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Air Methods Reports 2Q2012 results and 3Q2012 update

Air Methods Reports 2Q2012 results and 3Q2012 update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and provided an update on July 2012 community-based patient transports. For the quarter, revenue increased 48% from $150.2 million to $222.5 million in the current-year quarter. For the six-month period, revenue increased 47% to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Aug-12

AgustaWestland seeks $1.8M back from ORNGE

AgustaWestland seeks $1.8M back from ORNGE

AgustaWestland is seeking the return of $1.8M from the controversial marketing services agreement between them and Ontario EMS operator ORNGE – the detail of which is already under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.  (see full story)

Source: Toronto Star, 01-Aug-12

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Police Aviation News – August 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Aug-12

STARS begins night missions from Regina base

STARS begins night missions from Regina base

July 30, 2012 – Today STARS air ambulance is beginning 24-hour-a-day operations at its Regina base. Until now, the STARS Regina base has only operated 12-hours per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now that the majority of clinical and aviation staff have had time to become comfortable with the terrain and providing service in… Read more »

Source: STARS, 31-Jul-12

FAA certifies Aerolite lateral stretcher kit for AW139

FAA certifies Aerolite lateral stretcher kit for AW139

Aerolite announces FAA certification for an AW139 lateral stretcher kit. The lightweight lateral stretcher can be installed within minutes in place of the center row of pax seats. The kit is meant for AW139 operators that installed standard cabin seat configurations but would like to have the extra capability of transporting a patient on a… Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 31-Jul-12

University of Utah AirMed takes delivery of EC145

University of Utah AirMed takes delivery of EC145

American Eurocopter announced today that it delivered an EC145® to the University of Utah’s AirMed Program. AirMed currently has a fleet of four helicopters. This is the program’s first Eurocopter aircraft and will be providing a much needed upgrade to one of its older aircraft. “We were getting to the point where it wasn’t cost… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 31-Jul-12

Arco keeps Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high

Arco keeps Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high

Arco, the UK’s leading safety company and provider of workwear, personal protective equipment and workplace safety products, has announced a three-year deal to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The deal will help to enable the charity to continue providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to over five million people across Yorkshire. With its… Read more »

Source: Arco, 30-Jul-12

DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

Friday 13th is always a date that stands out, but last week’s date will be extra memorable for the crew of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as they achieved a milestone rescue mission. On Friday, DLRAA attended their 4,000th rescue since the Charity started back in January 2008. From accidents up in the rural… Read more »

Source: DLRAA, 30-Jul-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

East Anglian Air Ambulance have Bell 429 demo

Last Thursday 26th July, East Anglian Air Ambulance had some demo flights with the Bell 429 demonstrator aircraft which was in the UK for the recent Farnborough airshow.  Registered C-FTNB, the helicopter did a number of flights from EAAA’s operational base at Norwich Airport. The same helicopter was also noted on 18th July at North… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-12

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Butte Falls unveils safer helicopter pad

Butte Falls unveils safer helicopter pad

Emergency helicopter landings in Butte Falls, Oregon just got safer with the opening of a new landing area at the edge of town (see full story)

Source: Mail-Tribune, 30-Jul-12

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Air Methods to bring medical helicopters to Fort Drum

Air Methods to bring medical helicopters to Fort Drum

Medical air transport provider Air Methods will begin operations on Fort Drum on Aug. 1, after opening a station in Watertown last month and with another on the way in Potsdam. (see full story)

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 27-Jul-12

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Duke of York to become Patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Duke of York to become Patron of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG has kindly agreed to become the Royal Patron of the Charity. The announcement comes after The Duke of York, KG visited and officially opened the YAA’s northern airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk on Monday 9th July.  During… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 27-Jul-12

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27-Jul-12 D-HUTH Eurocopter EC135 Treis-Karden, Germany

Helicopter contacted and broke powerlines on EMS flight as “Christoph 10”.  Note – Registration is NOT confirmed, but is a recently ex-factory new delivery which was assigned to the “Christoph 10” base, and photos here show D-HUTH

27-Jul-12

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UK – Sir David Jason Pledges Support for National Air Ambulance Week

UK – Sir David Jason Pledges Support for National Air Ambulance Week

One of Britain’s most famous and respected actors Sir David Jason is getting behind the first National Air Ambulance Week – 24-30 September 2012. Sir David has come a long way from his days as an electrician; since then he has won many prestigious awards for his work, with roles greatly varying from the comical Del… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 25-Jul-12

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Cayman Police helicopter crew obtain EMS certification

