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RACQ CareFlight Rescue latest recipient of CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant

RACQ CareFlight Rescue latest recipient of CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant

CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided RACQ CareFlight Rescue with $34,000 to purchase and install two Flightcell DZMx flight tracking systems, which will improve the service’s search capabilities The additional equipment means the two helicopters can be tracked using GPS technology, which improves safety for the crew on board and provides enhanced coordination during a search. … Read more »

Source: CYCA SOLAS Trusts, 29-Oct-13

STARS officially unveils new AW139 at Calgary base

STARS officially unveils new AW139 at Calgary base

STARS air ambulance officially announced the arrival of its new donor funded AW139 helicopter today during an unveiling ceremony at the STARS Calgary base. The Calgary-based AW139 helicopter is the second of two new donor-funded AW139s purchased by STARS for service in Alberta, with the first already in service in Edmonton (arrived in Dec. 2012)…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Oct-13

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Simulators arrive at Metro Aviation

Simulators arrive at Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation announces that FlightSafety International will provide flight simulators for its Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. “As an operator of more than 100 aircraft, Metro requires each of our pilots to undergo simulator training. This agreement with FlightSafety demonstrates Metro Aviation’s dedication to safety and commitment to operate and maintain our aircraft… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Oct-13

Helijet takes off with multi-million dollar partnership

Helijet takes off with multi-million dollar partnership

For the past 27 years, British Columbian residents and tourists alike have likely heard of, or used Helijet, a locally based and operated aviation company that offers regularly scheduled flights between Vancouver and Victoria. Since its establishment, Helijet has steadily grown its business and recently they sought out the expertise and funding from First West… Read more »

Source: First West Capital, 24-Oct-13

London’s Air Ambulance marks 30,000 trauma patient milestone

London’s Air Ambulance marks 30,000 trauma patient milestone

London’s Air Ambulance has reached a significant milestone in treating 30,000 trauma patients since it began in 1989.  Thanks to the generous support of the London community, our charity has been able to save the lives of many people with time-critical medical interventions delivered at the scene of the incident.       Trauma is… Read more »

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

Four new EMS EC135s on the way to California, Nebraska and Florida

Four new EMS EC135s on the way to California, Nebraska and Florida

American Eurocopter’s EC135 is the market leader for light twin-engine helicopters in the air medical transport industry with more than 200 now in service and the number continues to climb. “Over the last 10 years, the EC135 has accounted for more than 80 percent of the light twin-engine helicopters delivered to the U.S. air medical… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-13

MedFlight of Ohio uses American Eurocopter safety prize well

MedFlight of Ohio uses American Eurocopter safety prize well

One year ago, MedFlight of Ohio was awarded the 2012 American EurocopterVision Zero Aviation Safety Award, a $10,000 prize given to assist the winning air medical transport program with developing safety initiatives. MedFlight has put its prize to good use expanding its library of Safety Stories, a collection of online videos designed to serve as discussion points for air… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-13

Air Methods appoints Executive Vice President, Business Development

Air Methods appoints Executive Vice President, Business Development

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that David Doerr joined the Company in the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Business Development. In this new role, Mr. Doerr will be working closely with members of senior management to identify avenues for growth and implement strategic initiatives for… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 24-Oct-13

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TriState CareFlight Reaches Fleet Milestone of 60,000 Hours

TriState CareFlight Reaches Fleet Milestone of 60,000 Hours

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that TriState CareFlight, an air medical transport service operating in the Southwestern United States, has reached a fleet milestone of 60,000 hours. TriState Care Flight operates a total of 40 aircraft, including 22 AW119’s and 10 AW109 Power’s. The EMS configured interiors allow for the finest patient… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Oct-13

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PennSTAR adds EC145 to air medical fleet

PennSTAR adds EC145 to air medical fleet

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has updated its PennSTAR air medical services fleet with the addition of a new American Eurocopter EC145. Purchased in 2012, the EC145 was completed by Metro Aviation and placed into service over the summer, replacing a PennSTAR BK117. The all Eurocopter PennSTAR fleet consists seven aircraft: five EC135s, one… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-13

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AMTC – Boston MedFlight wins Vision Zero safety award

AMTC – Boston MedFlight wins Vision Zero safety award

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Boston MedFlight has been awarded the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, after being chosen from a record-tying list of 25 nominees. Boston MedFlight Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Wedel was presented the award and $10,000 check by Jennifer Hardcastle, American Eurocopter Sales Manager, Air Medical Specialist, during the AMTC Annual Community… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-13

