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Police Aviation News – January 2016 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 05-Jan-16

EASA approves Aerolite medical interior for AW169

EASA approves Aerolite medical interior for AW169

Aerolite has announced today that EASA have issued STC approval for an AW169 air medical interior.  The actual approval was completed in December 2015, but Aerolite have not stated if it was their delay in broadcasting the news, or EASA being slow with the paperwork. The STC is for the first of a family of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-16

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Air Methods expands relationship with North Mississippi Medical Center

Air Methods expands relationship with North Mississippi Medical Center

Area residents’ access to air medical services will be enhanced through a new agreement between North Mississippi Medical Center and Air Methods that will go into effect in 2016. The agreement will include combining NMMC’s CareFlight medical helicopter service based at Tupelo Regional Airport, Air Methods’ base at Winona/Montgomery County Airport and a new base… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Jan-16

Eagle Asset Management raises stake in Air Methods to 5.64%

Eagle Asset Management raises stake in Air Methods to 5.64%

Eagle Asset Management boosted its stake in shares of Air Methods Corp (NASDAQ:AIRM) by 272.1% during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). See Full Story

Source: Dakota Financial News, 05-Jan-16

Four H135s for EMS work in Poland takes fleet to 27

Four H135s for EMS work in Poland takes fleet to 27

Poland’s public air medical rescue operator LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) has received four new H135 (formerly known as EC135P3) helicopters to extend its Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations in Poland. This latest delivery brings the total H135 LPR fleet to 27 units. Prior to this on-time and on-quality delivery of four new H135s, an… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Jan-16

AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland parent company Finmeccanica have surprised most industry observers by getting rid of the AgustaWestland name – with group chief Mauro Moretti announcing that all companies will be renamed with the Finmeccanica name. The formal launch of the corporate and legal activities in preparation for implementation of the group’s new organizational and operational model dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-16

Second Director of Transport Business Services appointed at Metro Aviation

Second Director of Transport Business Services appointed at Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation is committed to their customers’ success and is expanding their value-added services with the hiring of a second Director of Transport Business Services. This additional position will further provide the necessary support for Metro’s operational customers in order to continuously improve their operational and financial success. Metro is welcoming Becky Ross to the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Jan-16

Mercy Life Line upgrades GPS

Mercy Life Line upgrades GPS

With a fleet of the most technologically-advanced medical helicopters in the region, Mercy has made yet another upgrade to respond to more patients in more weather conditions. Three years ago, Mercy unveiled its first three EC 135 P2+ helicopters to serve southwest Missouri. Equipped with weather radar, auto pilot, terrain awareness and global positioning satellite… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Jan-16

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Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

We are trialling a brain scanner in the pre-hospital environment, to detect on scene for potentially life-threatening head injuries. The Infrascanner works by detecting blood clots on the brain, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of potentially life-threatening injuries. Early diagnosis will speed up the patient’s access to any further treatment that they may… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 04-Jan-16

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2016 MedEvac Foundation SMTA Scholarship – applications due in under 5 weeks

2016 MedEvac Foundation SMTA Scholarship – applications due in under 5 weeks

SMTA provides formal continuing education for individuals (and their organizations) interested in improving their understanding of safety systems theory and the application of that theory to the practice of medical transportation. Students will gain expertise and practical skills through formal didactic and participatory sessions designed to instill creative thinking and decision-making. Participants also obtain valuable… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 03-Jan-16

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HeliHub.com Christmas break

HeliHub.com Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-15

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UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

UK – Police and Air Ambulance base at Almondsbury goes to judicial review

A PROPOSED helicopter base in Almondsbury could have its planning permission quashed following a judicial review brought forward by nearby residents. See Full Story  

Source: Gazette, 14-Dec-15

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Hennepin County Medical Center adds helipad

Hennepin County Medical Center adds helipad

Hennepin County Medical Center broke ground on their new clinic and specialty building Nov. 12 on the 700 block of South Eighth St. The 377,000 square feet, $220.8 million project is expected to receive its first patient in January 2018.See Full Story

Source: The Northerner, 11-Dec-15

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East Anglian Air Ambulance marks 15 years

East Anglian Air Ambulance marks 15 years

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is celebrating it’s 15th birthday.See full story.

Source: KL.FM 96.7, 10-Dec-15

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Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Bell renews Amarillo lease for three years

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport extends Bell Helicopter’s lease for three more years with an option to renews that five more times in the future.See full story.

