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EMS Program at SUNY Canton secures EMS helicopter service

EMS Program at SUNY Canton secures EMS helicopter service

SUNY Canton’s North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program helped bring air medical transportation back to the North Country. Air Methods Corporation announced that it would begin operating two medical helicopters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County beginning this June at a press conference held the morning of Wednesday, March 14, at Samaritan Medical Center…. Read more »

Source: SUNY Canton, 16-Mar-12

PHi announces results for year to 31 December 2011

PHi announces results for year to 31 December 2011

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (the nasdaq global market:PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2011. Oil and Gas operating revenues increased $10.0 million, related primarily to increased heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues. This increase was offset in part by a decrease in revenues for light and medium aircraft…. Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-Mar-12

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SAF Helicopters buys EC135 from Germany’s ADAC

SAF Helicopters buys EC135 from Germany’s ADAC

French operator SAF have bought an early Eurocopter Ec135T1 from the German EMS operator ADAC.  The particular example is serial number 0042, previously registered D-HEUR in Germany and now in France as F-GMTU As they are replaced in Germany by new EC135s, ADAC is selling off all its T1 and P1 models.  British operator WPD… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-12

Air Methods executives sell 50,000 shares worth $4.6 Million

Air Methods executives sell 50,000 shares worth $4.6 Million

There has been a spate of share selling at Air Methods, and key employees have to notify details of such transactions to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  This provides us the following details – the hyperlinks take you to the official SEC filing in each case Paul Tate – Chief Operating Officer – 2,000… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-12

Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

AgustaWestland is aware from media of an investigation being conducted by the Government of Ontario into the operations of Ornge. While negative remarks about the AgustaWestland relationship with Ornge as well as the AW139 helicopter have been made from time to time in press articles, we should like to emphasize the following: 1) AgustaWestland has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Mar-12

CC Helicopters wins new British Columbia EMS contract

CC Helicopters wins new British Columbia EMS contract

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) has identified Kamloops-based CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd. as the successful proponent to provide dedicated helicopter service in the Central Interior following a rigorous request for proposals (RFP) and evaluation process. “Our government is committed to providing the best emergency care for families in rural communities across British Columbia, including… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 06-Mar-12

China’s Xinjiang region to get first medical helicopter

China’s Xinjiang region to get first medical helicopter

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China has announced its intention to buy its first medical helicopter, a local health official was reported as saying on Monday. Xinjiang plans to allocate one medical helicopter in the regional capital of Urumqi later this year, according to Yang Bo, director of the emergency management office with the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-12

Chief Financial Officer at PHi to retire

Chief Financial Officer at PHi to retire

Michael J McCann, the Chief Financial Officer of PHi, has advised the company that “he intends to retire in 2012 from all positions with the Company and its subsidiaries, including as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company, upon the Company’s retention of his replacement in 2012.” to use the wording of the SEC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-12

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AAMS selects new CEO

AAMS selects new CEO

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of new CEO Richard J. Sherlock to lead the AAMS organization. Sherlock will assume the leadership position on March 10, 2012, and will serve in a dual role as the CEO of MedEvac Foundation International as well. Sherlock will be in attendance… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 06-Mar-12

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UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

Today, London’s Air Ambulance, will make history as the first air ambulance in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. Every day in London, victims of major trauma are attended by London’s Air Ambulance. Many of these patients are suffering from catastrophic bleeding. Some die at the scene from blood loss… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 06-Mar-12

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Air Methods reports FY2011 results and FY2012 Q1 update

Air Methods reports FY2011 results and FY2012 Q1 update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported revenue and net income for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. For the year, revenue increased 18% to $660.5 million compared to $562.0 million in the prior year. Net income increased 9% to $46.6 million, or $3.63 per diluted share,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Mar-12

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CCS Corp donates $100,000 to STARS

CCS Corp donates $100,000 to STARS

The essential, life-saving services STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) provides will now be further supported in western Canada thanks to a $100,000 donation from CCS Corporation. “Many of our employees live and work in rural communities, so there is a natural link to support an organization such as STARS,” said John Gibson, president and… Read more »

Source: CCS, 29-Feb-12

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Helipad opens at Buffalo General Medical Center

Helipad opens at Buffalo General Medical Center

The newly renamed Buffalo General Medical Center has officially opened its helipad atop its roof on High Street. Two patients have been transported to the facility via Mercy Flight helicopter, one from Lockport Memorial Hospital and the other from Lakeshore Health Care Center in Irving. “Having a helipad is vital to our mission of providing… Read more »

