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UK Government gives tax handout to Air Ambulance charities

UK Government gives tax handout to Air Ambulance charities

The UK Government has outlined its budgetary plans in a statement yesterday, amidst all the political claims and counter-claims that surround such messages. The Chancellor of the Exchequor (a grand historical title that many countries would just consider as “Finance Minister”) announced that the VAT paid on fuel will be waived for these operations, subject to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-14

Life Flight Network earns AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Life Flight Network earns AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Life Flight Network (LFN), the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service, receives the AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award at a March 11th, 2014 ceremony in Washington, D.C. AAMS presents this award annually to recognize an exceptional emergency medical transport organization who demonstrates broad-based continuing commitment to the communities they serve. LFN is recognized… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 19-Mar-14

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PHi completes Debt Offering and Initial Settlement for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHi completes Debt Offering and Initial Settlement for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it had completed its previously-announced private offering of $500 million of 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”). PHI also announced that it used a portion of the net proceeds from its sale of the 2019 Notes to concurrently… Read more »

Source: PHi, 19-Mar-14

PHi receives 97.52% response on 8.625% Senior Notes issue

PHi receives 97.52% response on 8.625% Senior Notes issue

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it had received, as of 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of March 14, 2014 (the “Early Tender Deadline”), tenders and consents from holders of 97.52% of the aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.625% Senior Notes… Read more »

Source: PHi, 19-Mar-14

Nebraska – Midwest Medical Transport adds EC135 at Hastings

Nebraska – Midwest Medical Transport adds EC135 at Hastings

Midwest Medair has successfully flown an EC135 from North Platte and recently added a second aircraft at Hastings  See full story

17-Mar-14

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has passed its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which confirms that everyone helped by the Charity receives care of the highest quality. The EAAA, which provides the air ambulance service across Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, operates from bases at Cambridge and Norwich.  It has… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Mar-14

Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

The state of the art machine, located at Whangarei airport, is made using the cockpit and fuselage of a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter and is powered by five computers.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 13-Mar-14

Helicopter pilot files suit over sexual harassment retaliation

Helicopter pilot files suit over sexual harassment retaliation

James M. Laubach filed a lawsuit against Air Methods Corp., Healthnet Aeromedical Services, Healthnet Aeromedical Services Inc. and Keith Fletcher, citing retaliation for filing a sexual harassment complaint.  See full story  File photo of Healthnet EC145

Source: WV Record, 13-Mar-14

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A Royal Visit to London Air Ambulance

A Royal Visit to London Air Ambulance

Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited London’s Air Ambulance today as part of a tour around two charities supported by the Wessex Youth Trust (“the Trust”) on the Earl’s 50th Birthday.  TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex awarded London’s Air Ambulance a grant for over £10,000 in November 2013 towards paediatric training manikins through the  Trust . Chief… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 11-Mar-14

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UK – New ED plans at Hull Royal Infirmary include helipad

UK – New ED plans at Hull Royal Infirmary include helipad

Planners behind the £7m project have also revealed a new helipad will be built at the hospital’s Anlaby Road site, allowing patients to be moved rapidly from a helicopter to A&E.  See full story

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 11-Mar-14

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Gundersen Health System adds helipad

Gundersen Health System adds helipad

Gundersen Health System’s Medlink helicopter has a new landing spot on the roof of the Legacy Building  See full story

Source: WXOW, 11-Mar-14

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STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

On the advice of medical professionals, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance will resume responding to calls for emergency service effective immediately, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today. “The decision to temporarily suspend STARS was a difficult one, but I rely on the advice of medical experts,” Minister Selby said.  “The medical… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 10-Mar-14

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Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

This week Devon’s Air Ambulances are celebrating becoming truly independent and self-sufficient The Charity, through its operating arm Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited, has been awarded their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), something the Charity have previously relied on other agencies to hold and operate on their behalf…. Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 09-Mar-14

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PHI prices $500M Senior Notes Due 2019

PHI prices $500M Senior Notes Due 2019

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it has agreed to sell $500 million of newly-issued unsecured five-year senior notes. The senior notes due 2019 were priced at par with a coupon rate of 5.25%. The offering is expected to close on March 17, 2014, subject to the… Read more »

Source: PHI, 09-Mar-14

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07-Mar-14 N761P Sikorsky S76C+ Bucyrus, US-Ohio

Engine fire forced Cleveland Clinic helicopter to make emergency landing.

