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European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

The dates are now confirmed for European Helicopter Show 2013. The event will take place at Hradec Králové in Czech Republic during 9th – 11th of May 2013. This new helicopter event in Czech Republic, 9th -11th May 2013, is already attracting a positive reaction within the helicopter industry, with major manufacturers including Bell Europe… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Show, 12-Oct-12

First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

A Maryland State Police Dauphin touched down for the first time Thursday morning for a test landing at Frederick Memorial Hospital’s new rooftop helipad. (see full story)

Source: Your4State, 12-Oct-12

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New Mexico – San Juan County to build two EMS helipads

New Mexico – San Juan County to build two EMS helipads

San Juan County is looking to build two new helipads for AirCare, which is San Juan Regional Medical Center’s helicopter service. The county has identified two plots of land where helicopter landing pads can be built near Navajo Dam and Nageezi. (see full story)

Source: Daily Times, 12-Oct-12

NZ – Taupo’s rescue helicopter has new sponsor

NZ – Taupo’s rescue helicopter has new sponsor

Taupo’s rescue helicopter is a well-known sight in the sky. Libby O’Brien found out more about the helicopter’s facelift and the company playing a new role in helping the service take flight They say pigs may fly, but no-one has ever expected a cow to become airborne, let alone play a major part in search… Read more »

Source: Philips Search & Rescue Trust, 12-Oct-12

PHI Air Medical and pilot face $120M lawsuit

PHI Air Medical and pilot face $120M lawsuit

A fixed-wing flight instructor and his student were flying in the wrong traffic pattern before being hit by a PHI Air Medical EC135 near Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.  The certificated commercial pilot and passenger on board the airplane were fatally injured.  The families of the two victims have filed a $120 million lawsuit against PHI… Read more »

Source: NewsLeader, 11-Oct-12

Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

A helipad for the STARS helicopter air ambulance has moved from the drawing pad to plans for construction behind the Yorkton Regional Hospital. (see full story)

Source: StarPhoenix, 11-Oct-12

Sweden – MediCopter buys a Bell 429 for Gotland HEMS

Sweden – MediCopter buys a Bell 429 for Gotland HEMS

Scandinavian MediCopter has been awarded the new EMS contract in Gotland. The agreement was initially presented in June, but it has now been sealed following the end of a recent appeal process. Gotland’s Muncipality (Region Gotland) has chosen MediCopter as its medical air service provider for the next 5+2 years, starting from 1 April 2014. The… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Oct-12

Metro Aviation announces new Customer Configuration Coordinator

Metro Aviation announces new Customer Configuration Coordinator

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce that Amy McMullen has joined the company as its Customer Configuration Coordinator.  Ms. McMullen’s primary focus is to assist customers with aircraft configuration, equipment selection, and layout in addition to wide-ranging support during the entire completion process.  She has spent most of her career in the air medical industry… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-Oct-12

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UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

The Barnstaple office of Morgan Sindall has secured a £1.5 million contract to deliver new offices, welfare facilities and an aircraft hangar at Exeter Airport for Devon and Cornwall Police. The new two-storey office building will house the Air Operations Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, both of which currently… Read more »

Source: Morgan Sindall, 10-Oct-12

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10-Oct-12 Bell 407 Minneapolis, US-Minnesota

Chin window damaged by patient trolley and helicopter taken out of service until new parts fitted.  Life Link III operate five Bell 407s – N404LL through N408LL so presumably one of these was the subject aircraft

10-Oct-12

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Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital select Becker avionics for new Bell 429

Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital select Becker avionics for new Bell 429

Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital of Kearney selected the Becker Avionics Digital Audio System DVCS6100 for their new Bell 429 light-twin EMS helicopters. The completion of the new Bell 429 aircraft is currently underway at United Rotorcraft in Denver, a division of Air Methods (formerly the Products Division). The aircraft will be delivered to Rogers Helicopters/Good… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 09-Oct-12