Source: Buffalo General Medical Center, 29-Feb-12

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Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

A leaked document indicates paperwork has been put before the FAA, but currently the ORNGE helicopters have not been cleared to enter the U.S.  Period. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 29-Feb-12

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UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Just steps away from the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, it will knock vital minutes off the journey time for ill or injured patients being flown in for treatment. (see full story)

Source: Kent and Sussex Courier, 27-Feb-12

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$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

Roughly $25 million dollars raised by Ornge with Ontario taxpayers’ help cannot be accounted for.  Investigators, financial and criminal, are digging into the case to see if the money was blown on a spending spree, bad business decisions or if some of it lined executives’ pockets. (see full story)

Source: The Record, 27-Feb-12

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Air Methods to report Q4 and FY2011 numbers 29th February

Air Methods to report Q4 and FY2011 numbers 29th February

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 after the close of the market on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 26-Feb-12

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British air ambulance damaged by vandals

British air ambulance damaged by vandals

Helicopter developed a fault, with crews being forced to leave it there overnight.  A security guard saw a number of youths running from the craft on Sunday and noticed a side window had been smashed (see full story)

Source: BBC, 23-Feb-12

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STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

A permanent Manitoba crew of 14 paramedics, nurses and pilots is now responding to emergency calls across the province with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopter ambulance, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. “These paramedics, nurses and pilots are a critical link in patient care and their training and expertise will truly help… Read more »

Source: STARS, 23-Feb-12

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Trial date not yet set for $60M suit against PHI Air Medical

Trial date not yet set for $60M suit against PHI Air Medical

Eight months after the parents of two men who died in an aircraft crash in December 2010 filed suit against the pilot and owner of the AirCare 5 medical helicopter that their plane collided a trial date has not been set. (see full story) See also the HeliHub.com page for this accident – 31-Dec-10 N385PH… Read more »

Source: N V Daily, 22-Feb-12

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London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

Coutts’ Products, Services & Marketing Department has appointed London’s Air Ambulance as its Charity Partner for 2012. The charity was the outright winner, in a vote to all staff within the team, gaining 56% of the ballot. Coutts’ Charitable Foundation has donated an initial amount of £5,000 to kick start the fundraising and staff have… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 22-Feb-12

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UK – Gloucestershire Royal Hospital plans to reopen helipad

UK – Gloucestershire Royal Hospital plans to reopen helipad

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust needs to alter the site, in Great Western Road, after the recent construction of the multi-storey car park nearby meant helicopters could not fly low enough to land on the existing pad. Nearby trees and other buildings prevent the flight path being from any other direction. As a result the… Read more »

21-Feb-12

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Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario is taking action to strengthen accountability, oversight and transparency at the province’s air ambulance system — Ornge. The government will introduce legislation to help restore public confidence in the system and take further measures to enhance patient safety. The new performance agreement will increase accountability through: Mandatory approval by the Minister for any changes… Read more »

Source: Ontario Health, 21-Feb-12

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Spectrum Aeromed hires VP, Account Representative

Spectrum Aeromed hires VP, Account Representative

Ricky Reno has joined Spectrum Aeromed as their new Vice President and Account Representative of Military and Government Initiatives. In his new role Reno will be responsible for global sales and service of all government and military programs at Spectrum Aeromed. “Ricky Reno brings with him a wealth of knowledge and broad based experience,” said… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 20-Feb-12

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Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

ONtario Ministry of Health as  called in the Police in regard of two transactions – a $6.7-million payment AgustaWestland channelled back to Ornge, as part of the air ambulance’s purchase of 12 helicopters for $148-million, and a $1.2-million loans made to former CEO Chris Mazza (see full story)

17-Feb-12

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Air Methods Selects EtQ Safety Management System

Air Methods Selects EtQ Safety Management System

EtQ, Inc. is pleased to announce the implementation of EtQ Reliance Safety Management System (SMS) at Air Methods—an air medical emergency transport organization. Air Methods selected EtQ Reliance in order to fully automate its SMS and move away from its previous paper system. Collecting, analyzing, trending and reporting of safety events are priorities for Air… Read more »

Source: EtQ, 17-Feb-12

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Life Flight Network to open new Oregon base

Life Flight Network to open new Oregon base

February 15, 2012 – Aurora, OR… Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, announced today they will open a new helicopter base in Redmond, Oregon on February 22, 2012. “Our decision to open a base in Redmond follows substantial research and dialogue with area healthcare professionals… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 16-Feb-12

