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UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

UK – Third EMS AW109 enters service

The Children’s Air Ambulance issued a press release last week, and after we scanned through it, we rejected it as it did not appear much of an aviation story.  On the face of it, the central theme was the appointment of a brand ambassador – a 54 year old music star whose success started to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-12

Austria – new operational base for Christophorus 11

Austria – new operational base for Christophorus 11

The ÖAMTC rescue helicopter “Christophorus 11” is relocating to a new 4,000 sq.ft facility at Klagenfurt airport, with costs part-funded by the province of Kärnten.  Moving away from the previous arrangement sharing a base with the federal police with reportedly save  Eu100,000 per year in fuel and landing fees. Base manager Michael Umschaden says it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-12

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PHi announces results for 2012 Q3

PHi announces results for 2012 Q3

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Oil and Gas segment revenues were $115.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $96.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of $18.4 million. Flight… Read more »

Source: PHi, 06-Nov-12

Med-Trans names new COO

Med-Trans names new COO

Med-Trans Corporation announced today the promotion of Rob Hamilton to Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Mr. Hamilton is a proven leader with an incredible perspective on the industry as a whole.   Hamilton most recently held the position of SR V.P. of Business Development. Hamilton will focus on the day-to-day operations and leadership of Med-Trans, assuring the… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 05-Nov-12

Clinical Director for STAT MedEvac receives award

Clinical Director for STAT MedEvac receives award

John Lovett (center of photo), Clinical Director for STAT MedEvac, recently received the STARS of Life Award at The Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) Leadership Conference.  John was recognized as a quintessential leader in quality assurance and patient/provider safety. His work integrating into STAT MedEvac the concepts and philosophy of Just Culture was recognized, as was his work with… Read more »

Source: STAT MedEvac, 05-Nov-12

South Georgia Medical Center helipad ready for flights

South Georgia Medical Center helipad ready for flights

South Georgia Medical Center CEO Randy Sauls said the medical center is grateful to all who had a hand in the planning and execution of the project, which cost approximately $225,000 to build. (see full story)

Source: JEMS, 05-Nov-12

Royal Inland Hospital’s new heliport unveiled

Royal Inland Hospital’s new heliport unveiled

“The opening of the new heliport at Royal Inland Hospital is good news for rural and remote communities surrounding Kamloops,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. “The new heliport will support physicians and patients living in these smaller communities by providing them with better and faster access to critical care.” The project was completed at… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 05-Nov-12

Good Samaritan Hospital ready to upgrade to Bell 429

Good Samaritan Hospital ready to upgrade to Bell 429

Good Samaritan Hospital’s AirCare medical transport service is upgrading to a Bell 429 helicopter in mid-November. Pilots from Rodgers Helicopter Services have begun training on the new aircraft at area airports. (see full story)

Source: KearneyHub, 05-Nov-12

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05-Nov-12 N905HA Bell 407 Bakersfield, US-California

“Hall Medevac 1” made emergency landing after bird strike while en route to pick up patient

05-Nov-12

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Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Wales Air Ambulance adds third EC135

Lifesaving charity Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) has successfully launched a ‘new generation’ helicopter at its Mid Wales base, completing its fleet of three advanced air ambulances for Wales. The new aircraft, which will operate from Welshpool Airport from 2nd November, supersedes the charity’s 20 year-old model to become one of the most cutting-edge operations in… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Nov-12

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Police Aviation News – November 2012 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Nov-12

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03-Nov-12 Bell 206L Bienville, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing after bird strike – EMS unit “Pafford AirOne” with patient on board.  We believe they operate either/both of LongRanger 4 N1813 (52335) and LongRanger 3 N3180L (51055)

03-Nov-12

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter prepares for 7,000th mission

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter prepares for 7,000th mission

“Please don’t take us for granted” is the plea from Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as it prepares to fly its 7000th mission. (see full story)

Source: Coffs Coast Advocate, 02-Nov-12

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Saskatchewan – temporary helipad for Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert

Saskatchewan – temporary helipad for Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region maintenance staff will this week begin construction of a temporary helicopter landing pad at the Victoria Hospital, to accommodate flights from the STARS helicopter ambulance service. The helicopter landing pad will be built on the triangle of grassed land just east of the southeast corner of Herb Bassett Home and… Read more »

Source: Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, 02-Nov-12

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Staff for Life celebrates 30 years by adding MD902

