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Air Evac Lifeteam names Region 1 Base Clinical Lead of the Year

Air Evac Lifeteam names Region 1 Base Clinical Lead of the Year

Farmington Air Evac Lifeteam base recently awarded Shane Cook, a flight nurse and clinical lead, the title of Region 1 Base Clinical Lead of the Year. This award is given to a flight paramedic or nurse who shows the ability to be dedicated, accountable, enthusiastic and is someone who takes initiative and has a full… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

More than $516,000 was raised by five Saskatchewan community and business leaders at the second annual Rescue on the Prairie fundraising event for STARS air ambulance, held Thursday at a remote prairie location near St. Denis, SK. “I was really honoured that I was chosen to participate,” said Kindersley-based participant Garth MacDonald. “It’s been fun…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 19-Sep-16

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FAA proposes $892,500 fine for Air Methods

FAA proposes $892,500 fine for Air Methods

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes an $892,500 civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating an Airbus EC-135 helicopter on passenger-carrying flights when it was not airworthy. The FAA alleges that during a Nov. 4, 2014 inspection in Tampa, Fla., an FAA inspector discovered that the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Sep-16

Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed Equips Bell 407GXP

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s equipment was installed on a new Bell 407GXP helicopter for Boise, Idaho based Idaho Helicopters. The new aircraft is equipped with a single patient pivot system and will fly Helicopter Air Ambulance for St. Luke’s Hospital. “We selected the Spectrum Aeromed system for a lot of reasons,”… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 16-Sep-16

Iran negotiates for up to 60 Ansat and Kamov Ka226T

Iran negotiates for up to 60 Ansat and Kamov Ka226T

Iran’s Health Ministry is in negotiations with Russian Helicopters for a supply of 60 light helicopters Ansat and Kamov Ka-226T. Currently Iran holds 50 Russian helicopters, including Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-171E, Mi-8MTV, Mi-17V5s. The Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company are also discussing the possibility of creating a helicopter maintenance and repair centre. As reported by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance adds Training Simulator

A new training simulator has been opened in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s new airbase in Thruxton. The new simulator will help first-responders with training for different environments, from the Hampshire Forest to a crowded nightclub. It allows them to practice their technical skills as well as how they work as a team…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-16

Spectrum Aeromed Donates $25,0000

Spectrum Aeromed Donates $25,0000

Spectrum Aeromed announced today they presented Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity with a check through United Way of Cass Clay for $25,000 on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. The presentation took place at the build site located at 3118 32nd Ave S, Moorhead. The donation is in honor of both Spectrum Aeromed and Lake… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 16-Sep-16

FEC Heliports at Air Medical Transport Conference 2016

FEC Heliports at Air Medical Transport Conference 2016

FEC Heliports has been a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of rooftop and aluminium helipads for more than 20 years. It has maintained that position by keeping an emphasis on design, flexibility, safety and innovation but perhaps most importantly by focussing on its customer requirements. A good example of this is the recent design and… Read more »

Source: FEC Heliports, 15-Sep-16

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Air Methods Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Air Methods Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Air Methods (Nasdaq:AIRM) announced the appointment of its first chief medical officer, David Frederick Edward Stuhlmiller, MD, FACEP, CMTE. Mike Allen, president of air medical services at Air Methods said, “We’re very pleased to have Dr. Stuhlmiller join our leadership team. We provide emergency air medical care to more than 100,000 patients every year. As America’s… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 13-Sep-16

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Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has acquired a 20,000 sq ft hangar at Gloucestershire Airport as a base for its growing helicopter maintenance, repair, overhaul and installations operations. The new facility – located very close to the company’s existing  Staverton headquarters – will become a major new engineering base for the company. Tim Shattock, Managing… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 12-Sep-16

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PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International delivers 407GX to University of Utah Health Care

PAC International (PAC), a Metro Aviation company, has delivered a fully customized Bell 407GX to the University of Utah’s AirMed program, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Established in 1978 as the eighth air medical transport program in the nation, AirMed provides care throughout northern Utah and Wyoming. The new addition to the fleet is… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

The Cornwall Air Ambulance has reached a milestone of 26 thousand rescues. This past Wednesday a young toddler was flown from Boscastle, after he fell off a wall and hit his head, and was taken to Derriford in little over 20 minutes. This young boy was the revealed as number 26 thousand. The air ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland to launch with two EC135s

AANI are delighted to announce Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as the aviation supplier of the Charity’s two aircraft. They will also provide aviation training and the pilots of both helicopters. Babcock has decades of experience in providing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) across the UK and currently operates from more than 20 UK bases,… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 08-Sep-16

