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Boston MedFlight takes delivery of new EC145

Boston MedFlight takes delivery of new EC145

Boston MedFlight has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC145 helicopter that will be used to provide life-saving emergency airborne medical transport service for a consortium of leading Boston hospitals. Boston MedFlight selected the EC145 in January as the most capable and cost efficient aircraft to replace their current fleet of BK117s. The new helicopter,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 20-Aug-13

Brazil – UniAir takes delivery of EMS AS350B3e

Brazil – UniAir takes delivery of EMS AS350B3e

[electronic translation] Helibras held a symbolic delivery of the new AS350 Squirrel helicopter B3e for UniAir, air taxi company responsible for aeromedical transport group Unimed Rio Grande do Sul This is the second medical settings Squirrel with the company, the first being based in Minas general in the service of the State Federation Unimed.  “The squirrel… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 20-Aug-13

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Oceanside City Council approves helipad for REACH

Oceanside City Council approves helipad for REACH

Under the five-year agreement with REACH Air Medical Service, the company will build a concrete helipad at the city’s fire training center at 110 Jones Road and will also pay Oceanside about $48,000 each year to rent space at the site. see full story

Source: U-T San Diego, 16-Aug-13

MedEvac Foundation Announces Children’s Scholarship Winner

MedEvac Foundation Announces Children’s Scholarship Winner

The MedEvac Foundation International has awarded Geoffrey Donovan the 2013 Children’s Scholarship award. He will be attending the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina in the fall, majoring in International Business. Geoff receives the scholarship based on his dedication to of his father who lost his life in an air medical accident in 1991…. Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 12-Aug-13

Air Methods Reports 2Q2013 Results and 3Q2013 Update

Air Methods Reports 2Q2013 Results and 3Q2013 Update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and provided an update on July 2013 patient transports. For the quarter, revenue increased 2% from $222.5 million to $226.2 million from the prior year quarter. For the six-month period, revenue decreased 2% to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 09-Aug-13

RSG launches Modular IV Warmer/Cooler for EMS operators

RSG launches Modular IV Warmer/Cooler for EMS operators

Rotorcraft Services Group, Inc. (RSG), an industry leader in aircraft services, announced the development of a modular IV Warmer/Cooler to satisfy the requirements of the airborne emergency medical services community. The system is designed for quickly regulating the temperature of stored medical articles including I.V. fluids and temperature critical medicine. A precision Digital Temperature Controller with an advanced thermoelectric heat… Read more »

Source: RSG, 08-Aug-13

Air Methods fleet now fully NVG-equipped

Air Methods fleet now fully NVG-equipped

Air Methods Corporation AIRM -2.36% , the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced its fleet of 368 air medical helicopters is fully outfitted with night vision goggle (NVG) capability. With this milestone, Air Methods’ fleet is now the largest civilian helicopter fleet in the world to be fully outfitted with NVG technology. NVGs… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 07-Aug-13

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

State Senator Tom Ivester is considering a recommendation from the University of Oklahoma’s emergency medicine department, which says accreditation should be mandatory for medical helicopter companies. Now, accreditation is voluntary – see full story

Source: Claims Journal, 07-Aug-13

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Metro Aviation to operate Bell helicopters again after 25 years

Metro Aviation to operate Bell helicopters again after 25 years

After 25 years, Metro Aviation will again be operating a Bell Helicopter product.  The milestone is the result of the recent agreement with Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Aeromed program. Tampa General’s Aeromed program transports critically ill or injured patients from their 23 surrounding counties.  Metro began operations on August 1.  During the transition period, Aeromed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Aug-13

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London – work begins on helipad at St George’s, Tooting

London – work begins on helipad at St George’s, Tooting

St George’s will become the second hospital in the UK’s capital to have an emergency landing pad.  see full story

Source: ITV, 05-Aug-13

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First 5 of 17 EMS EC135s delivered to Turkey’s Gokcen Aviation