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Air Methods opens new base at Potsdam, New York state

Air Methods opens new base at Potsdam, New York state

Air Methods officially began operating a Eurocopter EC135 in Potsdam at 7 a.m., October 1st under its LifeNet brand. The new helicopter service will extend air ambulance service to St. Lawrence County and surrounding areas for faster medical response. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 starting at 6pm at   … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Oct-12

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New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

St. Mary Mercy’s new air ambulance helipad is adjacent to the hospital’s newly constructed three-story, 154,000-square-foot addition that features a new emergency center and private patient rooms. The hospital will move its emergency center and services and open the new air ambulance helipad when the new building officially opens to patients in early November. (see… Read more »

Source: Observer & Eccentric, 07-Oct-12

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Invermere and District Hospital helipad recertified

Invermere and District Hospital helipad recertified

INVERMERE-Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Chair John Kettle, Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, and Interior Health representatives officially reopened the Invermere and District Hospital’s heliport recently. “The completion of the heliport project is great news for the community and the Invermere and District Hospital,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “Our… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 07-Oct-12

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Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

On Fridya, Governor Martin O’Malley joined Colonel Marcus Brown, officials from AgustaWestland, representatives from the state’s emergency medical services community, and other officials to unveil the first new Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, an important step forward in replacing Maryland’s aging medevac helicopter fleet. “The most sacred responsibility that any government holds is to protect… Read more »

Source: Maryland State Police, 07-Oct-12

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Life Flight Network honoured as Best Large Non-Profit to work for in Oregon

Life Flight Network honoured as Best Large Non-Profit to work for in Oregon

Life Flight Network (LFN), a not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, was honored as the Best Nonprofit to Work For in Oregon (large category) by Oregon Business magazine at an awards banquet in downtown Portland late last week. The statewide publication’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project celebrates… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 07-Oct-12

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Police Aviation News – October 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Oct-12

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Air Methods opens technologically advanced Training Center

Air Methods opens technologically advanced Training Center

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announces the opening of a state-of-the-art training center for its aviation, clinical and maintenance personnel. Located in Aurora, Colo., near Air Methods’ corporate office, the 14,000-square-foot facility consists of advanced simulation areas, learning classrooms and office space. In the aviation portion of the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Oct-12

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Air Methods board recommends 3-for-1 stock split

Air Methods board recommends 3-for-1 stock split

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that its Board of Directors approved a three-for-one stock split of the Company’s common stock. Implementation of the stock split is subject to approval by the Company’s shareholders of an increase in the number of authorized shares from 28.5 million to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Oct-12

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30-Sep-12 N144CF AgustaWestland AW109E Eastland, US-Texas

Pilot tried to divert to a local airport because of limited visibility due to bad weather. Helicopter crashed in open field and was extensively damaged.  All three “minor to moderate” injuries – Pilot Scott Wallace and medics Teresa Campbell and Rhett Drahe.

30-Sep-12

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UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads (HELP) Appeal will be working in partnership to develop an onsite helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), which will open in 2014. A grant of £500,000 has been provided by the HELP Appeal to support the helipad’s construction – part… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) has awarded a new seven-year contract to Bond Air Services Ltd. Under the contract, valued at approximately £26 million, Bond will continue to provide air ambulance services cover across six counties in the West Midlands until 2019. Bond will support the contract for three Eurocopter EC135T2i helicopters on a… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 26-Sep-12

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Becker digital audio system selected for Utah AirMed EC145

Becker digital audio system selected for Utah AirMed EC145

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected for the new University of Utah AirMed EC145 Air Medical helicopter. The aircraft is a replacement for an older twin-engine helicopter in AirMed’s fleet. American Eurocopter in Texas recently delivered the helicopter to United Rotorcraft in Denver (a division of Air Methods Corp), where the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Sep-12

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AirRescue Magazine – 2012 Q3

