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Helicopter Marketing Associates buy three EC135s for air medical industry

Helicopter Marketing Associates buy three EC135s for air medical industry

American Eurocopter announced today that it has sold three EC135s to Helicopter Marketing Associates (HMA) for placement in the air medical industry. “HMA’s choice of the EC135 reflects the tremendous demand for this platform throughout the world, particularly in the air medical market,” said Treg Manning, American Eurocopter’s Vice President of Sales.  “Across the United… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

Indiana University Health adds fifth EC145

Indiana University Health adds fifth EC145

From its booth #321 at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced today that Indiana University Health LifeLine will add its fifth EC145 to the fleet of four that were purchased in late 2008. The first four went into service throughout 2010 and the fifth is expected to go into service this week…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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University of Iowa opens new AirCare hangar

University of Iowa opens new AirCare hangar

The more than 6,000-square-foot metal building has space for three helicopters, storage rooms and a sleeping room for pilots. The exterior of the building has large fuel storage tanks and a helipad. (full story)

Source: Press-Citizen, 17-Oct-11

CAMTS accreditation for two Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Ohio

CAMTS accreditation for two Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Ohio

The Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Chillicothe and Portsmouth have received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services. The accreditation represents the highest standard for medical transport services. As part of the accreditation process, Air Evac Lifeteam voluntarily undertook the largest scale inspection and accreditation process in CAMTS’ history and is now… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Oct-11

Strengthening AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation International is a community effort

Strengthening AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation International is a community effort

Thanks to two generous challenge donations by Air Methods Corporation, the Association of Air Medical Services and MedEvac Foundation International have received additional investment. “These challenge grants are an expression of our continuing faith in the mission of AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation. These organizations are the lifeblood of the medical transport community. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second phase of Safety Management System project

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second phase of Safety Management System project

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country, has entered the second level of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management System Voluntary Pilot Project, further bolstering the company’s commitment to safety and risk management. Air Evac Lifeteam Director of Safety Dave Hardin explained that Air Evac Lifeteam’s voluntary participation in… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Oct-11

Night Flight Concepts showcases night vision solutions at AMTC

Night Flight Concepts showcases night vision solutions at AMTC

At this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Night Flight Concepts, the premier provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, is pleased to announce it will showcase innovative night vision goggle solutions that enhance pilot and crewmembers safety and performance in Emergency Medical Services to ensure mission success. Night Flight Concepts delivers a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 17-Oct-11

Metro Aviation to feature an IU Health LifeLine EC145 at AMTC

Metro Aviation to feature an IU Health LifeLine EC145 at AMTC

Longtime air medical transportation provider and helicopter completion specialist, Metro Aviation, Inc. will feature an Indiana University (IU) Health LifeLine critical care transport Eurocopter EC145 during the AMTC hosted in St. Louis, Missouri from 17-19 October 2011.  The sophisticated critical care transport helicopter includes an extensive patient care cabin configuration and single pilot IFR capability… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 17-Oct-11

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Streeterville Children’s Memorial Hospital Heliport Approved

Streeterville Children’s Memorial Hospital Heliport Approved

Helicopters will be able to bring sick patients to the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Streeterville after the Illinois Department of Transportation approved the heliport Friday. Children’s Memorial said on average, 73 children are brought to its current Lincoln Park location by helicopter every year. William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US correspondent

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-11

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American Eurocopter to showcase EC130 and EC145 at AMTC 2011

American Eurocopter to showcase EC130 and EC145 at AMTC 2011

American Eurocopter, the nation’s leading provider of helicopters for the U.S. emergency medical services industry, today announced that it will be showcasing two of its industry-leading helicopters at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The helicopters, a MedFlight of Ohio EC130 and an EC145 from Geisinger Life Flight, will be prominently… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Oct-11

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Air Methods Product Division and United Rotorcraft Solutions to combine