First 5 of 17 EMS EC135s delivered to Turkey’s Gokcen Aviation

THK Gökçen Aviation, the commercial company of the Turkish Aeronautical Association THK, yesterday received the first five EC135s to provide medical airlift duties throughout Turkey. The helicopters will start operations in August. The delivery of this first batch takes place only three months after the selection of Eurocopter as preferred manufacturer. THK Gökçen Aviation and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Aug-13

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Texas – Denton Regional Medical Center to add helicopter

Texas – Denton Regional Medical Center to add helicopter

Careflite already operates a medical helicopter in Denton, but the Denton Regional Medical Center approached PHI about adding a second. see full story.  The Bell 407 photo is a file photo – the announcement does not include the helicopter type

Source: NBC Dallas FW, 05-Aug-13

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PHi reports Q2 results to 30th June 2013

PHi reports Q2 results to 30th June 2013

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2013 were $195.5 million, compared to $160.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, an increase of $34.9 million. Consolidated net income… Read more »

Source: PHi, 05-Aug-13

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New helipad to cut NQ Helicopter Rescue trips by 20 minutes

New helipad to cut NQ Helicopter Rescue trips by 20 minutes

Mount Isa Hospital adds helipad – see full story

05-Aug-13

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Second major Hawkes Bay sponsor expresses concern

Second major Hawkes Bay sponsor expresses concern

A second major sponsor of the Hawke’s Bay rescue helicopter trust has expressed concerns over the trust’s structure and says it will pull sponsorship unless changes are made – see full story

Source: HawkesBay.co.nz, 02-Aug-13

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CareFlite decides to retain helicopter at Frisco

CareFlite decides to retain helicopter at Frisco

CareFlite has decided to keep its medical helicopter in Frisco, CareFlite’s vice president told the city of Frisco in a letter –  see full story

Source: Community Impact, 02-Aug-13

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Era Group announces Q2 2013 Earnings Release Call

Era Group announces Q2 2013 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. ERA +0.53% (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2013 second quarter after the market closes on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to begin at… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 02-Aug-13

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LeeFlight lifts off, replaces Medstar in Tampa

LeeFlight lifts off, replaces Medstar in Tampa

LeeFlight is the result of a public-private partnership between Lee County and the leading air medical transport company, Air Methods Corp.   The old service operated by MEDSTAR was shutdown in August of last year after concerns with safety standards and overall costs.  see full story

Source: Fox4, 02-Aug-13

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LifeNet to quit Cherokee Regional Medical Center on 15th August

LifeNet to quit Cherokee Regional Medical Center on 15th August

LifeNet Air Medical Services, a division of Air Methods, has announced that they will no longer be based on the grounds of Cherokee Regional Medical Center  effective on August 15, 2013.  see full story

Source: Chronicle Times, 02-Aug-13

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Will PHI miss its revenue numbers?

Will PHI miss its revenue numbers?

Is PHI sending any potential warning signs?  see full story

Source: Motley Fool, 02-Aug-13

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Air Methods to Report Q2 Results After Market Close on 8th August

Air Methods to Report Q2 Results After Market Close on 8th August

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 after the close of the market on Thursday, August 8, 2013. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Aug-13

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Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust – new chairman acts to sort issues

Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust – new chairman acts to sort issues

In the wake of the resignation of Alison McEwan as Chairman of the Trustees, new appointee Andy Train has reportedly made it his priority to sort out the issues that his predecessor. These included – according to NewsTalkZB – the lack of transparency in the board selection process, and unnecessarily high rates for a lower-equipped… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-13

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FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Aug-13

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Rogers Helicopters Adds EMS Capacity

Rogers Helicopters Adds EMS Capacity

Rogers Helicopters is expanding its emergency medical service (EMS) capacity with the acquisition of its first Sikorsky S-76B medium helicopter. With delivery scheduled by October 1, the S-76B will join Rogers Helicopters’ dedicated EMS fleet composed of two Bell Helicopter Textron 407s, a Bell LongRanger III, plus a Beechcraft King Air A100 fixed wing turboprop, used for… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 01-Aug-13