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Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance is acquiring four Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters for emergency medical transportation services in the north of Finland, with these rotary-wing aircraft performing demanding day/night operations over land and water in temperatures ranging from – 45°C to +35°C. The newly-ordered helicopters are to be flown from three northern bases – Oulu, Kuopio and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

Germany’s DRF Luftrettung today signed a power-by-the-hour service agreement with Eurocopter, ensuring optimized technical support with fixed maintenance costs and minimized downtime for this air rescue organization’s large helicopter fleet. DRF Luftrettung currently operates 45 Eurocopter helicopters for emergency medical services, composed of the EC145, EC135 and BK117 versions. In 2011, the company agreed to… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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AgustaWestland delivers first of two AW109 Powers to Keystone Med-Flight

AgustaWestland delivers first of two AW109 Powers  to Keystone Med-Flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it has delivered in January 2012 the first of two AW109 Power helicopters to Keystone Med-Flight LLC. These aircraft will be used to perform flight management operations for the Hahnemann University Hospital’s, Tenet Health System –  “MidAtlantic Medevac” Air medical Transport System in Pennsylvania. The AW109 Power… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

Metro Aviation has signed an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. American Eurocopter owns the only AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator in the world. “We are strong advocates of simulator training for EMS pilots,” said Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter announces top flight component support plans

American Eurocopter announces top flight component support plans

Top Flight Component Support Plans provide a comprehensive service for parts and components supply and offer customizable coverage from a single component to comprehensive “Nose to Tail” plans American Eurocopter is not only the leading provider of civil and parapublic helicopters in the United States, but it also strives to provide the best aftermarket support… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods has entered into a lease agreement with American Eurocopter to use its AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator for the operator’s pilot training program. Pending final FAA approval of the training course, the program is anticipated to begin simulator training in the second quarter of this year. “Full motion simulation has not… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter today announced the delivery of its 250th EC135®. The milestone helicopter was recently delivered to Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas. “It has been a year of milestones for American Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This 250th delivery of an EC135 showcases the popularity of the platform in the United… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter delivers 3,000th aircraft

American Eurocopter delivers 3,000th aircraft

From Heli-Expo 2012, American Eurocopter today announced that it reached a corporate milestone with the delivery of its 3,000th aircraft at the end of 2011: an EC130 delivered to Air Methods Corporation, the world’s largest air medical transportation provider. “This is yet another distinguished milestone in our company’s history in the United States,” said Marc… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Feb-12

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Life Flight Network orders 15 AW119Ke Helicopters

Life Flight Network orders 15 AW119Ke Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce Life Flight Network has signed a contract for 15 AW119Ke helicopters to meet its future air medical helicopter transport requirements. The contract was signed today by Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO, and Bruno Spagnolini, AgustaWestland’s CEO during a ceremony held at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Aircraft… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Air Medical Resource Group selects Uniflight for AS350B3e EMS completions

Air Medical Resource Group selects Uniflight for AS350B3e EMS completions

Uniflight, LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas is extremely pleased to announce that Air Medical Resource Group, headquartered in South Jordan, Utah, has awarded Uniflight the contract to perform air medical completions on its new AS350B3e fleet of helicopters. “AMRG’s selection of Uniflight as the completion center for its new air medical AS350 fleet is very… Read more »

Source: Uniflight, 13-Feb-12

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Metro Aviation orders five more EC145s

Metro Aviation orders five more EC145s

From Heli-Expo 2012, American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Metro Aviation has signed for five more EC145® helicopters. The agreement is for three firm orders with an additional two options. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in March and it will be joining a fleet that currently includes 17 EC145s. “We are… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Feb-12

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University of Utah AirMed orders an EC145

University of Utah AirMed orders an EC145

American Eurocopter announced today that University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed has ordered a new EC145® helicopter. AirMed was established in 1972 as the seventh air medical transport program in the country. This is the program’s first Eurocopter aircraft. “We are honored that such an outstanding program as AirMed has selected a Eurocopter product for… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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Air Care of Cincinnati selects EC145 – needs “two, possibly three”

Air Care of Cincinnati selects EC145 – needs “two, possibly three”

From Heli-Expo 2012, American Eurocopter has announced that Air Care, which serves Cincinnati’s University Hospital and West Chester Hospital in Butler County, has chosen the EC145 to upgrade its fleet of BK-117 helicopters. Since its inception in 1984, the Air Care flight team has completed more than 28,000 accident-free patient care flight missions. They currently… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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DRF signs Turbomeca support contract for EC145/BK117 engines