Source: AirRescue Magazine, 26-Sep-12

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Keystone Med-Flight announces new Chief Pilot

Keystone Med-Flight announces new Chief Pilot

Keystone Med-Flight LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, has appointed Heidi Ames as the company’s new Chief Pilot. Heidi is an aviation professional with over 20 years of experience in flight operations management for both commercial air medical companies and the Military. Heidi was most recently the South East Regional Manager and Pilot… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 25-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Since 1991 Midlands Air Ambulance has been airlifting critically ill and injured patients to hospitals across our region. Starting with just one aircraft, the fleet has grown to three aircraft and has responded to over 38,000 missions, making it the busiest and largest Air Ambulance operator in England and Wales. In that time the operation… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

As London saw this year’s youngest victim of knife crime, 14-year-old Kevin Ssali, sadly die on Sunday, the need to ensure immediate, on the scene medical aid for victims of violent attacks seems to be more urgent than ever. The Liverpool project aims to train young offenders, who are often present at the scene of… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 23-Sep-12

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20-Sep-12 N911CK Eurocopter EC135T1 Naples, US-Florida

Bird strike to upper cowling and rotor system, during night flight. Maintenance cleaned and inspected finding no damage

20-Sep-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

Bond Air Services have delivered Eurocopter EC135T2e G-HEMN to East Anglian Air Ambulance on Monday 17th September.  The helicopter is  fully night-compatible for the time when EAAA commence NVG operations as planned – reportedly in December assuming training and approvals are in place by then. EAAA commenced operations hurriedly with Bond in February 2011 after… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Liverpool Project, that has been set up to teach young offenders the basic medical skills necessary to manage victims of violent attacks. Young offenders, who are often present at the scene of violent incidents are trained to provide immediate haemorrhage control in the vital minutes after… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 19-Sep-12

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St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust announced today, Tuesday 18th September, that it has been granted formal planning permission to develop a helipad at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. It will be only the second hospital helipad in London and the first south of the river. The development will be partly funded through a grant of £1million… Read more »

Source: St George's Healthcare, 18-Sep-12

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Ohio – New EC145 joins UC Health Air Care

Ohio – New EC145 joins UC Health Air Care

Painted bright UC red and black, a new, state-of-the-art EC145 helicopter is joining the UC Health Air Care and Mobile Care fleet providing advanced transport medicine to the Tristate. The new helicopter will replace one of Air Care’s current BK117 helicopters and be stationed at UC Health University Hospital. A second, identical EC145 will arrive… Read more »

Source: UC Health, 18-Sep-12

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Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Police said that since May, vandals have broken several marker and fixture lights on the hospital’s helipad, which is used by Ornge.  The vandalism has occurred multiple times during the last few months. Nine lights were broken during one instance.   (see full story)

Source: CBC, 17-Sep-12

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Both Taranaki rescue pilots quit

Both Taranaki rescue pilots quit

Both of the pilots working for Taranaki’s rescue helicopter have quit their jobs as the trust that runs the service struggles for money. (see full story)

Source: MSN, 17-Sep-12

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17-Sep-12 N901EM AgustaWestland AW109E US-Maine

Landed dangerously close to previously-identified hazard during brown-out landing at night.  Pilot elected to wait for daylight to depart and patient went to medical facility by ground ambulance

17-Sep-12

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CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has welcomed a partnership with Aviation Australia what will see the Queensland non-profit reimbursed for $15,000 per year worth of underwater escape training at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane Airport facility. (see full story)

Source: Australian Aviation, 16-Sep-12

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Lee County MedStar maintenance director put on administrative leave

Lee County MedStar maintenance director put on administrative leave

A Lee County MedStar director was put on administrative leave while the Lee County Sheriff’s office investigates claims he stole hundreds of dollars worth of helicopter fuel (see full story)

Source: Naples News, 14-Sep-12

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Colorado’s Flight For Life needs new helicopter

