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Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Dr Louisa Chan has been appointed as the Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). As Medical Lead, Dr Chan will join the Charity’s Programme Management Team tasked with overseeing HIOWAA’s transition to a new Clinical Services Operating Model in 2018. Transition planning began in 2017 and the building blocks have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 17-May-18

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is greatly concerned about the unintended negative consequences that can result from the recent Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act, reported to be introduced today by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  While it is the position of AAMS that all our members advocate on behalf of their patients and work… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-May-18

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Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

The PT-8 Oceanwatch delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area and makes the CAMCOPTER® S-100 an even more powerful naval patrol solution. Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-May-18

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) now has night vision imaging technology aboard three of its air ambulance helicopters, to safely reach more patients at night. The helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. A fourth BCEHS air ambulance helicopter is based in Kamloops, and it will be equipped to provide night vision flight operations… Read more »

Source: BCEHS, 09-May-18

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-18

Police Aviation News – May 2018 Edition

The May 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-May-18

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

[electronic translation] Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been… Read more »

Source: Barco, 02-May-18

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DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

[electronic translation] DRF Luftrettung presented the new rescue helicopter “Christoph 47” at its station in Greifswald, a state-of-the-art EC 145. Harry Glawe, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Health of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, took part in the official commissioning of the red and white Engine in the cockpit. Greifswald. There was tense silence as… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Apr-18

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New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

Elite Aviation is the first local commercial aviation service in Fiji. They provide EMS and disaster management services with their Bell 212. They hope to expand in the coming years, with larger helicopters. The idea for the company came from couple Alaena and Mathew Hill, who were affected by the floods in Fiji in 2011-2012…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-18

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The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service charity has welcomed a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the excellent standard of emergency and urgent care it provides following a comprehensive inspection of services. The published report highlights the exceptional work of The Air Ambulance Service which provides the national Children’s Air Ambulance and two local air ambulances –… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 19-Apr-18

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ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

[electronic translation] The ARA air rescue presented today at their station in Reutte the new emergency ambulance “RK-2”. The state-of-the-art, high-performance H 145 is the first of its type to go into service in Austria and represents a generational change in the country’s air rescue. The ARBÖ automobile club and the ARA air rescue also officially… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 19-Apr-18

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CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Group announced they have signed a 30-month contract continuation with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to provide search and rescue services at five bases around Australia. As part of the continuation, six new generation AW139 aircraft will replace the current S76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for RAAF. The first of these aircraft have already… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Apr-18

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DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

A man suffers from severe pain in the chest, a small girl is seriously injured in a car accident – in an emergency every minute counts! In a maximum of two minutes, the crew of the “Christoph 27” will be in the air to bring emergency medical care to people in an emergency. On 1 April, the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Apr-18

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DRF reports operational stats for 2017

DRF reports operational stats for 2017

A total of 36,283 times, DRF air-rescue crews were alerted last year to provide emergency medical help to severely injured or ill people, or fly them to specialized centers for treatment (2016: 35,846). The proportion of operations carried out in the dark was once again around one fifth at the 24-hour stations. The DRF Luftrettung has been… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 16-Apr-18

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Dam Helicopters to Help with EMS

Dam Helicopters to Help with EMS

Dunc Wassick, owner of Dam Helicopters, has used his company to help with EMS rescues in West Kootenay. Although Dam Helicopters specializes in mining, forestry, wildlife management, tourism flights, EMS as well as hydro power, Dunc has ensured that the helicopter is available to be called out for medical emergency services. He believes that the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been highly praised by independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following an inspection earlier this year, the CQC highlighted areas of outstanding practice at the Charity’s two airbases – in North Weald and Earls Colne – with no recommendations for further improvement. Inspectors said: “The staff’s… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 12-Apr-18

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Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as a resource for the leading critical care air medical transport company’s safety system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety and quality management, and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 11-Apr-18

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Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced 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 in April… Read more »

