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US Justice Dept settles with Air Methods

US Justice Dept settles with Air Methods

The Justice Department has announced that it has resolved a lawsuit alleging that Air Methods Corp. and LifeMed Alaska, LLC willfully violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by discriminating against and failing to reemploy Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Jonathon L. Goodwin of Wasilla, Alaska.   The suit was filed in… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Justice, 16-Apr-12

STC for Rebtech’s Medical Infusion Pump Mount in Bell 206/407

STC for Rebtech’s Medical Infusion Pump Mount in Bell 206/407

As part of an ongoing expansion of product offerings, REB Technologies, Inc. (REBTECH) has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of an intravenous (IV) medical pump mounting system.  The mount can accommodate up to three SPACE Infusion Pumps manufactured by the global medical products company, B. Braun Medical, Inc., and applies… Read more »

Source: Rebtech, 16-Apr-12

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2012 STARS lottery winners announced

2012 STARS lottery winners announced

Lucky Albertans are celebrating today after their names were pulled during the 2012 STARS Lottery draw. Top prize winners included: James Kotyk of Calgary Calgary show home worth $1.1 million retail Shari Macdonald of Delburne Sylvan Lake show home worth $905,100 retail Kenneth and Cynthia Fenwick of Red Deer Sherwood Park show home worth $856,000… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-Apr-12

UK: 1,000 Missions Flown for Herts Air Ambulance

UK: 1,000 Missions Flown for Herts Air Ambulance

More lives are being saved in Hertfordshire thanks to the Herts Air Ambulance (HAA). Since its launch in November 2008 this vital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has flown over 1,000 life-saving missions.   The landmark call-out was on Thursday 12th April where the aircraft was despatched to provide critical care to a patient in cardiac… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 15-Apr-12

14-Apr-12 N509MT Bell 407 Aberdeen, US-South Dakota

Substantially damaged landing on gravel road around 3am local time after experiencing engine trouble on positioning flight after refuelling.  Sole occupant pilot not injured.

14-Apr-12

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Not previously reported here on HeliHub.com, INAER picked up a two year contract with the State Government of Cantabria.  Covering the two calendar years of 2012 and 2013, INAER will provide a Bell 412 based at Santander for EMS and SAR work. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-12

Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance look for new HQ

Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance look for new HQ

Due to introduce a nationwide Children’s Air Ambulance, the charity need a new 20,000 sq ft base including hangar space for its helicopters. (see full story)

Source: Stratford Herald, 13-Apr-12

Helinet Aviation faces eviction order at Van Nuys

Helinet Aviation faces eviction order at Van Nuys

Pentastar Aviation, who own the lease on the land occupied by Helinet, instructing Helinet to move its helicopters from the ramps where they sit ready to depart – for time-critical EMS and ENG work.  When it didn’t comply, Helinet received another letter threatening eviction and legal proceedings.  Helinet owner Al Purwin, previously the lease owner,… Read more »

Source: Los Angeles Times, 12-Apr-12

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Air Methods eliminates COO position; Tate leaves

Air Methods eliminates COO position; Tate leaves

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced a consolidation of its management responsibilities. The consolidation is expected to assist the Company in achieving even greater quality and improved efficiencies within its operations. As a result of the consolidation, the Company eliminated the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO)… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Apr-12

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STARS sets date for Saskatchewan start

STARS sets date for Saskatchewan start

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is pleased to announce it will launch its first Saskatchewan base on Monday, April 30 in Regina. Beginning at 12 p.m. (noon), STARS will be ready to provide safe, rapid medical transport for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan. “We’re very excited that helicopter air medical… Read more »

Source: STARS, 12-Apr-12

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STARS Air Ambulance leadership change

STARS Air Ambulance leadership change

More than 25 years after founding STARS to provide emergency medical transport and help save the lives of the critically ill and injured, Dr. Gregory Powell is continuing his work as founder of the non-profit, charitable organization, while Andrea Robertson takes on the responsibilities of president and CEO. “Dr. Powell has made an incredible contribution… Read more »