Air Methods Product Division and United Rotorcraft Solutions to combine

Air Methods is excited to announce we are combining the powerhouses of our Products Division with United Rotorcraft Solutions to form our new unified brand – United Rotorcraft. Our new brand is a united front of expertise, precision, and dedication to enhancing the completion and service support of aircraft completions, refurbishments, painting services and accessory… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 15-Oct-11

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ASU Announces Night Vision Award Mixer for AMTC

ASU Announces Night Vision Award Mixer for AMTC

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced that they will host an afternoon mixer from 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, October 18 at the convention hall in room 267, and present the night vision awards in St Louis, Missouri at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). Drinks and light appetizers will be served. “The AMTC annual conference provides us… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Oct-11

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ASU presents NVIS Aircraft Conformity Course at AMTC

ASU presents NVIS Aircraft Conformity Course at AMTC

In an effort to assist and educate operators about changes in inspections, installations, aircraft conformity, and requirements with modifications, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) will offer a NVIS Aircraft Conformity Courses at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in St. Louis. ASU Quality Assurance Manager and Chief Inspector Kip McDermott will present the course. The course… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Oct-11

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PHI selects Sagem Avionics Analysis Ground Station

PHI selects Sagem Avionics Analysis Ground Station

Sagem Avionics (Safran group) today announced that PHI, Inc. has selected it’s AGS for their fleet of helicopters. The AGS is a comprehensive flight operations monitoring system for Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) applications, processing and analyzing all available data from aircraft recorders and producing user-configurable, customized reports. The Sagem Avionics AGS will replace the existing PHI system and offers the… Read more »

Source: Sagem Avionics, 15-Oct-11

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Calstar installs Belfort AWOS at California Hospital

Calstar installs Belfort AWOS at California Hospital

Belfort Instrument Company, one of the country’s oldest meteorological sensor and meteorological system manufactures, has installed its DigiWxTM Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) at the George L Mee Memorial Hospital (09CA), King City, California. The AWOS AV provides real-time wind speed, wind direction, temperature, relative humidity, dewpoint and altimeter setting, visibility, and cloud height information… Read more »

Source: Belfort Instrument, 14-Oct-11

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PHI appoints Director

PHI appoints Director

PHI, Inc. has announced the appointment of Didier Keller to serve as a director on the Board of Directors of PHI, Inc. effective October 12, 2011. Mr. Keller will also serve as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Keller served as Chief Executive of SBM Offshore N.V., a Dutch public company… Read more »

Source: PHI, 14-Oct-11

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Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

Halo Flight adds third 407 to meet demand

HALO-Flight, Inc., the only air ambulance serving the sixteen counties surrounding Corpus Christi, is expanding its fleet of emergency service vehicles. A third Bell 407 helicopter is expected to be delivered in early 2012. With this addition, HALO-Flight’s fleet will include three rotor-wing aircraft and one Specialty Care Transport ground ambulance. “HALO-Flight is focused on… Read more »

Source: Halo Flight, 14-Oct-11

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Too many patients transferred by helicopter?

Too many patients transferred by helicopter?

Doctors may be sending too many patients by helicopter, an expensive choice that may not impact patient outcome When a patient needs to travel between hospitals and time is of the essence, helicopter transport is generally assumed to be faster and more desirable than taking a ground ambulance, but a paper published today in the… Read more »

Source: PLoS ONE, 13-Oct-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

Air Evac Lifeteam to launch ops from McAllen, TX

The new McAllen base will be one of Air Evac Lifeteam’s 104 bases in the country and the 21st base in Texas, the company said in a statement. –

Source: Brownsville Herald, 13-Oct-11

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Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rolled out the first phase of its night operations on October 1, enabling it to be ready to respond to emergencies in the outlying parts of Qatar from 6am until midnight. “When we started four years ago, we only operated during the daylight hours of 6am to 6pm…. Read more »

Source: HMC, 13-Oct-11

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Air Methods are Preferred Provider to Community Health Systems