Source: Bellflight, 10-Apr-18

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STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight has increased their fees in an effort to put the payment on users of the helicopter service, rather than taxpayers. The previous costs were $4,500 for country residents and $9,500 for non-residents, with an additional cost of $165 per mile. Now, the prices have risen to $15,500 for both residents and non-residents, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-18

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Police Aviation News – April 2018 Edition

The April 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Apr-18

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Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems celebrated today the 1,000th delivery of its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Two-Axis Autopilot to an EMS operator of an Airbus EC130T2. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) is the leading autopilot certified for light and medium rotorcraft. This affordable system greatly improves safety, dramatically reduces pilot workload, and provides… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystem, 23-Mar-18

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Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Due to the growing need for helicopters in critical emergency and business situations, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics has expanded its global service capabilities to provide additional logistics support to the Helicopter industry worldwide. Helicopters provide vital transport services for search and rescue, emergency medical services, military, law enforcement and firefighting missions, as well as critical… Read more »

Source: Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, 13-Mar-18

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NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

Christchurch Hospital has started a campaign to raise $1 million in order to build a helipad on top of their west tower. It takes patients 13 minutes to get to the hospital in a ground ambulance from the helipad in Hagley Park. The Rātā Foundation has proposed to put forward $500,000 if the Māia Health Foundation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-18

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Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today the delivery of two AW119Kx single engine helicopters to Akagera Aviation of Rwanda. The aircraft feature a customized convertible configuration for passenger transport or emergency medical service (EMS) depending on mission requirements. The two AW119Kx add to an AW109 GrandNew and an AW139 already operated by Akagera Aviation for transport and EMS… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed with Heliflite China for an order of seven H125 and three H130 aircraft. The company, based in Xian, China, has also been accredited as an official Airbus Helicopters distributor in the region, supporting Airbus’ growth in this rapidly developing market. The light helicopters will be used for utility and helicopter emergency… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight employee named Tennessee Paramedic of the Year

Vanderbilt LifeFlight employee named Tennessee Paramedic of the Year

Bell, a critical care flight paramedic and respiratory therapist, has worked for Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 2005. He was one of the first paramedics hired to work in the flight division. Jeanne Yeatman, a Vanderbilt colleague who has served with Bell since he started with LifeFlight, recruited him to join the LifeFlight team. “We are so… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 04-Mar-18

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Police Aviation News – March 2018 Edition

The March 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Mar-18

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Air Ambulance North Ireland (AANI) have had to be called out a total of 222 times within their first six months of operating. 60 % were for traffic collisions, 26% were for severe injuries involving drowning, explosions and burns and 14% were for falls. They have opened an AANI Club, where members can donate £2… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-18

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Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in partnership with Leonardo Company (“Leonardo”), the launch of a comprehensive maintenance and training services offering in support of Waypoint’s Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”) reconfiguration program. The Waypoint MUH, a utility re-configured AW139, leverages the performance capabilities of the AW139 platform… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 28-Feb-18

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Swiss Air Ambulance helped 29 patients per day throughout 2017

Swiss Air Ambulance helped 29 patients per day throughout 2017

[electronic translation] The crews of the Swiss air rescue service Rega helped an average of 29 patients a day last year. With 15’958 missions, Rega 2017 was in greater demand than ever before – both at home and abroad. This corresponds to one use every 33 minutes. Rega can look back on an intensive year of… Read more »

Source: Rega, 22-Feb-18

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First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-18

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Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow has renewed their contract with ExxonMobil in Guyana for the following two years. This means they will continue to provide SAR services, EMS services as well as offshore crew change to the company. The renewal officially started on January 1, 2018, reports Offshore Energy Today.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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India – ONGC to procure offshore rescue helicopter

India – ONGC to procure offshore rescue helicopter

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is looking into the purchase of an air ambulance. The helicopter would then be at their “beck and call,” providing available EMS for offshore workers at all times. The ONGC has invited helicopter companies to partake in bids, reports Indian Express.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Birmingham Childrens Hospital helipad blocked by cranes

