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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

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

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

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

UK: 900 mission milestone for Herts Air Ambulance

UK: 900 mission milestone for Herts Air Ambulance

More lives are being saved in Hertfordshire thanks to the Herts Air Ambulance (HAA). Since its launch in November 2008 this vital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has flown over 900 life-saving missions. The landmark call-out was on Tuesday 13th December to a road traffic collision involving three vehicles on the QE2 Bridge in Thurrock. The… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 20-Dec-11

ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

Report says at least five top executives are shielded from the “sunshine list” published annually by ONtario to help make government accountable. (see full story)

Source: EMS World, 19-Dec-11

Norsk Luftambulanse to expand fleet with another EC135

Norsk Luftambulanse to expand fleet with another EC135

Norsk Luftambulanse has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will take delivery of a new EC135P2+ on 20th January 2012.  Serial 1033 from the production line at Donauworth, the new aircraft will add to the fleet which provides EMS cover throughout Norway, and now includes a base in Denmark as well.  The helicopter will be registered… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-11

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Whistler Medical Centre helipad fails inspection (again)

Whistler Medical Centre helipad fails inspection (again)

After a time when Transport Canada closed a batch of EMS helipads to force certain upgrades, it gave the hospital management teams opportunities to get all the upgrades done.  However, the upgraded pad at Whistler Health Care Centre failed its inspection Thursday (see full story)

Source: Pique, 19-Dec-11

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Spectrum Aeromed hires VP Project Manager

Spectrum Aeromed hires VP Project Manager

Michael Gallagher has joined Spectrum Aeromed as Vice President, Project Manager. In his new role, Gallagher will direct the activities of systems analysis, design, product development and sales in the implementation of air medical equipment solutions. “Mike Gallagher is a highly-skilled professional and proven leader. His outstanding background in mechanical engineering, lean manufacturing and customer… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 17-Dec-11

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Convio brands Children’s Air Ambulance charity

Convio brands Children’s Air Ambulance charity

Design consultancy Convio has completed a rebrand and website design project for charity The Children’s Air Ambulance. The Children’s Air Ambulance provides helicopter transfer sevice and life-saving treatment to critically ill children thorughout the UK. The rebranding is in line with the recent takeover of the charity by the umbrella organisation The Air Ambulance Service…. Read more »

Source: Convio, 17-Dec-11

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance launches iPhone app

Yorkshire Air Ambulance launches iPhone app

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) have launched an official iPhone App to enable supporters to keep even more up to date with the latest news and activity from the life-saving Charity. The brand-new App, which is now available to download via the iTunes App store for £1.99, enables supporters to track HM98 & HM99 across… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 16-Dec-11

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University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

University of Utah moves AirMed base from Orem to Payson

With the goal of better serving southern and central Utah regions, University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed and Mountain View Hospital welcomed guests today to celebrate AirMed’s new 24-hour aircraft base at Mountain View Hospital in Payson. The new base in Payson was a strategic move for AirMed, as the crew relocated to Mountain View… Read more »

Source: University of Utah Healthcare, 16-Dec-11

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Nishi Nippon Airlines orders Kawasaki-built EC145

Nishi Nippon Airlines orders Kawasaki-built EC145

Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced that it has received an order for a BK117C-2 helicopter from Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd. The helicopter, to be used as medevacs in Oita prefectures, is slated for delivery starting in May 2012 . The Kawasaki BK117 helicopter was developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter Deutschland (ECD),… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 16-Dec-11

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Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

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Air Methods EMS pilots ratify agreement

Air Methods EMS pilots ratify agreement

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter pilots, members of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 109 employed by Air Methods Corporation based in Denver, Colorado have ratified a new agreement covering more than 1,000 pilots. AMC operates in 45 states transporting close to 100,000 patients annually as the nation’s largest provider of air medical… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 16-Dec-11

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New EC135 delivered to Romanian Ministry of Health

New EC135 delivered to Romanian Ministry of Health

A ceremony was held in Bucharest today for the delivery by Eurocopter Romania, a subsidiary of Eurocopter – the world’s leading civil and parapublic helicopter manufacturer – of an EC135 helicopter to Romania’s Ministry of Health. The ceremony was attended by the Romanian Minister of Health Ladislau Ritli, the Secretary of State in the Romanian… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Dec-11