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Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital officially opened its new helipad on the Baxter Wing on Friday, by the Health and Ambulance Services Minister, Jill Hennessy. The helipad has been operation since June and in that time has benefited more than 30 patients. The hospital previously used a grounded helipad, causing the emergency cases to be carried through the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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Era names new Director of Safety and Compliance

Era names new Director of Safety and Compliance

Era Group, has announced that David Zaworski has been appointed Director of Safety and Compliance.  With over seventeen years of experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Zaworski rejoins Era to oversee the company’s commitment to maintain the highest safety standards. Era’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Bradshaw says, “David brings a wealth of industry… Read more »

Source: Era, 02-Sep-16

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HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet, the air ambulance company, has been restricted in their use of helipads and is no longer allowed to land at seven hospitals in the province of British Columbia. Although they have temporary exemptions for five of these hospitals, they still cannot land at Surrey Memorial and Royal Columbian and are not allowed to land… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

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AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

Leaders of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. accepted delivery Monday of the first of three Airbus Helicopters H130s, which the companies will use to launch the first affordable single-engine helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. Dallas-based AMGH, a leading U.S. air medical transport and EMS provider with hundreds of… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 01-Sep-16

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Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has acquired a pre-owned AW139 in EMS configuration on the open market and placed it on long-term lease to Ornge in support of EMS operations in Ontario, Canada. The aircraft is additional to Waypoint’s current AW139 fleet and order… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Aug-16

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Life Force One Has New Base In Tennessee

Life Force One Has New Base In Tennessee

Life Force One was officially welcomed to its new base in Cleveland on Wednesday. An open house will be held Saturday for the public, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Life Force hangar and crew quarters at the Cleveland Regional Jetport. Many Cleveland and Bradley County officials attended… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 23-Aug-16

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Life Link III expanding with new Minnesota base

Life Link III expanding with new Minnesota base

Life Link III is pleased to announce the establishment of a new base of operations in Brainerd, Minnesota, to serve the increasing health care needs of this rapidly growing region. The new base will provide critically needed additional air medical service to the Brainerd Lakes region which is currently underserved in relation to call demands…. Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 23-Aug-16

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Air Evac Lifeteam earns full accreditation from CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam earns full accreditation from CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam is proud to announce that it recently earned full accreditation from CAMTS – the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. CAMTS is comprised of nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. CAMTS-appointed surveyors visited 25 air medical bases within the Air Evac Lifeteam system in… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 22-Aug-16

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Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital opens helipad

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital opens helipad

Recently, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital made fast transport to its emergency services easier, opening a new helipad just outside its hospital-based emergency department. “One of our goals is to provide easy access to the care that our community needs, especially in areas of the Blue Ridge region that need access to emergency care,” noted Jonathan… Read more »

Source: SMJH, 17-Aug-16

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

These consultants are committed to working a day a week for the Charity, but will also spend time overseeing EAAA’s governance. This will involve developing the Charity’s standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, future direction, training, and of course, will provide on-call consultant advice. The four permanent consultants are, Dr Pam Chrispin and Dr Jeremy Mauger,… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 16-Aug-16

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Air Methods picks Truth Data for Flight Operations and Quality Assurance

Air Methods picks Truth Data for Flight Operations and Quality Assurance

Air Methods announces selection of Truth Data to provide flight operations and quality assurance (FOQA) and flight data monitoring (FDM). Truth Data provides FOQA and FDM capabilities through local and cloud capabilities for data analytics, information visualization and reporting. “We’re thrilled to partner with the largest emergency air medical operator in the world,” said Pete… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 16-Aug-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

The final countdown has begun at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as they look forward to welcoming their new Airbus H145 helicopter in to operations next month. The rapid response emergency service Charity unveiled the new helicopter back in June, and now after having its medical fit completed, the team have entered into the final stages… Read more »

Source: YAA, 16-Aug-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

Celebrations are taking place across the province today following the announcement of the 2016 STARS Lottery Saskatchewan winners. The fifth annual lottery was the most successful to date in terms of revenue generated, and organizers are grateful to supporters for helping the fundraiser do so well, despite recent economic constraints in the province. “The people… Read more »

Source: STARS, 14-Aug-16

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Hospital Wing of Memphis takes delivery of second Airbus H130

Hospital Wing of Memphis takes delivery of second Airbus H130

Hospital Wing, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit air medical transport service, has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters H130, which will augment the service’s fleet of seven other Airbus Helicopters aircraft. The H130 acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s strategy to transition its entire fleet to that model helicopter. Hospital Wing also operates three earlier… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Aug-16

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NEMSPA appoints President Elect

