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LifeFlight Expands to York County

LifeFlight Expands to York County

LifeFlight of Maine is now also operating out of the Sanford Airport in order to cover the York County area. They will be operational 12 hours a day, but hope to increase that number to 24 hours, reports WABI.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

John Larter, a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, is currently under investigation after going to the media with complaints about the takeover of the company by Toll Group. He has explained his displeasure with the decision to let go two pilots who have collectively 30 years’ experience and states that new pilots won’t have the experience… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

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Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 22-Mar-17

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded thirty-two years ago that provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that it has completed the process to secure its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Part 135 Operating Certificate.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, Boston MedFlight completed its first patient transport under the… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 21-Mar-17

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s leading helicopter air ambulance provider, is now the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Maintenance Award. The FAA’s St. Louis Flight District Standards Office presented the award on Tuesday, March 14 at the Air Evac Lifeteam corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo. Seth Myers, president… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Mar-17

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139 rescue helicopters have hit a snag in Northern New South Wales, as they are too large for the helipads, causing an excess downwash. These helicopters are now unable to land at eight of the regional helipads. Adam Marshalls, Northern Tablelands MP, has commented how he is perplexed at how health management did not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

DHART Welcomes New Helicopter

DHART Welcomes New Helicopter

Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Advance Response Team (DHART) has recently added a new EC-135 helicopter to their team. Costing $6 million, the craft has the latest safety features and instruments. As well has having an extra 180 pounds of lift, the helicopter can hold more fuel, making its flight time much longer, reports WCAX.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Queen’s Medical Centre has finally received approval for the construction of a helipad. Currently, air ambulances are landing on the sports fields of University of Nottingham and then transported to the hospital via road ambulance. The use of a helipad will cut transfer times from 20 minutes to 2 minutes, reports West Brigford Wire.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work has started on a £1m helipad at Aintree University Hospital funded by the HELP Appeal, which will give seriously injured patients arriving by air ambulances immediate access to the Emergency Department and specialist treatment . This new helipad will serve patients from across Cheshire and Merseyside, and will reduce transfer time for patients in… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Mar-17

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Second Irish Base for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Second Irish Base for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland has chosen Enniskillen’s St. Angelo Airport as their second base. Michelle O’Neill, Health Minister, has commented that they hope the service will be up and running within 12 weeks. The Department of Health is supplying the funds for this service, as well as Air Ambulance Northern Ireland raising £2 million yearly…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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Web Manuals flies in to support ADAC Luftrettung

Web Manuals flies in to support ADAC Luftrettung

Web Manuals Sweden AB, developer of digital documentation solutions for the aviation industry, is having an early start to Heli Expo by signing German emergency medical helicopter service, ADAC Luftrettung, as its latest helicopter customer. ADAC Luftrettung, widely known as the pioneer of air rescue in Germany and having flown more than 900,000 missions since… Read more »

Source: Web Manuals, 09-Mar-17

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NNK Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

NNK Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

–Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signing of a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s by Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd. (NNK). The two new aircraft will be delivered later this year and will be used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). NNK purchased its first Bell Helicopter, a Bell 47G-2… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Mar-17

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Able Delivers 100th Flight Deck Upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam

Able Delivers 100th Flight Deck Upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has delivered its 100th state-of-the-art flight deck upgrade for Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air ambulance service in the U.S. Completed for a mixed fleet of Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters, the upgrade ensures that Air… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 09-Mar-17

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Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

On the opening day of the Heliexpo 2017 exhibition, Thales has unveiled the smallest lightest autopilot in the market. The Thales Compact Autopilot opens up the use of autopilot systems to all sizes of rotorcraft. System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators.   Advanced helicopter autopilots have long been considered cumbersome and costly systems for the rotorcraft industry. Heavy and expensive, they have been almost exclusively used in the twin-heavy segment, and on the most high-end platforms…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas, including: firefighting,… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 09-Mar-17

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Aintree University Hospital Starts Helipad Construction

