18

Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam is responding to the call for help in communities that will be affected by Hurricane Florence. They will be sending 72 crew members with 12 helicopters for as long as need be. Once at their designated communities, the crews will be working under FEMA as well as state and local EMS agencies,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

When it gets summer, the numbers of operations in the ÖAMTC air rescue are rising sharply. The most powerful ÖAMTC emergency helicopter between late June and early September (June 30 to September 9, 2018) was the Christophorus 9 stationed in Vienna. This helicopter was alerted to 410 missions in Vienna, Lower Austria and northern Burgenland.Missions… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 13-Sep-18

Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Arizona Lifeline 3 closed its base at the Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital after ten years of service. Program Director Ed Brouse has commented that the decision to close was due to numerous factor and has been ongoing for several years. The Nogales community will still be served by Lifenet 6, working from the Tubac Fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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HIOWAA mark National Air Ambulance Week 2018

HIOWAA mark National Air Ambulance Week 2018

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have marked the start of National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) by announcing that they have been tasked to over 1,000 emergencies so far this year. The week shines the spotlight on the work of Air Ambulance charities across the country and celebrates the life-saving services they provide… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 11-Sep-18

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Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) today welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal to their air base. During the visit he met with representatives from GWAAC to find out more about their new air base, which is currently under construction in Almondsbury. The HELP Appeal is the only… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Sep-18

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Redmond Announces New Helipad

Redmond Announces New Helipad

Members of the community and Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce joined Redmond Regional on Thursday, August 23 for a ribbon cutting celebration of the hospital’s new helipad. In addition to the new construction, Redmond also announced an agreement with AirLife Georgia to base a full-time helicopter and flight crew at the hospital. Redmond’s decision to… Read more »

Source: Redmond Regional Medical Center, 11-Sep-18

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HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

With over 500 flights each year it’s quite common to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and this much used facility is about to undergo an upgrade. The upgrade to the current landing site will allow the helipad to meet the increasing demands due to larger… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Sep-18

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Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods, a global leader in emergency air medical services, and Anthem today announced that the companies are partnering to provide Anthem consumers with access to Air Methods’ emergency medical services as part of their in-network health coverage benefits. The new partnership covers consumers who are enrolled in Anthem affiliated health plans in Indiana, Kentucky,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Sep-18

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EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has today publically launched our new First Aid Training Programme. Our mission is simple, we want to save more lives and minimise the impact of trauma and medical emergencies in the future by forming the chain of survival and delivering first aid training to workplaces and community organisations across East… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 06-Sep-18

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MedFlight to fly into new facility

MedFlight to fly into new facility

Visitors to Troy have been watching the progress as the new Kettering hospital Troy location has been rising from the former Hobart property at the corners of West Main, Elm, and Water streets. As construction progresses, Kettering Health Network is excited to let residents know of some of the services that will be available at… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development is just about to be taken, with the purchase of a new state of the art Airbus H145 helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Aug-18

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AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) would like to respond to the National Association of State EMS Officials press release, dated Aug 3, “NASEMSO Responds to Borders in the Sky.” NASEMSO and AAMS, as well as a host of other organizations, support the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). That compact, according… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Aug-18

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Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper University Health Care has expanded its life-saving air medical transport service to the South Jersey community with the addition of a new helicopter. Cooper has been providing this vital service to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties since 2010. The new helicopter, Cooper 2, is based out of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have flown to their 8,000th mission. The crew who responded to the milestone mission on Wednesday evening (1st August) were Dr Liz Shewry, Specialist Critical Care paramedics, Mike Funge and Oliver Saddler and Pilot Marcus Doyle. Since the first flight 11 years ago, our Critical Care Teams have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-18

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Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations. “We are proud of the growth and service we’ve been… Read more »

Source: Lifestar Air Medical, 09-Aug-18

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Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Helicopters will be an increasingly comfortable means of transport; by reducing noise and vibration inside the helicopter, pilot workload can be reduced, search and rescue tasks are easier and the quality of medical treatment in air ambulances is improved. It is the reason Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) are developing new technologies for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Aug-18

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Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Chicago’s only hospital-based medical flight program began flying a more advanced helicopter this month. The Airbus EC145 replaces the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)’s Dauphin N model helicopter, which has been in use since 1990. The retiring helicopter has transported more than 13,000 patients across the region during its tenure at the University of Chicago Medicine…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Aug-18

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EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

United Rotorcraft has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its modular emergency medical services (EMS) interiors for both the AW169 and AW139 helicopters. United Rotorcraft’s AW139 and AW169 EMS interiors include configurations for medical or passenger transport. The EMS configuration includes a freestanding equipment rack; a Medical Transport Module… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Aug-18