Staff for Life celebrates 30 years by adding MD902

The newest helicopter in University Hospital’s Staff for Life fleet went into service Oct. 31 – a McDonnell Douglas MD902 equipped with the latest medical equipment, including in-flight cardiac monitoring, mobile blood testing and ultrasound, as well as state-of-the-art aviation equipment, including night vision and autopilot for the helicopter pilots. The new black-and-gold helicopter was… Read more »

Source: University of Missouri, 02-Nov-12

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Air Methods to report Q3 Results after market close on 8th November

Air Methods to report Q3 Results after market close on 8th November

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 after the close of the market on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Nov-12

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AirLink CCT appoints Program Manager in Oregon

AirLink CCT appoints Program Manager in Oregon

Kevin Schitoskey, a recognized leader and dedicated clinician in the emergency air medical industry, has joined AirLink CCT in Bend to lead the team as Program Manager. He is committed to ensuring patients and community members are served with the utmost quality of care, by the highest level of medically trained staff, and in the… Read more »

Source: AirLink CCT, 31-Oct-12

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HAI attends Air Medical Transport Conference

HAI attends Air Medical Transport Conference

From October 22-24, HAI staff represented the interests of the international helicopter community at the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash. AMTC is specifically designed to educate, inform, and to supply up to the minute information on the latest techniques and innovative approaches to emergency medical… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Oct-12

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California’s REACH sold to AMGH

California’s REACH sold to AMGH

Word is reaching the HeliHub.com office that Air Medical Group Holdings have bought REACH Mediplane in California. Air Medical Group Holdings refers to itself as “the largest independent provider of air medical services in the world”, operating through subsidiaries Air Evac Lifeteam, Med-Trans and EagleMed We are expecting a formal press release today, or possibly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-12

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STARS expanding flight hours in Manitoba

STARS expanding flight hours in Manitoba

We understand the importance of the life-saving service that STARS provides and the need for this vital assistance to be available 24/7 (see full story)

Source: Winnipeg Sun, 29-Oct-12

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Life Flight Network buys 12 C-MAC PM Video Laryngoscopes at AMTC 2012

Life Flight Network buys 12 C-MAC PM Video Laryngoscopes at AMTC 2012

Life Flight Network (LFN), an award-winning, not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, announced the purchase of 12 Storz C-MAC PM “pocket monitor” video laryngoscopes at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in the Washington State Convention Center. The ability for a critical care medical team to safely and quickly insert a… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 29-Oct-12

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29-Oct-12 N905HA Bell 407 Bakersfield, US-California

Blade delamination caused unusual vibration levels which prompted crew to investigate and then change aircraft before they took off

29-Oct-12

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American Eurocopter appoints Sales Manager / Air Medical Specialist

American Eurocopter appoints Sales Manager / Air Medical Specialist

American Eurocopter, the number one commercial helicopter manufacturer in the United States, has named Jennifer Hardcastle as Sales Manager, Air Medical Specialist. “We are very pleased to have Hardcastle join the American Eurocopter sales team,” said American Eurocopter Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Treg Manning. “Her extensive experience in the air medical market… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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ProMedica Air purchases second EC135

ProMedica Air purchases second EC135

ProMedica Air is adding a new EC135 P2e to its fleet. The aircraft is slated to go into service in April 2013, joining ProMedica Air’s Toledo, Ohio-based EC135 and BO105. “ProMedica Air looks forward to the addition of a second EC135 to our fleet,” said ProMedica Transportation Network Administrative Director, Jack Morasch. “The EC135 format… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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OSF Aviation Fields Four New EC145s

OSF Aviation Fields Four New EC145s

OSF Aviation has added four new EC145s to their fleet. The new aircraft were placed into service this summer as part of a fleet replacement program initiated last fall. OSF Aviation is a part of Peoria, Illinois-based OSF HealthCare and provides air medical support services to eight hospitals and their communities throughout OSF HealthCare’s Illinois service… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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PennSTAR to replace a BK117C1 with EC145

PennSTAR to replace a BK117C1 with EC145

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) is boosting its PennSTAR AMS (Air Medical Services) fleet with the purchase of a new EC145. PennSTAR currently flies three BK117s and four EC135s. The new EC145 is scheduled to be in service by summer 2013, replacing one of the BK117 C1 aircraft. “PennMedicine and PennSTAR are always… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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Miami Valley Hospital CareFlight buys AS365N3+