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EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed LLC has entered the second level of the voluntary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS), demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to advancements in safety. The critical care air medical transport company began working with the FAA on the process more than 18 months ago. By adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 01-Aug-13

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Air Methods buys 150 flight data monitoring devices

Air Methods buys 150 flight data monitoring devices

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Appareo Systems to purchase 150 Vision 1000 flight data monitoring (FDM) devices. These devices will allow Air Methods to capture a variety of critical flight data and then analyze the data as part of… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 31-Jul-13

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INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

The Malpartida medical base in Cáceres, operated by INAER Spain is now the home of Spain’s first all-woman medical helicopter crew. The crew is made up of pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios and Salobrar Sánchez and Rocio Ramos from the Extramadura Health Service, and uses a Eurocopter EC135. “The gender of the crew doesn’t… Read more »

Source: INAER, 31-Jul-13

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Spectrum Aeromed hires New Project Coordinator, and promotes three

Spectrum Aeromed hires New Project Coordinator, and promotes three

Spectrum Aeromed announces a new hire as Project Coordinator and three employee promotions. Rammie Olson joins the company in a newly created position as project coordinator. In this new role, Olson will guide projects from the initial sale to delivery and will serve as the primary liaison to customers. She will coordinate the activities of… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 30-Jul-13

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Keystone Med-Flight awarded HAI’s 2012 Operator Safety Award

Keystone Med-Flight awarded HAI’s 2012 Operator Safety Award

Keystone Med-Flight LLC (“Keystone”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, today announced it has earned the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2012 Operator Safety Award. This coveted honor is presented to helicopter operators who operated without accident in the previous year. HAI acknowledged Keystone for its outstanding 2012 safety record and accident-free flight hours. “This… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 25-Jul-13

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Trakkabeam A800 searchlight chosen for first UK night EMS operations

Trakkabeam A800 searchlight chosen for first UK night EMS operations

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd today announced that the A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Searchlight has been successfully installed and operated on the first UK Air Ambulance cleared for full night operations. The aircraft installation from Bond Air Services for the East Anglian Air Ambulance EC135 aircraft marks a first for UK HEMS operations.  The Trakkabeam searchlight’s primary… Read more »

Source: Trakka Corp, 25-Jul-13

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EagleMed Initiates Air Medical Service in Wyoming

EagleMed Initiates Air Medical Service in Wyoming

EagleMed LLC has begun air medical service operations in Cody, Wyo., for West Park Hospital, a primary, full-service medical center serving communities throughout Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. EagleMed is the preferred air medical services provider for the Wyoming hospital. When fully staffed, the base will have approximately 15 EagleMed flight, medical, management and ground support… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 24-Jul-13

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London’s Air Ambulance appoints Development Director

London’s Air Ambulance appoints Development Director

We are delighted to announce that Mark Davies has been appointed as Director of Development at London’s Air Ambulance charity. Mark has a long and successful fundraising career, within the medical, health and education sectors, most recently as Assistant Director of Centre of the Cell and prior to this as Trust and Foundations Manager at Queen Mary,… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 22-Jul-13

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Australia – Westpac rescue service fears tender process

Australia – Westpac rescue service fears tender process

THE WESTPAC Rescue Helicopter organisation is concerned it will lose a tender to provide aerial medical service for the Clarence Valley. see full story

Source: Northern Star, 19-Jul-13

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Parents sue STARS over Manitoba toddler’s injury

Parents sue STARS over Manitoba toddler’s injury

The incident happened May 2, when a STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) crew picked up Morgan in Brandon for a transfer to Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital.  See full story

Source: CBC, 19-Jul-13

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Tampa General Hospital’s Aeromed may be grounded 31 July

Tampa General Hospital’s Aeromed may be grounded 31 July

Aeromed is the company that has flown critically sick or injured patients from hospitals or accidents to urban trauma centers since 1994. However, on July 31, the Tampa General Hospital-owned company is severing its five-year contract with Rocky Mountain Holdings and will lease helicopters from a different company. – See full story

19-Jul-13

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Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