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AgustaWestland donates $15,000 to LifeFlight of Maine

AgustaWestland donates $15,000 to LifeFlight of Maine

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has made a contribution in the amount of $15,000 to LifeFlight of Maine, in honor of 15 years and 16,000 patients served throughout the state. LifeFlight of Maine is celebrating the occasion with a 15th Anniversary Chef’s Gala, featuring a tour of one of LifeFlight’s helicopters and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Oct-13

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AgustaWestland Announces North American Demo Tour

AgustaWestland Announces North American Demo Tour

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today at the Air Medical Transport Conference that it is launching a North American Demo Tour of the EMS configured GrandNew following the aircraft’s display at the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference and continuing through 2014. “The GrandNew is an outstanding helicopter, perfectly suited to be operated by the outstanding… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Oct-13

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Metro Aviation announces new Simulator Technician

Metro Aviation announces new Simulator Technician

Metro Aviation and FlightSafety International (FSI) recently announced the arrival of FSI simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Metro is pleased to welcome John Forsythe as the primary Simulator Technician.  Forsythe’s primary focus is to provide technical support of the simulators on a daily basis. Forsythe retired from the United States… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-13

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Milestone finances AW109SP GrandNew for Sloane Helicopters

Milestone finances AW109SP GrandNew for Sloane Helicopters

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has financed the delivery of an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew to Sloane Helicopters. Sloane, a UK-based provider of helicopter sales and services, will use the helicopter for the UK’s East Midland Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation Group, 22-Oct-13

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Life Flight Network Signs Firm Orders for Three AW119Kx

Life Flight Network Signs Firm Orders for Three AW119Kx

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce Life Flight Network has signed firm orders for three AW119Kx single engine helicopters, completing the 15 helicopter acquisition plan, to meet its future air medical helicopter transport requirements. The contract was signed today by Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO, and Robert Brant, Vice President of Sales… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Oct-13

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AMTC – American Eurocopter Awards Honor Leaders

AMTC – American Eurocopter Awards Honor Leaders

It was a night to recognize the “best of the best” in air medical safety Monday at the Air Medical Transport Conference Annual Community Awards, part of the annual AMTC event held this year in Virginia Beach, Va. More than a dozen awards were presented, including the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award and Program of the Year,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 22-Oct-13

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Fatal accident of Hospital Wing AS350B3 in Tennessee

Fatal accident of Hospital Wing AS350B3 in Tennessee

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-13

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MedFlight of Ohio and HealthNet Aeromedical Services order new Eurocopter aircraft

MedFlight of Ohio and HealthNet Aeromedical Services order new Eurocopter aircraft

 American Eurocopter announced MedFlight of Ohio and HealthNet Aeromedical Services will expand their all-Eurocopter fleets. Based in Columbus, MedFlight of Ohio is taking possession of two more leased EC130s, which will be completed by Metro Aviation. One of the aircraft will be based in Jeffersonville, Ohio, located between Columbus and Cincinnati. “Our EC130s have performed flawlessly since replacing our… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 22-Oct-13

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Boston MedFlight orders second EC145

Boston MedFlight orders second EC145

American Eurocopter announced that Boston MedFlight has placed its second order this year for an EC145 helicopter for Air Medical Transport missions as part of an ongoing fleet replacement plan. The order, which comes just weeks after Boston MedFlight took delivery of its first EC145, is an example of American Eurocopter’s continuing leadership in sales of new… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 22-Oct-13

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HALO-Flight signs for Bell 429 at AMTC 2013

HALO-Flight signs for Bell 429 at AMTC 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today at the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that HALO-Flight, Inc., a non-profit air and ground ambulance service, will be adding a Bell 429 to their fleet for air ambulance operations. “Serving an area of 28,000 square miles and a population of more than one… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

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Allegheny Health Network LifeFlight marks 35th year

Allegheny Health Network LifeFlight marks 35th year

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight air medical transport program, the first service of its kind in the northeastern United States, is marking 35 years of helping critically injured people get life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. LifeFlight provides regional emergency helicopter and critical care ground transportation services for critically ill and injured patients who need immediate… Read more »

Source: Allegheny Health Network, 22-Oct-13

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Bell showcases helicopter air ambulance aircraft at AMTC 2013

Bell showcases helicopter air ambulance aircraft at AMTC 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will highlight two of its most popular aircraft in the Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) segment, the Bell 429 and Bell 407GX, on static display at the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). Hosted by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), AMTC will take place this year… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