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Summit Air Ambulance expands into Montana

Summit Air Ambulance expands into Montana

Summit Air Ambulance is expanding its business with a new base in the Montana city of Belgrade, which they expect to have up and running by 1st January.  (see full story).  The company is based in Idaho and has a base at Boise in their home state of Idaho, as well as bases at Las… Read more »

15-Dec-11

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Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

The Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation has donated $25,000 to the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Ukiah. It is the ninth year in a row that the foundation has made a substantial donation to the base, known as CALSTAR 4. According to Deborah Pardee, R.N., M.S., North Bay Regional Director for CALSTAR, the donations… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 15-Dec-11

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London’s Air Ambulance moves to new rooftop helipad

London’s Air Ambulance moves to new rooftop helipad

Today marked a moment in history when London’s Air Ambulance, the world’s leading air ambulance, began operating from its new home on top of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.  The helicopter landed at 8.05am for service.  At 284ft high, the helipad is one of the highest in Europe and is almost the same… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 15-Dec-11

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REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH and Methodist Healthcare launch second Texas base

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and Methodist Healthcare (Methodist) announce the expansion of their partnership providing emergency helicopter service to include a second base in Pearsall, Texas, called Methodist AirCare 2. Service began on December 12, 2011. AirCare 2 will provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service from a base located 50 miles southwest of… Read more »

Source: REACH, 15-Dec-11

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Construction begins at STARS base in Saskatchewan

Construction begins at STARS base in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris, STARS representatives and local media received a phase-one project briefing today at the site of the future STARS helicopter base at the Regina International Airport. Construction is progressing on schedule in advance of the anticipated spring 2012 launch of operations. “We’re very excited to move a step closer to introducing… Read more »

Source: STARS, 14-Dec-11

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INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

INAER opens a new HEMS base in Chile

In the city of Puerto Varas has been installed an emergency helicopter operations center for southern Chile. At the base, a Bell 212 helicopter will operate, equipped with a mobile ICU and medical equipment for the patient to receive the first care, stabilization in the accident site and care during transport to hospital. “The use of helicopters to evacuate critically… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Dec-11

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Rega Foundation appoints new President

Rega Foundation appoints new President

The current President of the board of Trustees of Rega Foundation stands down at the end of December 2011.  Albert Keller has served for 10 years having taken over the role at the beginning of 2002.  He has had an eventful time as a President, including the procurement of new helicopters, introduction of a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-11

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UK: First EC135P1 registered for WPD

UK: First EC135P1 registered for WPD

WPD Helicopter Unit have now registered their first EC135P1 as G-WPDB.  Previously D-HAIT with German EMS operator ADAC, it is expected to be joined by sister ship G-WPDA from the same source within days.  As recently as 22nd November, the helicopter was still in its ADAC yellow scheme at Bonn-Hangelar airport, but it is expected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-11

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Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Southeast Texas Air Rescue named Air Medical Service of the Year

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry is pleased to announce that their Southeast Texas Air Rescue program was recently named the Texas EMS Air Medical Service of the Year. The Department of Health and Human Services recently presented the award to the Air Rescue team at the Texas EMS Conference in Austin,… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 08-Dec-11

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Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

On behalf of Ornge’s Board of Directors, Ornge management and staff, Ornge is compelled to respond to the Toronto Star story of December 5, 2011. We are setting the record straight. Ornge compliant with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. Ornge is in compliance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The following… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Dec-11

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REACH Air Medical Services expands through merger

REACH Air Medical Services expands through merger

REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight announce the merger of the two privately-held companies, creating the most comprehensive network of medical air and ground transportation in the Western United States. REACH, with 13 helicopter bases and one airplane base, and Cal-Ore, with two airplane and two ground ambulance bases, have been collaborators in… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Dec-11

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New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

As New Jersey State Police take delivery of their new fleet of AW139s, their retiring fleet of S76Bs are up for auction.  Rightly or wrongly, they have chosen to sell all five S76Bs as one lot.  All are EMS configured with dual litter capability, four attendant/cabin seats, suction system, LOX, shore power, plug-type sliding cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-11

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Finland: SHT wins 10 year contract for three EMS bases