Source: Myhighplains, 10-Dec-15

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Ornge and STARS collaborate on snowmobile safety initiative

Ornge and STARS collaborate on snowmobile safety initiative

– STARS and Ornge air ambulance services are partnering to raise awareness of snowmobile safety in an effort to reduce snowmobile related injuries and fatalities in Canada this winter season. The partnership marks the first time two air ambulance services in Canada have jointly promoted safe riding. Since 2013, Ornge has transported more than 140… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 09-Dec-15

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Flight paths checked for proposed Royal Hobart Hospital helipad

Flight paths checked for proposed Royal Hobart Hospital helipad

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has simulated successful aeromedical retrievals to the Royal Hobart Hospital this morning as part of preparations for the construction of the new K-Block helipad next year. See Full Story

Source: The Mercury, 09-Dec-15

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Metro Aviation Marketing Director wins Under 40 award

Metro Aviation Marketing Director wins Under 40 award

Forty young professionals under the age of 40 were honored at the 9th Annual Northwest Louisiana Young Professionals Initiative Gala on December 5th at the Shreveport Convention Center. The 40 Under 40 Award recipients are recognized for their personal achievement, experience, innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement. Outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Dec-15

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Australian Helicopters extends and expands South Australia contract

Australian Helicopters extends and expands South Australia contract

Australian Helicopters has been awarded an extension to continue its partnership with the Government of South Australia in operating the State Rescue Helicopter Service. Police Minister Tony Piccolo said the three-year extension will ensure the SRHS continues to operate and support the critical public safety needs of the South Australia community. Our helicopter service is… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 07-Dec-15

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NSW Government funds Condobolin helipad

NSW Government funds Condobolin helipad

The Nationals Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries says a helipad at Condobolin hospital in central-west New South Wales will help link the district with more specialist services.See full story.

Source: ABC News, 07-Dec-15

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$32K donation to Klickitat Valley Hospital helipad fund

$32K donation to Klickitat Valley Hospital helipad fund

The KVH Memorial Foundation presented a check for $32,000 to CEO Leslie Hiebert and the KVH Commissioners for the Helipad construction fund at the hospital. The donation comes from money raised during the past two Black Tie & Blue Jeans Dinner and Auction events that were sponsored by the Memorial Foundation. “The Foundation Board worked… Read more »

Source: Klickitat, 03-Dec-15

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$32K donation to Klickitat Valley Hospital helipad fund

$32K donation to Klickitat Valley Hospital helipad fund

The KVH Memorial Foundation presented a check for $32,000 to CEO Leslie Hiebert and the KVH Commissioners for the Helipad construction fund at the hospital. See Full Story

Source: KVH, 03-Dec-15

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Boost for Sigatoka District Hospital helipad plan in Fiji

Boost for Sigatoka District Hospital helipad plan in Fiji

PLANS to establish a helipad at the Sigatoka District Hospital received a major boost when resorts along the Coral Coast and industry stakeholders raised more than $70,000 last Saturday during a charity golf event and raffle held at the Natadola Bay Golf Course. See Full Story

Source: Fiji Times, 03-Dec-15

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Rega orders three AW169s

Rega orders three AW169s

AgustaWestland announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has placed an order for three AW169 light intermediate twin-engine and one GrandNew light twin-engine helicopters which will join the current fleet of a GrandNew and nine single-pilot configured Da Vinci helicopters. The aircraft will perform emergency medical service and search and rescue missions (EMS/SAR) all over Switzerland,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Dec-15

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Police Aviation News – December 2015 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been awarded for the significant impact it has made to the region at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, held in Reading on Thursday 19 November 2015. Winning ‘Charity of the Year’, sponsored by James Cowper Kreston, the Charity demonstrated to the judges outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries,… Read more »

Source: TVAA, 30-Nov-15

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AirLife 6 welcomed at Covington Municipal Airport

AirLife 6 welcomed at Covington Municipal Airport

AirLife 6, an emergency medical helicopter operated by AirMethods Corporation, has taken up residence at the Covington Municipal Airport, and the community welcomed it with an open house last week at the airport. See Full Story

Source: Rockdale Citizen, 30-Nov-15

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Northern Lights Regional Health Centre helipad delayed again

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre helipad delayed again

The construction of a helipad on the roof of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre is delayed again. See Full Story

Source: Fortmcmurray Today, 30-Nov-15

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Frasca Delivers Bell 206 FTD with TruCue™ to Air Evac Lifeteam

Frasca Delivers Bell 206 FTD with TruCue™ to Air Evac Lifeteam

FRASCA International, Inc., Urbana, IL has delivered a Bell 206L Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Air Evac Lifeteam in O’Fallon, Missouri. The Level 7 FTD includes Garmin G500H, Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS, HTAWS, and Garmin GTN650. It will also feature Frasca’s high-fidelity NVG simulation for the ultimate realism and accuracy in NVG training and… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 27-Nov-15

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Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) held an open house, offering a tour of their MedFlight hanger and helicopter on Nov. 14.See full story.