Miami Valley Hospital CareFlight buys AS365N3+

American Eurocopter today announced Miami Valley Hospital of Dayton, Ohio, has purchased a new AS365 N3+ for its CareFlight program. CareFlight Air and Mobile Services (CareFlight) has become an icon of Miami Valley Hospital (MVH). The program serves more than 150 hospitals and more than 300 community life squads, fire departments, and police departments in… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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MedFlight of Ohio wins 2012 Vision Zero aviation safety award

MedFlight of Ohio wins 2012 Vision Zero aviation safety award

American Eurocopter is proud to announce that MedFlight of Ohio has won the 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, topping the list of a record 25 nominees. MedFlight representatives were presented with the award and a $10,000 check by Anthony DiNota, American Eurocopter Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, during the AMTC Community… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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Air Care of Cincinnati put first EC145 in service

Air Care of Cincinnati put first EC145 in service

The first of two new American Eurocopter EC145s are now in service for Air Care & Mobile Care, which serves Cincinnati’s University Hospital, West Chester Hospital in Butler County and the Greater Cincinnati region. Air Care purchased the new aircraft at Heli-Expo 2012 to upgrade its fleet of BK117 helicopters, which it had flown for… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-12

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Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it will showcase two of its newest aircraft, the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) 2012 in Seattle, Oct. 22-24. The Bell 407GX and Bell 429 will be on static display, both configured for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), highlighting the capability of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-12

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AgustaWestland unveils AW119Kx with Garmin avionics

AgustaWestland unveils AW119Kx with Garmin avionics

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the launch of the AW119Kx, the latest evolution of the proven and successful AW119 single engine helicopter, which features the Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and the very latest avionics, including synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, to improve… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Oct-12

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Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs for 5 more completions

Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs  for 5 more completions

Wysong Enterprises (Wysong) announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle that they have completed their 5th EMS Equipped Bell 407 this year and signed contracts for four more 407 aircraft completions this week.  In addition to the 407s, Wysong also will begin work on another EMS Eurocopter AS-350 in January. “We are… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 23-Oct-12

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ShandsCair purchases Eurocopter EC155B1

ShandsCair purchases Eurocopter EC155B1

American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, today announced that ShandsCair, the air medical and critical care transport system for Shands at the University of Florida, has purchased an EC155 B1. With a range of more than 300 miles, the EC155 B1 will expand ShandsCair coverage area in… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-12

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STAT MedEvac continues fleet upgrade with three EC135T2e and two EC145

STAT MedEvac continues fleet upgrade with three EC135T2e and two EC145

STAT MedEvac continues the upgrade of its fleet with the addition of five American Eurocopter twin-engine aircraft – three EC135 T2e helicopters and two EC145 helicopters – which are part of an ongoing strategy at STAT to continually upgrade its fleet with the latest aircraft and the newest technology. STAT MedEvac took delivery of the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter., 23-Oct-12

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American Eurocopter begins delivery of Med-Trans EC135s

American Eurocopter begins delivery of Med-Trans EC135s

American Eurocopter has delivered three EC135s to Med-Trans with a fourth scheduled for delivery in November Med-Trans, an industry leading air medical provider, signed an agreement in August to purchase up to 16 EC135 helicopters. The order includes 10 firm bookings and options for an additional six helicopters. The new EC135s will help Med-Trans sustain… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-12

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American Eurocopter flying high in Air Medical Market

American Eurocopter flying high in Air Medical Market

American Eurocopter continues to maintain its position as the leader in the U.S. air medical services industry with a market share of 60% and more than 630 of its aircraft currently in air medical service across the country. American Eurocopter’s air medical deliveries have outnumbered the competition by more than three-to-one over the last decade,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-12

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Germany – DRF working on EFB software for helicopters

Germany – DRF working on EFB software for helicopters

The crews of DRF Luftrettung need a lot of information for their world-wide missions – ranging from comprehensive charts to the 900-page flight manual. Recently, DRF Luftrettung has begun to success-fully use tablet PCs in the cockpits of their air ambulance jets, on which this necessary information is stored. These digital aids facili-tate the work… Read more »

Source: DRF, 22-Oct-12

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UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called out on 4,000 emergencies since it was established five years ago. (see full story)

Source: IOW County Press, 22-Oct-12

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Argus awards STAT MedEvac the Platinum Rating at AMTC

Argus awards STAT MedEvac the Platinum Rating at AMTC

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to present STAT MedEvac with the prestigious ARGUS Platinum Rating at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) 2012. STAT MedEvac is the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator to achieve the ARGUS Platinum Rating. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of ARGUS Ratings and is awarded only… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 22-Oct-12

