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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

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

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

Police Aviation News – February 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Feb-14

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

Police Aviation News – January 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-Feb-14

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

A dramatic restructuring at ORNGE has eliminated 25 senior jobs as managers take a broom to the costly legacy of former boss Chris Mazza and his global ambitions for the air ambulance operator – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 30-Jan-14

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Rooftop hospital helipad plan dropped after ten years

Rooftop hospital helipad plan dropped after ten years

Various reasons cited, including no building at All India Institute of Medical Science having the required 25m length for the helipad – see full story

Source: DNA India, 30-Jan-14

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Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leader in providing air medical services throughout the United States, has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as its safety management system (SMS) provider for all AMGH subsidiaries. Texas based AMGH, the world’s largest privately held air medical services provider operates through five subsidiaries: Med-Trans Corp, Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed,… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 29-Jan-14

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Air Methods provides update on FY2013 Q4 results

Air Methods provides update on FY2013 Q4 results

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, provided an update on fourth quarter results and January 2014 flight volumes. Total community-based patient transports for the fourth quarter 2013 are estimated to be 12,881, a 3% decrease from the prior-year quarter. Patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 29-Jan-14

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Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network (LFN) announced the opening of its newest base of operations at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana today. The base is home to a new AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala” air medical helicopter, and 14 employees. The helicopter will extend air ambulance service to more communities in Montana and Eastern Idaho, allowing for… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 29-Jan-14

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TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

In a year that has seen the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance ‘raise the bar’ in terms of clinical excellence, new developments at TVACAA have enabled the Trust to further their promise of enhanced patient care by becoming the first Air Ambulance to carry an I-Stat (portable blood analyser) machine on board the helicopter…. Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 27-Jan-14

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AMGH breaks ground on $1.4 million facility in Missouri

AMGH breaks ground on $1.4 million facility in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon today visited West Plains to celebrate the groundbreaking of Air Medical Group Holdings’ (AMGH) new facility, a $1.4 million investment that is expected to create 20 new jobs. AMGH is the parent company of Air Evac Lifeteam, an air medical services provider that was founded in West Plains in 1985. “With our unemployment… Read more »

Source: Gov.Jay Nixon, 26-Jan-14

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UK – Helipad for Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital opens

UK – Helipad for Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital opens

It will be used by the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, and has been fitted with lights so the helicopter can take off at night.  See full story

Source: BBC, 26-Jan-14

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Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Saturday’s gala raised in excess of $1 million, helping the total contributions from the 20 years of the gala to surpass the $10 million mark.  See full story

Source: CTV, 26-Jan-14

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King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Electricity generator and retailer, King Country Energy (KCE), has entered into a major associate sponsorship with charitable organisation Philips Search & Rescue Trust. The trust provides dedicated air ambulance and rescue services throughout the Central North Island of New Zealand. KCE’s sponsorship will specifically contribute to operational costs of the Hamilton-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter that services the… Read more »

Source: KCE, 26-Jan-14

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London’s Air Ambulance partners with Vocalink to make fundraising easier

London’s Air Ambulance partners with Vocalink to make fundraising easier

London’s Air Ambulance has formed a two-year strategic partnership with VocaLink, who will provide the charity with financial and resource support. Launching the partnership, the UK and international payments provider is assessing the ways in which to enhance the donation systems and the associated technologies used by the charity. Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 24-Jan-14

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Bryan Health transfers all aspects of StarCare BK117 to Air Methods

Bryan Health transfers all aspects of StarCare BK117 to Air Methods

Air Methods will assume total management responsibility for the StarCare program, including employing the medical personnel, as it does at its other air bases throughout Nebraska and the region See full story

24-Jan-14

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Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

FlightSafety International announces that five of its simulators equipped with the recently introduced VITAL 1100 visual system have been qualified to Level D by EASA and the FAA. Three additional VITAL 1100 equipped simulators are scheduled to receive Level D qualification in the next few months. “The VITAL 1100 is leading the industry with unprecedented… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 22-Jan-14

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INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of emergency aerial services and aircraft maintenance has been awarded the air ambulance contract for the Balearic Islands through public tender. The new contract will strengthen INAER’s partnership with IB-Salut, for whom it has provided aerial emergency services since 2000. The contract will last for two years with the… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 22-Jan-14

