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Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States has released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. The tool, developed in partnership with dispatch software creator Flight Vector, saves valuable time when… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 25-May-18

Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

A newch apter in the history of Wiltshire Air Ambulance began on Thursday 10th May 2018 when  the charity starts working from its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. The move to the new airbase co-incides with the successful conclusion of the charity’s major fundraising Airbase Appeal. The custom-built airbase, at Outmarsh, will bring together… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 23-May-18

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Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Leading air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation has opened a new AeroCare medical helicopter base in Plainview, Texas, joining a ground ambulance already operating there. A medically-equipped Bell 407 helicopter is now available at Hale County Airport to serve patients in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.   “Med-Trans Corporation is pleased to be able… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 23-May-18

Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III has announced the opening of its new air medical helicopter base in Marshfield, Wisconsin. This new base is a 24-hour operation located at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 22-May-18

920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller, 10th Air Force commander, awarded Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, with the Power and Vigilance Award May 8, during the Combat Planning Council social at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. The Power and Vigilance Award is presented to the 10th Air Force unit… Read more »

Source: 920th Rescue Wing, 21-May-18

Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Dr Louisa Chan has been appointed as the Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). As Medical Lead, Dr Chan will join the Charity’s Programme Management Team tasked with overseeing HIOWAA’s transition to a new Clinical Services Operating Model in 2018. Transition planning began in 2017 and the building blocks have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 17-May-18

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is greatly concerned about the unintended negative consequences that can result from the recent Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act, reported to be introduced today by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  While it is the position of AAMS that all our members advocate on behalf of their patients and work… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-May-18

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

The PT-8 Oceanwatch delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area and makes the CAMCOPTER® S-100 an even more powerful naval patrol solution. Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-May-18

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Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

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Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) now has night vision imaging technology aboard three of its air ambulance helicopters, to safely reach more patients at night. The helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. A fourth BCEHS air ambulance helicopter is based in Kamloops, and it will be equipped to provide night vision flight operations… Read more »

Source: BCEHS, 09-May-18

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Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-18

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Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

[electronic translation] Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been… Read more »

Source: Barco, 02-May-18

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DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

[electronic translation] DRF Luftrettung presented the new rescue helicopter “Christoph 47” at its station in Greifswald, a state-of-the-art EC 145. Harry Glawe, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Health of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, took part in the official commissioning of the red and white Engine in the cockpit. Greifswald. There was tense silence as… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Apr-18

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The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service charity has welcomed a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the excellent standard of emergency and urgent care it provides following a comprehensive inspection of services. The published report highlights the exceptional work of The Air Ambulance Service which provides the national Children’s Air Ambulance and two local air ambulances –… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 19-Apr-18

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ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

ARA Flugrettung and ARBÖ present new helicopters and cooperation

[electronic translation] The ARA air rescue presented today at their station in Reutte the new emergency ambulance “RK-2”. The state-of-the-art, high-performance H 145 is the first of its type to go into service in Austria and represents a generational change in the country’s air rescue. The ARBÖ automobile club and the ARA air rescue also officially… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 19-Apr-18

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CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Australia secures Search and Rescue Continuation with RAAF

CHC Group announced they have signed a 30-month contract continuation with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to provide search and rescue services at five bases around Australia. As part of the continuation, six new generation AW139 aircraft will replace the current S76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for RAAF. The first of these aircraft have already… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Apr-18

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DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

DRF takeover of the RTH station for 20th time

A man suffers from severe pain in the chest, a small girl is seriously injured in a car accident – in an emergency every minute counts! In a maximum of two minutes, the crew of the “Christoph 27” will be in the air to bring emergency medical care to people in an emergency. On 1 April, the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Apr-18

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DRF reports operational stats for 2017

DRF reports operational stats for 2017

A total of 36,283 times, DRF air-rescue crews were alerted last year to provide emergency medical help to severely injured or ill people, or fly them to specialized centers for treatment (2016: 35,846). The proportion of operations carried out in the dark was once again around one fifth at the 24-hour stations. The DRF Luftrettung has been… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 16-Apr-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance praised by CQC inspection report

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been highly praised by independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following an inspection earlier this year, the CQC highlighted areas of outstanding practice at the Charity’s two airbases – in North Weald and Earls Colne – with no recommendations for further improvement. Inspectors said: “The staff’s… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 12-Apr-18

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Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as a resource for the leading critical care air medical transport company’s safety system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety and quality management, and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 11-Apr-18

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Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Nakanihon Air Service Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signing of a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s by Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd. (NNK). The two new aircraft will be delivered later this year and will be used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). NNK purchased its first Bell Helicopter, a Bell 47G-2 in April… Read more »