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CALSTAR to add base in Santa Cruz County

CALSTAR to add base in Santa Cruz County

CALSTAR Air Medical Services, a subsidiary of REACH Air Medical Holdings, has announced that it will open a new air medical transport base in Santa Cruz County California. The base will provide emergency air medical transport services to the communities of Santa Cruz County and the surrounding regions. “We are incredibly proud of this expansion,”… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR Air Medical Services, 30-Jul-18

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UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health East Texas Air 1 revealed their new helicopter design and uniforms today, during a celebration at UT Health Tyler, along with new state-of-the-art technology that enables flight paramedics to transmit patient data to the hospital and a safety tracking system. “The Outerlink Iris System is a next generation satellite communications system that will… Read more »

Source: UT Health East Texas Air 1, 25-Jul-18

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Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a lease transaction for three new AW169 helicopters to Emerald Pacific Airlines (“Emerald Pacific”) in Taiwan to be used in EMS operations and other missions.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s third, fourth, and fifth AW169 deliveries globally, as… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 24-Jul-18

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Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The 55 aircraft include 21 repurposed H225s,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jul-18

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Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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GVH awarded EASA STC for H135 Aeromedical System

GVH awarded EASA STC for H135 Aeromedical System

GVH Aerospace has been awarded the EASA STC for the installation of its AeroStretcher Mk IV Modular Aeromedical System on the Airbus H135 helicopter. The AeroStretcher Mk IV system is an evolution of the previous Mk III product which was very well received by the helicopter transport operators and provided them with the capability to rapidly reconfigure their aircraft to… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 18-Jul-18

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Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

The last purpose-built HM Coastguard helicopter base at Lydd, Kent, was opened today, marking a major milestone in the UK’s national search and rescue helicopter service. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the base and witnessed the duty search and rescue helicopter crew returning from a training sortie, in a… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-18

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First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

Hospital Wing, a Memphis-based air ambulance company, has become the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator in the U.S. to take its operation fully paperless. Utilizing the Flightdocs HMX platform, Hospital Wing has been able to eliminate all paper-based forms and reports from its operation, significantly increasing efficiency across maintenance and operational processes. Operating… Read more »

Source: Hospital Wing, 12-Jul-18

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LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today delivered a third new Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy, fully equipped for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. The helicopter enters service with Elitaliana on a long term operating lease from LCI, and joins two other AW169s delivered by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Jul-18

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LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, today announces its first helicopter lease in China with the placement of three new Leonardo AW139 aircraft with Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. (“Kingwing”), each configured for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. This latest announcement reinforces LCI’s long-held strategy of curating a balanced and diverse… Read more »

Source: Lease Corporation International, 03-Jul-18

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Air Ambulance Aeromedical conference a success

Air Ambulance Aeromedical conference a success

Delegates have travelled from across the UK to attend the annual Aeromedical Conference organised by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). The theme for the event, sponsored by Specialist Aviation Services, Leonardo Helicopters and Anglia Ruskin University was `Paediatrics – Our Care, Their Future’. Speakers focussed on the causes, prevalence and changing face of paediatric… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 02-Jul-18

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New Vanderbilt LifeFlight Base

New Vanderbilt LifeFlight Base

Vanderbilt LifeFlight had a ribbon cutting ceremony at Humboldt’s Municipal Airport to celebrate their new base. The new emergency helicopter base, costing around $10 million, is now the second in West Tennessee, with the other situated in Henry County, reports Jackson Sun.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Air Medic wins 18 month contract with Quebec Government

Air Medic wins 18 month contract with Quebec Government

[electronic translation] Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, today announced that a helicopter medical transportation pilot project between some of the network’s facilities will be put in place for a period of 18 months. The announcement was attended by the Executive Vice President of Airmedic Inc., Ms.Sophie Larochelle . The Sacré-Cœur Hospital of the Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal… Read more »

Source: Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services, 26-Jun-18

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NIAS and NIAS jointly issued a Spring Review Report of HEMS

NIAS and NIAS jointly issued a Spring Review Report of HEMS

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and the charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI), have jointly issued a Spring Review Report of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, revealing positive progress in meeting the objective to deliver a doctor/ paramedic service as a partnership. The report reviews the performance of the service against agreed objectives, service… Read more »

Source: AANI, 26-Jun-18

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Helipad Ceremony for Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation

Helipad Ceremony for Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation

The Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation held a ground-breaking ceremony recently for a new helipad. The helipad has been made possible by donations and funding by the community, and they only have $150,000 left to raise of their $616,000 goal, reports DL Online.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jun-18

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Hong Kong Government Flying Service receive first H175s

Hong Kong Government Flying Service receive first H175s

Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations. In 2015, GFS became the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-18

