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FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

Onondaga County Legislature decided on Tuesday to stop all funding of their Air-1 helicopter.  The Legislature’s actions do not necessarily spell doom for Air-1 or the fledgling philharmonic. But it will be much more difficult for them to operate without a subsidy from county taxpayers next year  (See full story)

13-Oct-11

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Gloves off as Mercy Flight faces up to Onondaga Sheriff

Gloves off as Mercy Flight faces up to Onondaga Sheriff

Mercy Flight Central,has scheduled a press conference to display an Ec135 that it will use in Central New York and base at Marcellus Airport in Onondaga County, replacing an older Bo105. The event is being held just a day before the Onondaga County Legislature votes on the county’s 2012 budget, where the sheriff is bidding… Read more »

10-Oct-11

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff Kevin Walsh is trying to sell naming rights to Onondaga County’s Bell 407 as a way of keeping it flying in the face of budget cuts.  A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the company’s name displayed prominently on it.  While it will retain its “Air-1” radio call sign, it would… Read more »

Source: Post-Standard, 29-Sep-11

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is to petition County Executive Joanie Mahoney to get their “Air-1” Bell 407 put back in the county budget for next year.  The budget Mahoney presented to the county Legislature on Wednesday assumes that the sheriff will raise all of the money for Air-1 through donations and by charging fees… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.  “The ship will not fly unless they do that,” Sheriff’s Office Chief John Balloni said.

11-May-11

Air One’s inclusion in Onondaga County’s budget still unsure

Air One’s inclusion in Onondaga County’s budget still unsure

The deadline for the Onondaga County budget is next month, but there’s still no final decision about funding for the Air One emergency helicopter.

Source: WSYR, 04-Oct-10

Lawsuit against Onondaga County Sheriff ‘Air One’ dismissed by federal court

Lawsuit against Onondaga County Sheriff ‘Air One’ dismissed by federal court

Mercy Flight Central, Inc. filed the suit in Federal Court two years ago, alleging that Air-1 was providing competing services without proper certification.

Source: WSYR, 02-Mar-10

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