Air Methods are Preferred Provider to Community Health Systems

Air Methods Corporation , the largest air medical transportation company in the world, announced today that it has entered into a preferred provider agreement (PPA) with Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (CHS) to provide air medical transport services to CHS-affiliated hospitals. Operations are expected to start in the fourth quarter 2011. As part of… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Oct-11

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Night Flight Concepts to showcase solutions at ALPA laser illumination event

Night Flight Concepts to showcase solutions at ALPA laser illumination event

Night Flight Concepts, a leading provider of night vision solutions to aviation organizations worldwide, announced it will participate in the upcoming event “Laser Illumination of Aircraft: a Growing Threat” to help raise awareness of this growing issue in aviation and to showcase solutions that can help mitigate the risks associated with voluntary and involuntary laser… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 12-Oct-11

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Life Link III names new CEO/President

Life Link III names new CEO/President

Life Link III today announced that Edward R. Eroe has been named President and CEO, effective immediately. Life Link III conducted a national search to fill the President and CEO position. “We are pleased to welcome Ed and look forward to tapping his vast air medical knowledge,” said John Doherty, Board Chairman. “As we continue… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 12-Oct-11

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Elilombardia buys two 109E Powers from Schenk Air

Elilombardia buys two 109E Powers from Schenk Air

Schenk Air has sold both of its AW109E Powers to Italian operator Elilombardia, leaving it with just one JetRanger.  Elilombardia is operating both of them on Austrian registrations in Italy on air ambulance contracts. OE-XSA is operating on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Campania and noted recently at Napoli Hospital OE-XSC is operating on behalf… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-11

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Maui Memorial Medical Center adds helipad

Maui Memorial Medical Center adds helipad

Formerly, patients were flown to a War Memorial Complex field on Kanaloa Avenue where they were transferred from the helicopter to an awaiting ambulance. Now, patients will be flown directly to the helipad, where they’ll be transferred to a motorized patient cart for transport to the hospital’s emergency room. (full story)

Source: Maui News, 10-Oct-11

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Multiflight to convert another Dauphin to air ambulance

Multiflight to convert another Dauphin to air ambulance

Leeds-based Multiflight has already completed the conversion of three AS365N2 Dauphins and handed them all over one-by-one to Great North Air Ambulance.  The third of these was handed over to GNAA’s Grahame Pickering at the recent Helitech 2011 event. Multlflight are now to convert a fourth Dauphin to full EMS specifications, to serve as both… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Oct-11

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Starflight celebrates 25 years

Starflight celebrates 25 years

Starflight operates in a 75 nautical-mile radius of Jamestown in the northern reaches of New York state, and flies patients to specialty centers in Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland.  They are celebrating their 25th anniversary.  The service is provided by WCA Hospital, working together with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.  The program operates two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

he chief flight nurse at the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in South Lake Tahoe can remember like it was yesterday when the base started operations 10 years ago this month.  Bryan Pond, CFRN CCRN, vividly recalls the challenges, and enthusiasm, of getting the base operational. All of the crew members were brought… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Vacaville, known as CALSTAR 8, marks its 5th anniversary this month.  Since the base opened in 2006, flight crews have flown approximately 1,400 critically ill and injured patients throughout Solano and surrounding counties. According to Chief Flight Nurse Scott Wallace, approximately two thirds of the calls… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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Kandahar graduates basic flight medics

Kandahar graduates basic flight medics

Four medics recently graduated at the Kandahar Air Wing from the first Afghan air force Basic Flight Medic course, boosting the Afghan medical response capability. According to medical professionals, the goal of the 40-hour course was to combine ground and flight medical training to produce a better-rounded medical professional. “The course was meant to be… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 07-Oct-11

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University of Michigan EC155 completion on schedule

University of Michigan EC155 completion on schedule

Survival Flight conducted an initial review of the EC155 B1 aircraft last week. On the agenda for the configuration team was to approve the final paint layout and review the medical system installation. With the approval of the new paint scheme and the medical system configuration, Metro Aviation, Inc. continues to proceed with an on… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Oct-11