DRF signs Turbomeca support contract for EC145/BK117 engines

Turbomeca (Safran group) sign a five-year support contract at the time of flight with its DRF Luftrettung * EMS missions in Germany, Austria and Denmark. Proposed by Turbomeca SBH ® contract provides customers with offers tailored to their operational needs. Recently, DRF Luftrettung ordered 25 EC145 helicopters T2, which will be equipped with the latest… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-12

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ALT signs Turbomeca support contract for engines in ANWB EC135s

ALT signs Turbomeca support contract for engines in ANWB EC135s

Turbomeca (Safran group) sign a support contract at the time of flight, SBH ®, with ADAC for 10 Arrius 2B2 engines powering five helicopters EC 135T2, for the benefit of ANWB Medical Air Assistance. ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH, based near Bonn, Germany, maintains helicopters and engines for various operators in Europe, as ADAC, ANWB and… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-12

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ORNGE lawyer resigns from his law firm

ORNGE lawyer resigns from his law firm

It’s almost daily we can bring you an update on the ORNGE saga.  Now Alf Apps tendered his resignation Friday afternoon from law firm Fasken Martineau. Apps was listed as a counsel to the firm, not a partner.  Apps is also chairman of a company ORNGE chose last fall to try to raise $15 million… Read more »

Source: Toronto Star, 11-Feb-12

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Oshawa airport base under review by Ornge

Oshawa airport base under review by Ornge

Just weeks after Ornge representatives confirmed an Oshawa airport base for the air ambulance service was still moving forward, the fate of the Oshawa project is now in question. (see full story)

11-Feb-12

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AW139 EMS interiors – it’s not just an Ornge problem

AW139 EMS interiors – it’s not just an Ornge problem

Ontario’s air ambulance operator Ornge has had a number of problems recently, a number of them documented here on HeliHub.com. One ongoing aspect is the “emergency room in the air” EMS interior fitted to the AW139s which have been deemed unsuitable for the role they are intended for.  Problems identified particularly include the height of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-12

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UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT Lifestar launches web-based survey tool

UT LIFESTAR recently entered into a partnership with RSQ911 Solutions to launch a web-based survey tool that will allow them to capture key insights and measure customer satisfaction at every stage of transport. The survey tool is an extension to their commitment to provide superior services to patients and their families, as well as the pre-hospital and hospital… Read more »

Source: UT Lifestar, 09-Feb-12

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OSF Aviation selects Becker digital audio new EC145 fleet

OSF Aviation selects Becker digital audio new EC145 fleet

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. The four (4) EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air medical support services to… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 09-Feb-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance one step closer to RAF Topcliffe move

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one step closer to RAF Topcliffe move

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance took one step closer today to the move to their new premises at RAF Topcliffe. Currently based at Bagby Airfield, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is due to relocate to RAF Topcliffe – which is parented by RAF Linton-on-Ouse – in the coming month. Today offered part of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 09-Feb-12

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ShandsCair in Marion County Florida selects Med-Trans

ShandsCair in Marion County Florida selects Med-Trans

Two press releases for this story – first from Med-Trans In continuing with the Marion County Board of Commissioners’ effort to provide citizens with outstanding health services, Marion County Fire Rescue, Shands at the University of Florida (a premier Level 1 Trauma Center headed by Frederick Moore, M.D., one of the most recognized national figures… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 09-Feb-12

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IHC equips first AW109SP with Donaldson inlet barrier filter system

IHC equips first AW109SP with Donaldson inlet barrier filter system

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is pleased to announce that Intermountain Healthcare’s (IHC) Life Flight in Utah has installed and is operating the world’s first AgustaWestland AW109SP Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system. Longtime air medical operator IHC Life Flight selected the IBF system to reduce direct engine operating… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 08-Feb-12

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United Rotorcraft to display new EMS interior in AW169 mockup at Heli-Expo

United Rotorcraft to display new EMS interior in AW169 mockup at Heli-Expo

United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, is pleased to announce it will unveil a new air ambulance product at HELI-EXPO 2012. Located in booth 8063, United Rotorcraft will unveil the Medical Transport Module (MTM), which is an all inclusive cabinet that attaches to the floor of an aircraft and includes advanced life support systems such… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 08-Feb-12

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United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft to provide EMS interior for Bell 429 demonstrator

