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REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH), will place a new type of helicopter in the region, an Airbus H125 helicopter. The new model was purchased by REACH specifically for service in Montana because of its high-reliability rates, high-altitude performance capabilities, and safety features. The new aircraft is specially outfitted for use in the air medical environment… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 21-Sep-17

Bristow Norway wins five year contracts for two S92s

Bristow Norway wins five year contracts for two S92s

Bristow Norway today announced that it has secured a multi-year contract to provide helicopter offshore crew change and search and rescue (SAR) services to support Eni Norge and Statoil in the Barents Sea. The five-year deal, which is a renewal of an existing contract, includes options to extend by three years, and will commence September… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 21-Sep-17

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Bristow SAR Crew Receives Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award

Bristow SAR Crew Receives Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award

Bristow’s search and rescue (SAR) crew at Prestwick received the Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award in recognition of a recent life-saving mission in the North Atlantic. Sikorsky presented the award to Bristow UK SAR Project Manager Neil Ebberson on September 12, 2017, during the 2017 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition. The Bristow crew members being… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 15-Sep-17

30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

Thirty years ago, the first air ambulance service was formed in Cornwall.  More recently, Northern Ireland; the only area within the UK without such a service, became operational. Since then, these critical life-saving services have invested funds to expand their operations, increased their operating hours to operate at night, upgraded to larger aircrafts, increased their… Read more »

Source: AOAA, 14-Sep-17

Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters will highlight its wide range of products and services at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, from 14th to 17th September in Tianjin. The company will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its presence in China. Visitors will be able to take a closer look on the Airbus Helicopters stand at China’s very… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Sep-17

Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

The ST ATHAN HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team has completed its 500th mission milestone since Bristow Helicopters commenced SAR operations on behalf of HM Coastguard in October 2015.  The base was one of the first purpose-built sites created as Bristow took responsibility for the UK SAR service, with each new base representing… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Sep-17

Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of repair and overhaul services for the Bell 429, a helicopter with features that support the mission of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and related public service operators. “We pride ourselves on working at the speed of… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 12-Sep-17

Air Methods and Blue Cross Finalize Agreement

Air Methods and Blue Cross Finalize Agreement

Air Methods (NASDAQ:AIRM), the global leader in emergency air medical services, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Blue Cross of Idaho, the leading health insurer in Idaho. The new agreement allows Blue Cross of Idaho members access to Air Methods’ life-saving emergency air medical services in Idaho. “No matter where our members… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Sep-17

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LA County Fire Dept contracts for 4th and 5th Fire Hawks

LA County Fire Dept contracts for 4th and 5th Fire Hawks

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, received a contract from the County of Los Angeles for two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters in a baseline configuration. Sikorsky is assembling the two new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for delivery to L.A. County in December 2017. Compared to the S-70A model, the S-70i aircraft will feature wide… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Sep-17

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Helijet to install NVIS on British Columbia EMS S76C fleet

Helijet to install NVIS on British Columbia EMS S76C fleet

This winter, Helijet International Inc. and BC Ambulance Service will develop and install Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) into all three of its dedicated air ambulance helicopters. Helijet operates the specially-equipped Sikorsky S-76C+ medical helicopters on a 7/24 basis from its Vancouver International Airport and Prince Rupert/Seal Cove base facilities under long term contracts with… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 08-Sep-17

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Duke of Cambridge to open Aintree Hospital helipad

Duke of Cambridge to open Aintree Hospital helipad

Kensington Palace has announced that The Duke of Cambridge will visit Aintree University Hospital to formally open the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre (UCAT) this month. The £35m facility, which took four years to construct, is one of the most modern emergency centres in the country. During his visit on Thursday 14th September The… Read more »

Source: Aintree Hospital, 08-Sep-17

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance launches mascot

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance launches mascot

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has welcomed a new member to the team – an eight-foot paramedic mascot. Set to become a firm favourite throughout Scotland – especially with younger supporters – the as-yet-unnamed mascot was unveiled this week at SCAA’s Perth Airport base. The mascot wears similar kit to SCAA’s pool of six paramedics… Read more »

Source: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, 07-Sep-17

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New Helipad for China-Japan Friendship Hospital

New Helipad for China-Japan Friendship Hospital

The China-Japan Friendship Hospital in downtown Beijing officially opened their new helipad August 29. Built on top of their four-story car park, the helipad will be able to increase survival rates for critical patients up to 25%. It will also be the only helipad that will be used specifically for medical services, reports China Daily…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-17

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Ipswich gets permission for Helipad

Ipswich gets permission for Helipad

Ipswich Borough Council has given planning permission to The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to create a new lifesaving helipad beside its emergency department. The HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads, has agreed to fund the entire work, which will cost £250,000. It is likely that… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 04-Sep-17