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Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam has made the decision to close its Elmore County air ambulance base in Wetumpka, AL effective today. Company President Seth Myers said low utilization of the service coupled with low reimbursement rates were major factors in the company’s decision to cease operations at the base which has been in service since April… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 22-Jan-14

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Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

The new helicopter landing site at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will open Wednesday, January 22. The dedication will feature an inaugural fly-in by Aeromed, Spectrum Health’s air ambulance service, and presentation of a $50,000 check by hospital volunteers. The donation represents the first payment on a $125,000 pledge the volunteers made to the hospital’s “Building… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Health, 22-Jan-14

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Texas – CareFlite to base AW109 at Lake Whitney Medical Center from February

Texas – CareFlite to base AW109 at Lake Whitney Medical Center from February

Whitney Hospital Authority President Jim Cato said the new CareFlite helicopter stationed at Lake Whitney Medical Center will allow the struggling hospital to provide better emergency service while adding jobs to the surrounding area. see full story

Source: Waco Tribune, 21-Jan-14

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STARS expects to raise $10M with 21st annual lottery

The 21st annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,217 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. The STARS Lottery raises over $10 million net each year and continues to be STARS’ single largest source of funding in Alberta, helping critically ill and injured patients across the province. “In 2013 STARS responded to more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 20-Jan-14

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Scandinavian AirAmbulance opens 10th base – in Denmark

Scandinavian AirAmbulance opens 10th base – in Denmark

On 1 January Scandinavian AirAmbulance (SAA) opened its tenth helicopter base – a HEMS station in Ringsted, Denmark. The Danish HEMS station is situated southwest of Copenhagen and it employs a single-pilot EC145  that sits in alert 24 hours around the clock. The helicopter is operated in partnership wih Falck Ambulans on a January-October interim contract… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 20-Jan-14

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One-way trip to Mars is destroying Utah EMS pilot’s marriage

One-way trip to Mars is destroying Utah EMS pilot’s marriage

Ken Sullivan, a 38-year-old medevac pilot living in Utah, is delighted to have been selected as a finalist for a one-way trip to Mars – but he didn’t tell his wife he was applying…  See full story

Source: Stamford Advocate, 17-Jan-14

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Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017. “These new aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jan-14

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Air Methods to launch air ambulance in Winona

Air Methods to launch air ambulance in Winona

A company spokesperson says Air Methods was approached by MedStat’s program director to see if they were interested in continuing air medical service in the community.  See full story

Source: WTVA, 15-Jan-14

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UMMC contracts with PHi Air Medical for third helicopter

UMMC contracts with PHi Air Medical for third helicopter

Addition of a third AirCare helicopter, which would be based at UMMC Grenada this spring, promises to save lives by quickly transporting patients to hospitals while providing advanced-life-support services en route. AirCare, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s emergency flight service, bases its current helicopters at the main UMMC campus in Jackson and at Key… Read more »

Source: UMMC, 14-Jan-14

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Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance flies first night missions

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance flies first night missions

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is now available to offer crucial emergency support in the winter rush hours – something it has not been able to do in the past. Last week the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance have gone live with their night flying operations, they have performed a number of airlifts after… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 14-Jan-14

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INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 14-Jan-14

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14-Jan-14 LN-OOI Eurocopter EC135P2+ Solihøgda, Norway (2F)

Air Ambulance helicopter struck powerlines (video) on final approach to road traffic accident landing site.  Norsk Luftambulanse has confirmed two of its employees have died in the accident.  Fatalities confirmed here as pilot Bjorn Nergård and doctor Anders Nakstad with the paramedic Sondre Bjartland seriously injured

14-Jan-14

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ADAC sells complete BK117B2 fleet of 14 aircraft

ADAC sells complete BK117B2 fleet of 14 aircraft

Global niche helicopter operator and maintenance specialist Airwork NZ is expanding into Europe through a contract with Germany’s largest motoring organisation, The General German Automobile Club (ADAC). Based in Munich, ADAC is one of Europe’s largest operators of helicopters for emergency air rescue services which are among the range of mobility services provided to its… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 10-Jan-14