Cayman Police helicopter crew obtain EMS certification

Four members of the RCIPS Air Operations Unit are now certified emergency medical responders – thanks to a joint initiative between the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority and the police. In addition, the Cayman Heart Fund has very generously donated a defibrillator for use on the police helicopter. The four crew members recently completed an… Read more »

Source: RCIPS, 24-Jul-12

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24-Jul-12 N455MH Eurocopter EC145 Houston, US-Texas

Post flight check found engine cowling missing

24-Jul-12

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Germany’s DRF releases mid-year statistics

Germany’s DRF releases mid-year statistics

Motorbike accidents, stroke or seriously injured children: the air rescue organization DRF Luftrettung is on duty every day with its helicopters and ambulance aircrafts. In the first half of the year 2012 the DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 19,667 missions, involving helicopter missions at 31 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark as well… Read more »

Source: DRF, 23-Jul-12

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Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that 429 launch customer Mercy One of Des Moines, Iowa will receive a second Bell 429 helicopter from Air Methods. Mercy One currently operates an air medical critical care configured Bell 429 and will add a second helicopter, equipped with United Rotorcraft emergency medical services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-12

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21-Jul-12 I-BLGN Eurocopter EC145 Morbegno, Italy

Air ambulance struck cables on climb-out from road accident scene.   Pilot Augusto Stazzonelli, co-pilot Stefano Turetta, doctor Fabio Martorana, a nurse, an alpine rescue specialist and the patient survived.

21-Jul-12

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Medical Center rooftop helipad to be inaugurated in Beirut

Medical Center rooftop helipad to be inaugurated in Beirut

The Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beriut’s Ashrafiyeh neighborhood is expected to inaugurate on Thursday a helipad on the roof of the building during a ceremony sponsored by Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh. (see full story)

Source: Naharnet, 19-Jul-12

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Maryland State Police exercises options for three AW139s

Maryland State Police exercises options for three AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Maryland State Police Aviation Command has executed options under their current contract for three additional AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft will be used for emergency medical, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions. This order follows an initial contract for six AW139s placed… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Jul-12

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19-Jul-12 N911LS AgustaWestland AW119Ke Junction City, US-Kansas

Multiple laser strikes. Landed safely

19-Jul-12

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London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance providing advanced care for the Olympics

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s helicopter emergency medical service, is proud to announce that it is the designated air ambulance for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (“the Games”). In addition to providing Major Incident and serious injury cover for London during this time, London’s Air Ambulance medical teams will provide… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 17-Jul-12

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Naka Nihon to operate Japan’s first EC135P2e for Doctor Heli

Naka Nihon to operate Japan’s first EC135P2e for Doctor Heli

(elctronic translation from Japanese) Nakanihonkoku Inc., the machine operating 11 EC135 helicopters for the doctor, has been quick to provide a means of fast-moving medical institutions from the scene of the accident. Other, made ​​by Eurocopter helicopters operated 30 aircraft, news gathering, has been engaged in the mission, such as disaster prevention. President Mikio Kunimitsu… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Jul-12

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Metro Aviation to feature latest Texas DPS completion at ALEA

Metro Aviation to feature latest Texas DPS completion at ALEA

Metro Aviation will be exhibiting again this year during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 42nd Annual Conference and Exposition at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from 11-14 JUL 2012. The company will be featuring their latest AS350B3 law enforcement completion provided to the Texas Department of Public Safety Aviation Section. The aircraft is the first… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Jul-12

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UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

UK – Specialist Aviation Services orders six AW169

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Specialist Aviation Services has signed a contract today for six AW169 helicopters including firm orders and options. The contract was signed by Henk Schaeken, Group Managing Director of Specialist Aviation Services at the Farnborough International Airshow. The helicopters will amongst others be used for emergency services missions with deliveries… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jul-12

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Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

Transport Canada approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior for Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Transport Canada has approved the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Bell 429 United Rotorcraft air medical critical care interior. Bell Helicopter is featuring a Bell 429 in this interior configuration at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. The United Rotorcraft air medical critical… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

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MedEvac Foundation International introduces Mission San Juan Island

MedEvac Foundation International introduces Mission San Juan Island

Mission San Juan Island: Hero Retrieval brings together a group of eight Heroes, medevac industry leaders and volunteers from outside the industry, for a common cause… to raise money for vital medevac research and education programs.  The event will be held Saturday, October 20 on San Juan Island, just prior to the start of the… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation International, 10-Jul-12

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Fifth and final AW139 delivered to New Jersey State Police

Fifth and final AW139 delivered to New Jersey State Police

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Police has today taken delivery of their fifth and final AW139 helicopter under their fleet replacement program. The aircraft were produced at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania production facility. “We are extremely proud to deliver the final AW139 to the New Jersey State Police,”… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Jul-12

