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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Life Flight Network to open new base in Idaho on March 1st

Life Flight Network to open new base in Idaho on March 1st

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 Sandpoint, Idaho on March 1, 2012. “Our decision to proceed follows substantial area research and dialogue with a number of community leaders and healthcare professionals to confirm there was… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 19-Jan-12

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Max-Viz and Helijet announce S-76 EVS installations for EMS contract

Max-Viz and Helijet announce S-76 EVS installations for EMS contract

Max-Viz and Helijet of Vancouver, B.C. Canada announces the cooperative installation of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 on three (3) S-76 helicopters supporting EMS operations under contract with the B.C. Government. “After thorough evaluation of NVIS technologies, we determined that EVS would provide Helijet EMS helicopters with the most cost effective and safe solution to both day… Read more »

Source: Max-Viz, 18-Jan-12

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STARS Lottery launches with prize fund of $5.2M

STARS Lottery launches with prize fund of $5.2M

The 19th annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,200 prizes worth over $5.2 million retail. The STARS Lottery raised over $10 million net during the 2011 campaign and continues to be the single largest source of funding to keep STARS in the sky. “STARS flies an average of four missions a day in Alberta,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Jan-12

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Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Despite recent changes at the top of the organization, Ornge is still planning to open a new base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport. (see full story)

Source: DurhamRegion.com, 17-Jan-12

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Colorado – CareFlight bring AS350 to Vail

Colorado – CareFlight bring AS350 to Vail

The helicopter is based in Gypsum, quite a few miles down the road. But because of a partnership with the hospital in Vail, it’s stationed there, right along Interstate 70 every day, drastically reducing response times. (see full story)

Source: CBS Denver, 17-Jan-12

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California – Cottage Helipad awaits operating licence

California – Cottage Helipad awaits operating licence

Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara unveils its new helipad, but it can’t be used for emergencies just yet.  State Public Health Officials are scheduled to visit January 23rd for an Inspection. (see full story)

16-Jan-12

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German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

Eurocopter recognized the German Federal Police for reaching the 100,000 total flight hour mark with its EC135 fleet, which performs thousands of operations annually across Germany for law enforcement, home security and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services missions. “The flight time logged by the German Federal Police marks a true milestone for the EC135, as this… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Jan-12

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CRMC’s helipad officially opens

CRMC’s helipad officially opens

Cassia Regional Medical Center held the final inspection and ribbon cutting ceremony for their new helipad on December 28th, 2011. The day marked the culmination of the project which was started in the Spring of 2011. The hospital identified the need to replace their helipad a few years ago, and the funding was included in their… Read more »

Source: Cassia Regional Medical Center, 16-Jan-12

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Rega’s new emergency app now also for Android

Rega’s new emergency app now also for Android

After the successful launch of the iRega iPhone app, Rega’s emergency application is now also available for Android smartphones. On raising the alarm, the Rega app also transmits the caller’s current position directly to Rega. Thus valuable time can be saved in the event of an emergency in Switzerland or abroad. Two finger clicks is… Read more »

Source: Rega, 16-Jan-12

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Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

Below is a statement sent to staff from Ron McKerlie: Yesterday the Board of Directors of Ornge announced their decision to accept the recommendations of the Government of Ontario regarding the appointment of an interim President and CEO. Following that announcement the honorable Deb Matthews, Minister for Health and Long Term Care, announced that I… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 13-Jan-12

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PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

PHI Air Medical brings B407 to St. Joseph Health System

St. Joseph Health System is eager to announce two major initiatives to improve emergency and trauma medical care in the region. The first is a new affiliation with PHI Air Medical. St. Joseph AirMedical PHI has been our area’s air ambulance provider for more than six years. St. Joseph Health System, established 75 years ago,… Read more »

Source: St. Joseph, 13-Jan-12

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Metro Aviation completes first EC145 for Sanford Health

Metro Aviation completes first EC145 for Sanford Health

Metro Aviation, Inc. delivered the first of three EC145’s to Sanford Health at the end of last week. On hand for delivery was Kerry Berg, Director of Operations, Thomas Kitterman, Director of Maintenance and Orlen Tschetter, Vice President of Facilities & Planning from the Sanford Health-Sioux Falls Region. The aircraft is complete with a full… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Jan-12

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Ornge Board accepts recommendation for Interim President and CEO

Ornge Board accepts recommendation for Interim President and CEO

Mississauga, Ontario – Today, the Ornge Board of Directors has accepted the recommendation from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to appoint a senior member of the public service as an Interim President and CEO. The board determined that it is in the best interests of the organization to resign as soon as a… Read more »

Source: ORNGE, 12-Jan-12

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ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

The dream of getting rich at ORNGE air ambulance ended Wednesday as high-paid executives lost their jobs, a series of mysterious for-profit companies were shuttered and well-paid board members were given the boot. (see full story).