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Londons Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years of saving lives

Londons Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years of saving lives

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, celebrates 25 years of service on 9th January 2014. Having treated over 30,000 critically injured patients in London and attended most major incidents, since inception, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the people of London to… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-14

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service completes 20,000 missions

UK – The Air Ambulance Service completes 20,000 missions

It was another very busy year for The Air Ambulance Service in 2013, with the Charity carrying out its 20,000th mission. According to the latest figures, the Charity’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) passed this incredible landmark in December. Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) has now completed over 14,500 rescue missions since it was founded… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 08-Jan-14

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Competition forces Air Methods to close two Oregon bases

Competition forces Air Methods to close two Oregon bases

According to Tim Rawlings, manager of competitor Life Flight Network, both Air Methods’ bases at Ontario and La Grande closed late last week after only about three months operating.  See full story

Source: Argus Observer, 08-Jan-14

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance contracts for first EMS Bell 429 in UK

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) today (7th January 2014) signed a 10-year contract in Swindon with Heli Charter Ltd for a new helicopter, which will come into service at the end of the year, when the lease on the current 12 year old aircraft expires. After a great deal of deliberation over the last… Read more »

Source: Heli Charter, 07-Jan-14

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RACQ CareFlight now routinely carries blood

RACQ CareFlight now routinely carries blood

RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopters are carrying lifesaving blood, arming paramedics and doctors with the vital supplies in times of emergency.  See full story

07-Jan-14

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07-Jan-14 Glen Aplin, Australia

Air Ambulance helicopter went AOG at accident scene

07-Jan-14

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Midwest MedAir purchases new EC135P2+ and creates second base

With an IFR EC135 already based at North Platte, Midwest MedAir sees scope for a second aircraft and will open a new base at Hastings.  The organisation has purchased a new EC135P2+, serial 1101 and registered N535MW, to add to its current EC135 which they bought new in 2009. See full story

Source: 10 11 HD, 06-Jan-14

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Air Methods to fly two Bell 407s for Haiti Air Ambulance

Air Methods to fly two Bell 407s for Haiti Air Ambulance

Air Methods Corporation, the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Haiti Air Ambulance Service, Inc. (“Haiti Air Ambulance”), a New York not-for-profit corporation, to provide air medical transportation services to the Republic of Haiti.  Under the agreement, which is similar to a traditional hospital services contract, Air… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Jan-14

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DRF Air Rescue withdraws from Denmark

DRF Air Rescue withdraws from Denmark

[electronic translation] To 31.12.2013, the DRF Air Rescue has withdrawn from Denmark. With the commissioning of the first Danish rescue helicopter in Ringsted in 2010, the DRF Air Rescue had done together with Falck A / S key construction work for the air rescue in the neighboring country. The country of Denmark will expand this now as… Read more »

Source: DRF, 03-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Haliburton, Canada

Lost window in flight, diverted to Muskoka airport

03-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 N585TJ Eurocopter Bo105 Pembroke, US-New York

Badly damaged when fell off the trailer it was being transported on Interstate 90.  Road conditions were snowy.  Helicopter was withdrawn in 2011 and has been sold to a new owner in Australia.  It still appears to be carrying old registration N505TJ (since taken up by a new Bell 429) and not its reassigned reg N585TJ.

03-Jan-14

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First AS350 simulator ready for training at Metro Aviation

First AS350 simulator ready for training at Metro Aviation

The Helicopter Flight Training Center has completed the certification of its first simulator, the AS350 FlightSafety flight training device with NVG-capability. The FAA recently wrapped up their visit to the training facility to give it the green light and Metro Aviation pilots immediately began their recurrent training in the simulator. This simulator is available for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Jan-14

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Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

After months of careful review, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, with input from Community Medical Center, has entered into an agreement with Northwest MedStar to provide critical care transport services, previously provided by the Life Flight air ambulance program. Northwest MedStar will begin base operations on April 2, 2014. Providence St. Patrick Hospital entered into the… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 02-Jan-14

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service retail chain raises £3m in 2013