In 2011, the Minister for Health requested that the Director General conduct an independent Strategic Review of the Ambulance Service of NSW. The Review has proceeded in two interrelated stages: Examination of the operational effectiveness, financing and governance of the NSW Ambulance Service; and Review of Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services and the development of… Read more »

Source: NSW Government, 17-Jul-13

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Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

Construction crews have a deadline: by November, the heliport at the Regina General Hospital should be operational. For STARS air ambulance, it can’t come soon enough.  see full story and pictures

Source: Global News, 16-Jul-13

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Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

The operating hours of Scotland’s first charity air ambulance have been changed to cope with demand at certain times of the day.  see full story

Source: BBC, 16-Jul-13

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Bahrain to launch EMS helicopter service

Bahrain to launch EMS helicopter service

Bahrain’s Government yesterday approved the creation of the Central Emergency Service, which will include air rescue. Minister of State for Information Affairs and official spokeswoman Sameera Rajab said that the imperative behind this move was worsening road traffic congestion. The scheme is already in the pilot phase and the Health Ministry has been ordered to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jul-13

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Brazil – Sergipe state governor suspends EMS helicopter plans

Brazil – Sergipe state governor suspends EMS helicopter plans

[electronic translation]  Acting Governor Jackson Barreto recommended the immediate cancellation of the administrative act that seeks to hire a helicopter charter service to meet the transportation of patients, complementing the action of the Service Mobile (Samu).This was announced during a meeting with Secretary of State for Health, Joélia Silva, and the superintendent of the Emergency… Read more »

Source: Sergipe State Government, 15-Jul-13

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Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Having recently completed their 20,000th mission, Devon’s two Air Ambulances have had yet another busy week. Last weekend for example the crews were called to 8 missions across the county, from Bideford to Salcombe, Newton Abbot to Wheddon Cross.  The incidents included falls from ladders, bikes and trees, a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-Jul-13

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Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

While most emergency responders we spoke to do not want to be identified for this article fearing repercussions for speaking out, they are all in agreement that the decision is strictly political and not in the best interest of county residents. see full story Lutheran Air operate a BK117 Parkview Samaritan operate an AS365

Source: Stacey Page Online, 12-Jul-13

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Russian Helicopters, Frasca, Spidertracks, EAAA confirmed for Helitech

Russian Helicopters, Frasca, Spidertracks, EAAA confirmed for Helitech

Russian Helicopters has confirmed its presence at Helitech International 2013 alongside other headline manufacturers which include, but are not limited to; AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter and Sikorsky. This impressive roll call of exhibitors reflects the show’s position as the pre-eminent international, dedicated helicopter exhibition in Europe and is set to make 2013 the most successful… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 11-Jul-13

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Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline is based on the grounds of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, which is under construction in west Dickinson. Though the hospital won’t be fully operation until the fall of 2014, the helicopter and its crew are already going strong. see full story The actual aircraft is N242MT, Bell 407 serial 54067

Source: Dickinson Press, 11-Jul-13

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LifeFlight – first EMS Helicopter in Iowa to carry blood

LifeFlight – first EMS Helicopter in Iowa to carry blood

An Iowa air ambulance says it will soon carry blood and plasma to patients in flight. see full story

Source: WHO-TV Channel 13, 10-Jul-13

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s HEMS project to continue

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s HEMS project to continue

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust today confirmed that the future of the HEMS project (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) was secure. Trust CEO Greg Barrow said the Board had recently signed off on a three year proposal to support the HEMS project and funding had been allocated accordingly in future budgets. “Although our annual ratepayer funding… Read more »

Source: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, 09-Jul-13

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Metro Aviation congratulates two dedicated employees

Metro Aviation congratulates two dedicated employees

Metro Aviation is honored to work with employees who show not only a commitment to the company, but also dedication to the advancement of the helicopter industry.  Recently several of Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) committees met in Alexandria, Virginia for working sessions.  During that time, two of Metro’s employees accepted seats at the table. Director… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Jul-13

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Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