Source: STARS, 12-Apr-12

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ADAC welcomes first female pilot

ADAC welcomes first female pilot

German EMS operator ADAC has recently welcomed the first female pilot to their roster of around 150.  Melanie von Allwörden has joined their “Christop 39” base at Perleberg, approx 100 miles south east of Hamburg, flying a Eurocopter EC135.  The 34-year old previously worked for the Hamburg Police – and lives in Hamburg with her… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-12

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Atlantic Ambulance adds third EC135

Atlantic Ambulance adds third EC135

Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, a subsidiary of Atlantic Health System, the parent company of Morristown, Overlook and Newton Medical Centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, this week launched its third medevac helicopter into the skies above northern New Jersey. The new chopper, Atlantic Air Three, will provide service primarily to the residents of Sussex and Passaic Counties…. Read more »

Source: Atlantic Health System, 11-Apr-12

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New Ohio base is 107th for Air Evac Lifeteam

New Ohio base is 107th for Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam, an independently-owned air ambulance provider serving rural America, has opened a new base in Licking County. Air Evac Lifeteam crews provide on-the-scene medical care and rapid medical transport, as well as transfers between medical facilities, and the new base will serve the community of Cambridge. The base opened on March 15 and… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 11-Apr-12

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11-Apr-12 N135WJ Eurocopter EC135P2 Palm City, US-Florida

Emergency landing while en route to an accident scene – smoke in the cockpit.  Registration assumed as this is the only helicopter operated by Martin County on this work and our report stated “Martin County LifeStar”

11-Apr-12

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Hackensack University Medical Center welcomes new EC135 “AirMed 1”

Hackensack University Medical Center welcomes new EC135 “AirMed 1”

As part of its commitment to strengthening its regional network, Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that its new helicopter, AirMed1, will become operational as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 5. “We are thrilled to welcome AirMed1 to HackensackUMC,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Our medical center… Read more »

Source: Hackensack UMC, 10-Apr-12

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10-Apr-12 N20NM Agusta A109C Mankato, US-Minnesota

Rotor blade struck light on landing

10-Apr-12

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 3rd Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 3rd Aeromedical Case Study Conference

On Wednesday 28th March 2012, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) hosted the third Aeromedical Case Study Conference at Ford Dunton, near Basildon, the largest automotive technical centre in the UK, which houses the main design team of Ford of Europe. This year’s conference was titled ‘The Human Contribution to HEMS Patient Safety’ and… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 09-Apr-12

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AirRescue Magazine – 2012 Q1

Source: AirRescue Magazine, 09-Apr-12

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09-Apr-12 N1813 Bell 206L4 Bossier City, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing at Barksdale AFB after suspected bird strike.  Registration assumed as news received by HeliHub showed operator name as “Pafford EMS helicopter” and this LongRanger flies as “Pafford Air One“

09-Apr-12

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06-Apr-11 N244AM Eurocopter EC135P2+ St Augustine, US-Florida

Ingested plastic carrier bag on final approach to land on road to pick up accident victim.  Aircraft went U/S and patient continued by road.  Mechanic called to clear aircraft for flight.

06-Apr-12

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05-Apr-12 HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India

Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people).  Bullet holes confirmed on landing

05-Apr-12

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Police Aviation News – April 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Apr-12

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04-Apr-12 N424AE Bell 206L4 Winnsboro, US-Louisiana

Bird strike on take off while pilot was using NVG.  Damage to windscreen and vertical fin

04-Apr-12

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01-Apr-12 N911KX Bell 407 Pella, US-Iowa

Cockpit indication led pilot to make emergency landing at night.  Aircraft later checked out and cleared to fly

01-Apr-12

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Two UK EMS charities work together to extend hours