Source: Bellflight, 10-Apr-18

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CHC Launches New Hoist Training Facility

CHC Launches New Hoist Training Facility

CHC Group has announced the launch of its new hoist training facility, certified to train offshore workers, SAR hoist operators and technical crew members in on and offshore hoist operations. The facility, located within CHC’s Den Helder base, has been designed to resemble a Leonardo AW139 cabin and can also be used to simulate Helicopter… Read more »

Source: CHC, 06-Apr-18

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Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems celebrated today the 1,000th delivery of its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Two-Axis Autopilot to an EMS operator of an Airbus EC130T2. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) is the leading autopilot certified for light and medium rotorcraft. This affordable system greatly improves safety, dramatically reduces pilot workload, and provides… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystem, 23-Mar-18

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Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Due to the growing need for helicopters in critical emergency and business situations, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics has expanded its global service capabilities to provide additional logistics support to the Helicopter industry worldwide. Helicopters provide vital transport services for search and rescue, emergency medical services, military, law enforcement and firefighting missions, as well as critical… Read more »

Source: Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, 13-Mar-18

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Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in partnership with Leonardo Company (“Leonardo”), the launch of a comprehensive maintenance and training services offering in support of Waypoint’s Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”) reconfiguration program. The Waypoint MUH, a utility re-configured AW139, leverages the performance capabilities of the AW139 platform… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 28-Feb-18

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Swiss Air Ambulance helped 29 patients per day throughout 2017

Swiss Air Ambulance helped 29 patients per day throughout 2017

[electronic translation] The crews of the Swiss air rescue service Rega helped an average of 29 patients a day last year. With 15’958 missions, Rega 2017 was in greater demand than ever before – both at home and abroad. This corresponds to one use every 33 minutes. Rega can look back on an intensive year of… Read more »

Source: Rega, 22-Feb-18

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First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

First Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission. The timing of final assembly supports the program’s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft’s first flight for the end of this year, two months… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-18

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Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow renews Guyana contract for five years

Bristow has renewed their contract with ExxonMobil in Guyana for the following two years. This means they will continue to provide SAR services, EMS services as well as offshore crew change to the company. The renewal officially started on January 1, 2018, reports Offshore Energy Today.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-18

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Cobham Heli Academy Launch

Cobham Heli Academy Launch

Cobham today announced China Rescue and Salvage (CRS) as the launch customer for the new Cobham Helicopter Academy based at Newquay Cornwall Airport, Cornwall. China Rescue and Salvage is China’s dedicated national maritime rescue and salvage force. Eleven students from CRS have commenced SAR flying training which will be delivered in Cobham’s SAR equipped AW139… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 20-Feb-18

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Med-Trans Partners With Care Flight To Serve Parts of California

Med-Trans Partners With Care Flight To Serve Parts of California

Leading national air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation and Care Flight, a medical flight service of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), have partnered to provide helicopter medical service to large parts of Nevada and California. “Care Flight is thrilled to partner with Med-Trans to provide rotor-wing critical care transportation across the region,” said Dean… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 19-Feb-18

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New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically… Read more »

Source: South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, 29-Jan-18

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NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

More than 2000 patients have been rescued by aeromedical choppers in Sydney and southern NSW in the past year, under the $151.2 million Helicopter Retrieval Network. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today officially opened the new $25 million Bankstown NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter Base, marking a significant milestone in… Read more »

Source: New South Wales Government, 25-Jan-18

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Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company (“GECAS”) and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today the delivery and lease of eight AW139 helicopters to Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. Ltd.(“Kingwing”). The medium twin-engine helicopters will join Kingwing’s existing fleet of 32 helicopters providing emergency medical services (“EMS”) in China and will… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 23-Jan-18

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Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has submitted plans for an upgrade to its Cumbrian airbase. The charity is hoping to extend its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, to include space for research and training as well as providing essential facilities for its operational aircrew. Plans have been submitted to Eden District Council for… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jan-18

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Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

2017 was a fantastic year for our Charity – we not only took delivery of our new, state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 helicopter, but we also began to carry blood on board for the first time. These advancements have proven to be of great benefit to the pre-hospital critical care that our clinical crew already provides every… Read more »

Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, 19-Jan-18

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Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

The UK’s Search and Rescue Service operated by Bristow Group has commissioned an emergency cleaning specialist to provide de-contamination services for its helicopters and bases. CleanSafe Services teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the search and rescue service needs their help with. Bristow operates a fleet… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Jan-18

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Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell Helicopter announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Dec-17

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Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 13-Dec-17

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Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Dec-17

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Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