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Steady Growth for Metro Aviation

Steady Growth for Metro Aviation

One year after celebrating their 30th anniversary at the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference, Metro Aviation continues to see growth in its Operations Division.  This year, Metro entered into agreements with four new programs.  Quotas have never been a priority for Metro Aviation and it’s their reputation of putting the customer first that draws many… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Oct-13

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Bond Air Services begins new air ambulance service in Merseyside

Bond Air Services begins new air ambulance service in Merseyside

Gloucestershire-based Bond Air Services (Bond) is delighted to announce the start of a new air ambulance operation for North West Air Ambulance in the Merseyside area. The new service will be provided by a Eurocopter EC135T2 aircraft, which has been modified for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations [Editor note – not specifically modified for… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 21-Oct-13

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Avinet simplifies FAA requirements at AMTC

Avinet simplifies FAA requirements at AMTC

During 21-23 of October, Avinet will be at booth #1426 demonstrating how Air Maestro can comply with and simplify FAA requirements such as reporting the number of flights undertaken and reporting total hours flown. CEO Michael Mulvihill, along with North American Alliance Partner Michael Payne, will be representing Avinet at the Convention and will be… Read more »

Source: Avinet, 21-Oct-13

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Sanford AirMed Adds Specialty Teams

Sanford AirMed Adds Specialty Teams

Sanford AirMed is now offering specialty neonatal intensive care unit and high-risk obstetrics specialty teams.  See full story

Source: Advance Health Network, 21-Oct-13

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Spectrum Aeromed Debuts New Website

Spectrum Aeromed Debuts New Website

Spectrum Aeromed announced that they have launched a new website this week, spectrum-aeromed.com. The new website design features more product visuals to give site visitors a more in depth look into the quality of their air ambulance products and services. The new website is user friendly and populated with downloadable brochures for both fixed wing and… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 21-Oct-13

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Donaldson filtration products take center stage at AMTC 2013

Donaldson filtration products take center stage at AMTC 2013

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) will spotlight its complete line of engine air and liquid filtration products during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Oct. 21-23 in Virginia, Beach, Virginia.  Donaldson will display Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) for Bell 407 and EC 130 helicopters, and company filtration experts will be… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 21-Oct-13

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Metro Aviation adds Vidant Medical Transport in November

Metro Aviation adds Vidant Medical Transport in November

Metro Aviation will begin operating for a new customer this November.  Vidant Medical Transport provides critical care air and ground service around the clock in Greenville, North Carolina. Vidant Medical Transport owns two EC145’s and one EC135 to service Greenville and surrounding areas within 150 miles.  Aircraft are IFR-equipped and outfitted with night vision goggles… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Oct-13

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American Eurocopter to show industry leading models at AMTC

American Eurocopter to show industry leading models at AMTC

American Eurocopter, the top provider of new helicopters for U.S. Air Medical Transport services, will feature two of its industry leading models at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Oct. 21-23 in Virginia Beach, Va. Two of the most popular and versatile helicopter models used by Air Medical Transport operators are the Eurocopter EC145 and EC135 twin-engine helicopters. American Eurocopter will have a working… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Oct-13

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Latitude Technologies Double-teaming NBAA and AMTC in 2013

Latitude Technologies Double-teaming NBAA and AMTC in 2013

Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for regional fleet operators, will be showcasing Latitude’s complete product family at this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas October 22-24 at Booth C11040. Latitude will also be showcasing its products and services at the 2013… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 18-Oct-13

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NEMSPA Now Accepting Subscriptions for CHAMPS Safety Culture Assessment

NEMSPA Now Accepting Subscriptions for CHAMPS Safety Culture Assessment

NEMSPA’s Cultural Health Assessment and Mitigation Program for Safety (CHAMPS) is in beta form and ready to be administered to a selection of air medical provider organizations in order to validate the question-set. Tom Judge, past Chair of the Association for Critical Care Transport had this to say about this safety culture assessment tool: “Throughout… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 17-Oct-13

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Utah Valley Regional Medical Center celebrates 13 years of Lifeflight

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center celebrates 13 years of Lifeflight

More than 5,000 flights have originated from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center since its Life Flight operation began full time at the hospital 13 years ago.  See full story

Source: Herald Extra, 17-Oct-13

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Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

AirEvac Lifeteam has recently opened a base in Eastland for an air ambulance helicopter.  The location is on the north I-20 service road on the east end of town.  See full story  – This is Air Evac’s base number 115.  EagleMed are supplying a fixed wing aircraft