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Helipad Plans Stalled for Fort St. John Hospital

Helipad Plans Stalled for Fort St. John Hospital

The Fort St. John Hospital Helipad Steering Committee has announced they are no longer going to build a helipad at Fort St. John Hospital. Their reports found that that they cannot afford the construction at the moment and that there is not a big enough demand or need for it medically. Moira Green, a representative… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-17

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Kaweah Deltas 10,000th Helipad Landing Celebration

Kaweah Deltas 10,000th Helipad Landing Celebration

The Kaweah Delta Healthcare District will be celebrating their 1,000th helicopter landing this Friday. The hospital’s helipad was built in 2013, cutting transportation time down drastically. The community played a large role in getting the much needed helipad up and running. They received donations of up to $2.3 million from the community and a sponsorship by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-17

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Life Flight Network signs agreements with Allegiance And Cigna For Montana

Life Flight Network signs agreements with Allegiance And Cigna For Montana

Life Flight Network announced today it has entered into an agreement with Allegiance and Cigna to become an in-network air ambulance provider in Montana. The announcement is a major milestone just days before Life Flight Network opens a new helicopter base at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Life Flight Network is now in-network with all… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 31-Aug-17

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Babcock completes partnership with Hampshire IOW and Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Babcock completes partnership with Hampshire IOW and Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Babcock MCS Onshore Ltd have successfully completed an innovative partnership project with Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance to enable airborne connectivity. The first within the Babcock HEMS Fleet. Comprehensive EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) testing has been completed in accordance with current EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirements to ensure… Read more »

Source: Babcock MCS Onshore, 25-Aug-17

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Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is pleased to announce a $250,000 donation by Access Credit Union to STARS, which will be allocated over five-years and directly contribute to providing time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Manitoba. “Access Credit Union seeks to invest in organizations for the betterment… Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Aug-17

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CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has released its 6th issue of best practices, publically available as a digital document.   “The highly-experienced professionals of the CAMTS Board of Directors often identify excellent and innovative practices when we review applications and site surveys for accreditation,” said CAMTS Executive Director Eileen Frazer. “In… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 22-Aug-17

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CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems Europe (CAMTS EU) has posted the final draft of CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards for comments and suggestions on its website www.camtseu.org. Sister organization to CAMTS, the largest and most respected medical transport patient care and safety accreditation organization in North America, CAMTS EU’s international standards offer fixed… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 21-Aug-17

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP, 18-Aug-17

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DART promotes Cable Cutter System

DART promotes Cable Cutter System

The team at DART Aerospace has made it a priority to promote safety within today’s helicopter industry. In a recent video, DART’s cable cutter system was used to save an aircraft and its crew from a dangerous wire strike in a rural area of Portugal. Thanks to Portugal’s initiative to pass the legislation of a mandatory… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Aug-17

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Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company has completed production on their newest 3200 Series Carbon Fiber PTU. Integrating composite components into the product lines for more than 8 years now, this is the latest full carbon fiber unit the company has designed and manufactured. “We are extremely pleased with the new product and… Read more »

15-Aug-17

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Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is excited to receive their new EC135T2+ helicopter. The new helicopter will be able fly 45 minutes longer than their previous model, has upgraded control systems and comfier seats for the crew. The team is delighted with the new helicopter and the fact that they will now be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Aug-17

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South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police (SAPOL) have rolled out highly sophisticated infra-red sensor technology among the vital equipment used on the State Rescue Helicopter. The infra-red sensors, funded by the State Government and SAPOL, were installed late last year as part of a significant technology upgrade to the helicopter currently used by SAPOL. “These sensors replaced the… Read more »

Source: South Australia Police, 14-Aug-17

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413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 14-Aug-17

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Medflight to open new Ohio base

Medflight to open new Ohio base

To celebrate their new permanent medical helicopter base, MedFlight will be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 17. The new MedFlight 8 Base, now at Preble County Medical Centre, will include living quarters for the crew and a hangar for the helicopter, reports Dayton Daily News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-17

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GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

Between 2010 and 2014, the median prices providers charged for helicopter air ambulance service approximately doubled, from around $15,000 to about $30,000 per transport, according to Medicare data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private health insurance data. Air ambulance providers do not turn away patients based on their ability to… Read more »

Source: GAO, 09-Aug-17

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RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 08-Aug-17

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Rocky Mountain Heliport Now Open