National air medical transport leader Med-Trans Corporation has moved its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500 square foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations. The facility becomes Med-Trans’ principal base of operations, including the… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 11-Dec-17

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WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne Air Transport, an important partner for nearly 10 years in the region’s delivery of emergency care, has achieved a special designation that recognizes the service’s quality. After nearly a year of thorough preparation by WellmontOne followed by a rigorous two-day site visit by evaluators, the flight program was recently granted full accreditation for the… Read more »

Source: WellmontOne, 05-Dec-17

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SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (NAC/AW/SW) 1st Class John Kurack was named the NAS Patuxent River 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year due to his deckplate leadership and commitment to excellence for both Pax River and the Search and Rescue (SAR) division. As the Leading Petty Officer for SAR — whose mission is to provide search… Read more »

Source: SAR Air Crewman, 05-Dec-17

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Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 05-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial… Read more »

Source: Remote GeoSystems, 04-Dec-17

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CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the delivery of a newly converted MD 902 Explorer to Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth. Previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard as an MD 900, the aircraft was upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center via the company’s exclusive MD 900-to-902 Upgrade program, and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Nov-17

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Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

Police Scotland is looking to purchase two drones to support their EC135. The drones, which will cost around £125,000, will have cameras, a tracking device and have a protective casing against the Scottish climate. They hope to use the drones for crowd monitoring, missing persons searches and for terrains or inclement weather where their helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHUb.com, 23-Nov-17

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Leonardo delivers first Norwegian SAR AW101

Leonardo delivers first Norwegian SAR AW101

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the first of 16 AW101 allweather search and rescue helicopters has been delivered to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test &… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Nov-17

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Helipad opens on Skye in Scotland

Helipad opens on Skye in Scotland

Emergency response helipad opens on Skye after funding from the HELP Appeal Portree helipad has been officially opened in Skye this weekend, following an extensive refurbishment programme, to provide a base for two rapid emergency response helicopters on the island to treat patients in urgent trauma cases. The new helipad capability will save vital minutes… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 21-Nov-17

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Construction starts on Eemshaven Heliport

Construction starts on Eemshaven Heliport

[electronic translation] On 13 November 2017, the first stone was laid in the Eemshaven for the second offshore service base of EMS Maritime Offshore BV (EMO). When the construction is complete, the base is let to Merkur Offshore GmbH. The contractor for this project is Kooi Bouwbedrijf from Appingedam. EMO’s logistic concept with connection to the… Read more »

Source: Groningen Seaports, 20-Nov-17

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Construction begins on joint EMS-Police base at Almondsbury UK

Construction begins on joint EMS-Police base at Almondsbury UK

Work has begun on the new National Police Air Service (NPAS) base in Almondsbury, South Gloucester which is due to be operational in autumn 2018. NPAS and Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) will be housed at the new base funded by BAE Systems. BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 09-Nov-17

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Luton and Dunstable Hospital to add helipad

Luton and Dunstable Hospital to add helipad

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising drive to build an onsite helipad linked to its Emergency and Critical Care services has got off to a flying start, thanks to a donation of £2m from the HELP appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The £2m donation means the Luton… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 08-Nov-17

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Med-Trans And Colleton County Fire Rescue Open New SC Base

Med-Trans And Colleton County Fire Rescue Open New SC Base

A community partnership began recently in South Carolina between Med-Trans Corporation and Colleton County Fire Rescue to form the recently launched CARE Flight program on June 15th, 2017. The hybrid partnership between Med-Trans and Colleton County Fire Rescue is a first in the state of South Carolina and is different from conventional HEMS programs across… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 08-Nov-17

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Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

In 2014, the Royal Thai Army acquired six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from Airbus Group through the US’s foreign military sales programme. After receiving training and in-country support, the Lakotas’ first two years in operation have gone smoothly, an example of hard work and dedicated personnel. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is Thailand’s largest military branch…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Proposed helipad in Nottingham for QMC

Proposed helipad in Nottingham for QMC

It has been announced that plans for a helipad at QMC, Nottingham have changed. The HELP Appeal recognises that the plans for a new integrated emergency Care Centre that will include a rooftop helipad offers a far better solution for urgent and emergency care in Nottingham. The helipad will provide direct access to the Emergency… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 31-Oct-17

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Queensland Government orders two more AW139s

Queensland Government orders two more AW139s

Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Oct-17

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Further speakers announced for UK EMS conference

Further speakers announced for UK EMS conference

Dr Ami Jones MBE, Interim National Director, EMRTS Cymru will update delegates on the advances the EMRTS Cymru. Originally from Shropshire, Dr Jones is a Consultant in Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pre-Hospital Medicine within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with 203 Field Hospital and… Read more »