Birmingham Childrens Hospital helipad blocked by cranes

The helipad at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been closed for a few months due to a large number of cranes in the area. Air ambulances now have to land at the police training school in Edgbaston and patients are then transported by road ambulances, reports BBC.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Guardian Air looks into CPR Device

Guardian Air looks into CPR Device

Guardian Air is looking into the purchase of a new CPR compression device for its EMS helicopters. The device consists of a band that is wrapped around a patient’s chest, where contractions can be programmed to different rates and pressure. The device can allow patients to receive cardiac attention while paramedics then have more time… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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WINDEAcare to provide offshore EMS support during wind farm construction

WINDEAcare to provide offshore EMS support during wind farm construction

EnBW has selected the WINDEAcare medical care concept to be used during the construction of the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. As of February 2018, WINDEAcare is responsible for the care and rescue of sick or injured persons 24/7 during the entire installation period of the wind farms…. Read more »

Source: offshoreWIND, 19-Feb-18

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First EMS AW169 launched in the Nordics

First EMS AW169 launched in the Nordics

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006. Shortly after… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Feb-18

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Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Hospital is looking to build a new base in Cantonment for their Life Flight helicopter. Life Flight is no longer allowed to operate from the hospital. Should plans be approved, a hangar, helipad and an office will be built on the 2,5 acres of land, reports WEAR TV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

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Police Aviation News – February 2018 Edition

The February 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-Feb-18

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Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 25 years

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 25 years

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is celebrating their 25 anniversary this year. They plan to hold an open day at their hangar to show the community around and encourage stories to be told. The men and women involved in the service put a lot of their lives into the work, knowing that they may be called… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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California feud could put patients at risk, says documents

California feud could put patients at risk, says documents

Conflict between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority has risen to a new high. The arguments over who should transport a patient or victim has escalated to the point that it is affecting the care these patients receive. A letter by the Emergency Medical Services described how the argument over an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically… Read more »

Source: South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, 29-Jan-18

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Life Star extend Massachusetts coverage

Life Star extend Massachusetts coverage

Life Star is extending their coverage over Massachusetts by partnering with Hartford HealthCare, Baystete Health and Air Methods. Baystete Health will provide trained trauma surgeons, Air Methods will provide a hangar, maintenance and flight operations; and Life Star will provide the medical flight crew in this partnership, reports Fox 61.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

More than 2000 patients have been rescued by aeromedical choppers in Sydney and southern NSW in the past year, under the $151.2 million Helicopter Retrieval Network. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today officially opened the new $25 million Bankstown NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter Base, marking a significant milestone in… Read more »

Source: New South Wales Government, 25-Jan-18

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Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company (“GECAS”) and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today the delivery and lease of eight AW139 helicopters to Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. Ltd.(“Kingwing”). The medium twin-engine helicopters will join Kingwing’s existing fleet of 32 helicopters providing emergency medical services (“EMS”) in China and will… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 23-Jan-18

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Gozo Air Ambulance makes 57 flights in first year

Gozo Air Ambulance makes 57 flights in first year

The Gozo VGH Air Ambulance celebrates their first anniversary. Prior to the VGH air ambulance, patients in need of critical care were transported by the Army. They have carried out 57 missions, with causes ranging from heart conditions to premature births. The Army is still available to help, reports TVM, should the VGH be down… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-18

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Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has submitted plans for an upgrade to its Cumbrian airbase. The charity is hoping to extend its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, to include space for research and training as well as providing essential facilities for its operational aircrew. Plans have been submitted to Eden District Council for… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jan-18

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Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

2017 was a fantastic year for our Charity – we not only took delivery of our new, state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 helicopter, but we also began to carry blood on board for the first time. These advancements have proven to be of great benefit to the pre-hospital critical care that our clinical crew already provides every… Read more »

Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, 19-Jan-18

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First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006. Shortly… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 17-Jan-18

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UK – Salford Royal Hospital to add helipad