Two UK EMS charities work together to extend hours

People living and working in the East of England will again benefit from a unique partnership between the region’s two Air Ambulance Charities this summer. Under the agreement, trialled successfully in 2011, the Charities will collaborate with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to extend their service to cover the longer summer… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 30-Mar-12

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UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

UK – New Chairman at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced the appointment of Simon Michell (pictured) and Roger Morgan as Chairman and Vice-Chairman to the Board of Trustees earlier today. The duo took over the reins from former Chairman, Terri Gill and Vice-Chairman Colin Harrisson. Simon has been on the board of trustees since 2006 and Roger since 2009…. Read more »

Source: D&S Air Ambulance, 28-Mar-12

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28-Mar-12 N124AM Bell 407 Odenville, US-Alabama

While en route to a medical emergency at Steele, LifeSaver 1 from Birmingham was struck by a goose and landed in the parking lot at Margaret Elementary School. ** NOTE ** Registration is assumed from operator website.  The FAA repors code “LSV1” which refers to “LifeSaver 1” and recent photos on the LifeSaver 1 facebook… Read more »

28-Mar-12

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MCH to stop co-sponsoring CareStar program

Bill Webster, CEO for Medical Center Hospital, said that the hospital will give full control to their partner Med-Trans.  The program name will be changed to AeroCare, bringing it into line with the naming convention of air medical services in Seminole, Lubbock and Clovis, N.M.  (full story).  They operate two Bell 407s out of Odessa… Read more »

Source: OA Online, 27-Mar-12

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Ontario Government outlines improved future monitoring of Ornge

Ontario Government outlines improved future monitoring of Ornge

Proposed legislation ( Ambulance Amendment Act (Air Ambulances), 2012) being introduced would, if passed, prevent any future abuse of power at Ornge by: Protecting whistle-blowers who disclose information to an inspector, investigator or the government. Allowing the government to directly appoint members to Ornge’s board of directors and change the performance agreement with Ornge at… Read more »

Source: Province of Ontario, 27-Mar-12

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London Stock Exchange opened by London’s Air Ambulance

London Stock Exchange opened by London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance opened London trading in the London Stock Exchange’s Market Open Ceremony on 23rd March 2012.  To mark this special occasion, London’s Air Ambulance invited ex patient, four year old Liam, to open the market together with the doctor and paramedic who helped save his life. London’s Air Ambulance has been the London Stock Exchange… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 26-Mar-12

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25-Mar-12 N407UT Bell 407 Rockwood, US-Tennessee

Precautionary landing

25-Mar-12

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23-Mar-12 C-GYNN AgustaWestland AW139 Toronto, Canada

Window blew out in flight, apparently causing door to open.  Safe precautionary landing made in local park, not long after take off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on EMS flight

23-Mar-12

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20-Mar-12 AgustaWestland AW101 Colchester, UK

The downdraft of a Merlin helicopter on a training exercise at Colchester General Hospital damaged support poles holding up a covered walkway linking Gainsborough Ward with the main hospital building so badly it had to be taken down.  Cars in the car park – including a police vehicle – suffered broken windscreens.

20-Mar-12

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BEP Systems helps Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with Data Protection Compliance

BEP Systems helps Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with Data Protection Compliance

BEP Systems have recently completed a Data Protection Audit for KSSAA to assist with their compliance to the Data Protection Act. Raising £5 million a year to keep their life saving ambulances flying is a full time occupation for the staff at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA), so they don’t really have time to… Read more »

Source: BEP Systems, 19-Mar-12

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Life Flight Network names new Communications Center Director

Life Flight Network names new Communications Center Director

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, has named Brian Howerton as its new Communications Center Director. Life Flight Network’s Communication Center in Boise, ID operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It is responsible for receiving and coordinating all incoming requests for transports… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 19-Mar-12

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EMS Program at SUNY Canton secures EMS helicopter service