Aintree University Hospital Starts Helipad Construction

Aintree University Hospital has started construction of their recently approved helipad. Coming to a cost of £1 million, the new helipad is expected to be finished by the summer. BAM Construction are building the new landing area, reports Good News Liverpool. The news of a helipad has been met with much enthusiasm, from both medical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-17

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Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 08-Mar-17

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REACH places first-ever order for Airbus H125s

REACH places first-ever order for Airbus H125s

REACH Air Medical Services, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, has placed an order for five new Airbus H125s, marking the first time the company has turned to an Airbus Helicopters aircraft for its single-engine platform solution. The company selected the H125 after requesting a high-altitude demonstration and “fly-off” of the Airbus H125 and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-17

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STAT MedEvac to be first US air medical team to operate Helionix-equipped H135s

STAT MedEvac to be first US air medical team to operate Helionix-equipped H135s

STAT MedEvac will soon be the first air medical transport service in North America to operate Airbus H135 helicopters equipped with Helionix, an innovative and powerful avionics system. The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport team has placed orders with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for three new H135s to replace older aircraft in its fleet, with delivery scheduled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-17

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Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

Milestone lease AW169 to HeliKorea

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has leased a Leonardo AW169 to HeliKorea to accelerate its expansion into Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations in South Korea. The helicopter was sourced from Milestone’s order book with the manufacturer. “We are excited to begin this new partnership with… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 07-Mar-17

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Germany extends TBO on PW206B2 engine

Germany extends TBO on PW206B2 engine

German EMS provider DRF Luftrettung is poised to significantly extend time on wing for its fleet of 17 H135P2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206B2 engine. Germany’s aviation authority, Luftfahrt Bundesamt, has approved the extension of the TBO on DRF Luftrettung’s engines from 4,000 hours to 4,500 hours on all… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 07-Mar-17

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12 AW139s start EMS ops in Australia with Donaldson inlet barrier filters

12 AW139s start EMS ops in Australia with Donaldson inlet barrier filters

Twelve new AW139 air medical helicopters – all equipped with Donaldson AW139 Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) – have entered service in Australia, joining numerous other air operators that already use the advanced filter to keep their aircraft flying at peak performance. Two new operators – Toll Helicopters and Hunter Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Services… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 07-Mar-17

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New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

North Flight Aero Med in Traverse City now has a new hangar. The new hangar has been met with great enthusiasm, especially as it will save time during emergency situations. Not only does it have space for helicopters, it is well equipped for staff as it has beds available as well as space for equipment. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-17

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Life Flight Network to station H135 at Newport Municipal Airport

Life Flight Network to station H135 at Newport Municipal Airport

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, announced it is opening a new rotor-wing base in Newport, OR, to be operational in the next 60-90 days. The rotary wing aircraft will provide ICU level care while in the air, serving Lincoln, Lane, Tillamook, Polk, and Benton counties, and… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 06-Mar-17

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Milestone Aviation to lease two AW139s to Norsk Luftambulanse

Milestone Aviation to lease two AW139s to Norsk Luftambulanse

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it will provide two AW139 helicopters from its order book with Leonardo Helicopters to Norsk Luftambulanse AS (“NLA”) to support emergency medical services (HEMS) in Norway. In July, Norway’s National Air Ambulance Service awarded NLA with a six-year contract (with a… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 06-Mar-17

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Air Evac Adds Seven Frasca Bell 206/407 Advanced Aviation Training Devices

Air Evac Adds Seven Frasca Bell 206/407 Advanced Aviation Training Devices

Frasca International has sold seven Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs) for the Bell 206/407 series helicopters to Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) provider in the United States. The seven AATDs will be used by Air Evac to provide recurrent flight training for 600 pilots every four months, on… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 06-Mar-17

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Maxcraft Avionics Receives STC for Category “A” Urban Operations from Ground Level and Elevated Heliports

Maxcraft Avionics Receives STC for Category “A” Urban Operations from Ground Level and Elevated Heliports

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announced that they have received Transport Canada STC SH16-53 for Category “A” Urban Operations from Ground Level and Elevated Heliports. Sikorsky S76C+/C++ aircraft equipped with this STC can achieve operational approval for takeoff and landings at H1 designated heliports. Multiple Canadian EMS rotorcraft operators faced suspension of H1 heliport operations at critical… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 06-Mar-17

