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Indian authorities urged to update EMS landing regulations

Indian authorities urged to update EMS landing regulations

Aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is looking into suggestions on modifying rules to allow air ambulances to operate day/night, land at hospitals or accident sites and get priority over other operators. See Full Story

Source: The New Indian Express, 14-Apr-15

Three year old to open new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust head office

Three year old to open new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust head office

A three-year-old girl who was airlifted to hospital after a serious crash will officially open the new head office of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. See Full Story

Source: Clacton Gazette, 13-Apr-15

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Heli-One MRO services receive Korean approval

Heli-One MRO services receive Korean approval

Customers flying commercial and governmental helicopters in the Republic of Korea now have access to extensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service capabilities from Heli-One’s operations in Canada. Heli-One Boundary Bay has earned certification for aircraft maintenance operations (AMO) from the Korean Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA), joining the company’s base in Stavanger, Norway, in… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 08-Apr-15

Air Methods starts 10-year agreement with Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Air Methods starts 10-year agreement with Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it entered into a partnership with Vanderbilt University to acquire certain assets utilized in connection with the Vanderbilt LifeFlight Program, including medical equipment and three Airbus Helicopters EC-145 aircraft, as well as a 10-year agreement restructuring the program under Air… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 07-Apr-15

Portneuf Medical Center joins with Air Methods

Portneuf Medical Center joins with Air Methods

Portneuf Medical Center is pleased to announce that we are partnering with a new air ambulance provider on April 1, 2015. We have contracted with Air Methods, an air ambulance service based in Englewood, CO. At present, they have more than 300 bases of operations serving 48 states; including service to both Eastern Idaho Regional… Read more »

Source: Portneuf, 07-Apr-15

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Northwest MedStar owns a mixed fleet of four fixed wing and seven rotor wing aircraft, and recently replaced one of its helicopters with a new Airbus H135 (EC135) completed by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Metro also operates all 11 aircraft for Northwest MedStar and has since August of 1994. “MedStar took delivery of its fourth… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Apr-15

EMS Bell 430 newly based on Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius

EMS Bell 430 newly based on Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius

The Caribbean island of Saba, the smallest municipality of the Netherlands, has recently added a Bell 430 air ambulance as the capabilities of the existing Bo105 were deemed less suitable to the current day demands.  Arriving on the island on Wednesday 1st April, the helicopter was met by a delegation including the director of Saba… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-15

Med Trans’ Wings Air Rescue Program Celebrates 20 Years

Med Trans’ Wings Air Rescue  Program Celebrates 20 Years

Deep in the heart of Tennessee, surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains, is the birth place of Wings Air Rescue air medical transport services. For the past 20 years and more than 23,000 safe transports, the citizens of the surrounding communities have counted on Wings Air Rescue to bring state of the art medicine to… Read more »

Source: Med Trans, 01-Apr-15

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Texas Dept of Health investigates Air Evac Lifeteam

Texas Dept of Health investigates Air Evac Lifeteam

The state just opened an investigation into a medical helicopter company after a Rio Grande Valley man died. See Full Story

Source: KRGV, 01-Apr-15

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eVideo brings Videoconferencing to CareFlight

eVideo brings Videoconferencing to CareFlight

CareFlight recently came to eVideo (Australia’s leading Videoconferencing Company) to provide Videoconferencing solutions for their Head office in Sydney. CareFlight had long recognized the role videoconferencing can play in delivering retrieval health services and ongoing professional development of remote medical teams. And like many organizations they found videoconferencing technology can be expensive plus also they… Read more »

Source: eVideo, 01-Apr-15

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South Australia Government commits to EMS helipad funding

South Australia Government commits to EMS helipad funding

The State Government has committed $70,000 to build a helipad at the Peterborough airstrip in South Australia’s mid-north.  See full story

Source: ABC, 31-Mar-15

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare appoints high-profile CEO

Snowy Hydro SouthCare appoints high-profile CEO

Update from Snowy Hydro SouthCare Facebook page :- It is with great pleasure that we can announce the new Chief Executive Officer of the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter is Cancer support advocate and former award-winning ABC journalist and television presenter Mr Chris Kimball. The high-profile media professional, television commentator, public speaker and fundraiser has… Read more »

Source: Snowy Hydro SouthCare, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus contract United Rotorcraft for EC130T2 EMS completion

Airbus contract United Rotorcraft for EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft has announced a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint at United Rotorcraft’s newly… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 29-Mar-15