NEMSPA appoints President Elect

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) is pleased to announce that Miles Dunagan has been appointed as their next President Elect and will be taking over the duties of President for NEMSPA at the 2016 Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dunagan is a veteran fixed wing and rotary wing commercial pilot of… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 14-Aug-16

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New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-16

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90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

A fleet of 90 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft has been deployed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for use in surveillance, airspace defense, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, command/control/communication, air medical rescue and electronic image capture during the month of August in Rio de Janeiro and other states where competitions are taking place. This fleet is comprised of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Aug-16

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RACQ CQ Rescue flies 7000th mission

RACQ CQ Rescue flies 7000th mission

The airlift of a critically ill patient from one of the Whitsunday Islands on Saturday night marked the 7000th mission for RACQ CQ Rescue. The milestone mission, the 314th task this year for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter, was incredibly significant for both the region and the community-funded organisation which next month celebrates two decades of… Read more »

Source: RACQ, 11-Aug-16

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Wales Air Ambulance invests in two high-tech incubators

Wales Air Ambulance invests in two high-tech incubators

Significantly quicker transfers of neonatal babies are to be introduced with the launch of Wales’ first flight incubator, it was announced. The two £70,000 bespoke incubators to be introduced on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity (WAAC) is the most advanced in the UK. Its introduction will replace long road ambulance journeys for vulnerable babies…. Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 11-Aug-16

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ADAC upgrades two BK117s to -850D2 standard

ADAC upgrades two BK117s to -850D2 standard

ADAC Luftrettung the largest emergency medical helicopter operator in Germany, has upgraded two of their BK117-B2 aircraft with the enhanced LTS101-850B-2 engines, making the aircraft Cat A / Class 1 compliant at Maximum All Up Weight (MAUW). After completion of the STC and installation of the -850 engines the model is marketed as the BK117-850D2…. Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 09-Aug-16

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New helipad planned at Hull Royal Infirmary

New helipad planned at Hull Royal Infirmary

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted proposals to Hull City Council’s Planning Committee to create a new helipad at the back of Hull Royal Infirmary. The hospital serves the region as a Major Trauma Centre, regularly receiving emergency patients via helicopter and organising patient transfers via air ambulance. A number of providers… Read more »

Source: HEYH, 08-Aug-16

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ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

ASU completes 1,000th Night Vision cockpit mod

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 1000th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification. This modification was completed on a Bell 407GXP at Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) in Blountville, Tennessee for MED TRANS Air Medical Transport ( Med-Trans Corp). “Achieving our 1000th FAA Certified Cockpit Modification is a major milestone for Aviation… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Aug-16

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Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

The Vice President of the Republic of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, visited Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s factory in Vergiate (Varese) recently, home to the company’s main helicopter final assembly lines. The Vice President of Panama and a senior accompanying delegation had the opportunity to view the industrial capabilities and modern range of products that make… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Aug-16

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Air Methods to release earnings numbers on Thursday

Air Methods to release earnings numbers on Thursday

Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ:AIRM) will be posting its quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, August 4th. Analysts expect Air Methods Corp. to post earnings of $0.77 per share for the quarter. Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ:AIRM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.50 EPS for the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 04-Aug-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

The life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance is to feature in a new prime time television series. Helicopter ER will hit our screens later this year in a peak 8pm slot on UKTV’s real life channel, Really. The new series is being made by many of the team who created Helicopter Heroes, the popular BBC… Read more »

Source: YAA, 04-Aug-16

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight celebrates 40 years

Memorial Hermann Life Flight celebrates 40 years

“Today is a special day, not just for Life Flight, but for the entire city of Houston, as we reflect back on the pioneering leadership that helped make this program possible and celebrate the many accomplishments that have defined Life Flight’s reputation as a trailblazer among air ambulance services,” said Brian Dean, Senior Vice President… Read more »

Source: Memorial Hermann Health System, 03-Aug-16

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US agent sells German Bell 412 to buyer in Austria

US agent sells German Bell 412 to buyer in Austria

HelicopterBuyer, Inc. has announced it has sold the 1992 Bell 412HP, S/N: 36057, R/N: D-HHUU exclusively on behalf of DRF (DRF Luftrettung) from Baden-Baden, Germany.  DRF is in the process of selling their Bell 412’s with HelicopterBuyer’s brokerage services and is transitioning to Airbus EC145 T2’s as part of a fleet modernization program. The EMS… Read more »

Source: HelicopterBuyer, 03-Aug-16

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DRF Luftrettung reports on first half year statistics

DRF Luftrettung reports on first half year statistics

At 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria DRF Luftrettung is operating helicopters for emergency rescue and the transport of intensive care patients between clinics, at eight HEMS bases 24/7. In addition to that, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircraft with specialized crews for worldwide repatriations. From January to June 2016 DRF Luftrettung was called 19,248… Read more »