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Prince County Hospital Helipad Repaired

Prince County Hospital Helipad Repaired

The helipad at Prince County Hospital has been under repairs and upgrades since 2016 and is finally complete, coming to a cost of $200,000. The overall landing surface was enlarged, with perimeter lighting and obstruction lights installed, as well as the helipad markings being repainted. They also replaced the fence lines and allocated a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

The Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City will soon receive three new MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters for their air rescues and emergency services on Lake Superior. They currently have four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters that have been in service since 1990, which will be sent to other air stations in the country. The Jayhawk has anti-icing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-17

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Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the completion of the first fully customized aircraft from its new European state-of-the-art Customization and Delivery Center located in Prague. The customer, Air Transport Europe of Slovakia, recently accepted three newly customized Bell 429 EMS configured aircraft at Bell Helicopter’s delivery center in Prague. The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

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Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017. This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-17

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Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana’s Senate has sanctioned a bill, the Senate Bill 44, which allows patients to only pay co-payments and insurance deductibles after the use of an air ambulance. The remaining cost will be split between insurance companies and air ambulance providers. The bill was created when it was brought to light how exorbitant the costs of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

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Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety, 13-Feb-17

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance unveils new brand identity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance unveils new brand identity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) today unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with the charity’s 10 year anniversary. Since the charity’s first operational flight in 2007, the service that the Air Ambulance provides to the community has evolved considerably and the new brand identity will reflect these changes. Central to the… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 13-Feb-17

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Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) was the first civilian EMS helicopter service in the U.S. to use Night Vision Goggles (NVG).  Metro Aviation was the first air medical operator to equip its entire fleet with NVG’s. Innovation attracts innovation and it only makes sense that the two companies would eventually work together.  Metro recently welcomed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Feb-17

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Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

North Mississippi Medical Centre’s Careflight has recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Over the years they have had interesting cases and locations. From landing at a cemetery to a front yard, they have been busy. Al Wright, a paramedic who has flown with Careflight since 1987, has stated how joining the flight crew back then was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Sir John Day takes over from outgoing chairman Noel Dobbs with immediate effect.The former Air Chief Marshall and Commander-In-Chief Strike Command of the Royal Air Force has more recently served as BAE System’s Senior Military Adviser and has been a Trustee on the board of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2016. Retiring… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance, 08-Feb-17

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Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

The Russian Government has agreed to allocate 3.3 billion rubles out of the 2017 federal budget to the development of air ambulance services in 34 regions. Together with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) they will help with the construction of one helipad atop a hospital in each region. They hope to achieve that goal by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group, a provider of aviation support services to the United States Department of Defense, has achieved medical transport accreditation. Servicing the US military, AAR Airlift Group plays an essential role in providing life saving medical transport services in austere environments. Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, NAAMTA (National… Read more »

Source: AAR Airlift Group, 03-Feb-17

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Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety Ombudsman, 02-Feb-17

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NAAMTA Welcomes New Medical Director

NAAMTA Welcomes New Medical Director

It is with great excitement that we announce the appointment of Matthew H. Evenhouse, MD, FACEP, as NAAMTA’s Medical Director. Dr. Evenhouse joins the NAAMTA team as an accomplished clinician with a commitment to excellence and extensive experience in air medical services. A cum laude graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he went on… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 02-Feb-17

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Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Aviation has experienced steady growth over the last 35 years, but has remained committed to supporting its existing customers first and foremost.  That commitment has led to three new employees over the past two years that serve to directly support Metro’s family of operations customers.  Metro is proud to welcome Holly Weber as the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Feb-17

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Over 1,000 life-threatening calls for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Over 1,000 life-threatening calls for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, which responds to life-threatening emergency calls across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, undertook 1,009 missions during 2016 – 95 more than the previous year. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service responds to some of the most serious incidents across the two counties including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, farming, industrial & agricultural… Read more »