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AAMS announces 2015 Excellence in Community Service Award Recipient

AAMS announces 2015 Excellence in Community Service Award Recipient

AAMS is pleased to announce the PHI Air Medical Honor Guard as our 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Community Service Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 24th during the AAMS Spring Leadership Conference at the Crystal City Marriott Gateway hotel in Arlington, Va. AAMS presents this award annually to an emergency… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 25-Mar-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance – Saving Lives For 25 Years

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) hosted a special get together of patients it has airlifted since it started operating on March 15 1990. The service has saved countless lives during its 25 years and has carried out almost 15,000 missions. To mark the service’s Silver Jubilee the charity invited past patients to visit the helicopter’s base… Read more »

Source: WAA, 20-Mar-15

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Kaleida Health seeks permission for helipad at new Children’s Hospital

Kaleida Health seeks permission for helipad at new Children’s Hospital

Kaleida Health is seeking permission from the state to build a $1.1 million helipad on the roof of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital now under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. See Full Story

Source: Buffalo News, 19-Mar-15

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Aerial Power Lines orders two H135s from Airbus Helicopters

Aerial Power Lines orders two H135s from Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters today signed a contract with Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL) for the purchase of two H135 rotorcraft to be utilized on emergency medical service (EMS) duties, and placed options for six more. In addition, this operator placed options for two H175s to support the company’s business needs, whose operations also include power… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

The third H145 (formerly EC145T2) to arrive in the UK was delivered to Bond Air Services last week, joining the only other two aircraft of this type in the country, which are both already at the company’s Staverton headquarters. [Editor note – the aircraft was delivered on a German test registration D-HCBW on Wednesday 11th… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Mar-15

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Life Link III Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Life Link III Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On March 15, 1985, three forward-looking hospitals joined together to create Life Link III, one of the first non-profit consortiums in the country to transport critically ill patients by helicopter. Three decades of experience has transformed the unique collaboration of a private hospital, a county hospital, and an academic hospital, into a membership of nine… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 17-Mar-15

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Australia – Victoria hospitals to have hospital helipad flightpath review

Australia – Victoria hospitals to have hospital helipad flightpath review

Ambulance helicopters will again be allowed to land at Royal Melbourne Hospital after a helipad was shut down due to nearby construction work. See Full Story

Source: News, 17-Mar-15

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Avpro sales at HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro sales at  HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro announced several deals during the HAI Heli-Expo (March 2-5, 2015) in Orlando, Florida. Day one: Avpro reached an agreement to sell a Year 2009 Bell 429 s/n 57056 to an undisclosed buyer on behalf of its client SAEREOS, Bell Helicopter distributor in Ecuador. Day two: Avpro acting on behalf of its client, Kocoglu Group,… Read more »

Source: AVPRO, 16-Mar-15

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Just 22 months from their first flight in May 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has recorded its 500th mission, according to a telephone interview HeliHub.com held with PR Manager Maureen Young.  Their Bo105 helicopter was scrambled to Cray, near Glenshee, on Saturday 7th March to an elderly male with chronic chest pain.  He was flown… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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Royal Melbourne Hospital forced to close helipad due to nearby construction

Royal Melbourne Hospital forced to close helipad due to nearby construction

The helipad at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has been closed for weeks due to concerns that a nearby crane on a construction site is intruding airspace. See Full Story

Source: ABC News, 12-Mar-15

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Saah Joseph Gets One Million to Buy Air Ambulance

Saah Joseph Gets One Million to Buy Air Ambulance

Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph has received a donation US$1 million from a United States-based organization preferring anonymity to help purchase an air ambulance worth US$5 million. See Full Story

Source: allAfrica, 11-Mar-15

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Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

After ten successful editions of the HEMS Course held by INAER España in collaboration with the Nursing Department at Alicante University, this year’s course content and scope of the subjects have been expanded to create the first HEMS Specialist and Airborne Medical Assistance Course, entitled in Spanish I Curso de Especialista HEMS y Asistencia Médica… Read more »

Source: INAER, 10-Mar-15

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ADAC HEMS Academy Gets H145T2 Procedural Trainer – then Full Flight Level D Simulator in Two Years

ADAC HEMS Academy Gets H145T2 Procedural Trainer – then Full Flight Level D Simulator in Two Years

ADAC HEMS Academy is to receive an H145 T2 full flight level D simulator in the first quarter of  2017 to help train its helicopter crews and other international customer on the new Airbus H145 T2 varients. Thomas Gassman, director of business development and sales, said that the simulator will be delivered by Reiser Simulation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Mar-15