Source: Microplex News, 17-Oct-13

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EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

This month EagleMed LLC air medical transport is observing its 10th anniversary of service from Joplin, Mo. EagleMed bases a twin-engine medically equipped Eurocopter AS355N in Joplin to support Freeman Health System serving Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The helicopter is based at Freeman Hospital West, which has two helipads located outside Freeman Heart &… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 16-Oct-13

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New Director of Fundraising at East Anglian Air Ambulance

New Director of Fundraising at East Anglian Air Ambulance

A life saving charity has appointed a new Director of Fundraising following its recent development in operations. The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has welcomed Melanie Nightingale to the role now that fundraising targets have increased following the Charity’s recent development in to night flying. On appointment Tim Page, Chief Executive of EAAA, said: “Now… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 15-Oct-13

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New Director of Corporate Services at East Anglian Air Ambulance

New Director of Corporate Services at East Anglian Air Ambulance

A highly respected member of the NHS has joined a life saving charity to shape the development of the organisation now it has embarked on a new chapter in its history. Lorna Garner joins the East Anglian Air Ambulance as Director of Corporate Services shortly after it began completing missions at night, becoming the first… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 15-Oct-13

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UK – Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years

UK – Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years

Herts Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years of being in operation and saving lives across the region. To mark this very special milestone the Charity is inviting its supporters to join them at an exclusive celebration evening on Friday 25th October with special celebrity guest Ray Winstone! Join the Herts Air Ambulance Team and popular British… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 15-Oct-13

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Tyler County Commission signs deal with Air Evac

Tyler County Commission signs deal with Air Evac

Following the Tyler County Commission meeting, the cost of Air Evac services will be eliminated for all county residents who receive life flight transportation from Tyler County or any surrounding county  See full story

Source: Tyler Star News, 15-Oct-13

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Mercy One-Clarinda celebrates first anniversary

Mercy One-Clarinda celebrates first anniversary

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center Des Moines, and Air Methods are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Mercy One-Clarinda medical helicopter service on Tuesday, October 15th.  The occassion will be celebrated with an open house held at the crew quarters behind the CRHC main building from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Cake and beverages… Read more »

Source: CRHC, 15-Oct-13

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Medina Memorial Hospital helipad ready by weekend

Medina Memorial Hospital helipad ready by weekend

Art Hill Excavation of Medina is building the 40-by-40-foot helipad, which includes a curb cut and 80-foot-long driveway.

Source: Orleans Hub, 15-Oct-13

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New lit helipad opens at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

New lit helipad opens at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

The helipad has been officially opened at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which means patients will be able to receive treatment whether they become sick or injured during the day or night.  See full story

Source: Evening News 24, 15-Oct-13

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New helipad complete at Riverton Memorial Hospital

New helipad complete at Riverton Memorial Hospital

Riverton Memorial Hospital (RMH) is pleased to announce the completion of a new helipad located near the hospital’s emergency room. The additional helipad allows increased access to air ambulances for transferring patients who need advanced medical treatment not currently provided at RMH. The helipad was built in partnership with Classic Lifeguard, an air ambulance company… Read more »

Source: Riverton Memorial Hospital, 14-Oct-13

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Comms problem delayed air ambulance landing for six minutes

Comms problem delayed air ambulance landing for six minutes

The Survival Flight helicopter hovered over the Blessing Hospital helipad for about six minutes as officials attempted to move another helicopter off the landing pad.  See full story

Source: KHQA, 14-Oct-13

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Two EMS helicopters grounded awaiting routine FAA inspection

Two EMS helicopters grounded awaiting routine FAA inspection

Two Life Flight helicopters that operate in Portland and southwest Washington have been grounded due to the government shutdown.  See full story More and more aircraft and helicopters are expected to be caught up in this, and the resultant backlog will take some time to clear

Source: KGW, 14-Oct-13

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Australia – Ebor gorge rescue re-ignites winching debate

Australia – Ebor gorge rescue re-ignites winching debate

The Deputy Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council says a bushwalker rescue in the Guy Fawkes River National Park shows why it’s important for winching to be restored to Tamworth’s helicopter  See full story

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/ebor-gorge-rescue-re-ignites-chopper-winching-debate/5009018, 10-Oct-13

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REACH Air Medical Services opens new base in Oceanside

REACH Air Medical Services opens new base in Oceanside

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announces the expansion of their Southern California emergency helicopter service to include a fourth base in Oceanside, California. This aircraft will provide life‐saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service in partnership with the City of Oceanside Fire Department. Initially the helicopter is responding from a base located at the OceansideAirport. The… Read more »