Source: Toronto Star, 12-Jan-12

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FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

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Helicopter makes emergency landing after patient tries to jump out

Helicopter makes emergency landing after patient tries to jump out

A 26-year-old man who jumped from an SUV on Interstate 95 near Walterboro later tried to leap from the helicopter transporting him to the hospital Saturday evening, forcing the aircraft to land.   A LifeNet helicopter later started to transport Alveriz to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston when he became combative with paramedics… Read more »

11-Jan-12

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Doctor Heli adds a GrandNew

Doctor Heli adds a GrandNew

Editor note – HeliHub.com broke the story of new AgustaWestland AW109SP for Doctor Heli back in August 2011  – see story AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kaigai Aviotech Corporation are pleased to announce that Kagoshima International Aviation of Japan has taken delivery of a GrandNew light twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Jan-12

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Metro Aviation receives FAA STC for EC155B1

Metro Aviation receives FAA STC for EC155B1

Metro Aviation, Inc. received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SR09591RC (STC) for a complete Emergency Medical System kit and associated options for the Eurocopter EC155B1. This is the first EC155B1 to be equipped with an EMS package in the United States. Metro Aviation, Inc. received approval late December after five months of completing the STC… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-Jan-12

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Mercy Flight Central to get NVG

Mercy Flight Central to get NVG

Mercy Flight Central officials are planning to purchase several pairs of night-vision goggles to expand where they can fly to help in emergencies. (see full story)

Source: Democrat and Chronicle, 09-Jan-12

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UK – First rescue for the Children’s Air Ambulance

UK – First rescue for the Children’s Air Ambulance

The Children’s Air Ambulance carried out its first rescue using its sister service Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA). At around midday WNAA was called to assist a one month old baby who had been taken with breathing difficulties to see a GP at Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital. The baby had subsequently stopped breathing and the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Children's Air Ambulance, 06-Jan-12

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120-day SAR helicopter contract approved in Wyoming

120-day SAR helicopter contract approved in Wyoming

Sublette County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday approved a request for a 120-day helicopter contract for the 2012 season – starting 15th June (see full story)

Source: Pinedale Roundup, 06-Jan-12

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Life Flight Network closes McCall base in Idaho

Life Flight Network closes McCall base in Idaho

Life Flight Network  closed its McCall base on Dec. 31. Emergency air service by the medical transportation provider in the McCall area will come from Treasure Valley bases instead. (see full story)

Source: Idaho Statesman, 06-Jan-12

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First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

[electronic translation]  December 31, 2011, the Cayman NH90 NFH of the flotilla of 33F-Lanvéoc Poulmic conducted its first medical evacuation, one of the missions assigned to this new helicopter for the Navy. December 31 at 8 am 30, the operational center of the Navy in Brest contacts the driver alert fleet 33E of the BAN-Lanvéoc… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 04-Jan-12

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Surf Life Saving takes on AW119Ke in Western Australia

Surf Life Saving takes on AW119Ke in Western Australia

Surf Life Saving WA’s new Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has commenced patrols of Perth’s metropolitan coast. The aircraft arrived last week from New Zealand and was purchased by SLSWA who have now moved to an owner operator model for the service, thanks to the philanthropic support of Tim Roberts. “The assistance and support of Tim… Read more »

Source: SLSWA, 04-Jan-12

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Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

Below is an internal memo released on December 23, 2011. Sent on behalf of Tom Lepine, Maria Renzella and Rick Potter (HeliHub Editor note – click here to see profiles of these executives) We know that over the past few weeks, many of you, valued members of the Ornge family, have been upset and concerned… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 02-Jan-12

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Partnership between Halo-Flight and Christus Spohn Hospital

Partnership between Halo-Flight and Christus Spohn Hospital

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-South celebrates a brand new Halo Flight Landing Pad with a Helo Pad blessing. Previously, Halo Flight landed on a flat grassy area behind the hospital. That area has now been paved and outfitted with special lighting to help guide Halo Flight to the hospital. This enhancement to the hospital will… Read more »

Source: Christus Spohn Hospital, 02-Jan-12

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Germany: DRF base at Dresden exceeds 1,500 missions in 2011

Germany: DRF base at Dresden exceeds 1,500 missions in 2011

On 17th December, the DRF base at Dresden – known in Germany as “Christoph 38” – flew its 1,500th mission. The particular incident was a road accident were a 46-year old female driver sustained serious pelvic and leg injuries after her car left an icy road and hit a tree.  Onsite assessment by local paramedics… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Dec-11