Source: Collier Citizen, 27-Nov-15

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AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), in cooperation with helicopter manufacturers Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter, announces its commitment to the installation of Crash Resistant Fuel Systems (CRFS) in all new aircraft and equipping current aircraft with CRFS as those products become available. Our members are proud to partner with Bell Helicopter and Airbus on this… Read more »

Source: AMOA, 26-Nov-15

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Houston County restarts EMS service with Air Evac Lifeteam

Houston County restarts EMS service with Air Evac Lifeteam

Christmas came a little early for Houston County residents.See full story.

Source: KSLA News, 26-Nov-15

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance submits outline plans for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is progressing its plans to move onto a single base from where both helicopter operations and all charity functions can be run.  WAA has confirmed they have  submitted an Outline Planning Application to Wiltshire Council for its proposals at a 12.6 acre (5.1 hectare) site on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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India – Two government-funded hospitals to get helipads

India – Two government-funded hospitals to get helipads

Two recently set-up and government-funded hospitals in India are to have emergency helipads added to their facilities.  The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the cities of Bhubaneswar and Raipur (the state capitals of Odisha and Chhattisgarh respectively)  will have the landing facilities added in the next financial year as they are not… Read more »

24-Nov-15

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East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

ETMC’s Air 1 program is celebrating a milestone with 30 years of service to East Texas. The first flight was December 1985 with a transport of a burn patient to Dallas. ETMC Air 1 has served East Texans by providing emergency helicopter transport for victims of car accidents and cardiac and stroke patients, as well… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 23-Nov-15

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Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance doctor wins Lifetime Achievement award

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance doctor wins Lifetime Achievement award

Almost 350 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community on Monday night at the National Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2015. Award hosts, BBC News presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding handed out 11 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The… Read more »

Source: Lincs and Notts, 23-Nov-15

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London’s Air Ambulance app wins award

London’s Air Ambulance app wins award

Last night we collected two key awards at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2015. Our life-saving dispatch app, developed in partnership with EE and Mubaloo, won the ‘Innovation’ category and Consultant, Dr Gareth Grier, won ‘Doctor of the Year’. We were also runner up in three other categories. Air ambulances from across the UK… Read more »

Source: LAA, 23-Nov-15

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New CEO at Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

New CEO at Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

A new Chief Executive Officer will soon be leading the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust. Karen Jobling will soon take over the helm of our Charity. Our long serving CEO, Peter Aldrick, who has overseen the successful expansion and development of the life-saving service during the past 16 years, will retire in mid-January… Read more »

Source: Lincs And Notts, 20-Nov-15

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STARS and NJ State Police sign long-term AW139 training contracts

STARS and NJ State Police sign long-term AW139 training contracts

AgustaWestland announced today that long term training service contracts have been signed with customers operating AW139 intermediate twin helicopters in the United States and Canada. Signing a five year training contract, helicopter emergency medical services provider STARS, operating three AW139s throughout Western Canada, is extending its agreement with AgustaWestland to provide recurrent training for its… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Nov-15

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RACQ Careflight completes first AW139 mission

RACQ Careflight completes first AW139 mission

RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s Brisbane-based crew completed its first mission on board the new AgustaWestland 139 (AW139) helicopter today. “After six weeks of intensive crew training, the AW139 helicopter officially became operational this morning,” CareFlight Operations Manager Matt O’Rourke said. The milestone flight was a hospital transfer for a 65-year-old woman suffering a cardiac condition. “A… Read more »

Source: RACQ CareFlight, 18-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

18-Nov-15

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Maine – Helipad approved for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

Maine – Helipad approved for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

The Planning Board Monday approved a joint project of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and LifeFlight of Maine to create a helicopter pad in the hospital parking lot behind Liros Gallery. See Full Story

Source: The Ellsworth American, 16-Nov-15

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Westpac confirms Tasmania EMS helicopter sponsorship to 2017

Westpac confirms Tasmania EMS helicopter sponsorship to 2017

With Tasmania’s summer bush walking season fast approaching and an increase in boating activities, police are reminding bush walkers and boaters to be prepared.See Full Story

Source: Sky news, 16-Nov-15

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Calgary hospital helipad named after STARS founder

Calgary hospital helipad named after STARS founder

The heliport at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) will be officially named the Dr. Gregory Powell Helipad in recognition of Dr. Powell’s role as founder of STARS air ambulance and the STARS Foundation, and his exemplary service over a 35-year career. Since retiring as STARS President and CEO in March 2012, Dr. Powell continues to volunteer… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 12-Nov-15

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance plan new operational base

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance plan new operational base

Nearly 100 people have attended an exhibition showing plans for a new air ambulance base in Paddock Wood. See full story.

