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STARS launches second lottery in Saskatchewan

STARS launches second lottery in Saskatchewan

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

Source: The STARS Lottery, 10-May-13

Miami Valley Hospital expands CareFlight for premature babies

Miami Valley Hospital expands CareFlight for premature babies

New technology has prompted Miami Valley Hospital to expand its CareFlight service to help transport a very vulnerable population: premature babies.(See Full Story)

Source: The Business Journal, 10-May-13

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Future of RACQ-CQ Rescue staff is in the air

Future of RACQ-CQ Rescue staff is in the air

The futures of some RACQ-CQ Rescue staff are still up in the air after CHC Helicopters lost their contract with the rescue service last month. (See Full Story)

Source: Daily Mercury, 09-May-13

RMC purchases helicopter pad

RMC purchases helicopter pad

Regional Medical Center trustees voted Tuesday to purchase a manufactured home for the hospital’s helicopter staff. (See Full Story)

Source: The TandD, 08-May-13

Obituary – STARS founder John Panton

Obituary – STARS founder John Panton

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

Source: STARS, 08-May-13

Guardian Flight Begins Emergency Helicopter Service in Williston

Guardian Flight Begins Emergency Helicopter Service in Williston

Travelers on the Dakota Parkway will notice a brand new and beautifully painted helicopter proudly positioned on the helipad at Mercy Medical Center. The helicopter is operated by Guardian Flight and began emergency helicopter services in Williston on Monday morning. The helicopter will provide the city of Williston and the surrounding areas with an added… Read more »

Source: Mercy Medical Center, 08-May-13

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust announces new CEO

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust announces new CEO

Auckland’s Westpac Recue Helicopter service has today named Greg Barrow as its next CEO. Announcing the appointment, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust Chairman Murray Bolton says Mr Barrow comes into the role with a lifetime of aviation experience behind him. “In recent months we have undertaken a thorough and robust recruitment process and Greg has come… Read more »

Source: ARHT, 08-May-13

Seventeen EC135s for Turkish EMS contract

Seventeen EC135s for Turkish EMS contract

Eurocopter’s EC135 will perform medical airlift duties throughout Turkey with a fleet of 17 helicopters to be flown by the Turkish Aeronautical Association’s THK Gökçen Aviation commercial arm, marking the latest major contract win for this twin-engine rotorcraft in the international emergency medical services (EMS) marketplace. Operations are to begin this August with an initial… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 07-May-13

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Fresh blood for Victoria’s air ambulances

Fresh blood for Victoria’s air ambulances

Flight paramedics based in the Latrobe Valley will be able to source vital blood stores quicker following a partnership with Gippsland Pathology. (See Full Story)

Source: Latrobe Valley Express, 07-May-13

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Rescued pilot funds Midlands Air Ambulance education centre

Rescued pilot funds Midlands Air Ambulance education centre

A businessman who was left clinging to life in the wreckage of a horror helicopter crash in Shropshire has shown his gratitude to the air ambulance service that saved him. (See Full Story)

Source: Shropshire Star, 07-May-13

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INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain (INAER), one of the world leaders in emergency air services, recently participated in the 6th International Congress on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (URGRAV) in Havana, one of the most important events on emergency medicine in Latin America. INAER led the conference on time-dependent pathology care for conditions whose evolution depends primarily on… Read more »

Source: INAER, 06-May-13

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STAT MedEvac Aims to Reduce Trauma Deaths

STAT MedEvac Aims to Reduce Trauma Deaths

Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will launch a multi-center trial this summer to see if they can improve survival of patients who have suffered traumatic injuries with uncontrolled bleeding. Paramedics will administer plasma to these patients while they are still being transported by helicopter to the hospital. Uncontrolled… Read more »

Source: UPMC, 06-May-13

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PHI announces results for Q1 to March 31, 2013