07-Mar-14

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PHI Announces $500 Million Private Offering of Senior Notes

PHI Announces $500 Million Private Offering of Senior Notes

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, to offer up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of fixed-rate senior notes with a five-year maturity through a private offering exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the… Read more »

Source: PHi, 06-Mar-14

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Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

The service was grounded in December after a number of critical incidents, including one where one patient died, and another was left brain damaged.  See full story

Source: CBC, 05-Mar-14

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Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland State Police have disclosed they flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013 amid mounting costs for maintaining dual medevac fleets during a troubled transition to new AW-139 helicopters.  See full story

Source: WBFF Television, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

For Metro Aviation, it came as no surprise when the National Transportation Safety Board released its latest safety alert, Safety through Helicopter Simulators.  Since 2008, Metro Aviation has used helicopter simulators to ensure their pilots are trained and ready for a variety of in-flight situations.  Metro President Mike Stanberry confirmed his commitment to safety when he opened the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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Helicopter Flight Training Center will add Communication Center Lab to curriculum

Helicopter Flight Training Center will add Communication Center Lab to curriculum

The Helicopter Flight Training Center and the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists (NAACS) are pleased to announce their joint effort to create a Communication Center Lab.  The idea was finalized during the last NAACS board meeting, hosted by the training center. “The organization looks forward to the development and utilization of the ‘communications lab’… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes Directors of Operations and Maintenance

Metro Aviation welcomes Directors of Operations and Maintenance

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce that Jim Arthur and Mark Breton are joining the Metro team.  Jim Arthur joins as the new Director of Operations and Mark Breton is coming on board as Director of Maintenance. Arthur will report to work in early March to begin his indoctrination and immerse himself in flight operations. Arthur… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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LifeFlight of Maine orders four more Belfort Automated Weather Observation Systems

LifeFlight of Maine orders four more Belfort Automated Weather Observation Systems

Belfort Instrument Company, one of the country’s oldest meteorological sensor and meteorological system manufacturers, has received an order from LifeFlight of Maine for four additional Belfort AWOS AV units. This order was announced at the 2014 Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California today. “When these four additional Belfort AWOS units are installed, Maine will have a network of… Read more »

Source: Belfort, 05-Mar-14

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Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

Wales Air Ambulance has carried out its 19,000th mission since the service was launched in 2001. The landmark mission comes as the charity celebrates its 13th birthday this month. The specialist aircrew went to their very first mission on St David’s Day 2001, airlifting a young rugby player from Glyn Neath. Swansea-based crew were called to an… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 05-Mar-14

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EMS Provider SevenBar Orders GrandNew

EMS Provider SevenBar Orders GrandNew

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that SevenBar has placed an order for an EMS configured GrandNew to operate in an air medical transport capacity. Additionally, the SevenBar paint scheme was displayed on the newly-unveiled AW109 Trekker at last week’s Heli Expo in anticipation of future fleet additions across the light twin and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation looks forward to steady growth in 2014

Metro Aviation looks forward to steady growth in 2014

When Metro Aviation relocated to its current facility from several airport hangars five years ago, they never imagined they would fill all of the available space.  Upon the acquisition of a former Solo Cup manufacturing facility in 2007, Metro transformed the building into a comprehensive completions/operations facility with paint, avionics, machining, production and installation areas. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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PHI announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Senior Notes

PHI announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Senior Notes

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) today announced that it is commencing a cash tender offer (the “Offer”) for any and all of its $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 8.625% Senior Notes due 2018 (the “Notes”) on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in PHI’s Offer to… Read more »

Source: PHI, 04-Mar-14

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Police Aviation News – March 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Mar-14

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INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal has been flying missions for the National Health Service (INEM) since 2000, transporting seriously ill patients by helicopter, either to hospital or between hospitals. In 2013, INAER Portugal carried out 760 medical emergencies missions (HEMS) of INAER Portugal, in which 669 patients with varying pathologies were helped.  The company flew 1,239 hours carrying… Read more »

Source: INAER, 04-Mar-14

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East Anglian Air Ambulance to host clinical conference in May

East Anglian Air Ambulance to host clinical conference in May

The East Anglian Air Ambulance will be hosting a clinical conference on Wednesday 14th May 2014. The conference aims to advance and promote pre-hospital care through debate and interactive case studies. The conference will also examine the experience and knowledge gained from attending night-time HEMS missions. The EAAA is delighted and privileged to have two eminent… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 03-Mar-14

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Signed Four Major Contracts with EMS Helicopter Operators

Pratt & Whitney Canada Signed Four Major Contracts with EMS Helicopter Operators

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed engine maintenance contracts with four U.S. emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operators that will keep their fleets flying with predictable maintenance costs. The long-term contracts include the Fleet Management Program (FMP®), the Event Cost Plan (ECP®), the Zero-Time Exchange and Overhaul Program (ZIP) and the T&M Engine Services… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 03-Mar-14