Colorado’s Flight For Life needs new helicopter

Flight for Life has staged a “Rocky Mountain Ransom” to raise money to buy an AS350B3e (see full story)

13-Sep-12

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Two more AS350s for EagleMed

Two more AS350s for EagleMed

Today, at the ILA Berlin Airshow 2012, American Eurocopter announced that EagleMed LLC, one of the oldest and most experienced air medical transport service providers in the Midwest United States, has purchased an AS350® B2 and an AS350 B3. The aircraft will join EagleMed’s all-Eurocopter rotor wing fleet and will be utilized to service growth… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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ADAC orders 14 EC145T2 and 3 EC135P2e

ADAC orders 14 EC145T2 and 3 EC135P2e

ADAC Air Rescue today signed its latest order in a framework acquisition agreement with Eurocopter for the purchase of 14 EC145 T2 and three EC135 P2e helicopters, which are to be delivered between 2013 and 2017. The contract concluded today at the ILA Berlin Air Show was for an EC145 T2, which is part of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ clinical lead, Dr. Mark Bloch, today gave insight into the critical work of paramedics on search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and the challenges they face working in extreme conditions offshore. Bond has been operating the Jigsaw SAR service for BP in the North Sea since 2006.  In that time, Bond’s on-board paramedic… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 10-Sep-12

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Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center tests new helipad

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center tests new helipad

The nearly $2 million dollar helistop can accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Blackhawk (see full story)

Source: KSBY, 10-Sep-12

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Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Denise Polgar will become Ornge’s first Patient Advocate, a newly created position unique in the field of air ambulance and medical transport, and will begin this role on September 4th, 2012. As Patient Advocate, Ms. Polgar will support and comfort patients and families, as well as work to resolve their concerns about patient care and… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 10-Sep-12

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09-Sep-12 N30HF Bell 407 Corpus Christi, US-Texas

Bird strike

09-Sep-12

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Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge is improving the quality of patient care with approval to fly air ambulance helicopters in U.S. airspace. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Ornge’s application to fly helicopters to the U.S., allowing Ornge’s air ambulance helicopter fleet to fly in U.S. airspace and transport patients to or from any U.S. destination. “The… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Sep-12

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06-Sep-12 Bell 407 Hibbing, US-Minnesota

Night bird strike, cracking search light housing.  Landed safely

06-Sep-12

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Keystone Med-Flight appoints new President

Keystone Med-Flight appoints new President

Keystone Med-Flight LLC (“Keystone”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, today announced it has appointed Paul Rayhill as the company’s new President. Paul Rayhill was most recently the President of Aviation Services Unlimited LLC (ASU) located in Rome NY. ASU is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, and is a well-respected FAA… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 05-Sep-12

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Police Aviation News – September 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Sep-12

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New Helicopter Hangar for Pecos County

New Helicopter Hangar for Pecos County

The hangar is about 3,400 sq. ft. including the office area, restroom, equipment storage room and hangar area for helicopter.  (see full story)

Source: KOSA, 03-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

Five portable, pocket-sized visualization devices that can help physicians identify fluid presence as well as other life threatening conditions are being trialed by London’s Air Ambulance charity. London’s Air Ambulance, which provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury throughout London, has experienced increased demand during the Olympic Games and expects similar during the Paralympic… Read more »

Source: GE Healthcare, 03-Sep-12

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STARS Horizons – Fall/Winter 2012

Source: STARS, 01-Sep-12

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01-Sep-12 N577LF Eurocopter EC135P2+ Escambia County, US-Florida

Hit by laser while circling potential EZ landing site.  Source identified, arrest made

01-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

Wear Red Day launches on Friday 28th September, for the first time in its history and it is a day which we hope will become an annual fundraising event. Simply by wearing red to the office, school or on a night out, you can raise awareness and money for our life-saving service. ‘Wear Red Day’ will become… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 31-Aug-12