Rocky Mountain Heliport Now Open

Transport Canada has finally received the green card to land at the new heliport at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre. The town’s iconic water tower had to be demolished in order for Transport Canada to have a clear flight path. The STARS helicopter had to land at Rocky Mountain House airport with their patients… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s A.L.E.R.T rescue team was happy to add the new Bell 407-GX helicopter to their team. They have had to rely on their one aircraft for the past 18 years, causing them lots of downtime when it was sent in for maintenance. The helicopter was paid for by a private contributor, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed a First Call Agreement. The agreement improves patient care and operational efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Florence, Oregon, who need ICU level medical transportation. PeaceHealth and Life Flight Network work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest level… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 04-Aug-17

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Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia has been a proud sponsor of the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter for the past 5 years. Each year the community’s own Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is on standby 24 hours a day to help save lives across the Northern Rivers and beyond.  The Northern Region fleet carry out an… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Jul-17

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Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

19 crews from all over the country competed in the first Subcarpathian Regional Polish Championships in medical rescue. The main goals of the championships are the acquisition of professional experience, the consolidation of knowledge, exercises, the integration of the medical community, the exchange of experience. The three-day event was the first time in our region…. Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 26-Jul-17

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Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

United Helicopters International Group, the authorized distributor of Russian Helicopters holding in China has signed an agreement to supply 3 medical helicopters to Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center. Due to agreement signed on 17 July in Beijing, the Emergency Rescue Center, that is a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, will receive two Ansat helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Jul-17

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RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

Minister for Emergency Services Mark Ryan announced today the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.4 million allocation in its 2017/18 State Budget to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in Mount Isa flying to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the north-west. “The LifeFlight operations are an important emergency service for Queenslanders and in particular for… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 24-Jul-17

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HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal visited the Bristow-operated HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) base at Lee-on-Solent on July 13, 2017, and the Coastguard’s technical training centre at Daedalus to mark 100 years of flying at the site. Her Royal Highness was welcomed to the helicopter base by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lindsay Fox and taken on a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Jul-17

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Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

SW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan today officially opened the new $5.5 million NSW Ambulance & Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Belmont. Located at Lake Macquarie Airport, 864 Pacific Highway, Marks Point, Mr Morgan said the 24/7 base enables the NSW Ambulance and Hunter New England Health medical team on board to deliver faster and further… Read more »

Source: NSW Ambulance, 17-Jul-17

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Planners approve second helipad at Fort Mohave hospital

Planners approve second helipad at Fort Mohave hospital

A permit for a second helipad at Fort Mohave Hospital was approved this past week by the planning and zoning commission. The new helipad will be at the corner of Highway 95 and Wagon Wheel Lane, roughly 100 yards from the existing helipad and will have fences surrounding its 60-foot by 60-foot perimeter. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-17

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Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Royal Canadian Air Force leaders welcomed eleven new Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) into their trade today at 19 Wing Comox. The graduates from the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) are part of the 50th SAR Tech course in the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) history. The… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 13-Jul-17

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STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is celebrating its 5th anniversary of saving lives in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, STARS has carried out more than 4,000 missions to more than 500 locations across the province, and today Health Minister Jim Reiter, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Joe Hargrave… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 12-Jul-17

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Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Prestwick started flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations on Saturday 1st July. The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and are operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard. The Coastguard base… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Jul-17

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UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

A new £1m helicopter landing pad at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool received its first visitors as part of an inaugural test flight by the North West Air Ambulance. Medics say the helipad – which is operational from Monday 3rd July – will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients from air ambulance into the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jul-17

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Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network today announced it is opening a new helicopter base in Bozeman, Montana by September 1, 2017. Located at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the base will make ICU-level care provided by flight nurses, paramedics or respiratory therapists accessible to people anywhere in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. “Whether a person has suffered… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 06-Jul-17

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St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital announced today the opening of a new helipad and the completion of its parking lot expansion, which includes 81 additional spaces. A new helipad will save time in transporting critical patients to and from St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. The additional parking spaces are necessary to meet the growth in volume of… Read more »

Source: St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, 03-Jul-17

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CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC is now bowing out of Portland search and rescue work. Starting in 1995, the base provided 12-hour emergency rescue services. The Portland team have served the western end of Hampshire through to South Wales, reports ITV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

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NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

The National EMS Pilots Association is now accepting nominations for the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year and the NEMSPA Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Both awards will be presented at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas October 2017. Nominees should embody the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-17

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Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Health System officials announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a sixth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in August. The new LIFE FORCE air ambulance, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will be based in Andrews, North Carolina at the Western Carolina Regional Airport outside of Murphy, North Carolina. Erlanger Health System also… Read more »

Source: LIFE FORCE Air Medical, 28-Jun-17

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New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

The Metropolitan Methodist Hospital has unveiled their new helipad after eight months of construction. The new helipad will increase the access to care that critical cases need. The furthest they can receive patients from is Del Rio, reports KTSA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-17