UK – The Air Ambulance Service retail chain raises £3m in 2013

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) team have announced that they have reached their 2013 income target of £3million through their retail outlets across the country. Renowned for their edgy boutique style shops, TAAS has won numerous prestigious awards for its unique take on the traditional Charity shop, including 2013 Charity Retail Wow! Factor Awards for… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 01-Jan-14

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. 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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

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New Chairman appointed at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

New Chairman appointed at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance can announce that Tony Nicholson has been appointed to the role of Chairman, stepping up to his new post on 1st January.  He has been a Trustee of the Charity since 2010 and has a distinguished background in both the public and private sectors.  Originally an operational helicopter pilot… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 23-Dec-13

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British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

Trauma patients who require blood transfusions on air ambulances will now have timelier access to blood products and improved medical outcomes, thanks to a new program announced today. “When patients require an emergency blood transfusion their condition is critical and time is of the essence,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This new program is a… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 23-Dec-13

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Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Revelstoke City Council approved the funding for a feasibility study for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital.  See full story

Source: Revelstoke Times Review, 23-Dec-13

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22-Dec-13 C-GIMV Sikorsky S76 Gillies Township, Canada

The helicopter entered a high hover to blow away snow accumulation at the scene. During the manoeuvre a white out condition was created. The main rotor contacted trees. Control of the helicopter was maintained and a landing was performed immediately. There were no injuries. The helicopter sustained damage to all 4 rotor blades.

22-Dec-13

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Sweden – Dalarna Council to buy EMS helicopter

Sweden – Dalarna Council to buy EMS helicopter

Dalarna’s County Council has decided to purchase an own helicopter for emergency medical operations in the region. The decision was reached in an extra meeting in Falun earlier today. The county’s helicopter will be purchased in a joint partnership with Värmland’s County Council, which decided to buy its own helicopter in March 2013. Värmland’s procurement… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 20-Dec-13

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance becomes first UK 24H helicopter service

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance becomes first UK 24H helicopter service

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance yesterday (Wednesday) became the first air ambulance in the country to launch a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) following three years of research and preparatory work. Up until recently, and unlike the rest of Europe, the service could only fly by daylight and so traditionally operated… Read more »

Source: KSS Air Ambulance, 20-Dec-13

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Top Gear star becomes Ambassador to Midlands Air Ambulance

Top Gear star becomes Ambassador to Midlands Air Ambulance

TV presenter and Top Gear star Richard Hammond and his wife, columnist Mindy Hammond are the latest high profile celebrities to be appointed as ambassadors for the MAAC. The couple join stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment who are ambassadors and supporters of the charity including professional rugby players Mike Tindall MBE (England… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 20-Dec-13

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3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

China Air Medical & Rescue Congress 2014 will be held on May 8, 9 in Shanghai, China. This event is expected to gather government authorities, general aviation operators, international & local air ambulance operators, emergency assistance companies, maritime SAR authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and insurance companies, among others. China is one of the countries suffering the worst… Read more »

Source: CDMC, 19-Dec-13

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India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

During the ongoing official visit to India by the Maldives’ Minister of Defence and National Security Colonel (Ret.) Mohamed Nazim, the Government of India has gifted a helicopter to the MNDF. During the ceremony held at India’s Southern Naval Command in Kochin, the helicopter was ceremonially handed over by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the Flag… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

Air Evac announced Monday it will add a new base in Moberly, starting in 2014.  See full story

Source: ABC 17 News, 17-Dec-13

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Boston MedFlight buys new helicopter thanks to $8.5M MassDevelopment lease

Boston MedFlight buys new helicopter thanks to $8.5M MassDevelopment lease

MassDevelopment has issued an $8.5 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of New England Life Flight Inc., which does business as Boston MedFlight, a cooperative venture among Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. The organization will use lease proceeds to… Read more »

Source: MassDevelopment, 16-Dec-13

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NCAR Convenes 2nd EMS Helicopter Weather Summit

NCAR Convenes 2nd EMS Helicopter Weather Summit

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in conjunction with the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), is holding a second HEMS Weather Summit on Wednesday, December 18 in Washington, DC.   The inaugural summit, held in Boulder Colorado in… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 16-Dec-13