Finland: SHT wins 10 year contract for three EMS bases

SkärgÃ¥rdshavets Helikoptertjänst Ab (SHT) has been awarded the contract to operate 3 HEMS bases in Southern Finland.  The board of Directors at FinnHEMS Ltd. has chosen SHT to act as their HEMS operator at the bases situated in Vantaa, Tampere and Turku. The contract period is 7 + 3 years. The long contract with FinnHEMS… Read more »

Source: SHT, 02-Dec-11

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United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

United Rotorcraft Solutions to complete Halo-Flight’s third 407

United Rotorcraft Solutions, located in Decatur, TX, recently secured the completion contract to outfit HALO-Flight, Inc’s third Bell 407 Helicopter. In late October, HALO-Flight purchased an additional aircraft to meet the needs of its 26-county service area. “We selected United Rotorcraft for the task because of our past experience with the company and their new… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 30-Nov-11

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Valero donates £100K to Wales Air Ambulance

Valero donates £100K to Wales Air Ambulance

The Wales Air Ambulance has received a massive lift with the news Valero’s Pembroke Refinery has donated £100,000 to the lifesaving charity, after it was  elected “charity of the year” by employees (see full story)

Source: Western Telegraph, 30-Nov-11

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Great North Air Ambulance makes £90K from car raffle

Great North Air Ambulance makes £90K from car raffle

GNAA has so far sold more than 80,000 tickets for the fundraiser, which will be drawn on December 14. (see full story)

Source: InCumbria, 30-Nov-11

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Metro Aviation to complete two EC145s for Duke Life Flight

Metro Aviation to complete two EC145s for Duke Life Flight

Metro Aviation, Inc. attracts first-time customer, Duke Life Flight, with their extensive custom aircraft completion options. After operating two EC135’s for several years, Duke Life Flight decides to replace the EC135’s with two EC145’s completed by Metro Aviation, Inc. “The larger cabin of the EC145 combined with the state of the art medical interior and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Nov-11

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EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

EMQ Helicopter Rescue gets Au$10M sponsorship

Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of $1M a year over the next 10 years will be in addition to what the State Government provides.  EMQ are looking at using the first year of the Rio Tinto funds to increase the fuel capacity (and thus range) of their three AW139s.  (see full story) Photos reproduced with prior permission… Read more »

29-Nov-11

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Indiana Guardsmen train in new medevac procedures

Indiana Guardsmen train in new medevac procedures

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Calling for air medical evacuation on the battlefield is a skill required before it’s needed. For Indiana Guardsmen with the 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team and pilots from the Wyoming National Guard’s Company C, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, training on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Nov. 18, honed their proficiency for medevacs…. Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Nov-11

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Sanford Lifeflight benefitting from night vision technology

Sanford Lifeflight benefitting from night vision technology

The military has realized the benefits of night vision technology for years. Now pilots with Sanford’s Life Flight have been trained and are now using the helmet mounted night-vision goggles. The goggles are especially important for medical emergencies in our rural areas. Life Flight pilot Tim Vreeman is no stranger to birds. He’s been flying… Read more »

Source: ASU, 28-Nov-11

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STARS celebrating 5th anniversary in Grande Prairie

STARS celebrating 5th anniversary in Grande Prairie

Former STARS patients, media, and members of the public are invited to a special five-year anniversary celebration at the STARS Grande Prairie base on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will acknowledge the incredible support from the community, while reflecting upon major milestones that have taken place over the past… Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Nov-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam have upgraded their base at Carrizo Springs Airport in Texas – about 125 miles south-west of San Antonio.  Known as “Lifeteam 71”, this base previously flew a LongRanger, they now have a Bell 407 in the same colour scheme Photos were released on AEL71’s Facebook page William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-11

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Air Methods receives SEC guidance on accounting for aircraft leases

Air Methods receives SEC guidance on accounting for aircraft leases

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) announced today that the Company will restate its financial results after receiving a response from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC responded to the Company’s previous request for guidance concerning the appropriate GAAP interpretation of the maximum amount that the Company could be required to pay as described… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 23-Nov-11

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star wins AAMS award

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star wins AAMS award

It’s the life-saving medical helicopter that has been saving lives since 1985, and its team just received a great honor. The LIFE STAR program, owned and operated by Hartford Hospital, has been selected as a recipient of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Program of the Year for 2011. The Program of the Year… Read more »

Source: Hartford Hospital, 22-Nov-11

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Air ambulance hit by industrial action