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Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

“I believe just one citizen complained and made a big enough stink that he got an FAA inspector to come out,” said Tony Henderson, president of Classic Aviation. (see full story)

Source: Deseret News, 31-Aug-12

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Substance Abuse in HEMS Industry – Survey

Substance Abuse in HEMS Industry – Survey

Participate in a ground-breaking survey on substance abuse in the HEMS industry. There is currently no data available on substance abuse specific to either pre-hospital emergency medical services or air medical personnel.  The purpose of this anonymous survey is to to (1) break the silence, (2) identify the prevalence in HEMS and (3) initiate an industry-wide conversation… Read more »

Source: IAFCCP, 31-Aug-12

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UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

Frimley Park’s new helicopter landing pad for air ambulances is a step nearer to being fully operational after initial flight tests this week proved successful. The first aircraft to land on the new helipad was the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance on Thursday (16 August), followed by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance the… Read more »

Source: Frimley Park, 31-Aug-12

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Duke Life Flight Receives HeliWagon

Duke Life Flight Receives HeliWagon

HeliWagonTM announced this week that the company has delivered a new HeliWagon to Duke University Medical Center. The new HeliWagon is located at Duke Life Flight’s base at Johnston County Airport in Smithfield, North Carolina. Duke Life Fight was the first North Carolina hospital based helicopter service in 1985. This is the first HeliWagon delivered to… Read more »

Source: HeliWagon, 31-Aug-12

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Heliworks Queenstown and Southern Lakes Helicopters win rescue contract

Heliworks Queenstown and Southern Lakes Helicopters win rescue contract

Sister companies Heliworks and Southern Lakes Helicopters  will provide “semi-dedicated” Squirrel helicopters equipped with NVG, searchlights, beacon search, extended range capability and winch and long-line retrieval systems. (see full story)

Source: Otago Daily Times, 30-Aug-12

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Aero Products to part out retired EMS S76A++

Aero Products to part out retired EMS S76A++

Complimentary to its global recognition as a well-respected Bell Helicopter parts distributor and overhaul facility, Aero Products recently announced the addition of a retired Sikorsky Legacy Model S-76® A ++ to its inventory. This legendary aircraft completed its final voyage as it touched down on August 9th at the Aero Products facility in Show Low, Arizona,… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 30-Aug-12

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Spectrum Aeromed on 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Spectrum Aeromed on 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Spectrum Aeromed announces that they have been listed on the INC 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies list for the second consecutive year. Last year the company was named to the INC 500 Fastest growing companies for 799.3 percent growth in three years. “We are honored to be named to the INC 5,000 list, for the second… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 29-Aug-12

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Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Aeromed has relocated its emergency medical helicopter from LaBelle to Fort Myers as of 10 a.m. today to provide coverage in Lee County while MEDSTAR is out of service. Lee County Emergency Medical Services temporarily suspended its MEDSTAR flight operations on Tuesday, August 21 to begin reconfiguration toward national accreditation standards. MEDSTAR is expected to… Read more »

Source: Lee County, 29-Aug-12

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Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 configured for emergency medical services (EMS) in Europe to Air Zermatt in Switzerland. Air Zermatt, in need of a rugged and reliable aircraft for rescue missions, selected the Bell 429 for its unmatched ability to operate at high… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Aug-12

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Introducing the new Night Vision Advisory Council

Introducing the new Night Vision Advisory Council

On Wednesday August 8th, 2012, in response to an open invitation to industry, a group of Night Vision Goggle (NVG) industry professionals convened in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by FlightSafety International, the purpose of the meeting was to develop a council of NVG subject matter experts to provide recommendations on safety, education, standardization, and other issues… Read more »

Source: NVAC, 28-Aug-12

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26-Aug-12 N282AE Bell 206L3 Dickson, US-Tennessee