Source: DRF, 29-Jul-16

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Era Group Announces FY 2016 Q2 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Announces FY 2016 Q2 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its second quarter 2016 after the market closes on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, August 3, 2016, to begin… Read more »

Source: Era, 29-Jul-16

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Viterra Renews Partnership With STARS Air Ambulance

Viterra Renews Partnership With STARS Air Ambulance

Viterra Inc. (“Viterra”) is pleased to announce that it is continuing its partnership with STARS Air Ambulance (STARS) to sponsor its 2017 calendar. The calendars will be available for purchase at most Viterra facilities in Western Canada. This year’s campaign kicked off at Viterra’s Crossfield, AB grain facility at an event with officials from both… Read more »

Source: Viterra, 29-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation appoints new manager for Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation appoints new manager for Operational Control Center

As an air medical operator, Metro Aviation relies heavily on the operational control center (OCC) to monitor its activity in real-time, confirm flight crew qualifications and airworthiness of aircraft and to communicate with pilots and communication specialists across the country. Managing the OCC requires attention to detail, a high level of organization and a wealth… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jul-16

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Air Methods provides Q2 financials update

Air Methods provides Q2 financials update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) today announced preliminary financial and operating results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016. Results are subject to final quarter-end closing and review procedures and are subject to change. The Company anticipates revenues for the second quarter of 2016 will increase by 11.0% to approximately $293 million compared to revenues… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 28-Jul-16

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AAMS announces board election results

AAMS announces board election results

The Chair of the AAMS Nominations Committee has announced that the election for representatives for the 2016 – 2018 term on the AAMS board has come to a close, and we welcome a few new faces! Regions 3, 4, and 5 were up for re-election as well as two At-Large Director Seats. Ted Ryan, MBA,… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 21-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation operates more than 120 air medical aircraft across the country.   With an average of 230 flight requests each day, the company’s Operational Control Center (OCC) is a constant hub of activity.  The air medical operator originally contracted with Complete Flight in 2015 to transition into digital record keeping using the Complete Flight IOS… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Jul-16

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Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

The latest smartphone game craze Pokémon Go has raised safety concerns at some hospital helipads – but is it justified?  The game, which sees users chasing game characters in real life, is a clever mix between a game and a smartphone real-life mapping application. The Pokémon characters show up seemingly at random, encouraging users to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-16

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Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). During the visit, Her Majesty opened the Charity’s new operating base, the Egerton-Smith Centre, which is sited at Cambridge Airport. The Royal party arrived at 11:20 am and were met by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Hugh Duberly and… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 14-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) flies more than 30,000 miles annually in Georgia’s only dedicated pediatric helicopter. They recently updated their capabilities with the world’s first EC145e, completed by Metro Aviation. The EC145e retains the power, performance and reliability of the legacy EC145, but with a useful load of up to 300 pounds more than… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-16

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Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

A new era in Australian aeromedical care was ushered in this morning with CareFlight changing its name to LifeFlight. LifeFlight Chairman Rob Borbidge made the announcement in Brisbane and said the change of name reflected the growth and renewal phase which the company was undergoing. Mr Borbidge said all organisations changed and evolved and the… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 12-Jul-16

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LifeFlight of Maine orders three AW109SP GrandNew helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the sale of three GrandNew helicopters in EMS configuration to long-time US customer, LifeFlight of Maine. The new helicopters will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver advanced in-flight patient care and transport to critically injured patients across the state of Maine. Equipped with a modern, comprehensive EMS interiorfeaturing a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation completes first two H135s in USA

Metro Aviation has delivered two Airbus Helicopters H135 (P3) aircraft to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), the first of five H135 air medical transport helicopters the operator ordered last year. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jul-16

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AAMS replies to HEMS regulation criticism

AAMS replies to HEMS regulation criticism

In the words of the late Yogi Berra, “it seems like deja vu, all over again.” In an article entitled, “Medicare Can Actually Push HEMS To Rationality,” the author repeats many of the assertions that have divided the air medical community for years, while not offering any proof to substantiate them. The author claims the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 08-Jul-16

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Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet Aviation Services today announced the appointments of Jim Adams, Arnold Kleiner and Thomas Norton to its board of directors. Helinet is the leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, patient and organ transport and news coverage helicopters and pilots, as well as the largest, most respected charter service on the West Coast. The three directors… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 07-Jul-16

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Company provides alternate helipad for local hospital

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company provides alternate helipad for local hospital