Source: REACH, 09-Oct-13

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

Snowy Hydro SouthCare celebrates 15 years

On Tuesday October 1st, 2013 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter service celebrated 15 years of service since 1998. Over fifteen years, Snowy Hydro SouthCare has performed over 5,300 missions, saving lives and impacting on countless communities across the ACT & South Eastern NSW region. The quality of service and care provided to the region is a… Read more »

Source: SouthCare, 09-Oct-13

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Helipad to be added at Rockhampton Hospital in Queensland

Helipad to be added at Rockhampton Hospital in Queensland

Currently patients flying to the hospital are taken to the Rockhampton Airport and transferred by ambulance.  The building is expected to be competed by next May. See full story

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/rockhampton-hospital-to-get-chopper-pad-more-icu/5004466, 08-Oct-13

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Profile: EagleMed’s Wichita operations

Profile: EagleMed’s Wichita operations

EagleMed now has 29 locations in 10 states, and Wichita is at the heart of it all.  See full profile

Source: Wichita Business Journal, 08-Oct-13

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Med-Trans and Anthem agree on Carilion Life-Guard EMS flights

Med-Trans and Anthem agree on Carilion Life-Guard EMS flights

Med-Trans, the air medical partner operating Carilion Clinic’s Life-Guard helicopters, has reached an agreement with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Virginia. Carilion Life-Guard flights are considered in-network for Anthem subscribers. Patients will only be billed for the deductible and co-pay amounts applicable under their insurance plan. The terms of the agreement will be applied to all… Read more »

Source: Carilion Clinic, 08-Oct-13

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Third annual STARS “CEO Rescue” raises almost $700K in one day

Third annual STARS “CEO Rescue” raises almost $700K in one day

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) has announced that the annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS fundraiser has once again been a staggering success. Today, four prominent CEOs worked together to raise more than $696,314 in a single day. STARS partnered with influential business leaders in Edmonton and Calgary and dropped them… Read more »

Source: STARS, 08-Oct-13

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Helipad to be moved before Temecula Valley Hospital even opens

Helipad to be moved before Temecula Valley Hospital even opens

The heliport at the almost-open Temecula Valley Hospital will be moved because of safety concerns  See full story

Source: Press-Enterprise, 08-Oct-13

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Construction begins on Carson Health helipad in Nevada

Construction begins on Carson Health helipad in Nevada

After months of decision making and back-and-forth discussions between the city of Carson City and Carson Health, as well as input from residents, the new hospital helipad is officially beginning to take shape   See full story

Source: The Gazette, 06-Oct-13

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Titus Mountain adding emergency response helipad

Titus Mountain adding emergency response helipad

A LifeNet helicopter now will be available for skiers who suffer a life-threatening injury while at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center see full story

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 06-Oct-13

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Helipad at Fort St. John Hospital feasible if conditions met

Helipad at Fort St. John Hospital feasible if conditions met

The committee reviewing the possibility of building a helipad at the new Fort St. John Hospital has determined the project is feasible, provided it meets a number of conditions. An implementation team has been formed to start working on meeting those conditions, and making the helipad a reality.  see full story

Source: Energetic City, 02-Oct-13

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AgustaWestland delivers tenth AW119Kx to Life Flight Network

AgustaWestland delivers tenth AW119Kx to Life Flight Network

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has delivered the 10th aircraft in support of Life Flight Network’s air medical transport missions. The aircraft is also the 150th AW119 from the Philadelphia assembly line. “As we mark the occasion of the 150th AW119 built by AgustaWestland, I want to take the time to thank… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-13

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Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

Abu Dhabi sees launch of first offshore SAR/EMS helicopter

In a ceremony held on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior inspected the first civil air ambulance helicopter for emergency rescue operations from onshore and offshore oilfields and facilities in Abu Dhabi – a Bell 412EP.  See full story

Source: Gulf Today, 02-Oct-13

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Westpac Life Saver at Moruya to extend operational hours

Westpac Life Saver at Moruya to extend operational hours

“A review conducted earlier this year found that it was important that our helicopter based on the South Coast remain a year-round service,” Westpac Life Saver CEO Stephen Leahy said.  see full story

Source: Batemans Bay Post, 02-Oct-13

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University of Cincinnati Medical Center to build new base for Air Care 3

