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The FAAâ€™s change in Onondaga Countyâ€™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
Onondaga County Legislature decided on Tuesday to stop all funding of their Air-1 helicopter.Â The Legislatureâ€™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 yearÂ (See full story)
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 countyâ€™s 2012 budget, where the sheriff is bidding… Read more »
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.Â A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the companyâ€™s name displayed prominently on it.Â While it will retain its â€œAir-1â€ radio call sign, it would… Read more »
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.Â 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 »
The Onondaga County Sheriffâ€™s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.Â â€œThe ship will not fly unless they do that,â€ Sheriffâ€™s Office Chief John Balloni said.