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Metro Aviation announces the passing of Russell K. Garner

Metro Aviation announces the passing of Russell K. Garner

It is with great sadness that Metro Aviation announces the passing of the company’s production manager and longtime employee, Russell K. Garner. Mr. Garner died suddenly in the Shreveport, LA area on 26 JUN 2012. Garner was instrumental in the success of the company with several achievements related to equipment integration and supplemental type certificate… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Jul-12

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The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

The Air Ambulance Service joins in Olympic Torch festivities

Olympic fever is heightening with less than two months left until London 2012 officially gets underway. Over the next few days people across the East and West Midlands will be turning out to watch the torch being carried through the streets on its way to London, and here at The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) we’re… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 05-Jul-12

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years with 4,500 friends

How many people can say that over 4,500 guests attended their birthday party.  Well Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had just that.  On Saturday 30th June 2012 we held our 5th Birthday Summer Fair at Popham Airfield, as our big birthday celebration and it was the most wonderful day.  The sun shone for… Read more »

Source: Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Devon Air Ambulance on Sky1 from 8 July for 12 weeks

Angela Griffin returns to Sky1 and Sky1 HD with the second series of the hit action-packed documentary series “Emergency with Angela Griffin”.  This time, however, the Devon Air Ambulance service features in seven out of the twelve episodes with Angela flying alongside the crew. Over 12 busy weeks, Angela spent many shifts with the Devon… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Jul-12

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Whistler Health Care Centre helipad finally gets approved

Whistler Health Care Centre helipad finally gets approved

After multiple attempts, the helipad at Whistler Health Care Centre has finally been approved by Transport Canada – see full story

Source: Whistler Question, 05-Jul-12

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Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

The new headquarters building for Cornwall Air Ambulance was opened yesterday by the Duchess of Cornwall.  It is the first time in the UK that the fundraising and admin side of an air ambulance charity has been co-located with the operational side of the helicopter – the new hangar can hold two helicopters and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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NativeAir adds EMS base in El Paso, Texas

NativeAir adds EMS base in El Paso, Texas

The NativeAir emergency response team wants to get the word out to local hospitals, local firefighters and emergency responders. They’re ready and waiting to respond to an emergency and just a phone call away. (see full story)

Source: KTSM Television, 04-Jul-12

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Intermountain Life Flight goes live with GrandNew

Intermountain Life Flight goes live with GrandNew

Three of the most sophisticated and safest medical helicopters in the world now call Utah home. The Intermountain Life Flight program, one of the nation’s first air medical transport and rescue services, has added three state-of-the-art Agusta Grand helicopters to its fleet to enhance safety, precision and maneuverability in the rescue and transportation of critically-ill… Read more »

Source: Intermountain Healthcare, 03-Jul-12

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Police Aviation News – July 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News,, 03-Jul-12

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North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac is celebrating 30 years and more than 20,000 successful flights serving communities in northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The Med Evac crew has planned a celebration event that is open to the public on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greeley Central High School field, 1515… Read more »

Source: Banner Health, 02-Jul-12

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Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

Sanford Health Air Ambulance completed upgrades to its fleet with three new helicopters that went into service on July 1, 2012. The entire fleet includes three EC-145 helicopters, one Bell 230 and four King Air B200 fixed-wing airplanes. The aircraft are based out of Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND and Bemidji, MN and serve patients… Read more »

Source: Sanford Health, 02-Jul-12

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Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac plans to open a new base in July at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg (see full story)

Source: Times Daily, 29-Jun-12

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NSW Government gives Au$1.5M to Westpac Life Saver Rescue

NSW Government gives Au$1.5M to Westpac Life Saver Rescue

NSW Premier  Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher recently announced $1.5million in funding for Surf Life Saving NSW to assist the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. “This funding will ensure this vital search and rescue helicopter service continues to provide a 24/7 service in the Greater Sydney Region and a… Read more »

Source: Westpac Life Saver Rescue, 27-Jun-12

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Northland EMS S76s gain long-range tank from tsunami write-off

Northland EMS S76s gain long-range tank from tsunami write-off

Northland Emergency Services Trust bought an S76 which had been written-off following the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  It has proved much more profitable for re-usable spares than they imagined, the latest item put to use being a long-range tank.    Valued at NZ$224,000 new, the tank comes from the insurance-rejected shell they bought for just NZ$30,000. … Read more »

27-Jun-12

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AirRescue Magazine – 2012 Q2

Source: AirRescue Magazine, 26-Jun-12

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26-Jun-12 N911KX Bell 407 Pleasantville, US-Iowa

Helicopter went AOG for unknown reason and was roaded out from field landing.  We are 99% sure this was N911KX, although the press photo shows the registration etc all covered up.  Compare to this photo of N911KX which is known to be based in Iowa.