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Turbomeca signs a Support By the Hour contract with DRF Luftrettung

Turbomeca signs a Support By the Hour contract with DRF Luftrettung

Turbomeca (Safran) and DRF Luftrettung announce the signature of a 10-year Support By the Hour (SBH) contract for their 40 Arriel 2E engines. With the Turbomeca-powered EC145T2 fleet DRF Luftrettung perform HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions in Germany. Richard Musil, CEO of Turbomeca Germany GmbH mentioned, “After signing a five year SBH contract for… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 06-Mar-15

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Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s

Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s

Norway’s Norsk luftambulanse AS has ordered three H135s to further broaden the leading medical airlift services provider’s fleet of Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft. The agreement, signed today during the Heli-Expo 2015 industry convention in Orlando, Florida, marks Norsk luftambulanse’s latest acquisition of Airbus Helicopters’ lightweight twin-engine rotorcraft – with its current inventory consisting of 13 H135s… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

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Airbus to take EC130T2 on US tour this spring

Airbus to take EC130T2 on US tour this spring

Airbus Helicopters Inc. plans a multi-city tour across the U.S. this spring demonstrating the next generation air medical service capabilities of its EC130 T2. United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, will be completing the Airbus EC130 T2 for the tour, equipping the aircraft with a state-of-the-art, next generation medical interior and avionics suite. Since… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Mar-15

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MIT Group to Operate Six AW119Kx EMS Helicopters in China

MIT Group to Operate Six AW119Kx EMS Helicopters in China

AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China announced today that MIT Group of China will operate a total of six AW119Kx single engine helicopters to perform emergency medical service missions. Deliveries will start in summer 2015 and are expected to be completed by early 2016. Operational readiness will be achieved in March 2016. MIT Group also… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Mar-15

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CommLab offers Unprecedented Training for Communication Specialists and Operational Control Specialists

CommLab offers Unprecedented Training for Communication Specialists and Operational Control Specialists

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a world-class facility for pilot and maintenance training, recently introduced the revolutionary new CommLab.  The CommLab is designed to provide the highest standard of training for communication specialists, complimenting the center’s current air medical pilot simulator training.  The CommLab is a joint effort of the Helicopter Flight Training Center and leading… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

It has been sixteen years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight.  Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age. Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation operates the largest, most comprehensive air medical completion center in the world and has completed more EC135s and EC145s than any other completion center.  Metro is in the process of completing its 75th EC145, which is also North America’s first EC145 T2, a considerable milestone for the company that recently celebrated its 200th… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Wysong Enterprises receives FAA STC/PMA for Bell 407 EMS Accessories

Wysong Enterprises receives FAA STC/PMA for Bell 407 EMS Accessories

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced this week it has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for multiple EMS interior accessories on the Bell 407 and 407GX airframe. “We have become an industry leader in the completion and customizing of Bell 407 EMS helicopters,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney… Read more »

Source: Wysong, 04-Mar-15

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New medical helicopter stationed at Mountain View Hospital

New medical helicopter stationed at Mountain View Hospital

On cloudy days, like the ones Utah Valley has been experiencing lately, it will take little effort to spot one of the new MountainStar helicopters flying across the sky. See Full Story

Source: Herald Extra, 04-Mar-15

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N.W.T. launches new medevac co-ordination system for communities

N.W.T. launches new medevac co-ordination system for communities

When health care workers in communities outside Yellowknife have an emergency situation on their hands, now they only need to dial one number to reach the medical support and air ambulance dispatch that their patient needs.  See Full Story

Source: CBC News, 04-Mar-15

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Air Methods orders 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters over 10 years

Air Methods orders 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters over 10 years

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement for the sale of 200 Bell 407GXPs configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the largest provider of air medical transport services in the world. This order marks one of the largest commercial sales in Bell Helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-15

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Latest EagleMed AS350 delivery brings AS350 fleet to 15

Latest EagleMed AS350 delivery brings AS350 fleet to 15

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce that EagleMed LLC, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), is committed to growing its fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopters. EagleMed has ordered three AS350s and taken delivery of two since May 2014, including one delivered Feb. 19. Delivery of the third aircraft is scheduled… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Dare County MedFlight of North Carolina is US EC145T2 launch customer