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Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance will shortly be propelling its way to Ireland, after a contract signing this weekend. Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) – a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care – has signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 14-Jun-18

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United Rotorcraft receives China CAAC Validation for Bell 407

United Rotorcraft receives China CAAC Validation for Bell 407

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce they have received  CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) validations of Supplemental Type Certificates (VSTC) for the United Rotorcraft 407 EMS kit, their Articulating Litter Loading System (ALLS), and their controllable Search Light kit. The validation supports the delivery of the first three Chinese EMS Bell 407s. United Rotorcraft’s… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 11-Jun-18

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Mercyhealth REACT Has New Helicopter in Service

Mercyhealth REACT Has New Helicopter in Service

Mercyhealth REACT has a new Airbus EC145 helicopter, which will replace the air medical program’s Airbus EC135 aircraft. With the Airbus EC145, REACT will be able to support a wider variety of missions and deliver specialized care to women and children. Air Methods, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, provides the helicopter and aviation services to Mercyhealth… Read more »

Source: Mercyhealth REACT, 11-Jun-18

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Air Methods will expand air medical services into Spearfish

Air Methods will expand air medical services into Spearfish

Black Hills Life Flight, an Air Methods program, will open its Spearfish community air medical base this summer. On Monday, the mayor of the City of Spearfish, Dana Boke, signed the contract that approved the base move. “Air Methods has been a pleasure to work with,” said Mayor Boke.  “Their presence in Spearfish will provide… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 08-Jun-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance sign £100K sponsorship deal

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance sign £100K sponsorship deal

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is pleased to announce that it has signed a three-year partnership with Chelmsford-based Essex Media Ltd. The deal, which is worth nearly £100,000, will cover the cost of one life-saving mission each month and see Essex Media’s logos appear on EHAAT’s fleet of two helicopters and four Rapid Response Vehicles… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 08-Jun-18

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Clickimin Helipad Voted to Stay

Clickimin Helipad Voted to Stay

The Shetland Islands Council voted for the Clickimin temporary helipad to retain on a permanent basis. The vote was supported by members of the planning committee, although local residents voiced their complaints. They are concerned over the noise the helicopter makes, the smell of aviation fuel and worry that it will devaluate property. The helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-18

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Lakenheath bids farewell to Rescue Squadrons

Lakenheath bids farewell to Rescue Squadrons

The 48th Fighter Wing bid farewell to the 56th Rescue Squadron during a ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2018. The event signals the near-completion of the 56th and 57th RQS relocation to Aviano Air Base, Italy, which was announced in November 2015.The relocation to Aviano Air Base will provide strategic combat… Read more »

Source: hh60g-6, 28-May-18

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Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States has released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. The tool, developed in partnership with dispatch software creator Flight Vector, saves valuable time when… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 25-May-18

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Collier County FL to buy new helicopter

Collier County FL to buy new helicopter

Collier County has had gained approval for the purchase of a new Airbus helicopter. The request for a new helicopter was sent after their only EMS helicopter had to make an emergency landing at Naples airport, as there is an issue with the engine. The new helicopter will cost around $10 million but will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-18

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New EMS Helipad being built at Columbus TX

New EMS Helipad being built at Columbus TX

The construction of a helipad at Columbus TX has begun and is expected to be finished within the year. PHI Air Medical will be stationed at Robert G. Wells Airport during the construction. The work includes living areas for the staff and walkways and connections from the helipad to the hangar, reports Colorado County Citizen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

A newch apter in the history of Wiltshire Air Ambulance began on Thursday 10th May 2018 when  the charity starts working from its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. The move to the new airbase co-incides with the successful conclusion of the charity’s major fundraising Airbase Appeal. The custom-built airbase, at Outmarsh, will bring together… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 23-May-18

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Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Leading air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation has opened a new AeroCare medical helicopter base in Plainview, Texas, joining a ground ambulance already operating there. A medically-equipped Bell 407 helicopter is now available at Hale County Airport to serve patients in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.   “Med-Trans Corporation is pleased to be able… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 23-May-18

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Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III has announced the opening of its new air medical helicopter base in Marshfield, Wisconsin. This new base is a 24-hour operation located at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 22-May-18

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920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller, 10th Air Force commander, awarded Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, with the Power and Vigilance Award May 8, during the Combat Planning Council social at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. The Power and Vigilance Award is presented to the 10th Air Force unit… Read more »

Source: 920th Rescue Wing, 21-May-18

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Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Dr Louisa Chan has been appointed as the Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). As Medical Lead, Dr Chan will join the Charity’s Programme Management Team tasked with overseeing HIOWAA’s transition to a new Clinical Services Operating Model in 2018. Transition planning began in 2017 and the building blocks have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 17-May-18