PHI announces results for Q1 to March 31, 2013

Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased $40.9 million compared to the three months ended March 31, 2012. Our Oil and Gas medium and heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues increased primarily due to increased deepwater drilling activity. Operating revenues in the Air Medical segment increased $21.2 million primarily due… Read more »

Source: PHi, 06-May-13

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Air Methods to report Q1 results on May 9

Air Methods to report Q1 results on May 9

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 after the close of the market on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-May-13

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Emergency medical helicopter plan put on hold

Emergency medical helicopter plan put on hold

A proposal to station an emergency air ambulance helicopter in Oceanside was put on hold by the City Council Wednesday pending further negotiations. (See Full Story)

Source: U~T San Diego, 03-May-13

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EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has passed its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which confirms that everyone helped by the Charity receives care of the highest quality. The EAAA, which provides the air ambulance service across Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, operates from bases at Cambridge and Norwich.  It has… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 03-May-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics help design revolutionary kit bags

Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics help design revolutionary kit bags

Paramedics and doctors at Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) have helped design their own medical kit bags that are now being used to treat patients both on the ground and inflight. The medical teams have worked with manufacturers to produce the revolutionary pouch design bags already attracting interest from other helicopter emergency services. The new bags,… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 03-May-13

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Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced today two surplus AW139 helicopters have been sold. The selling  price was $20 million USD for two aircraft, or $10 million per helicopter. “With the sale of these helicopters, Ornge has taken another important step in addressing legacy issues inherited from previous leadership,” said Dr…. Read more »

Source: Ornge, 02-May-13

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STARS marks first anniversary in Saskatchewan

STARS marks first anniversary in Saskatchewan

Today, STARS air ambulance acknowledges its one-year anniversary of providing helicopter air ambulance services in the province of Saskatchewan. Since beginning operations from its Regina base in April 2012, STARS has flown or rendered care to more than 300 patients in Saskatchewan. STARS currently operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases… Read more »

Source: STARS, 02-May-13

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Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

MedFlight, the hospital’s air ambulance, is the first helicopter in the state of Alabama to carry blood on every flight (see full report)

Source: AL.com, 01-May-13

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UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

The first test flight for St Mary’s Hospital’s new helipad has taken place (see full story)

Source: Isle of Wight radio, 01-May-13

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Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation conducted annual training for 34 lead pilots last week.  Pilots gathered at the company’s new training facility at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters.  During the culminating dinner, Metro recognized Joseph “Woody” Woodard, Lead Pilot for the First Flight program in Melbourne, Florida. Woodard was honored for his quick thinking and commendable actions during a… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-May-13

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London’s Air Ambulance – new offices are rent-free

London’s Air Ambulance – new offices are rent-free

It has come to our notice by scanning property websites that the new 4,000 sq.ft (371 m²) are rent-free, courtesy of landlords Land Securities. That fact was missed from the press release issued by London’s Air Ambulance, which merely said “the office move has been prompted by continuous growth”. Checking the report on the CoStar… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-13

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Cost-Effectiveness of Helicopter Transport of Trauma Victims Examined

Cost-Effectiveness of Helicopter Transport of Trauma Victims Examined

Researchers at the Stanford University have for the first time determined how often EMS helicopters need to help save the lives of seriously injured people to be considered cost-effective compared with ground ambulances. (see full story).  File photo

Source: Science Daily, 29-Apr-13

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Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

In its first year of service for Licking County, the helicopters of Air Evac Lifeteam 107 made more than 200 flights and were requested for service more than 460 times. (See Full Story)

Source: Newark Advocate, 29-Apr-13

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Aviation Australia honoured by RACQ Careflight

Aviation Australia honoured by RACQ Careflight

On Thursday 18 April 2013, Investors and Supporters of RACQ CareFlight’s rescue service were honoured with a cocktail function to recognise their contributions and support throughout the year. The evening included a host of special guests ranging from Corporate Sponsors to Individual Donors, without whose support the provision of 24/7 emergency response helicopter rescue service… Read more »