Dare County MedFlight of North Carolina is US EC145T2 launch customer

Dare County MedFlight, the air medical service provider for much of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina and the site of the Wright Brothers first flight, is the U.S. launch customer for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2. The Dare County aircraft is on display at Airbus Helicopters Booth #2437 during Heli-Expo 2015. A longtime… Read more »

03-Mar-15

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Spectrum Aeromed completes First of Four AW109/119 installations for TriState CareFlight

Spectrum Aeromed completes First of Four AW109/119 installations for TriState CareFlight

Spectrum Aeromed completed its first of four Agusta 109/119 equipment kit installations for TriState CareFlight. TriState CareFlight offers inter-facility fixed and rotor wing transports, and rotor wing EMS services (excluding maternal and neonatal patients) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They operate out of Arizona serving Colorado, Nevada and New… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 03-Mar-15

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Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that the company is expanding its international presence into three new regions – Asia, South America and the Middle East/Africa – while also growing its European staffing. Milestone will be opening offices… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 03-Mar-15

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2014 another strong year for pre-owned specialist Avinco with 25 transactions.

2014 another strong year for pre-owned specialist Avinco with 25 transactions.

In spite of a challenging global helicopter market, Avinco completed a total of 25 helicopter transactions in all ranges & mission types in Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Australia, Europe and Africa in 2014. Among these sales, were the last two BO105’s from its 17-strong portfolio acquired some years ago from the German Police…. Read more »

Source: Avinco, 03-Mar-15

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Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

Specialist Aviation Services to be Appointed AW169 Authorized Service Centre in UK

AgustaWestland announced today that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) of the UK will be appointed as an Authorized Service Centre for the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter in UK. The company will ensure a range of support and maintenance services are supplied for the new model, following the selection of SAS by prime HEMS customers… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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Aerolite Receives EASA STC for EC145 T2 EMS Interior

Aerolite Receives EASA STC for EC145 T2 EMS Interior

Aerolite will be highlighting the newest aeromedical interior designs for the Airbus EC145 T2, EC135 T3 and Bell 429 during the 2015 Heli-Expo. EC145 T2   Aerolite received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for a modular aeromedical EMS Interior. The interior allows an operator various configuration set up choices regarding stretchers, seating arrangements and… Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 02-Mar-15

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“Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston” Premieres on Lifetime

“Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston” Premieres on Lifetime

Memorial Hermann and Lifetime announced today the upcoming premiere of Life Flight: Trauma Center Houston, a six-episode docudrama series that will air on Lifetime, beginning Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. CST. Highlighting not only the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team but also Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital staff, nurses… Read more »

Source: Memorial Hermann, 02-Mar-15

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PARIS TN: Hospital picks Vanderbilt for air ambulance

PARIS TN: Hospital picks Vanderbilt for air ambulance

If everything goes as planned, a Vanderbilt Medical Center Life Flight helicopter will be based permanently at Henry County Medical Center by early spring. See Full Story

Source: PI, 02-Mar-15

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MSSU’s EMS program open house includes helicopter demonstration

MSSU’s EMS program open house includes helicopter demonstration

Missouri Southern State University’s emergency medical services department will host an open house and helicopter landing demonstration Monday in and around the Julio S. Leon Health Sciences Building. See Full Story

Source: Joplin Globe, 02-Mar-15

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Australia – EMS Helicopter diverts after hospital fails to get helipad signed off

Australia – EMS Helicopter diverts after hospital fails to get helipad signed off

Fiona Stanley Hospital management failed to finalise operating protocols for the RAC rescue helicopter to land at its new helipad, forcing a pilot to divert to nearby Jandakot Airport during an emergency airlift of two patients on Saturday. See Full Story

Source: WA Today, 02-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation and subsidiary Paradigm Aerospace to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Metro Aviation and subsidiary Paradigm Aerospace to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Metro Aviation, along with its subsidiary, Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, will once again exhibit at HELI-EXPO this year.  The worldwide completion leader is displaying three aircraft in Orlando, a first for the company, but a move that is sure to draw some buzz. Metro recently completed the first EC145e or “e-lite,” a utility version of the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Mar-15

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PHI announces Results for FY2014

PHI announces Results for FY2014

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014. Consolidated operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 decreased $20.2 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2013. Oil and Gas segment revenues increased $27.8 million primarily as a result of… Read more »

Source: PHI, 01-Mar-15

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Snake bite airlift becomes CareFlight’s 1,000th mission