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HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

HALO-Flight provides faster transport to Children’s Hospital

Driscoll Children’s Hospital and HALO-Flight, Inc. have begun a partnership that will result in an unprecedented level of service for critically ill and injured children of South Texas. Beginning in September, HALO-Flight will dedicate a helicopter exclusively to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. This partnership will significantly reduce the time it takes to transport patients to the… Read more »

Source: HALO-Flight, 03-Oct-11

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Multiflight hands over third Dauphin to Great North Air Ambulance

Multiflight hands over third Dauphin to Great North Air Ambulance

The third Dauphin helicopter bought from Multiflight by the Great North Air Ambulance Service was officially handed over to the charity at Helitech 2011 today, Wednesday September 28th. Multiflight Managing Director Steve Borrowdale made the official hand over to GNAAS Chief Executive Graham Pickering today at Helitech 2011, the largest dedicated helicopter event in Europe…. Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 29-Sep-11

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Eurocopter UK targets EC145T2 at emergency services

Eurocopter UK targets EC145T2 at emergency services

The EC145 T2 evolved version of Eurocopter’s popular twin-engine EC145 – which is making its debut appearance at the annual Helitech helicopter exposition in Duxford – responds to the UK’s demanding emergency services needs. Eurocopter’s evolutionary approach for this enhanced rotary-wing aircraft retains the EC145’s proven technologies – providing a good useful load, extended range,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Sep-11

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Patient billed $58,477 for 173 mile EMS flight

Patient billed $58,477 for 173 mile EMS flight

Insurance company claims that EMS flight was “not medically justified” and passed Omniflight’s $58,477 invoice to the patient – who has a counter-claim on his hands after a neurologist has confirmed in writing that it was an emergency.  The figure is made up of $249 per “loaded mile” for the 173 mile trip, plus a… Read more »

Source: Charlotte Observer, 26-Sep-11

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STARS announces 2011 charity dinner/auction

STARS announces 2011 charity dinner/auction

Join us for the 8th Annual Bragg Creek Benefit Dinner & Auction for STARS on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The evening will include a three-course roast beef dinner catered by locally-owned The Steak Pit Restaurant and a chance to bid on a wide array of live and silent auction items. Tickets are $75 each or… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Sep-11

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Heli ops begin at Colleton Medical Center

Heli ops begin at Colleton Medical Center

Lifenet 4, a Eurocopter AS350 registered N103HN, is the newly arrived air ambulance at Colleton Medical Center in South Carolina (full story)

Source: Live 5 News, 23-Sep-11

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Children’s Medical Center adds S76C++

Children’s Medical Center adds S76C++

Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is adding a Sikorsky S76C++   The article about this new helicopter states that it adds to an existing smaller helicopter, but research by the HeliHub.com team finds they currently operate an S76B registration N615D

23-Sep-11

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

Britain’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance has featured in a number of local press stories in recent days.  The story focuses on Bagby Airfield in a battle with its neighbours over noise, most stories often omitting to point out that the vast majority of local residients moved in with the airfield already in place, and thus in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-11

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NJ State Police ready for third AW139

NJ State Police ready for third AW139

On 7th September, an AW139 was marked on FAA files as being owned by the State of New Jersey – N303YS, serial 41260 from the Pennsylvania production line.  Two

21-Sep-11

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CareFusion launches new emergency transport ventilator

CareFusion launches new emergency transport ventilator

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN), a leading global medical technology company, today announced the launch of the ReVelâ„¢ ventilator, a new high performance, portable device designed for pediatric to adult (min. 5Kg) patients who require breathing support during transport. The ReVel ventilator is a complementary addition to CareFusion’s Alternate Care portfolio, including emergency and military respiratory care,… Read more »

Source: CareFusion, 20-Sep-11

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Metro Aviation delivers third EC135 to Korea