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce it has recently signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide a medical interior kit for a new Bell 429 aircraft. The agreement includes the manufacture of an FAA (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior that will be shipped to Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 08-Feb-12

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Whistler Health Care Centre helipad delayed further

Whistler Health Care Centre helipad delayed further

Following a failed inspection of upgrades to the facility in December by Transport Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) had planned to have the site ready for re-inspection by now. However, the missing piece of equipment that led the site’s failed inspection is still not ready, forcing VCH to push back the completion to sometime in… Read more »

Source: Whistler Question, 06-Feb-12

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LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver’s parent Air Methods has upgraded the helicopter at their Rainbow City base to a Bell 407 (see full story).  LifeSaver is part of the Omniflight division.

Source: Gadsden Times, 06-Feb-12

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AirLife hangar opens at Sky Ridge Medical Center

AirLife hangar opens at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Sky Ridge officials celebrated the unveiling of a 6,300-square-foot helicopter hangar that is expected to help improve response time and provide a few comforts of home for the team on duty.  AirLife medical personnel have been staying in a mobile trailer on the south end of the hospital’s property. It housed the crew, but did… Read more »

Source: Our Colorado News, 05-Feb-12

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Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

Last Wednesday, Cornwall Air Ambulance landed their Eurocopter EC135 at their new base, made feasible by an investment of £949,760 from ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence. The air ambulance crew, led by Captain Peter McLelland and joined by paramedics Neil Lentern and Scott Marshall, flew in at 12.30pm. They were met by the team… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-12

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Transport group launches annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance

Transport group launches annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance

National Express Group, a leading bus, coach and rail transport provider, is delighted to have launched a £25,000 annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance yesterday. Commenting on the sponsorship, Charity Director, David Oakley said: “London’s Air Ambulance relies heavily upon corporate support and donations from the public to ensure the continued provision of this life-saving service. … Read more »

Source: National Express, 05-Feb-12

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Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,366 missions in 2011

Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,366 missions in 2011

In 2011 the air rescue organisation DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 38,366 rescue missions, involving helicopter missions at 31 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark as well as worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircraft. In Germany alone the crews were alerted to 35,075 missions, meaning a rise of 3 % compared to the… Read more »

Source: DRF, 04-Feb-12

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Trustee in Bankruptcy appointed at ORNGE for-profit arm

Trustee in Bankruptcy appointed at ORNGE for-profit arm

Today, Duff and Phelps was appointed by the court as trustee in bankruptcy for Ornge Global GP Inc. and Ornge Global Holdings LP, the for-profit arm of Ornge. This results, by operation of law, in the immediate termination of the remaining employees of the bankrupt Global entities, being Dr. Chris Mazza, President and CEO, and… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 03-Feb-12

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Perfect Turf to support STARS Fund-a-Flight program

Perfect Turf to support STARS Fund-a-Flight program

Perfect Turf has supported the new Fund-a-Flight program for STARS, which makes one mission possible for a critically ill or injured patient. A donation of $5,400 – equal to one dollar per second of an average 90 minute mission – helps with the cost of medical and aviation crews, medical supplies and helicopter fuel needed… Read more »

Source: STARS, 03-Feb-12

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Carilion Clinic adds third helicopter – an EC135 with Med-Trans

Carilion Clinic adds third helicopter – an EC135 with Med-Trans

Carilion Clinic will add a third helicopter to its fleet of medical aircraft serving southwest and central Virginia and sections of West Virginia and North Carolina.  The helicopter, called Carilion Life-Guard 12, will be based in the Rockbridge County area. Its presence will further extend Carilion’s ability to serve the region, which includes Allegheny County,… Read more »

Source: Carilion Clinic, 03-Feb-12

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Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

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NEST buys tsunami-wrecked S76 for parts reclaim

NEST buys tsunami-wrecked S76 for parts reclaim

New Zealand based Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) has bought a de-registered Sikorsky S76 from Japan which was damaged beyond repair in the tsunami of 11th March 2011.  Chief pilot Peter Turnbull confirmed to local press that it had been acquired for an undisclosed sum for parts use only at a price significantly lower than… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

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London’s Air Ambulance makes appointment to lead financial sector fundraising

London’s Air Ambulance makes appointment to lead financial sector fundraising

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Julian Thompson as an Executive Director of the Charity.  Julian previously worked as a doctor on London’s Air Ambulance in 2010 and has returned to lead an enhancement of the capacity and funding of the service in partnership with senior figures in the City of London…. Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 30-Jan-12