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PHI announces results for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

PHI announces results for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. Consolidated operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $856.5 million, an increase of $209.8 million over the year ended December 31, 2012. Oil and Gas segment revenues were $489.0 million… Read more »

Source: PHI, 02-Mar-14

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Air Methods Reports Year 2013 Results and 1Q2014 Update

Air Methods Reports Year 2013 Results and 1Q2014 Update

Air Methods Corporation AIRM +4.19% , the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. For the year, revenue increased 4% to $881.6 million compared to $850.8 million in the prior year. Net income decreased 33% to $62.3 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, in the current… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Mar-14

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

The trust is challenging a decision by the Auckland Council-controlled Regional Amenities Funding Board to cut its funding by $750,000 over two years.  See full story

Source: News Talk ZB, 02-Mar-14

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STARS Horizons – Spring 2014

Source: STARS, 01-Mar-14

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Summit Air Ambulance signs for two AW119Kx

Summit Air Ambulance signs for two AW119Kx

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho has signed a contract for two AW119Kx helicopters to support EMS operations in the Northwest United States. The two AW119Kx will join an AW109 Power already in service, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft. “Summit Air Ambulance has proven… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Feb-14

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28-Feb-14 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Darßer Ort, Germany (3F)

Crashed into the Baltic Sea on a training exercise – The helicopter was on approach to a sea rescue cruiser at about 18:40 local time for a winch operation when suddenly loosing height and crashing into the sea, killing 3 of the 4 POB

28-Feb-14

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Turbomeca signs EC145T2 ARreil 2B SBH® contract with ADAC

Turbomeca signs EC145T2 ARreil 2B SBH® contract with ADAC

Turbomeca (Safran) announces the conclusion of a major support contract with ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH. A new ten-year Support By the Hour (SBH®) contract covers 28 Arriel 2E engines powering fourteen EC 145T2 operated by ADAC Luftrettung GmbH. ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH is located near Bonn, Germany and performs airframe and engine maintenance for operators… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 27-Feb-14

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Bell supports Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

Bell supports Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its support for the Medevac Foundation’s HEMS 101 Project, which is dedicated to producing a set of guidelines for establishing Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)/Air Ambulance Programs in nations that currently do not have services in place. Bell Helicopter will make a $150,000 donation spread… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Feb-14

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Helicopter Flight Training Center welcomes AMGH as launch customer

Helicopter Flight Training Center welcomes  AMGH as launch customer

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) as its launch customer for simulator training at the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. AMGH recently signed a four-year training agreement utilizing the EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator as well as the AS350 and BH407 Level 7 Flight Training Device. “We… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Feb-14

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to receive new EC135 in June

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to receive new EC135 in June

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce a further step in the continuing development of the Air Ambulance service.  With effect from June 2014, the charity will be operating with an enhanced model of the familiar Eurocopter 135.  The new model will also be a Eurocopter 135, but it will be… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 26-Feb-14

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AgustaWestland Delivers First of Six AW119Kx to Life Link III

AgustaWestland Delivers First of Six AW119Kx to Life Link III

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has delivered the first of six EMS configured AW119Kx to Life Link III, an air medical transportation provider operating in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The aircraft was built and delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line and features a customized EMS interior and advanced life-saving equipment. “As the most… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to the family

Metro Aviation welcomes Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to the family

Each year, more than 2,200 children are transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  Teddy Bear Transport is one of the largest pediatric transport programs in the nation and now, a member of the Metro Aviation family. Teddy Bear Transport utilizes both fixed and rotor wing for air transport.  Metro Aviation will assume operation… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Feb-14

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Med-Trans takes delivery of 25th EC135

Med-Trans takes delivery of 25th EC135

Med-Trans Corp., a leading provider of air medical transport services, has taken delivery of a new EC135 helicopter, the 25th of the popular twin-engine aircraft model that it has purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. and placed into service since 2007. “We have been very pleased with the EC135 as we continue to expand our fleet… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Inc, 25-Feb-14

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Boston MedFlight continues upgrading fleet with EC145s

Boston MedFlight continues upgrading fleet with EC145s

In keeping with its commitment to provide the highest level of service for patients, Boston MedFlight continues to upgrade its fleet with the planned addition of a second EC145 purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. After a review of all the available aircraft, Boston MedFlight officials selected the EC145 in 2012 to replace their existing BK117… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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EagleMed orders 11 Donaldson AS350 inlet barrier filters