Source: Aviation Australia, 28-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

Metro Aviation recently delivered a new Eurocopter AS350 to EagleMed as the result of a base expansion in Cody, Wyoming.  The aircraft was completed at Metro’s headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. The AS350 is equipped with Metro’s EMS kit that includes the transfill oxygen system with two outlets, medical inverter system, flip up seats, and LEMS… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 25-Apr-13

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Former Ornge directors say they didn’t know about CEO’s extra fees

Former Ornge directors say they didn’t know about CEO’s extra fees

Several former directors of Ornge say they were kept in the dark about extra fees ousted CEO Chris Mazza collected on top of his high salary from Ontario’s troubled air ambulance service. (See full story)

Source: CTV News, 25-Apr-13

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London Air Ambulance founder Alastair Wilson retires

London Air Ambulance founder Alastair Wilson retires

They help save lives and can get to anywhere in Greater London within six minutes, but 25 years ago London’s Air Ambulance did not even exist except as an idea in the mind of A&E consultant Alastair Wilson. (See Full Story)

Source: BBC News, 25-Apr-13

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Australia – CareFlight wins AAMS award

Australia – CareFlight wins AAMS award

An American aeromedical organisation has presented CareFlight with the Excellence in Community Service award in Washington for its training program last Friday. Association of Air Medical Services president Rick Sherlock said it was the first time an aeromedical service outside the US had received the award. (See full story)

Source: Blacktown Sun, 24-Apr-13

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London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has formed a strategic partnership with mobile operator EE, to develop new systems that will use 4G technology to enhance its service and cut vital minutes off mission times to benefit its patients. London’s Air Ambulance has already… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 24-Apr-13

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London’s Air Ambulance moves charity office

London’s Air Ambulance moves charity office

London’s Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that our charity office is moving to the City of London on 29th April 2013. After many years of residency at The Royal London  Hospital, our charity team is to relocate to 7/8 Philpot Lane, EC3M 8AA. Telephone 020 7220 5470 The office move has been prompted by… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 23-Apr-13

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Why Air Methods Shares Plunged 12% in one day

Why Air Methods Shares Plunged 12% in one day

Air Methods sank 12% today after its preliminary quarterly results disappointed Wall Street. (see full story)

Source: News Times, 22-Apr-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is making good progress and last week had their Eurocopter Bo105 at Perth’s Scone Airport to show off its colour scheme. It’s visit was only for a few days as it still needs some further equipment fitted before going live, but it did provide the charity the opportunity to announce that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-13

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CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

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

Source: CALSTAR, 19-Apr-13

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REACH receives FAA approval for GPS approaches in Oregon

REACH receives FAA approval for GPS approaches in Oregon

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) is pleased to announce approval from the FAA to use its own GPS approaches and routes, directly to hospitals and landing sites in Western Oregon. REACH is the first Helicopter Emergency Management Service (HEMS) program to commit assets to serve the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley. These areas are often… Read more »

Source: REACH Air, 19-Apr-13

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Air Methods Provides Update on Q1 Results

Air Methods Provides Update on Q1 Results

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the largest air medical transportation company in the world, provided preliminary results for first quarter 2013.  Total community-based patient transports for the first quarter 2013 are estimated to be 11,841.  Patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year decreased an estimated 1,082 transports, or 9%, while weather… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Apr-13

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CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

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

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

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Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

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

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Apr-13

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CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

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

Source: CALSTAR, 17-Apr-13

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Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

The first year of Summit Air Ambulance’s existence in southwest Montana has been a memorable one (see full story).