“Having the Life Link III base in Willmar means improved response times, and faster transport for patients requiring critical or trauma care,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital. –see full story

Source: West Central Tribune, 08-Jul-13

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Auckland’s flying doctors struggle to find funding

Auckland’s flying doctors struggle to find funding

The future of Auckland’s flying doctors is in jeopardy, with funding cuts threatening to keep them grounded. see full story

Source: TV NZ, 08-Jul-13

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Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

A short-term compromise has been reached that will allow the Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad to remain open until the fall.  see full story

Source: Pique, 03-Jul-13

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Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance said its current helicopter is too old to land at the £500,000 helipad being built at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. see full story

Source: BBC, 03-Jul-13

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Drunk allegedly tries to break into medical helicopter

Drunk allegedly tries to break into medical helicopter

A man who allegedly attempted to break into a medical helicopter while it was parked at a helipad in Pottsville early Saturday is in prison and facing federal charges, city police said – see full story

Source: Republican Herald, 03-Jul-13

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 4th Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 4th Aeromedical Case Study Conference

On Wednesday 19th June 2013, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) hosted the 4th Aeromedical Conference at Ford Dunton, near Basildon in Essex, the largest automotive technical centre in the UK, which houses the main design team of Ford of Europe. The aim of this free conference was to give like-minded professionals the opportunity… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 03-Jul-13

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RACQ expands helicopter rescue fleet to Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

RACQ expands helicopter rescue fleet to Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

The RACQ now sponsors the entire fleet of community rescue helicopters across Queensland, with the addition today of the Maroochydore and Bundaberg-based Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service. RACQ Group Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie said the expansion to the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett substantially enhances the RACQ’s community rescue network. “Becoming the naming… Read more »

Source: RACQ, 02-Jul-13

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Metro Aviation to host P&WC factory maintenance training

Metro Aviation to host P&WC factory maintenance training

Metro Aviation is increasing the curriculum offered by the new Metro Aviation Training Center with the addition of Pratt & Whitney courses presented by FlightSafety International.  Pratt & Whitney factory maintenance training for the PW 206/207 will be offered quarterly at Metro’s Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  These instructor-led courses emphasize proactive safety, reliability, performance… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Jul-13

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Mercy Flight Buffalo Continues Fleet ICS Standardization with Becker Avionics

Mercy Flight Buffalo Continues Fleet ICS Standardization with Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Voice Communications System was selected again recently by Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, to upgrade the existing legacy analog audio system in another one of their BK117 EMS helicopters. The BK117 will be their fourth aircraft with Becker DVCS, and will soon undergo avionics modification and DVCS installation at Uniflight… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 02-Jul-13

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Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 01-Jul-13

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Competition from LifeNet helicopter forces Mercy Flight Central to drop fixed wing

Competition from LifeNet helicopter forces Mercy Flight Central to drop fixed wing

Mercy Flight President and CEO Neil G. Snedeker said calls for the non-profit’s interfacility transfer of patients via its small airplane plunged when LifeNet, a for-profit company, moved into the north country last year.  see full story

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 01-Jul-13

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Utah – Eagle Air Med starts AS350 ops at Castleview Hospital

Utah – Eagle Air Med starts AS350 ops at Castleview Hospital

Beginning Monday, June 10th, travelers on Highway 6 noticed a brand new helicopter proudly positioned on the helipad at Castleview Hospital [in Price, Utah Ed.]. The helicopter is operated by Eagle Air Med and will provide the city of Price and the surrounding area with an added resource for emergency response and quick patient transportation…. Read more »

Source: Castleview Hospital, 01-Jul-13

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Rockford Health System relaunches REACT with EC135

Rockford Health System marked a new milestone in its REACT program June 27, when it unveiled its new helicopter with a ceremonial first flight  – the relaunch following their fatal accident in December 2012 – see full story of new helicopter launch.  Photo – Rockford Health System

Source: Rock River Times, 01-Jul-13

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ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

An ORNGE spokesperson said the previous management at ORNGE under CEO Dr. Chris Mazza made the original decision to discontinue hover exits when the AW139s were being introduced, and that they are now seeking to develop a “formalized training program” to establish policies and procedures for paramedics. see full story