Metro Aviation delivers third EC135 to Korea

Metro Aviation delivered a third completed EC135 for the Republic of South Korea today. This third aircraft, delivered ahead of schedule, will join the first two delivered earlier this month for an official viewing by the customer later next week. Operational services of the first EC135 began September 1, 2011. With the delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Sep-11

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OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

SCOOP! OSF Life Flight, run by St Francis Medical Center in the Illinois city of Peoria, is set to move from using Bell 230s.   Currently they fly four of the type, registered N830SF, N840SF, M870SF and N880SF, two registered to OSF Aviation LLC in 2002 and two in 2007. In recent days, four Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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$300,000 donation for STARS Saskatchewan

$300,000 donation for STARS Saskatchewan

Enerplus Corporation, a Canadian independent oil and gas producer, has provided a $300,000 donation to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Saskatchewan program. The announcement took place at the Weyburn Golf Club on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Mr. Ian Dundas, Executive Vice-President and COO from Enerplus, presented the donation to Andrea Robertson, President &… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-Sep-11

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UK: Queen Alexandra Hospital gets 24×7 helipad approval

UK: Queen Alexandra Hospital gets 24×7 helipad approval

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to announce that its planning application to vary the flight restrictions on the helipad at Queen Alexandra Hospital has been approved. The Trust sought permission from Portsmouth City Council to vary the flight restrictions on the helipad to meet the changing, and future, health needs of patients in Portsmouth… Read more »

Source: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, 16-Sep-11

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Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is to petition County Executive Joanie Mahoney to get their “Air-1” Bell 407 put back in the county budget for next year.  The budget Mahoney presented to the county Legislature on Wednesday assumes that the sheriff will raise all of the money for Air-1 through donations and by charging fees… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

The British operator Great Western Air Ambulance Service has confirmed that it will remain at Filton, near Bristol, despite the sale of its current airfield home as it is no longer viable to owners BAE Systems.  The Chief Executive of BAE, Ian King, has told GWAA that they will ensure that its home will remain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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Police say teen tried to steal EMS helicopter

Police say teen tried to steal EMS helicopter

Police are accusing a teenager of trying to steal a medical helicopter shortly after it landed at Citizens Baptist Medical Center.  (See full story)

Source: Chronicle, 13-Sep-11

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Interior families benefit from dedicated air ambulance

Interior families benefit from dedicated air ambulance

KAMLOOPS – Premier Christy Clark has announced that dedicated helicopter air ambulance service will begin serving the Central Interior immediately to ensure faster service for critically ill or injured Interior patients, leading to better outcomes. Last summer’s trial period has shown that a dedicated helicopter air ambulance service improves patient care. “Seconds count when dealing… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 13-Sep-11

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Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was stopped from taking a dying man to hospital after laser pens were shone at the pilot as he tried to land.  The man later died on the way to hospital in a road ambulance, although there are no details on the medical state of the patient to know whether or… Read more »

Source: BBC, 12-Sep-11

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US Marines build helipad for Romanian hospital

US Marines build helipad for Romanian hospital

CONSTANTA, Romania  — Combat engineers with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 have been in the Black Sea region since April providing community relations projects that help small towns and villages throughout the region. Now, their biggest impression can be seen at the local Constanta County Hospital and Trauma center, where they worked with local contractors to… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 12-Sep-11

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North West Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

North West Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

The North West Air Ambulance Charity is proud to announce the appointment of Darryl Cooke as their new Chairman of the board. Darryl has been involved with the North West Air Ambulance Charity for over 3 years and is a strong advocate of all its functions. As chairman of the board he will be responsible… Read more »

Source: North West Air Ambulance, 09-Sep-11

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Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

Devon and Cornwall Police, together with Devon Air Ambulance, are to move their joint base to Exeter Airport.  Currently based on the Police HQ at Middlemoor, only a couple of miles away, the change of location is expected to bring the Police a windfall of millions of pounds through the redevelopment of the current site…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-11

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Ornge responds to CTV Story of September 6th