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 17-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

For safety to exist, it must be a way of life.”  Those words are familiar in the Metro Aviation family and reiterated in a new safety video featuring Metro’s CEO Mike Stanberry.  The video speaks directly to employees and customers and reaffirms Metro’s commitment to sustaining an active Safety Management System (SMS). The incorporation of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 17-Apr-13

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London’s Air Ambulance partners with International SOS

London’s Air Ambulance partners with International SOS

International SOS and London’s Air Ambulance today announced a strategic partnership for 2013. The partnership will focus on securing additional funding for London’s Air Ambulance to sustain the vital life-saving services it delivers across the capital and support a number of key enhancements being made by the charity. London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 17-Apr-13

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CAMTS Announces Accreditations

CAMTS Announces Accreditations

Congratulations to the following medical transport services that achieved accreditation for the first time: Aeromed – a rotorwing service operating in Tampa, FL providing critical care since 1989. Air Methods Corporation operates and maintains the aircraft at 4 satellite bases. HALL CCT – a rotorwing and critical care ground service providing critical care in the… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 15-Apr-13

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New AS350 for Castleview Hospital

New AS350 for Castleview Hospital

Price residents may have noticed a helicopter flying over the city on Friday. The new chopper caught the eye of many residents and will soon be a permanent fixture to the area (see full story)

Source: ETV-10 News, 15-Apr-13

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Lucasville air base gets a new EC130

Lucasville air base gets a new EC130

The Healthnet 4/Medflight 7 airbase located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville recently received a new, larger helicopter to serve the air medical needs of the community (see full story).

Source: Portsmouth-Dailytimes, 15-Apr-13

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New helicopter request app saves time and lives

New helicopter request app saves time and lives

When EMS helicopter pilot Jim Cooper observed that the system for requesting a life flight crew was unnecessarily long, complicated and prone to error, he decided not to accept the status quo. He created a new iPhone application to streamline communication and save crews precious minutes. Heli-Now founder Cooper said, “This simple helicopter request app… Read more »

Source: Heli-Now, 14-Apr-13

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West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

Marks Air Care’s 20th anniversary and we wish to express our thanks to all healthcare providers in the region for so many years of teamwork and for helping keep us safe. Since our first mission in 1993, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing critical care and rapid trauma interventions to patients in Southwest Michigan and Northern… Read more »

Source: Air Care, 12-Apr-13

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Cork Hospital to get temporary helipad after 10 years without one

Cork Hospital to get temporary helipad after 10 years without one

The hospital had a helipad on the rooftop of its old ED but it was removed in 2003 when a new emergency department was built and although the provision was made in the new building for a rooftop helipad, but it was never funded.  A commitment has now been made for a temporary pad within… Read more »

12-Apr-13

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MassDevelopment issues tax-exempt $8M lease for Boston Medflight EC145

MassDevelopment issues tax-exempt $8M lease for Boston Medflight EC145

MassDevelopment has issued an $8 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of New England Life Flight, Inc. in Bedford, which does business as Boston MedFlight. The emergency transport service will use lease proceeds to buy a medically configured helicopter that will replace an existing helicopter to transport ill and injured patients. Lease proceeds will also finance… Read more »

Source: Boston Medflight, 12-Apr-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns Three-Year CECBEMS Accreditation

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns Three-Year CECBEMS Accreditation

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States, was recently awarded a three-year certification from CECBEMS. Jennifer Fletcher, director of patient care services and staff development for Air Evac Lifeteam, said the company is one of the biggest providers of continuing education in the country. In… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 11-Apr-13

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Emergency Helicopter to be Based in Golden Triangle

Emergency Helicopter to be Based in Golden Triangle

MedStat EMS announces the expansion of its Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (see full story).

Source: The Columbus Packet, 10-Apr-13

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BMA backs CQ’s rescue services with $330,000 donation

BMA backs CQ’s rescue services with $330,000 donation

RACQ CQ Rescue and the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue may be used to lending a helping hand, and now they’ve had the favour returned with BMA contributing $330,000 over three years to these organisations (see full story).