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Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network (LFN), the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, announced plans today to open a new base at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana by approximately January 15, 2014. Michael Griffiths, LFN’s CEO, states, “Life Flight Network seeks opportunities to provide much-needed air medical resources to rural… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-Dec-13

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Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Last night the Air Corps transferred a young patient from Kerry to Casement Aerodrome in their 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2013. The patient was transferred from the helipad at Tralee General Hospital in an AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopter and was flown to Dublin, with the flight crew using specialist Night Vision Goggles. This mission… Read more »

Source: Irish Air Corps, 15-Dec-13

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Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust chief executive Murray Bolton is furious the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board will give the trust $450,000 to operate next year – down from $900,000 this year and well short of the $1.5 million the trust sought  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 15-Dec-13

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Arbitration award in favour of helicopter pilot affirmed

Arbitration award in favour of helicopter pilot affirmed

This case arose out of an arbitration award granted in favor of a helicopter pilot whom plaintiff Air Methods Corporation had terminated following an incident in April 2010.  See full story

Source: CBA CLE Legal Connection, 15-Dec-13

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Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard announced the opening of its newest base of operations located in Moab, Utah. The new base will serve the region with premium air ambulance services and leading industry practices and technology. Classic Lifeguard has made the decision to relocate one of their medically configured Bell 407’s to Moab in order to more effectively… Read more »

Source: Classic Lifeguard, 13-Dec-13

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AirMed adds new base with EC145 in Tooele, Utah

AirMed adds new base with EC145 in Tooele, Utah

University of Utah AirMed held an opening ceremony yesterday for their new base at Tooele in Utah.  AirMed will be basing a Eurocopter EC145 there now. University of Utah Healthcare’s Air Medical Transport Team. AirMed was established in 1972 as the 8th air medical transport program in the nation. The University hospital provides services for one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-13

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Rega and BOHAG open new base at Zweissimmen

Rega and BOHAG open new base at Zweissimmen

[electronic translation]  A year after the groundbreaking ceremony today was the opening of the new Rega base are celebrated in two Simmen. It acts with the new basis for a joint project of the Rega and the Bernese Oberland Helikopter AG (BOHAG). In the presence of application partners and guests from politics and industry Rega CEO Ernst… Read more »

Source: Rega, 10-Dec-13

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EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has earned an ARGUS Gold Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety. To award a Gold Rating, aviation services company ARGUS International Inc. conducts comprehensive research into numerous databases and other reputable sources. It compiles historical safety ratings, aircraft and pilot background checks, and on-site safety audits to… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Dec-13

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Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

The two Westpac rescue helicopter services based in the northern half of NSW will be part of one single tender to be made by the Hunter and New England North West Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service under its existing Air Operating Certificate.  See full story

Source: Guyra Argus, 09-Dec-13

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Wucher Helicopter launches winter season EC135 operation

Wucher Helicopter launches winter season EC135 operation

Austrian operator Wucher Helicopter has this week started its seasonal operation of the “Gallus 1” emergency helicopter. Eurocopter EC135 OE-XHZ is the subject helicopter, and the winter season was launched on Friday 6th December from a base at Zürs. With the beginning of the winter season, “Gallus 1” starts is now on standby at Zürs… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

As you may have seen in recent media reports, the Manitoba government, in consultation with STARS, has made a decision to temporarily place the Winnipeg base out of service. This has been done to allow the government to conduct a review of an interhospital transport mission that occurred on Thursday, November 28th. The care and… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Dec-13

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09-Dec-13 RA-04060 Eurocopter AS350B3 Uzhur, Russia

EMS helicopter crashed with pilot and two paramedics on board.  Helicopter on its side.  Boom broken off at root and tail is lying next to rotorhead

09-Dec-13

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Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T at EMS event

Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T at EMS event

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, demonstrated the medical versions of the light Ansat and Ka-226T helicopters to officials at Zashchita, the Russian National Centre for Disaster Medicine, as part of a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Centre. Zashchita Director Sergei Goncharov noted the potential of the new helicopters for use in emergency… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-13

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New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

The new hangar for the Air Saint Luke’s helicopter is almost done.  Construction began earlier this year  See full story

Source: KMVT, 05-Dec-13

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