EMS Program at SUNY Canton secures EMS helicopter service

SUNY Canton’s North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program helped bring air medical transportation back to the North Country. Air Methods Corporation announced that it would begin operating two medical helicopters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County beginning this June at a press conference held the morning of Wednesday, March 14, at Samaritan Medical Center…. Read more »

Source: SUNY Canton, 16-Mar-12

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Police Aviation News – Heli-Expo 2012 Special Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 15-Mar-12

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PHi announces results for year to 31 December 2011

PHi announces results for year to 31 December 2011

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (the nasdaq global market:PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2011. Oil and Gas operating revenues increased $10.0 million, related primarily to increased heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues. This increase was offset in part by a decrease in revenues for light and medium aircraft…. Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-Mar-12

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SAF Helicopters buys EC135 from Germany’s ADAC

SAF Helicopters buys EC135 from Germany’s ADAC

French operator SAF have bought an early Eurocopter Ec135T1 from the German EMS operator ADAC.  The particular example is serial number 0042, previously registered D-HEUR in Germany and now in France as F-GMTU As they are replaced in Germany by new EC135s, ADAC is selling off all its T1 and P1 models.  British operator WPD… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-12

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Air Methods executives sell 50,000 shares worth $4.6 Million

Air Methods executives sell 50,000 shares worth $4.6 Million

There has been a spate of share selling at Air Methods, and key employees have to notify details of such transactions to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  This provides us the following details – the hyperlinks take you to the official SEC filing in each case Paul Tate – Chief Operating Officer – 2,000… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-12

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Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

AgustaWestland is aware from media of an investigation being conducted by the Government of Ontario into the operations of Ornge. While negative remarks about the AgustaWestland relationship with Ornge as well as the AW139 helicopter have been made from time to time in press articles, we should like to emphasize the following: 1) AgustaWestland has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Mar-12

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CC Helicopters wins new British Columbia EMS contract

CC Helicopters wins new British Columbia EMS contract

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) has identified Kamloops-based CC Helicopters (2011) Ltd. as the successful proponent to provide dedicated helicopter service in the Central Interior following a rigorous request for proposals (RFP) and evaluation process. “Our government is committed to providing the best emergency care for families in rural communities across British Columbia, including… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 06-Mar-12

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China’s Xinjiang region to get first medical helicopter

China’s Xinjiang region to get first medical helicopter

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China has announced its intention to buy its first medical helicopter, a local health official was reported as saying on Monday. Xinjiang plans to allocate one medical helicopter in the regional capital of Urumqi later this year, according to Yang Bo, director of the emergency management office with the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-12

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Chief Financial Officer at PHi to retire

Chief Financial Officer at PHi to retire

Michael J McCann, the Chief Financial Officer of PHi, has advised the company that “he intends to retire in 2012 from all positions with the Company and its subsidiaries, including as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company, upon the Company’s retention of his replacement in 2012.” to use the wording of the SEC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-12

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AAMS selects new CEO

AAMS selects new CEO

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of new CEO Richard J. Sherlock to lead the AAMS organization. Sherlock will assume the leadership position on March 10, 2012, and will serve in a dual role as the CEO of MedEvac Foundation International as well. Sherlock will be in attendance… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 06-Mar-12

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UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

UK’s first air ambulance to carry Blood on Board

Today, London’s Air Ambulance, will make history as the first air ambulance in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. Every day in London, victims of major trauma are attended by London’s Air Ambulance. Many of these patients are suffering from catastrophic bleeding. Some die at the scene from blood loss… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 06-Mar-12

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Police Aviation News – March 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Mar-12

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02-Mar-12 Bell 206L Baldwyn, US-Mississippi

precautionary landing after a transmission light came on

02-Mar-12

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STARS Horizons – Spring/Summer 2012

Source: STARS, 01-Mar-12

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Air Methods reports FY2011 results and FY2012 Q1 update