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AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is greatly concerned about the unintended negative consequences that can result from the recent Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act, reported to be introduced today by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  While it is the position of AAMS that all our members advocate on behalf of their patients and work… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-May-18

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Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

The PT-8 Oceanwatch delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area and makes the CAMCOPTER® S-100 an even more powerful naval patrol solution. Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-May-18

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Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

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Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) now has night vision imaging technology aboard three of its air ambulance helicopters, to safely reach more patients at night. The helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. A fourth BCEHS air ambulance helicopter is based in Kamloops, and it will be equipped to provide night vision flight operations… Read more »

Source: BCEHS, 09-May-18

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Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-18

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Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

[electronic translation] Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been… Read more »

Source: Barco, 02-May-18

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DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

[electronic translation] DRF Luftrettung presented the new rescue helicopter “Christoph 47” at its station in Greifswald, a state-of-the-art EC 145. Harry Glawe, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Health of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, took part in the official commissioning of the red and white Engine in the cockpit. Greifswald. There was tense silence as… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Apr-18

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New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

Elite Aviation is the first local commercial aviation service in Fiji. They provide EMS and disaster management services with their Bell 212. They hope to expand in the coming years, with larger helicopters. The idea for the company came from couple Alaena and Mathew Hill, who were affected by the floods in Fiji in 2011-2012…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-18

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The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service charity has welcomed a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the excellent standard of emergency and urgent care it provides following a comprehensive inspection of services. The published report highlights the exceptional work of The Air Ambulance Service which provides the national Children’s Air Ambulance and two local air ambulances –… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 19-Apr-18

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ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

[electronic translation] The ARA air rescue presented today at their station in Reutte the new emergency ambulance “RK-2”. The state-of-the-art, high-performance H 145 is the first of its type to go into service in Austria and represents a generational change in the country’s air rescue. The ARBÖ automobile club and the ARA air rescue also officially… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 19-Apr-18

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CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Group announced they have signed a 30-month contract continuation with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to provide search and rescue services at five bases around Australia. As part of the continuation, six new generation AW139 aircraft will replace the current S76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for RAAF. The first of these aircraft have already… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Apr-18

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DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

A man suffers from severe pain in the chest, a small girl is seriously injured in a car accident – in an emergency every minute counts! In a maximum of two minutes, the crew of the “Christoph 27” will be in the air to bring emergency medical care to people in an emergency. On 1 April, the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Apr-18

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DRF reports operational stats for 2017

DRF reports operational stats for 2017

A total of 36,283 times, DRF air-rescue crews were alerted last year to provide emergency medical help to severely injured or ill people, or fly them to specialized centers for treatment (2016: 35,846). The proportion of operations carried out in the dark was once again around one fifth at the 24-hour stations. The DRF Luftrettung has been… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 16-Apr-18

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Dam Helicopters to Help with EMS

Dam Helicopters to Help with EMS

Dunc Wassick, owner of Dam Helicopters, has used his company to help with EMS rescues in West Kootenay. Although Dam Helicopters specializes in mining, forestry, wildlife management, tourism flights, EMS as well as hydro power, Dunc has ensured that the helicopter is available to be called out for medical emergency services. He believes that the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been highly praised by independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following an inspection earlier this year, the CQC highlighted areas of outstanding practice at the Charity’s two airbases – in North Weald and Earls Colne – with no recommendations for further improvement. Inspectors said: “The staff’s… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 12-Apr-18

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Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as a resource for the leading critical care air medical transport company’s safety system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety and quality management, and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 11-Apr-18

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STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight has increased their fees in an effort to put the payment on users of the helicopter service, rather than taxpayers. The previous costs were $4,500 for country residents and $9,500 for non-residents, with an additional cost of $165 per mile. Now, the prices have risen to $15,500 for both residents and non-residents, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-18

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Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems celebrated today the 1,000th delivery of its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Two-Axis Autopilot to an EMS operator of an Airbus EC130T2. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) is the leading autopilot certified for light and medium rotorcraft. This affordable system greatly improves safety, dramatically reduces pilot workload, and provides… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystem, 23-Mar-18

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Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Due to the growing need for helicopters in critical emergency and business situations, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics has expanded its global service capabilities to provide additional logistics support to the Helicopter industry worldwide. Helicopters provide vital transport services for search and rescue, emergency medical services, military, law enforcement and firefighting missions, as well as critical… Read more »

Source: Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, 13-Mar-18

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NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

Christchurch Hospital has started a campaign to raise $1 million in order to build a helipad on top of their west tower. It takes patients 13 minutes to get to the hospital in a ground ambulance from the helipad in Hagley Park. The Rātā Foundation has proposed to put forward $500,000 if the Māia Health Foundation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-18

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Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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