Safe night emergency landing made in sports field after bird strike caused 24 inch diameter hole in windshield

26-Aug-12

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Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, has recently delivered two new AgustaWestland AW109SP Grand New to Italian operator Elilombardia. Likely for tax reasons, the aircraft were initially registered in their name for a couple of days in mid-July in the Isle of Man, as seen in our photos here.  They were then moved to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-12

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24-Aug-12 N862NC Eurocopter EC135T2+ Roanoke Rapids, US-North Carolina

Intoxicated person approached helicopter outside pilot’s peripheral vision while at flight idle and with the patient on board being stabilised.  New helipad lacked chain or fence to stop anyone approaching pad, which is adjacent to public-access area

24-Aug-12

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24-Aug-12 N136KY Eurocopter EC135P2 Pope Army Airfield, US-North Carolina

Transmission chip light came on. Power reduce and an emergency landing was made at Pope Army Airfield which was about 3-4 miles away without further incident

24-Aug-12

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Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea Crew win award

Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea Crew win award

This year a Wales Air Ambulance crew received the prestigious Gail Williams’ Award for their efforts in the Glyn-Neath mine rescue. The winners, put forward by Wales Air Ambulance Operations Manager Jason Williams for their clinical excellence in attending the mine collapse, were the Swansea based crew of HEMS paramedics Chris Connor and Jason Hughes… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 21-Aug-12

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21-Aug-12 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Bedford, US-Massachusetts

#2 engine low oil pressure illuminated and engine lost power in landing phase. Otherwise uneventful landing

21-Aug-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam enters third Level of FAA’s SMS Voluntary Pilot project

Air Evac Lifeteam enters third Level of FAA’s SMS Voluntary Pilot project

Further bolstering its commitment to safety and risk management, Air Evac Lifeteam – the largest independently-owned air ambulance service in the country – has entered the third level of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management System Voluntary Pilot Project. The national helicopter EMS company, with 110 bases in 15 states, has been enrolled in… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 20-Aug-12

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Med-Trans partners with AirMed – Serving Georgia & South Carolina

Med-Trans partners with AirMed – Serving Georgia & South Carolina

Med-Trans Corporation and AirMed of Augusta, Georgia announced today a newly formed partnership between the twoorganizations to operate the AirMed air medical services.  The newly formed partnership will work in unison to manage the highly regarded AirMed flight program well into the future. The two organizations recently joined forces as AirMed was looking to establish a… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 20-Aug-12

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New Hampshire – Portsmouth Hospital gets OK for helipad

New Hampshire – Portsmouth Hospital gets OK for helipad

A proposal to construct a 50-foot by 50-foot helipad adjacent to the emergency room entrance at the Borthwick Avenue hospital gained unanimous approval from the city’s Planning Board earlier this week. (see full story)

Source: Seacoast Online, 20-Aug-12

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North West Air Ambulance to base both EC135s at hospitals, not airfields

North West Air Ambulance to base both EC135s at hospitals, not airfields

The North West Air Ambulance is excited to announce significant changes, which will enhance the service being provided to patients across the region. Over the next few weeks, our charity will move our aircraft to bases at two of the region’s dedicated trauma hospitals, allowing qualified doctors to travel onboard to incidents which require specialist… Read more »

Source: North West Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-12

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First OSF EC145 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System

First OSF EC145 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System

OSF Aviation, LLC, a division of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, recently took delivery of their first of four (4) new Eurocopter EC145 Air Medical helicopters with the Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System installed. These EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 17-Aug-12

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CALSTAR to standardise on EC135 – orders up to eight

CALSTAR to standardise on EC135 – orders up to eight

American Eurocopter announced today that California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), with headquarters at McClellan, CA, has agreed to purchase up to eight EC135® helicopters. CALSTAR operates nine full-time bases in northern and central California and is the largest nonprofit air ambulance provider on the west coast. With this order, it will replace its older,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 16-Aug-12

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