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance names cartoon character

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance names cartoon character

Welcome everyone, to the new member of our team…. Our cheeky little cartoon helicopter was given the name ‘Dasher’ at 5.00 pm this evening. Dasher was created by Dave Hindson, a paramedic and friend of the Charity and the naming competition was launched in our ‘Beeline’ magazine last November. We had some really great entries which we… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 30-Jan-12

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ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

Ron McKerlie, interim CEO of Ornge, confirmed in an interview on Friday that the previous management of Ornge posted the tender notice for the AW139 EMS interior contract “under a category that would have made it difficult for any reasonable person to find it”.  Ornge ended up with medical interiors that are rife with problems,… Read more »

30-Jan-12

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ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

The ORNGE debacle goes on…  Ron McKerlie, interim chief executive officer of Ornge, confirmed to the Canadian press on Friday that the previous management had quietly ordered two more AW139s with taxpayers money without any announcement either in Canada or within the helicopter industry.  The pair had not physically been brought to Canada, or fitted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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Two UK EMS charities collaborate to extend summer hours

Two UK EMS charities collaborate to extend summer hours

A unique collaboration between the East of England’s two Air Ambulance Charities, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) and East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) to provide an extended service during the longer summer days has been shown to be successful with an additional 75 missions flown by the charities’ helicopters during the period. Our… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 29-Jan-12

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ORNGE outgoing board accepts recommendation for new board members

ORNGE outgoing board accepts recommendation for new board members

Today, the outgoing Ornge Board of Directors announced they have accepted the recommendation from the government to appoint seven new volunteer board members. “These new board members bring extensive knowledge and unique skill sets to their new roles and Ornge is fortunate to have them,” said outgoing Chair Rainer Beltzner. “Ornge has taken immediate steps… Read more »

Source: ORNGE, 26-Jan-12

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AAHP says B206 not fit for purpose in Newfoundland and Labrador

AAHP says B206 not fit for purpose in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Association of Allied Health Professionals is voicing concerns on behalf of its members who operate the Medical Flight Program.  The AAHP has been working with Eastern Health and the Department of Health and Community Services to have the safety issues addressed over the past few months to no avail. Sharon King, Executive Director stated… Read more »

Source: AAHP, 24-Jan-12

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REACH makes two key appointments

REACH makes two key appointments

REACH Air Medical Services has appointed two key employees to new positions: Omid Eslamipour to Director of Maintenance and Dale Pike to Chief Pilot.  (left and right respectively in the photos below) Omid Eslamipour moves from Director of Quality Assurance to Director of Maintenance. Eslamipour brings more than 25 years’ experience and leadership from his… Read more »

Source: REACH, 24-Jan-12

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Travis County Star Flight builds living quarters at Dell Children’s

Travis County Star Flight builds living quarters at Dell Children’s

On Thursday, Jan. 19, Seton Health Care Family, STAR Flight and Central Texas community leaders gathered at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for a grand opening celebration of STAR Flight’s first on-site, live-in accommodations at the hospital. With its completion, “home” for STAR Flight now carries new meaning. The 1,175-square-foot, specialized accommodations include… Read more »

Source: Dell Children's Medical Center, 23-Jan-12

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PVHS introduces air ambulance service to northern Colorado

PVHS introduces air ambulance service to northern Colorado

Poudre Valley Health System announced today that it plans to offer an air ambulance program from Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland beginning mid-March. The program would feature a B3 helicopter designed to safely transfer patients in high-altitude areas. “We are proud to bring to the community an air ambulance service built around three… Read more »

Source: Poudre Valley Health System, 22-Jan-12

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Mechanic-friendly EMS floor for EC135/EC145 released

Mechanic-friendly EMS floor for EC135/EC145 released

Helicopter Specialties, Inc. Introduces: the first Modular Aircraft Floor that is “truly” mechanic friendly for the EC135 and EC145 aircraft. We were motivated to design and build this floor after many years of maintaining EMS helicopters. Our new floors’ access panels can be removed within minutes to gain access to the aircraft without pulling the whole floor…. Read more »

Source: Helicopter Specialties, 22-Jan-12

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CALSTAR closes two bases

CALSTAR closes two bases

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a not-for-profit air ambulance company serving northern and central California announced two changes today in its base operations. The organization has suspended operations of its helicopter base located in Jackson, Amador County (CALSTAR 10). The company will also relocate its helicopter base operations, formerly known as CALSTAR 11, from… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 19-Jan-12

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