01-Jul-13

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Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

An exodus of helicopter pilots has left ORNGE scrambling to fill shifts, meaning air ambulance choppers could be unable to fly at times during the busy summer trauma season.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 28-Jun-13

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Lee County FL awards two-year LeeFlight contract to Air Methods

Lee County FL awards two-year LeeFlight contract to Air Methods

Commissioners on Tuesday granted a two-year certificate of public convenience to Air Methods Corp. to fulfill a state licensure requirement, rebranding the program as “LeeFlight” see full story

Source: Naples News, 26-Jun-13

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance gear up for night flying

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance gear up for night flying

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has announced the arrival of its new helicopter. The newer version of the MD902 Explorer aircraft will replace the charity’s existing helicopter based at Redhill ready for night flying in late summer. In preparation for the 24-hour operation, the charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic crew have already begun to… Read more »

Source: KSS Air Ambulance, 25-Jun-13

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No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

Several of the Sikorsky S76s in ORNGE’s fleet had upgraded electronics, including a ground proximity warning system, but not the one that was based in Moosonee.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 25-Jun-13

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Vail Valley Medical Center seeks new helipad location

Vail Valley Medical Center seeks new helipad location

The hospital has used a temporary helipad for 29 years on property was loaned to the town for air ambulance services in 1984 in a “one-year” deal, which the feds and state officials sort of forgot about – but possible redevelopment is forcing them to review – see full story

Source: Vail Daily, 24-Jun-13

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Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

A Toronto Star investigation has found troubling issues arising from the accident that could impact the safety and service of ORNGE’s helicopter operations – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 24-Jun-13

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Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

The rooftop helipad at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) will be back in operation Monday, June 24, 2013. Remedial work to the helipad has been completed, allowing it to reopen ahead of schedule. The helipad was closed May 27th to allow for repairs to the helipad’s drainage system and… Read more »

Source: Health Sciences North, 24-Jun-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high after carrying 5,000th patient

Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high after carrying 5,000th patient

Yorkshire’s helicopter heroes have airlifted their 5,000th patient. The landmark mission by Yorkshire Air Ambulance saw badly injured musician Chris Parr airlifted to hospital after a head-on road accident. Chris, a drummer with Huddersfield band State of Confusion, suffered broken ribs, a fractured breast bone and a fractured knee in the two-car smash at Marsden, near Huddersfield…. Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 21-Jun-13

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Life Link III signs for six AW119Kx plus six options

Life Link III signs for six AW119Kx plus six options

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Life Link III has signed a contract for six AW119Kx single-engine helicopters plus six options. AgustaWestland Philadelphia will assemble the helicopters and install the aeromedical interiors at their Northeast Philadelphia Airport facility. Deliveries will start in late 2013 with the aircraft being used to provide air… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Jun-13

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Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Flagler’s Firefighting and Helicopter Costs Expose County Tensions Over Wants and Needs – see full story

Source: Flager Live, 19-Jun-13

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Värmland’s EMS helicopter goes to Karlstad

Värmland’s EMS helicopter goes to Karlstad

The newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen states that it has been decided that Värmland County’s new HEMS service will be stationed at a temporary base at Karlstad Airport, moments north of the city. The new ambulance helicopter organization is planned to be operational from mid-2014. In 2010 Värmland’s County Council decided that the future presence of a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Jun-13

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American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter has awarded two scholarships to leaders of Air Medical Transport  teams to attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. The scholarships cover the costs of participation in the Safety Management Training Academy that is conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an industry… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Jun-13

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UK Government Minister Provides Reassurances on Air Ambulance Fuel VAT

UK Government Minister Provides Reassurances on Air Ambulance Fuel VAT

On the 11th June 2013 Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for Health, while giving a speech to a reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA), made reassurances,that the thousands of pounds wasted through the application of VAT on aviation fuel was being taken seriously and a potential solution was… Read more »

Source: Assoc of Air Ambulances, 18-Jun-13

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