Source: Lincs Notts Air Ambulance, 31-Jan-17

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Canadian Helicopters renews Nova Scotia EMS contract

Canadian Helicopters renews Nova Scotia EMS contract

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today the extension of the Emergency Health Services (“EHS”) LifeFlight air ambulance helicopter services contract with the Province of Nova Scotia. HNZ, operating under the brand Canadian Helicopters, will continue to support EHS through an amended agreement…. Read more »

Source: HNZ, 31-Jan-17

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REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Air Medical Services announces the planned opening of its critical care air ambulance base in Murrieta, California with service starting in April, 2017. The base will be located at the French Valley Airport and provide 24/7 air medical transports to the local community and surrounding region. For 30 years, REACH has served patients needing… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 31-Jan-17

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DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

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 aircrafts for worldwide repatriation of patients. In 2016 DRF Luftrettung was called 38,023 times to rescue missions… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Jan-17

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Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Lieutenant Commander Richard Lightfoot and Petty Officer Alan Speed were awarded for their extraordinary work they did last year. The two Royal Navy rescue workers saved 12 people from a bus that was in turmoil during the floods of Storm Frank. Awarded by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lt Cdr Lightfoot received an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam’s continued commitment to safety was recently validated by the FAA when its Safety Management System was awarded the designation of “Active Conformance.” This is the highest status a SMS can achieve. Tom Baldwin, Air Evac Lifeteam’s SMS manager, said the company’s Safety Management System is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventive approach to… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Jan-17

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Growth prompts management restructure for Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Growth prompts management restructure for Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Exponential growth over the last several years is fueling a management restructuring for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, which will increase the program’s director or management positions to better handle current and future growth. Vanderbilt LifeFlight, which has more than 175 employees, provides critical care air transport, as well as ground ambulance and event medical services. It has… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 24-Jan-17

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Police Aviation News – January 2017 Edition

  The January 2017 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here    

Source: Police Aviation News, 23-Jan-17

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Police Aviation News – December 2016 Edition

  The December 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 23-Jan-17

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Aintree University Hospital Receives Helipad Approval

Aintree University Hospital Receives Helipad Approval

Aintree University Hospital has received approval for the construction of a helipad. The helipad, costing £1 million, has been funded by the charity HELP Appeal. There are conditions they have to adhere to though, such as taking measures to ensure noise reduction in residential areas, reports Liverpool Echo. The helipad will save valuable time for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-17

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Airwork Upgrade of STARS BK117 fleet to meet Transport Canada H1 Helipad requirements

Airwork Upgrade of STARS BK117 fleet to meet Transport Canada H1 Helipad requirements

Airwork has signed an agreement with STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) Canada to upgrade three of their eight BK117-B2’s to BK117-850D2’s. The first aircraft upgrade has been carried out and it is anticipated that the next two will be completed during January. The aircraft upgrade involves removing the LTS101-750B1 engines and installing LTS101- 850B2… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 18-Jan-17

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Mom, RV adventurer makes Air Force Reserve Rescue history

Mom, RV adventurer makes Air Force Reserve Rescue history

Individuals start businesses, build monuments and create beautiful artwork to gain recognition and to kick start their own legacies. However, sometimes people do amazing things that were never a part of their agenda to begin with. Citizen Airman Maj. Jennifer Orton is one of those people. Most days she spends her time caring for her… Read more »

Source: 920th Rescue Wing, 18-Jan-17

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Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Airbus has delivered a brand new H135 to Hiratagakuen. Upon delivery, the helicopter will be deployed for emergency medical service (EMS) operations for the Nara Prefecture from February onwards. It will be the first time that the H135 is used for such EMS operations in Japan. “We have been operating an earlier version of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

East Prawle will have a helipad for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) to use thanks to the HELP appeal and local fundraising. The Appeal donated £5,600 towards the East Prawle site, contributing to the £8,000 raised by the local community. This donation means that more of the money raised by the Prowl Fair, private donations and… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 17-Jan-17

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Night-Lit Emergency Helicopter Landing Sites Programme Reaches Phase II