Snake bite airlift becomes CareFlight’s 1,000th mission

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has airlifted a patient after he was bitten by what is believed to be a deadly Tiger Snake. The man in his 60s was struck on the left foot once while moving boxes in a shed at a property in Queensland’s South West. “The patient was initially treated on scene by QAS… Read more »

Source: RACQ CareFlight, 01-Mar-15

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Air Methods Reports FY2014 Results and 1Q2015 Update

Air Methods Reports FY2014 Results and 1Q2015 Update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. For the year, revenue increased 14% to $1,004.8 million compared to $879.2 million in the prior year. Income from continuing operations after minority interests increased 57% to $98.8 million, or $2.56 per… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Mar-15

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Safe Flight Powerline Detection System fitted to Australian Helicopters’ AW139s

Safe Flight Powerline Detection System fitted to Australian Helicopters’ AW139s

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced that Australian Helicopters will operate Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) in six AgustaAW-139 aircraft as part of the Ambulance Victoria Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) contract awarded in 2014. Safe Flight’s PDS is European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified under… Read more »

Source: Safe Flight, 01-Mar-15

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WellSpan York Hospital opens new, state-of-the-art helipad

WellSpan York Hospital opens new, state-of-the-art helipad

WellSpan York Hospital, today, officially opened its new, state-of-the-art helipad as part of the hospital’s ongoing $50 million overhaul of its emergency department, enhancing the hospital’s ability to provide advanced, life-saving specialty care to the region’s sickest and most seriously injured patients. WellSpan York Hospital is the only Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center in… Read more »

Source: WellSpan, 01-Mar-15

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Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

AgustaWestland and Australia’s Toll Group are pleased to announce the purchase of eight AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The aircraft will be operated to perform Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from newly constructed bases in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra as part… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 01-Mar-15

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight extends plasma trial

Vanderbilt LifeFlight extends plasma trial

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a national trial to see if outcomes for critically injured patients with uncontrolled bleeding can be improved by administering plasma to these patients while in flight to the hospital. Randomized patients who are at risk of hemorrhaging could receive two units of plasma, which can improve a patient’s… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt, 27-Feb-15

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Kuwait to operate first EMS Bell 429s in Middle East

Kuwait to operate first EMS Bell 429s in Middle East

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the Ministry of Health in Kuwait will be operating the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the Middle East. The purchase agreement for the aircraft was announced at the end of last year, and is a milestone win for… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Feb-15

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UK Air ambulance charities receive share of £5M banking sector fines

UK Air ambulance charities receive share of £5M banking sector fines

Air ambulance charities across the country are to receive grants of £250,000 each from a banking fine fund.  See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 27-Feb-15

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Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

AgustaWestland and Australian Helicopters are pleased to announce the delivery of the first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in EMS configuration for Ambulance Victoria. The fleet of six helicopters will soon start to replace the existing Ambulance Victoria helicopters with the   transition being completed in early 2016. Australian Helicopters’ Managing Director, John Boag, says “the internal… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

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London’s Air Ambulance launches Life Saving Dispatch App

London’s Air Ambulance launches Life Saving Dispatch App

A revolutionary new mobile app and EE’s 4G network are helping London’s Air Ambulance save lives by reducing the time it takes to dispatch the charity’s advanced trauma teams by up to two minutes. Developed by mobile app developer Mubaloo and EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, the app increases emergency dispatch efficiency… Read more »

Source: LAA, 25-Feb-15

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LCI to Lease Four AW139s to Westpac Rescue in Australia

LCI to Lease Four AW139s to Westpac Rescue in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into a multi-year agreement to lease four new AW139 helicopters to Australia’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The helicopters will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and, following fit-out for EMS operations, will be deployed in Northern New South Wales… Read more »

Source: LCI, 25-Feb-15

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Review of Global Air Ambulance Market 2015-2019

Review of Global Air Ambulance Market 2015-2019

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/scb82h/global_air) has announced the addition of the “Global Air Ambulance Market 2015-2019” report to their offering. The Global Air Ambulance market to grow at a CAGR of 9.57 percent over the period 2014-2019. Air ambulance services are sophisticated and advanced medical services provided in a mobile environment. These services have become an… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 19-Feb-15

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Decision to move medevac helicopters away from Roanoke paying off

Decision to move medevac helicopters away from Roanoke paying off

You’ve seen them in the air before and you may have even ridden in one yourself. Carilion’s Life-Guard Air Ambulance program has been a staple in Southwest Virginia since 1981, when it became the first Air Ambulance in the Commonwealth of Virginia. See Full Story

Source: WDBJ7, 19-Feb-15

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NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

Icing was the probable cause of a Mercy Air Med helicopter crash near Ventura that killed three people on Jan. 2, 2013, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. See Full Story.