Ornge responds to CTV Story of September 6th

On its 6:00 p.m. broadcast on September 6th, 2011, CTV Toronto aired a story with respect to Ornge’s service in Ontario. The story not only contained outdated and incorrect information but also omitted essential facts and was misleading. Ornge has notified CTV of these errors and has asked for a full apology from the network…. Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Sep-11

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Air Ambulance raises $1.3M from one event

Air Ambulance raises $1.3M from one event

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is pleased to announce that CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS raised the single largest dollar amount ever in one day for STARS with a record-breaking $1.3 million. STARS partnered with five prominent Calgary-based CEOs and dropped them in Kananaskis Country, 25 kilometres northeast of Canmore, just… Read more »

Source: STARS, 07-Sep-11

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P&WC signs Fleet Management Program with Germany’s DRF

P&WC signs Fleet Management Program with Germany’s DRF

Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH (CSC Europe) signed a 13-year Fleet Management Program (FMP®) agreement with DRF Luftrettung of Germany for comprehensive maintenance support of its PW206B2 engines. This long-term FMP®agreement with CSC Europe provides DRF Luftrettung with expanded coverage until 2024. CSC Europe is a joint-venture between Pratt & Whitney… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 05-Sep-11

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Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

HeliHub.com has heard that one or more of the current Doctor Heli fleet have become contaminated by radioactive material as a result of flying too close to the Fukushima nuclear plant which had the devastating failure resulting from March’s tsunami.  After being passed as fit-to-fly by the authorities, Doctor Heli (or possibly one of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-11

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Spectrum Aeromed in top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Spectrum Aeromed in top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Over the past three years, Spectrum Aeromed has grown revenue by 799.3 percent to earn the position of 433 on the 2011 Inc. 500 list, Inc. Magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The company realized revenue of $7.9 million in 2010. They have 20 full-time employees with headquarters in Fargo and client… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 31-Aug-11

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Wisconsin hospital opens new helipad

Wisconsin hospital opens new helipad

Leaders at Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) have announced the new helicopter pad on the medical campus in Woodruff is complete. The announcement caps months of work and is part of the ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the care provided to area patients. The new helipad is located adjacent to the Emergency Department. The… Read more »

Source: Ministry Health Care, 30-Aug-11

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UK: Edinburgh helipad branded ‘almost useless’

UK: Edinburgh helipad branded ‘almost useless’

The helipad has been branded “almost useless” after it was revealed two-thirds of emergency flights are unable to land there.  The National Health Service said that locating the pad to the rear of the hospital was the only option open at the time of construction, and they are planning a replacement which could be available… Read more »

Source: STV, 29-Aug-11

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Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

Japan’s Doctor Heli organisation currently flies a fleet of 15 Eurocopter EC135s and 5 MD Explorers on EMS work across Japan.  The EC135s are operated for them by Aero Hirata, and the Explorers by Aero Asahi. Doctor Heli is on the point of adding a third type – the AgustaWestland AW109.  There have at least… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Aug-11

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Irish Government discussing EMS plans with operator

Irish Government discussing EMS plans with operator

Irish Health Minister Dr James Reilly let slip in a recent Q&A session after a speech at McGill Summer School that the government is in discussions with a helicopter provider, according to this article in the Sunday Business Post

Source: Sunday Business Post, 26-Aug-11

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight turns 35

Memorial Hermann Life Flight turns 35

Life Flight was created 35 years ago this month, the brainchild of Dr. James “Red” Duke (who is still Life Flight’s medical director) and the late Lester “Whitey” Martin, former Houston Fire Department deputy chief and a champion of HFD’s early EMS services. (full story)

Source: Houston Chronicle, 26-Aug-11

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Great Western Air Ambulance threatened by airfield closure

Great Western Air Ambulance threatened by airfield closure

A Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA) employee has said relocating from an airfield that is due to close will have a “substantial impact” on services.  The service is based at Filton airport near Bristol, which is to close from the end of 2012 following a review of its commercial and economic viability. (see story)