26-Jun-12

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Mercy Air tests new helipad at Palomar Medical Center

Mercy Air tests new helipad at Palomar Medical Center

Helicopter test landings were conducted Wednesday afternoon atop the new 11-story hospital in northwest Escondido, at the crossroads of Interstate 15 and state Route 78. (see full story)

25-Jun-12

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UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

British powerline patrol operator WPD Helicopter Unit is expanding its EC135P1 fleet from two to four aircraft.  The third EC135 arrived Thursday 21st June at Oxford Airport for the fitment of high-intensity strobe lights by Eurocopter UK, and was still carrying it’s German registration D-HKUG, serial 0090.  It will shortly be re-registered in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

BAE Systems says it will dedicate an area of Filton Airfield to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity after the closure of the airfield in December.  The charity is launching its fundraising campaign next month to upgrade from its current 1968-build Bo105 with a more up-to-date EC135. (see full story)

22-Jun-12

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HeliExperts dedicate the DOD’s first rooftop heliport

HeliExperts dedicate the DOD’s first rooftop heliport

Leading heliport consulting firm HeliExperts International and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) dedicated the DOD’s first rooftop heliport last month in San Antonio, Texas. Located on the roof of the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the heliport was commissioned to reduce transport time for critically ill… Read more »

Source: HeliExperts International, 22-Jun-12

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Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to grant $500K more to AgustaWestland to account for a remodeled searchlight and medical interiors on their nine AW139s, none of which are yet delivered. (see full story)

21-Jun-12

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Ireland – Launch of the Emergency Aeromedical Service

Ireland – Launch of the Emergency Aeromedical Service

[Apologies that we overlooked running when issued three weeks back – included here for completeness] The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter TD, have today, Monday 21st May 2012, announced the launch of a 12 month pilot project which will see the Air… Read more »

Source: Irish Health Service, 19-Jun-12

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19-Jun-12 270 Eurocopter EC135P2 Borrisoleigh, Ireland

EMS helicopter down – reported wire strike – 3 POB  – no patient on board.

19-Jun-12

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Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

This month, Rose Gaither marks her 25th year as a flight nurse. At 57, she is the longest flying flight nurse at CalSTAR (see full story)

15-Jun-12

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Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods/LifeNet have partnered to base southwest Iowa’s only air ambulance at Clarinda Regional Health Center.  The Clarinda-based air ambulance will serve an initial area within a 40-mile radius of Clarinda and will have the ability to transport patients to medical centers in Omaha, Lincoln,… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 15-Jun-12

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Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation Limited (Gama), part of the global Gama Group, announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has selected Gama to be its dedicated provider of Air Ambulance services for a further 7 years (2013 – 2020). Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland which commenced in 1993 was today furthered… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Jun-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam, a leading provider of air medical transportation to rural communities, today announced a major expansion of its facilities that will enhance the Company’s ability to deliver air medical transportation services throughout the country, and position it for future growth. The facilities expansion includes opening a new headquarters building in O’Fallon, Missouri, nearby St…. Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 14-Jun-12

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NEMSPA opens nominations for 2012 Pilot of the Year

NEMSPA opens nominations for 2012 Pilot of the Year

Each year, the National EMS Pilots Association accepts nominations of EMS helicopter or fixed wing pilots from the nationwide air medical transport community for recognition as the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year. If you know of a pilot who stands out in terms of professional achievement and contributions to the safety and excellence of… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 14-Jun-12

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Nebraska – Good Samaritan Hospital helipad replaced after 27 years

Nebraska – Good Samaritan Hospital helipad replaced after 27 years

For 27 years helicopters have been landing and taking off Good Samaritan Hospital’s helipad. Considering the helipad has survived various storms and landings the hospital decided it time for an upgrade. (see full story)

Source: Nebraska.TV, 14-Jun-12

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14-Jun-12 G-LNAA MD Helicopters MD902 Coventry, UK

Emergency field landing with patient on board while on transfer flight.  Patient continued to destination courtesy of AgustaWestland AW109 of Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance.  MD902 later flown short distance to Coventry Airport where it remained grounded at least the next day.