Air ambulance hit by industrial action

The Health and Community Services Union’s Tim Jacobson says the $3.20 an hour members get on top of a base wage for helicopter shifts is not enough to recognise the extra training and work. (see full story)

Source: ABC, 22-Nov-11

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Finnish government to fund all air ambulances nationally

Finnish government to fund all air ambulances nationally

Broadcaster MTV3 reported last week that the Finnish government will fund all air ambulance operations from 1st January 2012.  Currently hhalf of air ambulance flights are funded through the Slot Machine Association, a government-controlled monopoly, with charities funding the other half. Maria Guzenina-Richardson, the health and social services minister, told MTV3 that money for air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-11

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STARS Foundation appoints Executive Vice President

STARS Foundation appoints Executive Vice President

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is very pleased to announce that Mr. Rod Gantefoer has accepted the position of Executive Vice President for the STARS Foundation. Reporting to STARS’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gantefoer will provide leadership to the STARS Foundation team and work to develop community partnerships and fundraising initiatives to enhance… Read more »

Source: STARS, 19-Nov-11

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

In an incredulous decision, Hambleton District Council has served an enforcement notice on Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to move off Bagby Airfield due to noise issues – hands up those who genuinely think MD Explorers are noisy…  YAA has also been served with a notice to dismantle its flight crew room, toilet and shower block…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-11

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Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

Bird strikes are not that uncommon with helicopters as most are operating at relatively low level.  But to have two EUrocopters make emergency landings on consecutive days with holes created by those bird strikes is unusual. On Wednesday a news gathering AS350B2 in Scottsdale, Arizona took a dove into the cockpit.  The helicopter is operated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-11

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UK: Southampton Hospital helipad opens

UK: Southampton Hospital helipad opens

A long awaited event for Southampton General Hospital, and for HIOWAA, took place today.  The new Helipad, which has been built on the multi story car park, opened with the first landing by the HIOWAA aircraft.  There were many people there to see it, including members of the Hampshire media, and individuals from both SGH… Read more »

Source: Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance, 18-Nov-11

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UK air ambulance charity scam companies closed down

UK air ambulance charity scam companies closed down

Three connected companies that operated a charity collection scam were last week closed down in the public interest by the High Court in London, following an investigation by Company Investigations of the Insolvency Service. The companies are Air Ambulance Support Community Interest Company (“Air Ambulance Support CIC”), St Anthony (Trading Co) Ltd (formerly Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Insolvency Service, 17-Nov-11

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Air Methods adds EME’s Portable Aluminum Gantry Crane

Air Methods adds EME’s Portable Aluminum Gantry Crane

Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods Corporation (http://www.airmethods.com), needed to find a better and safer way to remove, transport and install motors and transmissions in its helicopters. Renting fork lifts was proving to be cumbersome, expensive and dangerous as the components, often costing in the high six figures were in danger of being damaged… Read more »

Source: EME, 17-Nov-11

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EagleMed adds Garden City helicopter service

EagleMed adds Garden City helicopter service

Wichita-based EagleMed and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City have a new partnership to provide critical-care air medical transport services. (see full story)

Source: Wichita Eagle, 17-Nov-11

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Woman’s Hospital of Texas contracts REACH for EC135

Woman’s Hospital of Texas contracts REACH for EC135

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas (Woman’s) and REACH Air Medical Services, LLC (REACH) announce a collaboration to provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service to Houston and outlying areas. The service will provide air transport exclusively for high-risk maternal and neonatal patients to Woman’s for specialized care. Woman’s and REACH are combining resources to provide… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Nov-11

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STAT MedEvac to add two EC145s and three EC135s

STAT MedEvac to add two EC145s and three EC135s

Metro Aviation, Inc. recently entered into a contract with STAT MedEvac for three EC135 and two EC145 aircraft completions. The latest order will be a continuation of business between Metro Aviation, Inc. and STAT MedEvac that began with the introduction of the first EC135 aircraft in the United States, which was completed by Metro Aviation,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Nov-11

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DRF Luftruttung commits to 25 EC145T2s over 11 years