Source: The Bulletin, 10-Apr-13

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London’s Air Ambulance in TV series starting Thursday

London’s Air Ambulance in TV series starting Thursday

Our team will be followed in Channel 5’s Trauma Doctors in four 60 minute programmes, beginning on Thursday 11th April 2013 at 9pm. Shadowing London’s Air Ambulance and the UK’s leading trauma centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Trauma Doctors allows the audience to witness this specialist group of clinicians making the split second… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 10-Apr-13

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PHI Air Medical is title sponsor for Half Marathon

PHI Air Medical is title sponsor for Half Marathon

Most people in western Kentucky know PHI Air Medical through the familiar yellow and black helicopters that take sick and injured people to hospitals (see full story).

Source: Murray Ledger And Times, 09-Apr-13

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Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Representatives of Atlantic Health System and Overlook Medical Center filed a Notice of Appeal of the Union County District Court’s decision supporting denial of variance approvals to construct a neuroscience helipad on the roof of Overlook Medical Center (see full story).

Source: The Alternative, 09-Apr-13

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MedEvac Foundation congratulates SMTA Scholarship winner

MedEvac Foundation congratulates SMTA Scholarship winner

Mercy Life Line Flight Nurse Supervisor, Matthew Benzen, RN, BSN, CFRN, CMTE, has been awarded the 2013 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship by the MedEvac Foundation International. Mr. Benzen receives the scholarship based on his long standing dedication to safety in the critical care transport community. Mr. Benzen has been actively involved in the… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 09-Apr-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam Awarded 7th FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence

Air Evac Lifeteam Awarded 7th FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence

Air Evac Lifeteam has been awarded the Diamond Certificate of Excellence for the seventh consecutive year by the Federal Aviation Administration. The honor is bestowed on companies that have 100 percent employee participation in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program. The program encourages aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) to complete initial and recurrent training, and then… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 08-Apr-13

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Ribbon cutting for new Air Evac Lifeteam hanger

Ribbon cutting for new Air Evac Lifeteam hanger

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Air Evac Lifeteam on Tuesday, March 26, at their new hanger on Streckert Drive in Brownwood (see full story).

Source: Brownwood, 08-Apr-13

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Wales Air Ambulance makes historic first night flight

Wales Air Ambulance makes historic first night flight

Wales Air Ambulance completed a historic mission this week with the charity’s first ever night mission. The lifesaving charity made its maiden flight during darkness hours on Monday, March 25, saving the life of a 59-year-old man who had suffered a heart attack. The mission follows weeks of extensive night flight training for pilots and… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 07-Apr-13

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London’s Air Ambulance Turns To City For Funding

London’s Air Ambulance Turns To City For Funding

London’s solitary air ambulance could gain a companion if plans to seek funding from the City are successful.Unlike our urban counterparts, Paris, New York and Sydney who have at least four air ambulances each, we rely on just one (see full story).

Source: Londonist, 05-Apr-13

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Unity4 brings fundraising capability to Wales Air Ambulance

Unity4 brings fundraising capability to Wales Air Ambulance

Not for profit organisations count on donations to further their cause and extend much needed help to the communities they serve. As a non-government funded charity, Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) needs the necessary financial support and selected Unity4, the global home agent contact centre outsourcer and technology provider, to carry out this key function noting… Read more »

Source: Unity4, 05-Apr-13

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Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Representatives of Atlantic Health System and Overlook Medical Center filed a Notice of Appeal of the Union County District Court’s decision supporting denial of variance approvals to construct a neuroscience helipad on the roof of Overlook Medical Center (see full story).