Night-Lit Emergency Helicopter Landing Sites Programme Reaches Phase II

Following the successful operation of four temporary night-lit emergency helipads across Herefordshire and Shropshire, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has announced it is now rolling out further temporary night-lit sites in the counties, to enable a greater number of patients in urgent need of medical attention reach the hospitals best suited for their specific injuries. The… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 16-Jan-17

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Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 to the Department of Health, Puerto Rico. The aircraft is configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and equipped to conduct medical rescue missions throughout the region. “The Bell 429 has proven its capabilities in a number of mission… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 16-Jan-17

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AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters. The training was performed in Squamish, British Columbia and provided Ground Training as well as Technical Ground and Flight Training. Blackcomb Helicopters Chief Pilot, Geoff Doran commented, “We are very grateful to AH+RT for the comprehensive and professional Hoist Training Course.   They did a great… Read more »

Source: Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC, 13-Jan-17

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First Time Aerospace and Operational Physiology Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2017

First Time Aerospace and Operational Physiology Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2017

A vital, one of a kind lifesaving course on flight physiology for helicopter operators to be offered at this year’s Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The course, taught by one of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, Dr. Dudley Crosson, will focus on the latest research and developments on some old, some not-so-old, and in many… Read more »

Source: Delta P, 11-Jan-17

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Midlands Air Ambulance trial taking blood products on scene

Midlands Air Ambulance trial taking blood products on scene

Birmingham-based researchers are conducting a ground-breaking new study to investigate the effectiveness of giving patients blood products immediately after a major injury – before they reach hospital. Currently when patients have been injured and are bleeding, either clear fluids or blood products may be used to replace lost blood en-route to hospital – but the… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 11-Jan-17

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Record Year for Monroe County Trauma Star Program

Record Year for Monroe County Trauma Star Program

Trauma Star ended 2016 by transporting four critically injured people from a collision at Mile Marker 16 to Miami. This marked the end of a record year. They were able to fly 528 patients in 2016 alone, breaking the old record of 397 a year. 114 of the flights were trauma related, 18 were heart… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Cost Split

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Cost Split

Northern Ireland’s annual cost of their air ambulance, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), will be split in half. Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that the health service will cover £1 million and Air Ambulance NI, the service’s official charity partner, will cover the remaining £1 million, reports The Irish News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

With the challenge of further improving of the technologies that are already saving many human lives today and the development of new operative and training solutions to make helicopter rescue more efficient and the deployment of rescue personnel safer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica together with the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-Jan-17

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UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

Everett Aviation has announced the award of a major new contract to provide helicopter medevac services to the UK Ministry of Defence for the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). At peak periods the contract will engage three of Everett’s BK117 helicopters in medevac configuration. The contract is for three (3) years, with an… Read more »

02-Jan-17

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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

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Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Doctor Paul Gill, from Alexandra Marine & General Hospital has gone before the local council saying that the hospital wastes too much time transferring emergency cases to the airport in order for them to have access to a larger hospital. He suggested that a helipad be built in the field opposite Cambria Road, next to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center provides a hands-on environment for communication specialists.  Training includes both inter-facility and scene transfers, multiple aircraft requests, map reading, flight following and more.  Several communication centers have realized the immense benefits of the CommLab and are planning to send their communication specialists to classes in 2017. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-16

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Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

East Anglia Air Ambulance is the recipient of a rare Ferrari donation. They will sell the car at the Imperial War Museum on March 29 2017 in Duxford. It will be part of the H&H Classics sales, which consists of historic motorcycles and cars. EAAA hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to fund… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital will soon begin construction of the overhaul of their helipad so that it can handle the new larger capacity helicopters. The new helicopters that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will implement in 2018 will weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. The WA Government has gathered $7 million for the new helipad, reports ABC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County is looking into purchasing a third Trauma Star helicopter as the continuity of business with LifeNet is being questioned. The privately operated air ambulance has a contract with Monroe County’s Lower Keys Hospital, which started in 2007 but ends March 1 2017. LifeNet has received pressure to lower their prices of $50, 000… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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