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New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

A new Clinical Best Practice Guidance document has been issued by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) on ‘Advanced analgesia and sedation’ to promote best practice in advanced prehospital care, delivered by UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The new Best Practice Guide joined three other Guides being republished following updates; ‘Defibrillation and Pacing during… Read more »

Source: AAA, 16-Jun-17

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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Horizon’s Regional Council recently voted against funding a rescue helicopter service. Councillor David Cotton has said paying Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter will open up a Pandora ’s Box, as other services will also request funding. The public showed great support for the cause. But as the vote was six against to five for, the council… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Group has announced that Winchman Gary Robertson of CHC Ireland has received the Billy Deacon Search and Rescue Memorial Trophy for his role in a life-saving mission with the Irish Coast Guard. The trophy was presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at St. James Palace, on Tuesday, May 30, by HRH Prince… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 02-Jun-17

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has developed a new app that allows for emergency responders to request a helicopter at the tap of a button. The app also uses computer-aided software to send the emergency responders’ location and other helpful information directly to dispatch personnel at LifeFlight’s Communications Center. The app, developed in partnership with LifeFlight’s computer-aided dispatch… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 01-Jun-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

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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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Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, today officially announced new client Starlite Aviation Group. Starlite is a leading provider of helicopter services with a specialization in complex missions, including: relief work, helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and on/offshore oil and gas support. Starlite operates in… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL Technologies, 16-May-17

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emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, and STAT MedEvac, one of the largest single operated and dispatched air medical transport programs within the United States, are proud to announce a 5-year contract extension for STAT MedEvac to continue to utilize the emsCharts ePCR for clinical… Read more »

Source: emsCharts, 16-May-17

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Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has been awarded Level 2 of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).  Level 1, earned just 15 months ago, ensured Life Flight Network’s safety infrastructure was established and activities were appropriately targeted. Achieving IS-BAO Level 2 confirms safety risks… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-May-17

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Dell Seton Medical Centre Tests New Helipad

Dell Seton Medical Centre Tests New Helipad

Dell Seton Medical Centre held their first flight of a simulated trauma case to christen their new helipad. The hospital opens on May 21 and will be the only level 1 trauma centre in Central Texas, reports CBS. The hospital came to a cost of $300 million. Chief of Trauma at Dell Seton, Dr. Brown,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-May-17

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Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

[High Wycombe] An AS 350 was involved in an accident today at Wycombe Air Park, located about 15 km west of London. According to local news media three pilots were onboard at the time of the accident. One of the pilots suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

This weekend Sweden’s first Leonardo AW169 arrived in Östersund. This aircraft is the first in a batch of four AW169s ordered by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance for its HEMS operations in northern Sweden. The new helicopters will replace the current AS365 Dauphin helicopters in Gällivare, Östersund and Lycksele this year. The forth one will be used… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

Airbus Helicopters has completed deliveries of three H135s, the latest version of its family, for emergency medical services (EMS) operations by SAF Group. The first aircraft is in service in Toulouse while the second and third helicopters are destined to perform EMS missions in Alençon and Besançon. These helicopters are the very first H135s to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-May-17

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Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it was awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. This is Bristow’s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are honored to provide this critical lifesaving service on behalf of Hess,”… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 million has been awarded to the family of Stacey Cernadas, a flight nurse who was killed in a Haynes LifeFlight helicopter crash in South Alabama. Metro Aviation has not admitted to any wrongdoing, as part of the settlement, reports AL. The crash occurred on 26 March, 2016. Three others that were killed were Pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

Northern British Columbia Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society, or H.E.R.O.S, is trying to convince groups that pre-hospital care and transportation that EMS helicopters provide should be a priority, before the BC 2017 election. H.E.R.O.S Vice President, Ted Clarke has been advocating the necessity of EMS helicopters. He points out that patients in need of critical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Centre has to replace their Advanced Life-support and Emergency Rescue Team (ALERT) helicopter which has been in service for 17 years. The helicopter meets the new FAA rule of having a terrain awareness and warning system but the helicopter is down 105 days of the year due to repairs. The only backup… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County

UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County

A UF Health ShandsCair helicopter landed on the hospital’s helipad Tuesday afternoon marking Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s partnership with Shands and Med-Trans Corporation. The helicopter will service Florida’s panhandle and help to cut down on the time trauma and cardiac patients have to wait to get the care needed. It will be temporarily stationed at… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans Corporation, 03-May-17

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Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Life Link III’s seventh base of air medical transport services has opened at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and is operating 24/7 to provide critically needed additional air medical transport to residents in this rapidly growing region. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 02-May-17

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