26-Aug-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Marion, IL – Todd Test, flight paramedic for the Marion, Ill. Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2011 Region 1 Flight Paramedic of the Year award. Test’s region consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. The Flight Paramedic of the Year is presented to the paramedic who… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Aug-11

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Med-Trans launches EC135 in South Carolina

Med-Trans launches EC135 in South Carolina

Following their announcement of the contract with MUSC, Med-Trans have recently started operations of a new EC135P2+, registration N452MT and Eurocopter serial 0974 out of Charleston.  A profile of the new operation can be found here

Source: WCSC, 24-Aug-11

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EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

A Collier County EMS pilot suspended in July for leaving his running helicopter has won his appeal.  Mark Holmes was suspended without pay July 28 and ordered to complete a safety course and pass a test before returning to work, which he immediately passed. The suspension involved an incident on July 14, when Holmes was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-11

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Valley AirCare to be grounded by Texas state cuts

Valley AirCare to be grounded by Texas state cuts

The Rio Grande Valley’s longest-running helicopter ambulance will be permanently grounded this autumn, thanks to Texas state budget cuts. The South Texas Emergency Care Foundation has operated Valley AirCare since 1995, but operating their AS350B2 in recent years has been an increasing challenge as cost reimbursements continued a downward slide and fuel prices soared.  With… Read more »

Source: HeilHub.com, 24-Aug-11

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PHI Air Medical base at McKinney TX profiled

PHI Air Medical base at McKinney TX profiled

Profile article on the PHI Air Medical base at McKinney TX is featured here.  The base operates a Eurocopter EC135P2+, registered N325PH

Source: Courier Gazette, 24-Aug-11

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Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2011 Region 1 Base of the Year. Region 1 consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that best exemplifies the… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 24-Aug-11

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Virginia State Police showcases new EMS EC145

Virginia State Police showcases new EMS EC145

The new EC145 boasts several new state-of-the-art features, including NVG capability, several global positioning units, terrain avoidance technology, onboard weather systems and a glass cockpit that Sgt. John Ratliff said was the “latest and best technology.”  (Full story)  The particular aircraft is registered N39VA, serial 9384.  File photo

23-Aug-11

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Air Methods has two EC135s refurbished by United Rotorcraft Solutions

Air Methods has two EC135s refurbished by United Rotorcraft Solutions

nited Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) recently refurbished two Eurocopter EC135s for Air Methods Corporation. The renovation included a complete re-upholster of the interior, sanding, repairing and repainting the exterior and performing major maintenance inspections and clearing of discrepancies.  The work on both helicopters was completed on schedule. “Performing the inspections and clearing all discrepancies is important… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 22-Aug-11

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Last chance for helicopter pilots to influence FAA’s new rules on helipads

Last chance for helicopter pilots to influence FAA’s new rules on helipads

Join the over 1,200 helicopter pilots who have already taken the NEMSPA Nationwide Heliport Survey and make your opinion known. By taking this survey you will be providing the FAA and the industry with your first-hand input regarding the heliport infrastructure in the United States. The information gathered will be used to help write the next version of… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 22-Aug-11

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Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has awarded its new contract for maintenance of their helicopters to Yorkshire based aviation management company, Multiflight. The contract, which will commence on 20th August, will see Multiflight take control of all the maintenance of the two MD902 Explorer helicopters the YAA operate.  Ironically, the YAA has been based on Multiflight’s… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 21-Aug-11

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New EMS B429 lands in New Mexico

New EMS B429 lands in New Mexico

Four Corners residents might have noticed an unfamiliar sound and object in the air as San Juan Regional Medical Center’s new Bell 429 air ambulance landed at the hospital over the past weekend and its pilots began training flights. The Bell 429 AirCare helicopter replaces the hospital’s previous Bell 222 model, which was leased for… Read more »

Source: San Juan Regional Medical Center, 21-Aug-11

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