Source: The Alternative Press, 05-Apr-13

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Bond extends contract with North West Air Ambulance by 7 years

Bond extends contract with North West Air Ambulance by 7 years

Bond Air Services (Bond), the largest operator of air ambulance aviation units in the UK, has been awarded a new seven-year contract by North West Air Ambulance (NWAA). The contract, worth just over £10 million, is to provide air ambulance support across five counties in North West England. Under the new contract, Bond will continue… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 05-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation begins completion of Boston MedFlight EC145

Metro Aviation begins completion of Boston MedFlight EC145

Metro Aviation visited with representatives from Boston MedFlight and American Eurocopter recently to begin production of MedFlight’s new EC145.  The new aircraft will replace one of their two BK117 C1s. The new fleet configuration will include the EC145, BK117, and the S76. “We are excited about operating our very first EC145 and look forward to… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Apr-13

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Rio Grande Regional Hospital celebrates new helipad

Rio Grande Regional Hospital celebrates new helipad

Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH) celebrated the opening of the New Helicopter Landing Pad located next to the emergency entrance.  RGRH and AirEvac LifeTeam, the country’s largest independently owned and operated air ambulance service with over 25 years of experience, are working together to provide prompt patient care and quality air transport.  Rio Grande Regional… Read more »

Source: Rio Grande, 04-Apr-13

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Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

A proposal to relocate the Albion Park Rail-based rescue helicopter to Nowra has met the same fierce community opposition directed towards the plan to move the chopper to Sydney  (see full story).

Source: Illawarra Mercury, 03-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation to complete EC155 for second HEMS user in US

Metro Aviation to complete EC155 for second HEMS user in US

After completing the first three EC155s to be used for HEMS operations in the US early last year, Metro Aviation is preparing to complete another Eurocopter EC155, this time for Shands at the University of Florida’s ShandsCair. The ShandsCair aircraft will be the fourth EC155 used for HEMS in the country.  Metro Aviation received an… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Apr-13

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First Hospital Rooftop Helipad in Charleston Ready for Service

First Hospital Rooftop Helipad in Charleston Ready for Service

Every second matters when a patient is rushed to a hospital during a medical emergency, especially in cases of a heart attack or stroke. Now patients transported to the Charleston peninsula via helicopter will receive medical intervention 15 to 20 minutes faster by landing on Charleston’s first hospital rooftop helipad at Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s… Read more »

Source: Roper St. Francis Healthcare, 28-Mar-13

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REACH Air Medical Services Earns Diamond Certified Again

REACH Air Medical Services Earns Diamond Certified Again

REACH Air Medical Services has just been awarded the prestigious Diamond Certified® symbol for the third consecutive year. This is the result of being rated highest in quality in a patient and customer satisfaction rating performed by American Ratings Corporation. In order to earn Diamond Certified, a company must apply to be rated by American… Read more »

Source: REACH, 28-Mar-13

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Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Following a concerted public effort within the geographical area of Bardufoss, the Royal Norwegian Air Force have moved two Bell 412s to Bardufoss.  This will meet the campaign’s target to provide a better spread of aviation resources throughout the country, particularly for emergency situations. Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has also said that these helicopters are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Mar-13

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Air Methods awards StandardAero five year RR250 contract

Air Methods awards StandardAero five year RR250 contract

StandardAero announced today that it was awarded a five year maintenance contract by Air Methods Corporation (AMC) on the company’s fleet of Roll-Royce M250 engines. This agreement will run through February, 2018. The exclusive deal provides total M250 support to AMC’s current fleet of 53 engines which is growing to 73 engines over the next… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 26-Mar-13

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British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on B.C. political parties to review air ambulance service in the province and support a transition to a cheaper, not-for-profit model in their election platforms. On Thursday, B.C. Auditor General John Doyle released a report on the air ambulance service, finding that “the B.C. Ambulance Service is unable… Read more »

Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, 26-Mar-13

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Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

Ontario taxpayers will know within a year whether any charges will be laid in the criminal probe of the troubled Ornge air ambulance service, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis said Wednesday (see full story)

Source: CBC News, 22-Mar-13

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AirEvac base nearing completion

AirEvac base nearing completion

The AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter base which is currently under construction on the campus of Great River Medical Center is nearing completion, according to Chris Raymer, GRMC’s Chief Operations Officer. During their Monday meeting, Raymer told the hospital’s board of governors that the base is expected to begin flights on April 1 (see full story).

Source: Blytheville Courier News, 21-Mar-13

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