EagleMed orders 11 Donaldson AS350 inlet barrier filters

EagleMed, a critical care air medical transport provider, has ordered 11 Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) AS350 Inlet Barrier Filter Systems (IBF), joining a growing number of air medical operators relying on Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s IBF systems to protect the engines on their helicopters and support the completion of their critical missions. The IBFs… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 25-Feb-14

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Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq.ft training facility

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq.ft training facility

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq./ft. training facility to enhance safety and training opportunities for companies, pilots and crewmembers alike. Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC (AH+RT), based in Portland, Ore., provides comprehensive training services covering a variety of rotary wing, aerial firefighting and technical rescue skill sets, aviation program management consulting and ‘turn-key’ aviation… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 24-Feb-14

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Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to transform its analogue EC135 full flight simulator

Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to transform its analogue EC135 full flight simulator

The ADAC HEMS Academy counts most of the important European HEMS organizations and many international law enforcement and off-shore operators from Argentina to Japan, from Brazil to Australia, as clients for EC135 and EC145 full flight simulator training. To fulfill the increasing customer demands for training on EC135 P2+/T2+ full flight simulators (FFS), the ADAC… Read more »

Source: ADAC HEMS Academy, 24-Feb-14

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Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to acquire EC145T2 full flight simulator

Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to acquire EC145T2 full flight simulator

ADAC, a major air rescue and air ambulance operator in Europe, has ordered 14 new EC145T2 helicopters to replace the aging BK117 B2s in its fleet. The ADAC HEMS Academy will adapt the training possibilities for all international customers. To accommodate future training needs, a new EC145T2 full flight simulator (FFS) is planned for 2015/2016… Read more »

Source: ADAC HEMS Academy, 24-Feb-14

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Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

A helipad close to the town’s health centre has been given approval in the southern Spanish town of Nerja, some 25 miles east of Malaga

Source: Olive Press, 23-Feb-14

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AMRG Invests in Leading Flight-Following & FDM Solution

AMRG Invests in Leading Flight-Following & FDM Solution

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) has purchased multiple SkyTrac ISAT-200A flight-following systems to support their fleet’s critical air medical transportation operations. The ISAT-200A system provides increased connectivity to various aircraft systems such as ARINC-429 and 717, it has an embedded accelerometer for attitude profiling, and an internal hardened… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 23-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project.   Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone.  The Program provides a four level system to… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Feb-14

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Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

More than 50 doctors and nurses from all over Spain will gather for the “HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) Medical Staff Qualification” course, organised by INAER in collaboration with the University of Alicante. The course, which will take place from the 20th – 23rd February, is designed to train medical professionals for emergencies which involve… Read more »

Source: INAER Spain, 21-Feb-14

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Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

STARS Air Ambulance’s donor-funded AW139s are forcing Alberta to upgrade priority helipads over the next two years   See full story

21-Feb-14

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Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that its United Rotorcraft Division has been awarded contracts totaling up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed customer in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete several airframes for a variety of missions. “United Rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Feb-14

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FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s and industry’s concern… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Feb-14

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STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS “strongly disagrees” with a Manitoba Health report which says their crews lack adequate training, are not familiar with pediatric patients and do not understand patient oxygen needs.  See full story

Source: CBC, 20-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation releases update for MetroAlert app

Metro Aviation releases update for MetroAlert app

Innovation never sleeps.  With that in mind, Metro Aviation released an update to its lifesaving app, MetroAlert.  The app is provided to operations customers of Metro Aviation at no cost and can decrease helicopter response time by up to five minutes. When air transport is needed, hospitals and first responders can use MetroAlert to instantly notify the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Feb-14

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London’s Air Ambulance helps launch UK’s first undergraduate degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine

London’s Air Ambulance helps launch UK’s first undergraduate degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance (“The Institute”), and Queen Mary University of London’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (“QMUL”) have partnered to create the UK’s first Intercalated BSc degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine. Pre-hospital medicine is an innovative and growing field that is now recognised as a sub-specialty… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-14

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Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service today held an event to announce the successful implementation of three new Agusta Westland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters to increase access to safe and effective emergency healthcare. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Minister for Health, Major General Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Chief of Staff… Read more »

Source: Hamad Medical, 18-Feb-14

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

On Sunday afternoon, the helicopter made its milestone rescue when it was sent to an accident west of Coffs Harbour.  See full story

Source: Coffs Coast Advocate, 18-Feb-14

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MedEvac Foundation Announces New Economic Impact Study