Source: Kent Online, 12-Nov-15

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Cascade Valley Hospital builds helipad

Cascade Valley Hospital builds helipad

Local patients in critical condition will soon be able to be airlifted to Cascade Valley Hospital instead of taking ambulances there.See full story.

Source: North County Outlook, 12-Nov-15

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NSW Morgue to be demolished so helipad can be built

NSW Morgue to be demolished so helipad can be built

An old morgue at Condobolin Hospital in central-west New South Wales is being demolished to make way for a helipad aimed at fast-tracking patients.See full story.

Source: ABC News, 11-Nov-15

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Valley Med Flight open new base at Roseau

Valley Med Flight open new base at Roseau

Patients in need of urgent care in northwestern Minnesota will no longer need to wait for a medical flight from Grand Forks or Bemidji to take them to a hospital.See full story.

Source: Grand Forks Herald, 11-Nov-15

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Helipad from day one at new Saskatchewan hospital

Helipad from day one at new Saskatchewan hospital

A new hospital has officially opened in Moose Jaw that features a helicopter pad, a hyperbaric chamber and the first permanent MRI scanner outside Regina and Saskatoon. See Full Story

Source: CTV News, 09-Nov-15

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U-M Survival Flight wins international title

U-M Survival Flight wins international title

If you think caring for severely injured patients is hard work, imagine doing it 2,000 feet above the ground and at 175 miles per hour. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, perform all of those same caring techniques in front of hundreds of fellow medical professionals, video crews, and of course, judges. U-M Survival… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Nov-15

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UK – HELP Appeal pledges $1 Million for Manchester hospital helipad

UK – HELP Appeal pledges $1 Million for Manchester hospital helipad

The HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to delivering helicopter landing pads at all Major Trauma Centers and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland – has pledged £1 million to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) Charity’s new helipad appeal. A huge kick start to its fundraising campaign,… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 06-Nov-15

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Tri-State Care Flight sold for $222 Million

Tri-State Care Flight sold for $222 Million

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tri-State Care Flight (“Tri-State”) for $222.5 million. Tri-State generated net revenue of $81.5 million for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2014. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by Air Methods’… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Nov-15

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Era Group Announces Q3 2015 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Announces Q3 2015 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release third quarter 2015 financial results after the market closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 5, 2015, to begin at 10:00… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 04-Nov-15

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Police Aviation News – November 2015 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Nov-15

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Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics to add a helipad

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics to add a helipad

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is getting a new helistop in hopes of cutting down transportation times for patients who need critical care. See Full Story

Source: Herald Net, 02-Nov-15

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Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center’s air ambulance service serves a widely-dispersed population in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota from its Sioux Falls location and, as with any emergency response organization, timeliness and precise information are critical components to its success.  That’s why Avera McKennan’s aviation operation has chosen to team… Read more »

Source: Baldwin Aviation, 29-Oct-15

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Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation will welcome a new operations customer in November.  Metro and Cooper University Health Care are partnering to launch a new air medical service throughout seven counties of southern New Jersey. “Cooper Air Med is a crucial part of Cooper’s emergency medical services continuum,” said Steven E. Ross, MD, FACS, FCCM, Vice Chairman, Department… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Oct-15

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Spectrum Aeromed named in Entrepreneur award list

Spectrum Aeromed named in Entrepreneur award list

Spectrum Aeromed was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Spectrum Aeromed is recognized as a company that exemplifies growth, not just in top and… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 29-Oct-15

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Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

HeliHub.com was the first media outlet to confirm that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance were going to update from their Bo105 to the larger EC135 helicopter, in our article on 22nd September, the day after the EC135 was registered by the Civil Aviation Authority as G-SCAA.  What we can now reveal is the colour scheme of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

The new Airbus Helicopters H135 G-HIOW was delivered to Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance at Thruxton on Saturday 24th October, and is currently working alongside the previous EC135T2 G-KRNW – which in turn is better known for the time it spent in Cornwall. G-HIOW is seen photographed here (and © Copyright 2015) by Keith C… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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Lombardia Capital Partners quadruples investment in Air Methods

Lombardia Capital Partners quadruples investment in Air Methods

Lombardia Capital Partners Llc increased its stake in Air Methodsoration (NASDAQ:AIRM) by 304.19% based on its latest Q3 2015 regulatory filing with the SEC. See Full Story