Air Methods reports FY2011 results and FY2012 Q1 update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported revenue and net income for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. For the year, revenue increased 18% to $660.5 million compared to $562.0 million in the prior year. Net income increased 9% to $46.6 million, or $3.63 per diluted share,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Mar-12

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CCS Corp donates $100,000 to STARS

CCS Corp donates $100,000 to STARS

The essential, life-saving services STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) provides will now be further supported in western Canada thanks to a $100,000 donation from CCS Corporation. “Many of our employees live and work in rural communities, so there is a natural link to support an organization such as STARS,” said John Gibson, president and… Read more »

Source: CCS, 29-Feb-12

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Helipad opens at Buffalo General Medical Center

Helipad opens at Buffalo General Medical Center

The newly renamed Buffalo General Medical Center has officially opened its helipad atop its roof on High Street. Two patients have been transported to the facility via Mercy Flight helicopter, one from Lockport Memorial Hospital and the other from Lakeshore Health Care Center in Irving. “Having a helipad is vital to our mission of providing… Read more »

Source: Buffalo General Medical Center, 29-Feb-12

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Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

A leaked document indicates paperwork has been put before the FAA, but currently the ORNGE helicopters have not been cleared to enter the U.S.  Period. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 29-Feb-12

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UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

UK: New helipad opens at Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Just steps away from the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, it will knock vital minutes off the journey time for ill or injured patients being flown in for treatment. (see full story)

Source: Kent and Sussex Courier, 27-Feb-12

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$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

Roughly $25 million dollars raised by Ornge with Ontario taxpayers’ help cannot be accounted for.  Investigators, financial and criminal, are digging into the case to see if the money was blown on a spending spree, bad business decisions or if some of it lined executives’ pockets. (see full story)

Source: The Record, 27-Feb-12

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Air Methods to report Q4 and FY2011 numbers 29th February

Air Methods to report Q4 and FY2011 numbers 29th February

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 after the close of the market on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 26-Feb-12

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British air ambulance damaged by vandals

British air ambulance damaged by vandals

Helicopter developed a fault, with crews being forced to leave it there overnight.  A security guard saw a number of youths running from the craft on Sunday and noticed a side window had been smashed (see full story)

Source: BBC, 23-Feb-12

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STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

A permanent Manitoba crew of 14 paramedics, nurses and pilots is now responding to emergency calls across the province with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopter ambulance, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. “These paramedics, nurses and pilots are a critical link in patient care and their training and expertise will truly help… Read more »

Source: STARS, 23-Feb-12

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Trial date not yet set for $60M suit against PHI Air Medical

Trial date not yet set for $60M suit against PHI Air Medical

Eight months after the parents of two men who died in an aircraft crash in December 2010 filed suit against the pilot and owner of the AirCare 5 medical helicopter that their plane collided a trial date has not been set. (see full story) See also the HeliHub.com page for this accident – 31-Dec-10 N385PH… Read more »

Source: N V Daily, 22-Feb-12

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London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

Coutts’ Products, Services & Marketing Department has appointed London’s Air Ambulance as its Charity Partner for 2012. The charity was the outright winner, in a vote to all staff within the team, gaining 56% of the ballot. Coutts’ Charitable Foundation has donated an initial amount of £5,000 to kick start the fundraising and staff have… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 22-Feb-12

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UK – Gloucestershire Royal Hospital plans to reopen helipad

UK – Gloucestershire Royal Hospital plans to reopen helipad

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust needs to alter the site, in Great Western Road, after the recent construction of the multi-storey car park nearby meant helicopters could not fly low enough to land on the existing pad. Nearby trees and other buildings prevent the flight path being from any other direction. As a result the… Read more »

21-Feb-12

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Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario is taking action to strengthen accountability, oversight and transparency at the province’s air ambulance system — Ornge. The government will introduce legislation to help restore public confidence in the system and take further measures to enhance patient safety. The new performance agreement will increase accountability through: Mandatory approval by the Minister for any changes… Read more »