14-Jun-12

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Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

World leading helicopter engine manufacturer, Turbomeca (Safran group) is pleased to announce the new appointment of David Horton as Director, Commercial and Para public Operator Support for its U.S. operations. David will report to Jean-Marc Domergue, Vice President of Customer Support at Turbomeca USA, Inc. David brings to his new position over 25 years of… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca USA, 13-Jun-12

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds third helicopter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds third helicopter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center now has three helicopters transporting critically ill patients to the Medical Center. AirCare 3 is based at Blue Ridge Airport near Martinsville, VA and serves the communities northeast of Winston-Salem. “We can save as much as 15 minutes in response time in this area by having an air ambulance based… Read more »

Source: WFBMC, 13-Jun-12

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Work starts on $1.2M helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital

Work starts on $1.2M helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital

The construction of a helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital began recently. GRH Project Manager Tim Wilcox anticipates full completion of the three-phase project by summer’s end, adding that the majority of the $1.2 million price tag for the project utilizes local contractors, labor and construction supplies. “We estimate a completion date of August 31, 2012… Read more »

Source: Grande Ronde Hospital, 12-Jun-12

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STAT MedEvac wins second FAA Diamond Award

STAT MedEvac wins second FAA Diamond Award

STAT MedEvac, one of the largest air ambulance services in Pennsylvania, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence. This award honors employers and aviation maintenance technicians who take a proactive role in safety training.  “The Diamond award is the highest award of its type and recognizes training that exceeds federal requirements,”… Read more »

Source: STAT MedEvac, 12-Jun-12

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12-Jun-12 N590AE Eurocopter AS350B3 Grand Junction, US-Colorado

Bird strike at 12,000 ft amsl.  Pilot elected to abort and return to base.  Alternate aircraft sent to carry out patient transfer

12-Jun-12

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Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a new contract is due to be awarded to the incumbent air operator, Gama Aviation. The contract will commence in April 2013 and run for seven years with a lifetime cost of £120… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 11-Jun-12

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Police Aviation News – PAvCon 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 08-Jun-12

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Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Trevor Kidd says had the girl had a hope for survival, Ornge “robbed” her of that chance by not properly staffing their aircraft or sending them in a timely manner.  The whistleblower says he raised red flags about Ornge with journalists and others, but no one believed him because of Ornge’s “Mother Teresa” image. (see… Read more »

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 08-Jun-12

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Rega dispose of last three Agusta A109K2s

Rega dispose of last three Agusta A109K2s

Rega – Swiss Air Ambulance – have disposed of their last three Agusta A109K2 helicopters.  This leaves the fleet consisting of 11 AgustaWestland AW109SP DaVinci and 6 Eurocopter EC145 helicopters. Rega had a total of 16 A109K2 helicopters, delivered between 1992 and 1995.  Following the introduction of both of the current types, the 109K2 has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-12

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight adds EC130

Vanderbilt LifeFlight adds EC130

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has added a new aircraft to its fleet, in an effort to better serve the residents of Middle Tennessee. The new helicopter now brings the total to six, with five of those staffed around the clock. The sixth helicopter is used as a backup when others are out of service for maintenance. A… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 06-Jun-12

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AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

Med-Trans Corp. has announced the transition of their two Carestar air medical programs to their well-known AeroCare brand.  The life saving programs will collectively serve West Texas and New Mexico 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning June 1st. The region will benefit from the superior clinical care and exceptional reputation established by… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 06-Jun-12

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Northwest MedStar expands, adds base

Northwest MedStar expands, adds base

Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport service since 1994, is opening a base in the Pullman/Moscow area, providing additional coverage for patients in the region. This is another great opportunity for Northwest MedStar to work with local hospitals and EMS personnel to meet the needs of communities. “Northwest MedStar continually reviews the needs of… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 06-Jun-12

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Police Aviation News – June 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Jun-12

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Australia – Rockhampton hospital seeks helipad

Australia – Rockhampton hospital seeks helipad

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne spoke yesterday in the Queensland Parliament about the pressing need for an emergency helicopter landing area at the city’s hospital. (see full story)

Source: Morning Bulletin, 04-Jun-12

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Life Flight Network to close Mountain Home base

Life Flight Network to close Mountain Home base

After five years of service in Mountain Home, the Life Flight Network closed its air ambulance base at the city airport on 31st May (see full story)

Source: Mountain Home News, 04-Jun-12

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Samaritan Medical Center shows off new EC135 operation

Samaritan Medical Center shows off new EC135 operation

At a public demonstration on the eve of the launch of the service in the north country, hospital employees crowded to roof areas of the hospital as the  EC135 landed on the helipad on top of the hospital’s parking garage.  (see full story)

Source: Watertown Daily Tmies, 04-Jun-12

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