University of Cincinnati Medical Center to build new base for Air Care 3

The hospital will not identify the location of the new base, on which a hangar will be constructed, until the deal is finalized see full story

Source: Cincinnati.com, 02-Oct-13

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NEMSPA to sponsor 4-Hour Heliport Safety Workshop at AMTC 2013

NEMSPA to sponsor 4-Hour Heliport Safety Workshop at AMTC 2013

In its ever continuing quest to enhance industry safety, the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) is sponsoring a four hour workshop on heliport design and safety at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  This 4-hour workshop will focus on the basic information that every air medical helicopter provider and heliport… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 01-Oct-13

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New Zealand EMS charities in fundraising dispute

New Zealand EMS charities in fundraising dispute

A Wellington-based air emergency service should “back off” from fundraising in Marlborough and Nelson, says the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.  see full story

Source: Marlborough Express, 01-Oct-13

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Metro Aviation Expands New Training Center for Increased Opportunity

Metro Aviation Expands New Training Center for Increased Opportunity

Metro Aviation finished its 12,000 sq. ft. training center in February and has already begun expanding the center to allow for more expansive training capabilities. With the goal of providing a turnkey training solution to its customers, Metro is nearly doubling the space of its facility. One new addition is a dedicated maintenance overhaul classroom… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Oct-13

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter marks 40 years

Westpac Rescue Helicopter marks 40 years

Two helicopters flew in formation over Sydney Harbour on Sunday to mark the occasion, four decades after a group of surf lifesavers founded the service in 1973 with a Bell 47.  See full story

Source: Herald Sun, 30-Sep-13

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New Questa helipad evacuates first patient

New Questa helipad evacuates first patient

The value of  a new helipad in Questa was demonstrated on 17th September when the Questa Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded to the call for a victim of a chainsaw accident. See full story

Source: Taos News, 30-Sep-13

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Ceremony marks opening of new helipad in Estevan

Ceremony marks opening of new helipad in Estevan

The helipad at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the first certified helipad in the province of Saskatchewan   See full story

Source: Estevan Mercury, 27-Sep-13

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Purpose designed flight suits for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Purpose designed flight suits for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Paramedics and doctors at Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) have worked with the UK’s leading safety company to design new flight suits. The customised salopettes and jackets have been produced by Arco, the Hull-based provider of workwear, personal protective equipment and workplace safety products. The company’s designers worked closely with YAA medics to ensure the new… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 25-Sep-13

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AW169 Presented to the Italian EMS Community at HEMS 2013 Conference

AW169 Presented to the Italian EMS Community at HEMS 2013 Conference

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, showcased for the first time the new generation 4.5 tonne-class light intermediate twin engine AW169 at the HEMS 2013 Conference, held in Massa Carrara, Italy. The Italian HEMS Community was allowed to have a first look at the capabilities and features of the aircraft that is meant to set the new… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Sep-13

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Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Avincis Group orders up to 20 Bell helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today at Helitech International 2013 a signed agreement with Avincis Group for the sale of up to 20 helicopters comprised of the Bell 429, Bell412 and Bell 412EPI aircraft, largely for use in Life & Rescue operations. “We’re delighted to be able to further develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-13

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Bell signs agreement for first UK EMS 429

Bell signs agreement for first UK EMS 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement with Heli-Charter Ltd for the first Bell 429configured for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operations in the United Kingdom. The recently appointed Bell Helicopter Customer Support Facility and Independent Representative held the grand opening of its new facility adjacent to Manston International Airport in Kent on September 21…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-13

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Helitech supports National Air Ambulance Week

Helitech supports National Air Ambulance Week

Helitech International 2013 is proud to announce that it will be supporting both the East Anglian Air Ambulance and London’s Air Ambulance as part of National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which runs from 23 – 29 September. Both charities will be participating at the exhibition which is being staged for the first time at ExCeL, London… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 23-Sep-13

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UK – Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital moves ahead with helipad plans

UK – Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital moves ahead with helipad plans

Plans for a new helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital have been put forward by the region’s NHS bosses.  See full story

Source: BBC, 23-Sep-13

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Cork University Hospital to have helipad by early 2015

Cork University Hospital to have helipad by early 2015

A 10-year wait for the reinstatement of a helipad at one of the biggest hospitals in the country should be concluded by no later than early 2015.  see full story

Source: Irish Examiner, 20-Sep-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

Richard Ragsdale, base pilot supervisor for the Farmington, Mo., Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2013 Region 1 Safety Award see full story

Source: Farmington Press, 20-Sep-13

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