BGE and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) have finalized an agreement to utilize BGE’s Spring Gardens Facility in Baltimore as an alternate landing site for medevac helicopters transporting patients to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). A simulated patient transport, including a test helicopter landing… Read more »

Source: BGE, 02-Jul-16

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Minimal showing from Airbus Helicopters at Farnborough 2016

The following is an extract from an Airbus Group press release and suggest that the helicopter aspects of the Group’s display at Farnborough will be minimal:- The twin-engine H145 will be on static display, representing Airbus Helicopters’ most advanced rotary wing offering, including the latest engines and Helionix advanced avionics suite. The H145, which will… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jul-16

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Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales Air Ambulance to add fourth EC135

Wales is set to have the biggest air ambulance operation in the UK, as its service launches a fourth helicopter.   Wales Air Ambulance will operate its additional aircraft – an EC135 T2e – from Cardiff Heliport. Since its launch in 2001, it has flown 24,000 missions across the country. Its current fleet of three helicopters… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 29-Jun-16

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Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Helipad launched at Sheffield hospital

Today marks the launch of a new state-of-the-art helipad, at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, with funding over £1 million from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland. The site is now fully… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jun-16

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NEMSPA opens nominations for 2016 Pilot of the Year

NEMSPA opens nominations for 2016 Pilot of the Year

As the announcement on the Home Page of the NEMSPA website says, “Each year the National EMS Pilots Association accepts nominations from the nation’s air medical transport community to recognize an EMS Pilot who stands out in the areas of Professionalism, Technical Knowledge, Leadership and dedication to Safety. We invite anyone in the air medical… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-16

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EHAC experts debate on the Future of HEMS in Europe

EHAC experts debate on the Future of HEMS in Europe

“People in medical emergencies – aren’t they our most important motivation?” asked the President of EHAC Stefan Becker at the beginning of the symposium of the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC). More than 50 experts from all parts of Europe discussed the situation and further development of air rescue from 15-16 June 2016… Read more »

Source: EHAC, 28-Jun-16

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First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

First Photo – AW169 for Lincs Notts Air Ambulance in UK

The accompanying photo is the first published image of the new AgustaWestland AW169 for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance in the UK.   This aircraft will replace an MD902 Explorer at their base on the old RAF Waddington military base.  Currently being flown on the Italian test registration I-RAIS, the intended British registration G-LNAC is visible. … Read more »

23-Jun-16

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Rega becomes first European helicopter operator certified by CAMTS

Rega becomes first European helicopter operator certified by CAMTS

The Swiss Air Rescue Rega has been certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) at the end of May 2016, an approval which is valid for three years. Rega is the first European organization that has been certified for medical helicopter and for medically escorted repatriations. “We believe that the verification… Read more »

Source: Rega, 23-Jun-16

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STARS now carries blood for life-saving transfusions

STARS now carries blood for life-saving transfusions

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is the first air medical program in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions. Manitoba Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Kelvin Goertzen visited the STARS Winnipeg base today to announce the new service offered by STARS in Manitoba. “A prompt response can mean… Read more »

Source: STARS, 22-Jun-16

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Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today with its distributor Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Kagoshima Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the autumn of 2016. This latest purchase is part of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-16

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Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Two helicopters from Helinet Aviation Services will participate in the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 18, at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. The show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation event designed to demonstrate to the public, media and community officials the vital and diverse roles of rotary aviation. American… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 19-Jun-16

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California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (“CALSTAR”), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement, REACH… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Jun-16

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Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance has moved into the charity’s first owned home, after a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.  The service has transferred the EC135 from its previous southern base at Swansea Airport and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-16

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Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health System today announced a new partnership that will bring lifesaving helicopter transportation to the Gulf Coast area. Effective today, the Ochsner Flight Care Program, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will base a helicopter at Ocean Springs Hospital and will be available to provide emergency air transport for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Ochsner, 15-Jun-16

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has recently confirmed the completion of its 25,000th mission, a massive achievement.  In reaching this total, it has three AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters and night support by road.  No figure has been released for how many of the 25,000 missions were by road, and how many by air. The landmark call… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

After the successful commissioning of the first five H145 helicopters with HEMS equipment from Bucher, DRF Luftrettung has now placed an order for two more AC70 HEMS kits. The innovative equipment has been designed and developed in close cooperation with users. The ergonomic and flexible design of the equipment is very popular in the market…. Read more »

Source: Bucher, 14-Jun-16

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HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

The emergency helicopter landing pad at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway has had a state-of-the-art upgrade thanks to a £40,000 donation from the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal – the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads. NHS Western Isles received the surprise cash injection from the HELP… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Jun-16

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AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 13-Jun-16

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FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

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