Source: Ontario Health, 21-Feb-12

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Spectrum Aeromed hires VP, Account Representative

Spectrum Aeromed hires VP, Account Representative

Ricky Reno has joined Spectrum Aeromed as their new Vice President and Account Representative of Military and Government Initiatives. In his new role Reno will be responsible for global sales and service of all government and military programs at Spectrum Aeromed. “Ricky Reno brings with him a wealth of knowledge and broad based experience,” said… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 20-Feb-12

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Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

ONtario Ministry of Health as  called in the Police in regard of two transactions – a $6.7-million payment AgustaWestland channelled back to Ornge, as part of the air ambulance’s purchase of 12 helicopters for $148-million, and a $1.2-million loans made to former CEO Chris Mazza (see full story)

17-Feb-12

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Air Methods Selects EtQ Safety Management System

Air Methods Selects EtQ Safety Management System

EtQ, Inc. is pleased to announce the implementation of EtQ Reliance Safety Management System (SMS) at Air Methods—an air medical emergency transport organization. Air Methods selected EtQ Reliance in order to fully automate its SMS and move away from its previous paper system. Collecting, analyzing, trending and reporting of safety events are priorities for Air… Read more »

Source: EtQ, 17-Feb-12

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Life Flight Network to open new Oregon base

Life Flight Network to open new Oregon base

February 15, 2012 – Aurora, OR… Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, announced today they will open a new helicopter base in Redmond, Oregon on February 22, 2012. “Our decision to open a base in Redmond follows substantial research and dialogue with area healthcare professionals… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 16-Feb-12

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16-Feb-12 N63CF Eurocopter AS365N Dayton, US-Ohio

Rapid yaw to the left on take-off, which the pilot managed to control and bring the helicopter back to a safe landing.  Mechanic found tail/rotor servo cannon plug was coated with residual oil

16-Feb-12

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Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance is acquiring four Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters for emergency medical transportation services in the north of Finland, with these rotary-wing aircraft performing demanding day/night operations over land and water in temperatures ranging from – 45°C to +35°C. The newly-ordered helicopters are to be flown from three northern bases – Oulu, Kuopio and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

Germany’s DRF Luftrettung today signed a power-by-the-hour service agreement with Eurocopter, ensuring optimized technical support with fixed maintenance costs and minimized downtime for this air rescue organization’s large helicopter fleet. DRF Luftrettung currently operates 45 Eurocopter helicopters for emergency medical services, composed of the EC145, EC135 and BK117 versions. In 2011, the company agreed to… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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AgustaWestland delivers first of two AW109 Powers to Keystone Med-Flight

AgustaWestland delivers first of two AW109 Powers  to Keystone Med-Flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it has delivered in January 2012 the first of two AW109 Power helicopters to Keystone Med-Flight LLC. These aircraft will be used to perform flight management operations for the Hahnemann University Hospital’s, Tenet Health System –  “MidAtlantic Medevac” Air medical Transport System in Pennsylvania. The AW109 Power… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

Metro Aviation has signed an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. American Eurocopter owns the only AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator in the world. “We are strong advocates of simulator training for EMS pilots,” said Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter announces top flight component support plans

American Eurocopter announces top flight component support plans

Top Flight Component Support Plans provide a comprehensive service for parts and components supply and offer customizable coverage from a single component to comprehensive “Nose to Tail” plans American Eurocopter is not only the leading provider of civil and parapublic helicopters in the United States, but it also strives to provide the best aftermarket support… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods has entered into a lease agreement with American Eurocopter to use its AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator for the operator’s pilot training program. Pending final FAA approval of the training course, the program is anticipated to begin simulator training in the second quarter of this year. “Full motion simulation has not… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter today announced the delivery of its 250th EC135®. The milestone helicopter was recently delivered to Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas. “It has been a year of milestones for American Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This 250th delivery of an EC135 showcases the popularity of the platform in the United… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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