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Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Wysong delivers new B407 completion to Air Evac Lifeteam

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference that they delivered a new Bell 407 EMS Helicopter to Missouri based Air Evac EMS, Inc., (Air Evac Lifeteam) the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States.  Air Evac Lifeteam operates more than 110 Bell 206 Long Ranger… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 20-Oct-11

CareFlight gets a $300,000 boost‎

CareFlight gets a $300,000 boost‎

RACQ CareFlight are flying high after a $300,000 sponsorship deal was announced by mining company New Hope Coal (see full story)

Source: Whitsunday Times, 20-Oct-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Air Evac Lifeteam selects Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrilators

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service in the United States, awarded Philips a contract to supply 127 HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillators. The HeartStart MRx units will be deployed across all of Air Evac Lifeteam’s bases, which number 104 in 15 states, over the next six months. The HeartStart MRx meets… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

Ornge Medical Director wins AAMS award

Ornge Medical Director wins AAMS award

Ornge, a world leader in transport medicine, is proud to congratulate Dr. Russell MacDonald, Ornge’s Medical Director for Research and Development, on winning the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Barbara A. Hess Research and Education Award. One of the transport medicine industry’s highest honours, the award was presented to Dr. MacDonald at the Air… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 20-Oct-11

Three helipads to open in Kharkiv for Euro 2012

Three helipads to open in Kharkiv for Euro 2012

Three helicopter landing pads will be constructed in Kharkiv by the Euro 2012 European Football Championship for delivering medical care to guests and participants of the championship (Full story)

20-Oct-11

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety project

Air Evac Lifeteam enters second level of FAA safety 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 the… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Oct-11

AgustaWestland and United Rotorcraft to co-operate on AW169 EMS interior

AgustaWestland and United Rotorcraft to co-operate on AW169 EMS interior

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a non exclusive agreement with United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods division, to design, an air ambulance interior concept for the AW169 helicopter. The agreement includes AgustaWestland providing United Rotorcraft a full scale cabin Mock-up of the AW169 aircraft for design and full integration of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Oct-11

American Eurocopter announces 26 orders at AMTC 2011

American Eurocopter announces 26 orders at AMTC 2011

American Eurocopter’s leadership position in the U.S. air medical market was further strengthened with a number of announcements at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference in St. Louis, MO. The company confirmed the sale of 26 helicopters to nine customers ranging across several product lines and announced the $250,000 donation to the MedEvac Foundation. “This… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust orders two AW169s

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust orders two AW169s

This is the official AW announcement – HeliHub.com broke this story 24 hours earlier AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has signed a contract for two AW169 helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform a wide range of emergency medical service and search and rescue missions… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Oct-11

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Duke Life Flight to upgrade from EC135 to EC145

Duke Life Flight to upgrade from EC135 to EC145

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Duke University Hospital’s Life Flight has ordered two EC145 helicopters. These helicopters will replace the program’s two EC135 aircraft and provide increased capabilities for the patients they serve. “Duke Life Flight has been a long-time customer,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales for American Eurocopter. “The EC145’s… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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Flight For Life program wins AEC’s 2011 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Flight For Life program wins AEC’s 2011 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

American Eurocopter is proud to announce that the Flight For Life Transport System has won the 2011 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award.  As part of the award, American Eurocopter presented the program with a check for $10,000 to continue its efforts towards safety both within the organization and with its customers During the AMTC Community… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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American Eurocopter donates $250K to MedEvac Foundation International

American Eurocopter donates $250K to MedEvac Foundation International

American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the Air Medical Transport industry, and the MedEvac Foundation are proud to announce that American Eurocopter has chosen to donate $250,000 to the MedEvac Foundation. The money will be used to support the Foundation and its research to promote safety within the industry. “As the leader in… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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Air Medical Resource Group exercises options for four AS350B3e

Air Medical Resource Group exercises options for four AS350B3e

American Eurocopter announced that Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) has exercised their options and ordered four more AS350 B3e helicopters. The options were part of an order announced at Heli-Expo 2011 and will bring AMRG’s fleet of AS350 B3e helicopters to seven Air Medical Resource Group is the parent company of Eagle Air Med Corporation,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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EagleMed purchases an AS350B3

EagleMed purchases an AS350B3

From the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced that EagleMed LLC has purchased an AS350 B3 helicopter. EagleMed primarily serves the Midwest with its fleet of fixed and rotor wing aircraft that includes eleven Beechcraft King Air airplanes and now thirteen Eurocopter AStar helicopters. This will be the first AS350 B3 in its… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-11

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New features for Becker’s DVCS6100 Digital Audio Control and Intercom System

New features for Becker’s DVCS6100 Digital Audio Control and Intercom System

Becker Avionics announces the introduction of a new version of the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 Remote Electronic Unit (REU), that includes the latest features to enhance the performance of the system and keeps operators flying with the latest level of technology. Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing stated, “The new version provides… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 18-Oct-11

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust signs for AW169

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust signs for AW169

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has signed a contract to acquire a state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter for delivery in 2015.  ARHT chief executive Bob Parkinson welcomed the acquisition, saying the high performance helicopter will mean superior outcomes for rescues and a better level of care for all patients who come onboard. (Full story)

Source: Voxy, 18-Oct-11

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Sanford Health purchases three EC145s

Sanford Health purchases three EC145s

From its booth number 321 at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced today that Sanford Health has purchased three EC145s. The aircraft were chosen after a very thorough evaluation process and will be part of an initiative to expand Sanford’s coverage area and its services to patients. Sanford Health is, geographically, the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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OSF Aviation purchases four EC145s

OSF Aviation purchases four EC145s

** EDITOR NOTE ** HeliHub.com broke this story four weeks ago – see OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145 – what follows is merely today’s press release confirming the details American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, has ordered four… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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West Penn Allegheny Health System orders fifth EC145

West Penn Allegheny Health System orders fifth EC145

American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, today announced that West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) has ordered its fifth EC145 for its LifeFlight Program. WPAHS LifeFlight is a long-time customer of American Eurocopter and currently operates four EC145s in its fleet. This fifth helicopter is part of… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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NEMSPA announces 2011 Pilot of the Year award winner

NEMSPA announces 2011 Pilot of the Year award winner

NEMSPA is proud to announce the winner of the 2011 Pilot of the Year Award – Mr. Douglas Stephan of Reach Air Medical Services. Each year, NEMSPA accepts nominations for this award from the nationwide air medical transport community so that we may recognize an individual who stands out in terms of professional achievement and… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 17-Oct-11

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Undisclosed customer buys three EC135s

Undisclosed customer buys three EC135s

The EC135 continues to be one of the most popular light twin-engine helicopters in the world. There have been more than 1,040 EC135s delivered globally, and today American Eurocopter announced that it has added three more to that tally with a sale to an undisclosed customer. “The EC135 is one of the most popular light… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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