DRF Luftruttung commits to 25 EC145T2s over 11 years

Eurocopter and the German air rescue organisation DRF Luftrettung signed a purchase agreement last night for 25 helicopters of the newest generation – the EC145 T2. This purchase makes the air rescue organisation Europe’s largest customer for this type of helicopter. With the purchase of these aircraft, the DRF Luftrettung will successively replace the BK… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Nov-11

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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center adds an AirLife Denver helicopter

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is expanding its emergency care across the region with the addition of an AirLife Denver medical helicopter service in Cheyenne. The new service is a partnership between Cheyenne Regional and HCA-HealthONE, which operates AIRLIFE Denver. Cheyenne Regional’s new blue and sonic green helicopter will be stationed in Cheyenne and will provide air ambulance… Read more »

Source: Cheyenne RMC, 14-Nov-11

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Rega disappointed at Federal Court decision

Rega disappointed at Federal Court decision

electronic translation…. The Air Rescue Service is committed to ensuring that the contributions of patrons can be used in full for the air rescue and not subject to VAT.Disappointed, she takes the decision of the Federal Court noted that the sponsor contributions are still subject to VAT. Since June 2008, the VAT paid on the… Read more »

Source: Rega, 14-Nov-11

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NEMSPA publishes heliport survey results

NEMSPA publishes heliport survey results

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) has published the results of their recent national survey of active helicopter pilots regarding their opinions and experiences with the current infrastructure of heliport design, management and safety. The intent of these results is to help the helicopter industry and the federal agencies that have oversight of the industry… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 10-Nov-11

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Air Methods Reports 3Q2011 Results and 4Q2011 Update

Air Methods Reports 3Q2011 Results and 4Q2011 Update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Revenue increased 20% to $185.2 million from $153.9 million in the year-ago quarter. For the nine-month period, revenue increased 14% to $467.2 million, up from $411.6 million in the prior-year nine-month period. For the quarter, net income decreased slightly to $18.5 million,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Nov-11

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Sanford Health contracts Metro Aviation for more EC145s

Sanford Health contracts Metro Aviation for more EC145s

With their first Eurocopter EC145 approximately 50 percent completed, Sanford Health (based in Sioux Falls, SD and Fargo, ND) entered into an agreement for the completion of two additional Eurocopter EC145’s. The first of the two additional aircraft arrived at Metro Aviation, Inc. on November 6th, with the third shipment scheduled for the middle of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-Nov-11

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MedEvac Foundation releases public education publication

MedEvac Foundation releases public education publication

MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to release the public education publication Air Medical Services: Critical Component of Modern Healthcare Systems. This is an updated version of Air Medicine: Accessing the Future of Healthcare, an award-winning publication translated into 11 languages. The intended use is to educate public policy makers, regulatory agencies, healthcare system leaders, and… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 09-Nov-11

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AAMS congratulates 2011 Program Director of the Year

AAMS congratulates 2011 Program Director of the Year

Alexandria, VA. – The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is proud to announce its 2011 Program Director of the year, Thomas P. Judge, CCT-P, Executive Director, LifeFlight of Maine. The Program Director of the Year Award, sponsored by Bell Helicopter, recognizes Mr. Tom Judge for his superior level of knowledge and management prowess, quality… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 08-Nov-11

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PHi reports results for nine months to 30th September

PHi reports results for nine months to 30th September

PHI, Inc.  today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Oil and Gas segment revenues were $96.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, compared to $89.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, an increase of $6.8 million. Flight hours were 29,901 for the current quarter compared to 30,119… Read more »

Source: PHi, 08-Nov-11

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FAA approves Aerolite EMS interiors in AW139

FAA approves Aerolite EMS interiors in AW139

Aerolite has received an FAA validation for a previously issued EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight EMS interior for the AW139. The new multi-mission interior allows the full spectrum of EMS, SAR and police missions and can easily be converted from an EMS set up to an 8 or 11 passenger configuration…. Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 07-Nov-11

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Community Awards Recipients Honored at AMTC

Community Awards Recipients Honored at AMTC

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is proud to announce its 2011 Community Awards recipients. Each year, these national awards are presented to individuals and organizations that exemplify the best of the air-medical and critical-care-ground transport community. This year’s recipients were honored at a special awards dinner on October 17, 2011 during the Air… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 07-Nov-11

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Bond win seven year East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