Source: Financial Magazin, 27-Oct-15

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Herts Air Ambulance opens its first charity shop

Herts Air Ambulance opens its first charity shop

Christmas shoppers in Ware will be in for a treat from early December as Herts Air Ambulance opens the doors to its first Charity Shop, just in time for Christmas. The Charity Shop located at 3, High Street in Ware, will be a huge boost to the Charity – helping to ensure its life-saving helicopters… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 27-Oct-15

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Metro Aviation becomes an approved air carrier for US military

Metro Aviation becomes an approved air carrier for US military

Metro Aviation recently reached a major milestone for its operations division. The air medical operator received certification from the Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) to operate as an approved air carrier for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The recently completed initial audit and future continuing audits are conducted by the DOD Commercial Airlift Division… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Oct-15

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United Rotorcraft Delivers H130 Demonstrator to Airbus Helicopters

United Rotorcraft Delivers H130 Demonstrator to Airbus Helicopters

United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, announced the delivery of a completed Airbus H130 (formerly EC130 T2) air medical transport service demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas.   The aircraft was completed at the United Rotorcraft Decatur, Texas facility and includes medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and three-color paint scheme was designed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Oct-15

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Spectre of negative PR may lead to Bond name change

Spectre of negative PR may lead to Bond name change

We are hearing more and more that Bond will change its name to bring it in line with parent company Babcock.  The onshore element Bond Air Services, along with Bond Offshore Helicopters, were both represented under the Babcock name at the recent Helitech International event in London, and Bond staff told us there that they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-15

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New helipad opened closer to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon

New helipad opened closer to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon

STARS and the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) are now able to transport emergency patients faster, thanks to a new temporary medical helicopter landing pad on the University of Saskatchewan campus. See Full Story

Source: Global News, 26-Oct-15

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Midwest MedAir brings new EC135 to Columbus

Midwest MedAir brings new EC135 to Columbus

Columbus Community Hospital held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, October 23 to celebrate the acquisition of a new medical helicopter to the area. See Full Story

Source: Columbus News Team, 26-Oct-15

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Work begins on the first of two EMS helicopter bases at Henry County Airport

Work begins on the first of two EMS helicopter bases at Henry County Airport

Work has begun on the first of two permanent air ambulance helicopter bases at the Henry County Airport. See Full Story

Source: The Paris Post Intelligencer, 26-Oct-15

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Children’s Air Ambulance launches TV fundraising

Children’s Air Ambulance launches TV fundraising

The Children’s Air Ambulance has launched a campaign to recruit regular donors to the charity using DRTV, its first use of TV. See Full Story

Source: UK fundraising, 26-Oct-15

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Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

The GWAAC helicopter is celebrating one year of saving lives across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. Our Eurocopter 135, callsign Helimed 65, arrived at our Filton base on 16th October 2014. To celebrate her first birthday we’re going to have a party! We’re planning to surprise our crew on… Read more »

Source: Great Western, 26-Oct-15

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Air Methods pilot wins NEMSPA Pilot of the Year award

Air Methods pilot wins NEMSPA Pilot of the Year award

National EMS Pilot Association (NEMSPA) today announced the winner of the 2015 Pilot of the Year Award – Ann Lowell of Air Methods, currently serving the Haiti Air Ambulance program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each year, NEMSPA accepts nominations for this award from the nationwide emergency air medical community to recognize an individual who stands out… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 26-Oct-15

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AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

It was a dream of the Pilcher family for the better part of 50 years. Owners of Pilcher’s Dothan Ambulance Service, the family envisioned air transport to complement their ground service. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did eventually materialize.  See full story

23-Oct-15

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CALSTAR orders five H135

CALSTAR orders five H135

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR) has ordered five H135 air medical helicopters. 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 service operators. The order announcement was made Monday in a ceremony at the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Oct-15

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South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

AgustaWestland announced today that the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) of South Africa has signed a contract for three AW119Kx EMS-equipped helicopters to expand their existing fleet of five AW119Ke aircraft. The contract also includes an option to acquire five additional units. The initial three aircraft will be delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Oct-15

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Gama Aviation opens new base to manage Scottish EMS contract

Gama Aviation opens new base to manage Scottish EMS contract

Gama Aviation (LSE:GMAA), the global aviation services company, has opened a new purpose built base at Glasgow airport to support its contract with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). The base will house Scotland’s national specialist transport and retrieval service (SCOTSTAR) for critically ill NHS patients and will be the first time anywhere in the UK… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 22-Oct-15

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