MedEvac Foundation Announces New Economic Impact Study

AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation International are pleased to announce that the MedEvac Foundation has contracted with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to conduct a new Economic Impact Study focused on hospitals and hospital-based medical transport programs. The new study will examine the impacts that air medical transport and critical care ground transport programs… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 13-Feb-14

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UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has told the residents of the British county it represents that it is actively on the look-out for a new base.  From when they launched operations through to the end of November 2014, Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been a joint operation with Wiltshire Police in which the law enforcement unit owned and operated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-14

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12-Feb-14 Eurocopter EC145 Pittston, US-Pennsylvania

Emergency landing at airport with patient on board.  Second helicopter came to take patient on to destination.  Unstated technical issue, needed engineer.  Operator Geisinger has six EC145s and one BK117

12-Feb-14

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Bell recognizes Plus Heli for dedication to saving lives

Bell recognizes Plus Heli for dedication to saving lives

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), recognized PLUS Helicopter Services Sdn Bhd during the Singapore Airshow Customer Reception on February 10, for its dedication to saving lives amidst challenging conditions. In May 2013, PLUS Heli deployed a Bell 429 to rescue severely burned crew members injured when a container ship’s boiler exploded 140… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Feb-14

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LifeFlight Eagle upgrades with two Bell 407GX helicopters

LifeFlight Eagle upgrades with two Bell 407GX helicopters

LifeFlight Eagle has placed into service two new state-of-the-art Bell 407GX helicopters at its Harrisonville and Trenton bases. The new aircraft were purchased as part of the non-profit organization’s fleet replacement program, and reflect LifeFlight Eagle’s ongoing commitment to the community to provide life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Missouri and Kansas…. Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Eagle, 11-Feb-14

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North Colorado Med Evac adds coverage for Denver Health Trauma Center

North Colorado Med Evac adds coverage for Denver Health Trauma Center

Denver Health and North Colorado Med Evac (a Med Trans Corp air medical program) are pleased to announce a contractual preferred provider agreement for air-medical transport and evacuation. This is the first time in the regional trauma center’s 150+ year history that Denver Health has signed a preferred provider for air transport. As the Rocky… Read more »

Source: North Colorado Med Evac, 11-Feb-14

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Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer Hospital reportedly built the helipad without approval by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance See full story

Source: Globes, 11-Feb-14

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Helipad being added at Navua Hospital in Fiji

Helipad being added at Navua Hospital in Fiji

Work on a helipad and installation of medical equipment is now underway at the new Navua Hospital.  see more details

Source: Fiji Village, 11-Feb-14

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PHI Air Medical launches female heart health campaign

PHI Air Medical launches female heart health campaign

PHI Air Medical announced today a major community wide effort to educate the community and raise awareness for heart disease, especially as it relates to women’s heart issues. This is the 6th year PHI Air Medical has focused efforts nationally during the month of February in providing awareness and education in support of the GO… Read more »

Source: PHI Air Medical, 08-Feb-14

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Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,180 missions in 2013

Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,180 missions in 2013

Traffic accidents, heart attacks or injured tourists: DRF Luftrettung is alerted every day to provide patients with medical care. In 2013 its crews flew a total of 38,180 missions (in 2012: 38,748) from its 31 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark and through worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircrafts. Approximately 700 emergency physicians, 300… Read more »

Source: DRF, 07-Feb-14

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Crete Area Medical Center to host Air Methods helicopter

Crete Area Medical Center to host Air Methods helicopter

Air Methods will move the home base for the helicopter, currently based in Lincoln, to Crete Area Medical Center.  See full story

Source: Wilber Republican, 06-Feb-14

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Dallas Avionics trains Bell 407 crews from Tampa General Hospital

Dallas Avionics trains Bell 407 crews from Tampa General Hospital

Dallas Avionics announced today the company has completed training of the Tampa General pilots and crew on the Bell 407 equipped with the new TDFM 7000. Dallas Avionics sales and tech support representative Scott Hurst conducted the training. The Dallas Avionics TDFM 7000 transceiver offers the most up-to-date, FM communications technology including P25 CAI, P25… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 06-Feb-14

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Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

Orange City Council have formalised a decision on the location of a new base for the soon-to-be-established 24 hour medical helicopter service.  See full service

Source: ABC, 05-Feb-14

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Police Aviation News – February 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Feb-14

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EagleMed closes Kansas base at Garden City due to low volumes

EagleMed closes Kansas base at Garden City due to low volumes

“EagleMed’s reason for pulling the helicopter was their inability to build a sufficient regional volume of flights to make the helicopter service cost effective here,” said Scott Taylor, president and CEO of St. Catherine Hospital.   see full story

Source: Garden City Telegram, 03-Feb-14

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