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United Rotorcraft awarded EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft awarded EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft announces it was awarded the contract by Enloe Medical Center of Chico, Calif., to complete the medical center’s new Eurocopter EC130 T2 aircraft. The contract includes the manufacture and integration of a new Federal Aviation Administration (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior and avionics suite. The aircraft is slated to be delivered during the… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 19-Oct-12

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SkyTrac Software Provides HEMS Operational Awareness

SkyTrac Software Provides HEMS Operational Awareness

SkyTrac Systems’ hardware and software are used extensively by Air Evac Lifeteam (AEL), but when special circumstances arise such as the onset of Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico along with the Republican Conference in Tampa Bay, the value of the software reporting features becomes clear. The use of some of the additional features… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 19-Oct-12

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American Eurocopter Showcases Air Medical Solutions at AMTC 201

American Eurocopter Showcases Air Medical Solutions at AMTC 201

American Eurocopter, the nation’s leading provider of helicopters for the U.S. air medical service industry, today announced it will be showcasing the University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight’s EC155 and the Air Methods Corporation’s EC130 B4 at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) October 22-24 in Seattle. The featured EC130 B4 is a… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-12

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19-Oct-12 N207CF AgustaWestland AW119 Dolan Springs, US-Arizona

Rotor blades suffered minor damage when helicopter was on the ground

19-Oct-12

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New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

As of Monday, October 15th, Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) along with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods launched MercyOne-Clarinda, a medical helicopter program based at CRHC serving all of southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri, and southeast Nebraska. MercyOne manages the medical portion of the program and Air Methods operates the helicopter. A ribbon cutting ceremony (click… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 18-Oct-12

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NFC delivers NVG training solution to SkyLife Air Ambulance

NFC delivers NVG training solution to SkyLife Air Ambulance

Night Flight Concepts, the leading provider of night vision solutions, is pleased to announce it has completed delivery of a comprehensive night vision goggle training solution for SkyLife Air Ambulance. The new training enhances operational readiness for SkyLife to perform safe, efficient critical care transport services at night. “Although we are committed to excellence in… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 18-Oct-12

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Regional Maintenance Manager for Air Evac Lifeteam wins award

Regional Maintenance Manager for Air Evac Lifeteam wins award

Cliff Johnson, the regional maintenance manager for HAI member Air Evac Lifeteam, was recognized in the current issue of Director of Maintenance magazine as the Maintenance Manager of the Year. Johnson manages 28 maintenance facilities across four states

Source: Director of Maintenance, 17-Oct-12

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Donaldson barrier filters marketing to EMS operators; Prepares for AMTC 2012

Donaldson barrier filters marketing to EMS operators; Prepares for AMTC 2012

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), reports strong acceptance of its Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems by air medical helicopter programs, logging thousands of flight hours worldwide. Continuing its longtime involvement in the air medical industry, Donaldson will be displaying its IBF Systems in Exhibit No. 835 at the… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Oct-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council. It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter. (see full story)

16-Oct-12

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Air Medical Group expands HQ on air ambulance demand

Air Medical Group expands HQ on air ambulance demand

Lewisville-based Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., a national helicopter ambulance company, plans to more than double its headquarters as it relocates within the city limits. (see full story)

Source: Dallas Business News, 15-Oct-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Residents in Lawrence County, Ohio will soon have an air ambulance helicopter to call their own. (see full story)

Source: WSAZ, 15-Oct-12

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Children’s Hospital Central California upgrades Bell 407 to EC135

Children’s Hospital Central California upgrades Bell 407 to EC135

The patients and staff at Children’s Hospital Central California on Thursday welcomed a new addition — a new “Air George” helicopter. (see full story)

Source: KMPH-KFRE, 15-Oct-12

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Metro Aviation announces new Director of Training and new Training Facility

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Training and new Training Facility

Metro Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Terry Palmer has joined the company as the new Director of Training.   Ms. Palmer brings with her over 20 years of experience in developing and marketing new training and technology products for aviation.  She has demonstrated her success in the training arena for several years, and some… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Oct-12

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TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

At a Conservative Party Conference ‘Fringe Meeting’ held in the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham on 9th October the meeting organisers “The Air Ambulance Service” [TAAS] put forward what some viewed as some disturbing proposals. Andy Williamson (the Chief Executive of TAAS) was advocating that all the separate Air Ambulance Charities in the United Kingdom merge together… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 12-Oct-12

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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