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Austria: Salzburg EMS base marks 10,000 missions

Austria: Salzburg EMS base marks 10,000 missions

On 29th December, the Austrian OAMTC organisation flew the 10,000th mission from its base at Salzburg.  A 44 year old female driver skidded on icy roads and ended up against a tree, resulting in the milestone call-out 10 minutes flight from Salzburg for “Christoph 6”, a Eurocopter EC135.  The team involved were emergency physician Josef… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Dec-11

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UK: Frimley Park Hospital opens helipad

UK: Frimley Park Hospital opens helipad

Frimley Park Hospital has taken delivery of an early Christmas present in the form of a new helicopter landing pad for its £22m emergency department development. Sections of the helipad are now going into place on the roof of what will be one of the biggest and most modern emergency departments in the country when… Read more »

Source: Frimley Park Hospital, 27-Dec-11

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US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

The Suffolk County legislature has approved $7.5 million for a new helicopter for rescues on the east end, according to media reports.  HeliHub.com believes this would equate to a Eurocopter EC145 to match the existing aircraft on EMS duties, although it is likely they will go through the expected procurement process with multiple types before… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Dec-11

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NEMSPA President issues letter

NEMSPA President issues letter

To: All NEMSPA Members, Corporate Partners, and All Others affiliated with Air Medical Transport. First, I want to say “Thank you” to our members and corporate partners for your involvement and commitment to safety in the HEMS industry and for your support of the National EMS Pilots Association. Second I want to express my sincere… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 23-Dec-11

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London’s Air Ambulance depends on Versapak bags

London’s Air Ambulance depends on Versapak bags

When it comes to saving lives, having the best preparation and equipment available is paramount to a successful rescue. For London’s Air Ambulance, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) charity that provides 24-hour specialist trauma care to the people of London, this understanding is what allows them to provide their patients with the best possible… Read more »

Source: Versapak, 23-Dec-11

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Residents’ lawsuit seeks to block construction of Chicago EMS helipad

Residents’ lawsuit seeks to block construction of Chicago EMS helipad

The lawsuit was filed by SOAR, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The group is seeking to have a judge reverse the October ruling by the Illinois Department of Transportation that approved the heliport. (see full story)

Source: CBS Chicago, 23-Dec-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

Air Evac Lifeteam reaches landmark 1,000,000 members

One million members! The Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance company reached a milestone today with the announcement they have signed up their one millionth Air Evac Lifeteam member. “This is a great achievement for the company overall,” said Vice President of Membership Keith Hovey. “But more importantly, it means that a million people will not… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 23-Dec-11

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ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland’s American office struck a $6.7 million deal to hire a Toronto firm made up of ORNGE executives to provide it with “sales and marketing services.” (see full story)

Source: The Star, 23-Dec-11

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Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

Dr. Mazza will be on an indefinite medical leave and in his absence, Tom Lepine will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge and Maria Renzella will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge Global. I ask that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this time. Requests from Minister… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 23-Dec-11

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Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

The air ambulance helicopter at ORNGE’s Thunder Bay base was grounded hundreds of times this year because no paramedics were available for emergency flights. (see full story)

Source: TheSpec, 21-Dec-11

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Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Solicitation Number:  W58RGZ-12-R-0135 Notice Type:  Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: Dec 07, 2011 4:24 pm Synopsis: The Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA) is seeking information to identify potential sources which may possess the expertise, capabilities and experience to meet the requirements for production and delivery of two (2) new Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) rotary… Read more »

Source: FedBizOpps, 20-Dec-11

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Boston Medflight creates third base to provide faster service

Boston Medflight creates third base to provide faster service

Lawrence Municipal Airport is the location of a new base for Boston Medflight, a satellite location to help provide a better service from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.  The airport is located off Route 125 in North Andover, and operations began there on 21st November with a helicopter moving in from Hancom Field in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-11

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UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance finds new base to replace Bagby

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance finds new base to replace Bagby

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) can confirm that they will be relocating one of their air ambulances in the North area of Yorkshire to RAF Topcliffe. RAF Topcliffe offers the YAA an established airfield and infrastructure in North Yorkshire, providing a stable and long term future for one of their air ambulances and crew members…. Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 20-Dec-11

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UK: Children’s Air Ambulance transfer service to fly in 2012

UK: Children’s Air Ambulance transfer service to fly in 2012

The Children’s Air Ambulance is delighted to announce to all our supporters that our dream of providing a national bespoke helicopter transfer service for seriously ill children is soon to be a reality. Nicola Howkins said: “This progress is really exciting news and thanks to a new partnership with the team behind the Warwickshire &… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 20-Dec-11

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