UK – Salford Royal Hospital to add helipad

Salford Royal Hospital are developing plans for a new £48 million trauma centre with helipad to be built. Once the plans are completed, they will need approval from NHS England before they are able to begin with construction. The new centre will include a helipad, a resuscitation area, critical care beds, diagnostic imaging and five… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-18

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APL wins two-year EMS contract for Langkawi Hospital

APL wins two-year EMS contract for Langkawi Hospital

The Langkawi Hospital launched their new air ambulance service today. Together with Aerial Power Lines (APL) they will provide EMS service to the four million tourists that visit the island annually, as well as the 120,000 Langkawi residents. The contract is for two years, using their Airbus H135 9M-DRA helicopter, reports SG News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-18

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MedEvac Completes Developing HEMS Capacity Study

MedEvac Completes Developing HEMS Capacity Study

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce the completion of theDeveloping HEMS Capacity study.  Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are a vital link to the healthcare systems of many countries around the world, however, these critical services do not exist, even in many of the world’s most economically developed nations and regions.  The MedEvac Foundation,… Read more »

Source: MedEvac, 10-Jan-18

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Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

The UK’s Search and Rescue Service operated by Bristow Group has commissioned an emergency cleaning specialist to provide de-contamination services for its helicopters and bases. CleanSafe Services teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the search and rescue service needs their help with. Bristow operates a fleet… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Jan-18

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Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus Helicopters Japan (AHJ) has successfully handed over the first H145//BK117D-2 to Hiratagakuen, at a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe facility today. The aircraft will enter into service for the emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki prefecture in June 2018. This new delivery reinforces the partnership between Hiratagakuen and AHJ. Hiratagakuen signed the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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Police Aviation News – January 2018 Edition

The January 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jan-18

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Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Coast Guard Helicopters, provided by CHC Ireland, are proud to review the year of 2017. They conducted 750 missions, assisted 316 and were able to save 175 people, reports Flying in Ireland.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

The A.L.E.R.T air ambulance program for Kalispell Regional Medical Center has upgraded their helicopter with the newest B407 model. Their old helicopter will now be used as a back up and for pilot training after 17 years in service and a total of 6,500 flight hours. The new B407 came to a total of $4… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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Qatar – HMC LifeFlight ramps up to 2000 responses a year

Qatar – HMC LifeFlight ramps up to 2000 responses a year

HMC LifeFlight celebrated their 10-year anniversary this past December. Since opening in 2007, the service has grown and is now able to respond to over 2,000 calls a year, reports Gulf Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. 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 »

22-Dec-17

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Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

LifeFlight helicopters have not been authorized to land at Nova Scotia hospital helipads since April 2016, due to changing regulations by Transport Canada. Now, however, two new Sikorsky S-76 C+ helicopters are ready to go into service. Nova Scotians have commented how the new helicopters will help save lives as they will be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell Helicopter announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Dec-17

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Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have joined together in order to save time and lives. The plan is to have St John flight medics and two firefighters flown to the scene, where they can begin helping people who are trapped and need to be cut free. Having experienced firemen on scene… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 13-Dec-17

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Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Dec-17

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Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

National air medical transport leader Med-Trans Corporation has moved its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500 square foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations. The facility becomes Med-Trans’ principal base of operations, including the… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 11-Dec-17

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Police Aviation News – December 2017 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 05-Dec-17

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WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne Air Transport, an important partner for nearly 10 years in the region’s delivery of emergency care, has achieved a special designation that recognizes the service’s quality. After nearly a year of thorough preparation by WellmontOne followed by a rigorous two-day site visit by evaluators, the flight program was recently granted full accreditation for the… Read more »

Source: WellmontOne, 05-Dec-17

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SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (NAC/AW/SW) 1st Class John Kurack was named the NAS Patuxent River 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year due to his deckplate leadership and commitment to excellence for both Pax River and the Search and Rescue (SAR) division. As the Leading Petty Officer for SAR — whose mission is to provide search… Read more »

Source: SAR Air Crewman, 05-Dec-17

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Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 05-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial… Read more »

Source: Remote GeoSystems, 04-Dec-17

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