Bond win seven year East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has awarded a contract to aviation company Bond Air Services for two new aircraft which will provide the region with the most advanced air ambulance fleet in the UK. Both aircraft will also, for the first time, be capable of night flying, bringing the prospect that the life-saving air ambulance… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 03-Nov-11

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Med-Trans opens new program in west Texas and New Mexico

Med-Trans opens new program in west Texas and New Mexico

Med-Trans has announced the opening of their newest air medical program, AeroCare – Seminole, TX. This life saving program will serve west Texas and New Mexico 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning October 31st . The region will benefit from the superior clinical care and great reputation built by AeroCare over the last… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 02-Nov-11

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Med-Trans appoints VP of Business Development

Med-Trans appoints VP of Business Development

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry, announced today that Ken Grimes has accepted a position as V.P. of Business Development and will be working out of the corporate headquarters in Lewisville, Texas. Grimes has an in-depth knowledge of the air medical services industry, most recently holding the position of Senior Account Manager… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 01-Nov-11

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Valley Air Care – last flight

Valley Air Care – last flight

The Rio Grande Valley’s longest-running helicopter ambulance flew its last flight yesterday, 31st October, thanks to Texas state budget cuts. The South Texas Emergency Care Foundation has operated Valley AirCare since 1995, but operating their AS350B2 in recent years has been an increasing challenge as cost reimbursements continued a downward slide and fuel prices soared. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-11

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Four sites named for Ballarat helipad in Melbourne

Four sites named for Ballarat helipad in Melbourne

THE state government is considering building the Ballarat Base Hospital helipad over Mair Street, as a structure similar to the one that exists at Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital. (see full story and poll)

Source: The Courier, 01-Nov-11

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Motorway operator funds life saving equipment

Motorway operator funds life saving equipment

M6toll is continuing its long term support of Midlands Air Ambulance charity by donating the funds necessary to purchase desperately needed flight suits for the air crew. Midland Expressway Limited has generously covered the £10,000 expense as part of their promise to support the charity for a further three years. The business has faithfully supported… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 31-Oct-11

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Reno-based Care Flight celebrates 30 years

Reno-based Care Flight celebrates 30 years

The first civilian hospital based helicopter air ambulance; “Flight For Life” started at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado in 1972.  Flight nurses Jane Miller and Margaret Tole began flying with Flight for Life in 1975.  Care Flight was born in 1981 when Miller accepted the position of Chief Flight Nurse, and along with Tole,… Read more »

Source: Colorado Flight for Life, 31-Oct-11

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Ex-Life Link III CEO dead of apparent suicide

Ex-Life Link III CEO dead of apparent suicide

Carter McComb, the former CEO of air-ambulance company Life Link III who faced felony tax charges, has died of an apparent suicide, Florida authorities said.  McComb was arrested after a June raid on Minneapolis-based Life Link III’s offices. He was later charged with six felony counts of failing to file income taxes. (see full story)

Source: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, 28-Oct-11

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Life Flight Network contracts with Blue Cross of Idaho

Life Flight Network contracts with Blue Cross of Idaho

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide members with the best value in health insurance, Blue Cross of Idaho today announced the addition of the Life Flight Network (LFN) as a contracting provider for Blue Cross of Idaho’s preferred provider organization (PPO), traditional and managed care networks, effective September 1, 2011. “Our members can… Read more »

Source: Blue Cross of Idaho, 28-Oct-11

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WNAA pilot clocks up 3,000th mission

WNAA pilot clocks up 3,000th mission

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) Pilot Richard Craske flew his 3000th mission in Warwickshire on Friday 14 October 2011. A woman in her 40s was injured while exercising a horse on a long rein, or lunging, in the Shipston-on-Stour area. The crew were called because of initial concerns about possible head and back injuries…. Read more »

Source: WNAA, 28-Oct-11

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New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

Washington, D.C. – In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers directed at aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a new website to make it easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today. The website, which… Read more »

Source: FAA, 27-Oct-11

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AAMS appoints interim CEO

AAMS appoints interim CEO

The AAMS Search Committee, chaired by Past President of AAMS Dr. Dan Hankins and AAMS Board President Timothy Pickering, are pleased to announce that Mr. John Fiegel, CAE, has accepted the position of Interim CEO of AAMS. Dr. Hankins reflected that, “The search committee has been working diligently with our Search Consultants, Pangburn Partners, LLC,… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 27-Oct-11

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