Source: Globe Gazette, 17-Feb-15

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Ornge considering dropping AW139

Ornge considering dropping AW139

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced today it has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for helicopter fleet renewal. As part of its three year strategic plan, Ornge has been assessing whether the organization has the most effective and efficient aircraft for its mission moving forward. While the current Ornge fleet… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 13-Feb-15

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Sikorsky Employees Build and Donate Bicycles to Miami Children’s Hospital Patients

Sikorsky Employees Build and Donate Bicycles to Miami Children’s Hospital Patients

Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Feb-15

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INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

Various Spanish websites including ABC, Efe and ELDiA  are reporting that an EMS pilot based at Tenerife Sur airport (=Reina Sofia Airport) has failed a breath test.  INAER, who have a zero tolerance approach to the taking of drugs or alcohol, called the Guardia Civil to conduct the breathalyser test, and the pilot reportedly showed positive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-15

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Oregon – Life Flight Network to base a 24×7 AW119Kx in Astoria

Oregon – Life Flight Network to base a 24×7 AW119Kx in Astoria

Life Flight Network (LFN), the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, announced it will be opening a base in Astoria, Oregon. The base will begin 24/7 operations May 15, 2015. The LFN base in Astoria will significantly improve access to air medical resources along the Oregon and Washington Coast. Columbia Memorial… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 12-Feb-15

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Alberta – Helipad at Disbury Hospital for completion late summer

Alberta – Helipad at Disbury Hospital for completion late summer

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

Source: Didsbury Review, 12-Feb-15

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Enloe puts world’s first EMS EC130T2 to work

Enloe puts world’s first EMS EC130T2 to work

Enloe Medical Center’s FlightCare Program became the first in the world to use an EC130 T2 EcoStar helicopter as an air ambulance this month. The single-engine aircraft is retrofitted with the latest aviation safety technology and features a more powerful engine, a spacious cabin with new medical equipment, and a quieter sound signature. “This is… Read more »

Source: Enole, 11-Feb-15

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Tristate Careflight and Baldwin Safety and Compliance Will Collaborate on Enhancing Operations

Tristate Careflight and Baldwin Safety and Compliance Will Collaborate on Enhancing Operations

TriState Careflight, which offers critical care transport services in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada announced today that it will team with Baldwin Safety and Compliance, headquartered in Hilton Head, South Carolina, to enhance and grow its existing safety management system. “This collaboration with one of the nation’s most respected Safety Management System development organizations… Read more »

Source: TriState Careflight, 11-Feb-15

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Gothenburg’s HEMS to join state organization

Gothenburg’s HEMS to join state organization

The emergency medical helicopter in Gothenburg will join the new local HEMS federation that is being established in Värmland and Dalarna. Adding to this, the federation, which is currently known as “Kommunalförbundet Ambulanshelikopter Värmland-Dalarna” (KAVD), will change name to “Svensk Luftambulans” according to a press release from Värmland’s County Council. The EMS helicopter service in… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Feb-15

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AAT receives FAA STC for AW139 Quick Change EMS Interior

AAT receives FAA STC for AW139 Quick Change EMS Interior

Air Ambulance Technology (AAT), the Austrian based specialist for customized EMS, VIP and Mission Intereriors for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, recently received an FAA Validation for its successful AW 139 interior solutions in quick change configuration. The validation was granted based on an earlier issued Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA and covers a… Read more »

Source: AAT, 10-Feb-15

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AgustaWestland Completes Deliveries of Italian Police’s AW139s

AgustaWestland Completes Deliveries of Italian Police’s AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today it has completed the delivery of the Italian Police’s AW139 intermediate twin helicopters at the end of December 2014. Deliveries started in mid-2013 and now eight aircraft are in service at five different bases in central and southern Italy comprising three aircraft in Pratica di Mare close to Rome, two helicopters in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Feb-15

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Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Heli Charter appoint new Group Chief Pilot, responsibility includes Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Pilot Steven Judd, who will oversee the operation of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s pioneering new helicopter, says he is joining at an exciting time in the charity’s history. The charity’s new helicopter is the first Bell 429 to operate as an air ambulance in the UK. It leases the helicopter from Heli Charter and Steven has… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-15

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