Source: AAA, 23-Oct-17

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CHC SAR Team Awarded Commendation Award

CHC SAR Team Awarded Commendation Award

CHC Group is delighted to announce a pilot and aircrew of Rescue 651 have been recognised with a Commendation Award at the National SAR Awards in Canberra. This award commends the CHC Helicopter’s pilot and aircrew, along with a St John Ambulance paramedic, for the rescue of a 27-year-old man with a broken leg off… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 20-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Presented annually at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the AAMS Community Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the emergency medical services (EMS) transport community. Airbus Helicopters Inc. continues to be a proud supporter of the awards. “We believe it is important to recognize the EMS transport operators for their considerable contribution to our society…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus Helicopters, the market segment leader in emergency medical services (EMS) rotorcraft, is showcasing the H130 and EC145, member of the H145 family, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) this week in Fort Worth, Texas. “We have both the EMS market-leading single-engine and twin-engine aircraft on display to illustrate to customers the multitude of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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DRF retains Magdeburg contract with six year extension

DRF retains Magdeburg contract with six year extension

[electronic translation] The decision has been taken: DRF Luftrettung will operate the air rescue station in Magdeburg for a further six years. This is the result of a Europe-wide re-tendering of the station carried out by the Landesverwaltungsamt Halle . The newly awarded concession for primary air rescue in Saxony-Anhalt applies for the period 01.01.2018 to 31.12.2023. “We would like… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 17-Oct-17

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Med-Trans Director Earns AAMS Jim Charlson Safety Award

Med-Trans Director Earns AAMS Jim Charlson Safety Award

Krista Haugen, Director of Patient Safety and Medical Risk Management for Med-Trans Corporation since 2016, has been given the prestigious 2017 Jim Charlson Safety Award by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). AAMS’ highest safety award, sponsored by Airbus Helicopters, Inc., recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the enhancement, development, and promotion of… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 16-Oct-17

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Life Link III Named Program of the Year

Life Link III Named Program of the Year

Life Link III has been named Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). This award, sponsored by Airbus, recognizes an air medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, and quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, community service and commitment… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 12-Oct-17

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Air Zermatt orders second Bell 429

Air Zermatt orders second Bell 429

Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to Air Zermatt during Helitech International. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) for day and night missions. “Air Zermatt is one of the most iconic Bell helicopters in operation and we are honored… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Oct-17

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Yorkshire Air Ambulances to carry blood on board

Yorkshire Air Ambulances to carry blood on board

The potentially life-saving initiative has been funded through a donation of more than £16,000 from the Henry Surtees Foundation. The Foundation was founded by motor sport legend John Surtees CBE, following the tragic death of his son Henry, killed aged just 18 whilst competing in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009. Leonora… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Oct-17

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Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

UK based Specialist Aviation Services is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the preferred bidder by Cornwall Air Ambulance to provide an AW169 EMS under a ten year contract starting in 2019. The decision follows a competitive tendering process carried out by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust ahead of the end of the… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 05-Oct-17

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Heli-One Completes AS332L1 SAR Reconfiguration

Heli-One Completes AS332L1 SAR Reconfiguration

Stavanger, Norway – Heli-One Norway, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed an Airbus AS332L1 searchand-rescue (SAR) reconfiguration for CHC Helicopter, contracted to provide services for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Safety’s Norwegian All-Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH) program. This reconfiguration gives CHC an aircraft that… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-17

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Metro Aviation deliveres EC155 to Penn State Health

Metro Aviation deliveres EC155 to Penn State Health

Metro Aviation recently delivered an EC155 to Penn State Health.  The new Life Lion is a previously owned corporate aircraft that was purchased from Malaysia.  Metro refurbished the 2011 aircraft and converted the interior to a medical configuration, which will provide more space to carry additional specialty crewmembers than the program’s current fleet of AS365… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Sep-17

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Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

Access Credit Union is pleased to announce a $250,000 donation to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS), which will be allocated over five-years and directly contribute to providing time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Manitoba. “Access Credit Union seeks to invest in organizations for the betterment of our… Read more »

Source: STARS, 28-Sep-17

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First Ansat starts EMS work in Pskov Region of Russia

First Ansat starts EMS work in Pskov Region of Russia

[electronic translation] In the Pskov region opened a new Russian helicopter “ANSAT” medical module (RA-20007 tail number), which became the first helicopter ambulance new generation in the region. The machine is supplied in accordance with the program of development of air ambulance in Russia, its operator is the company ZAO “Russian Helicopter Systems.” The helicopter… Read more »

Source: PBC, 28-Sep-17

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance welcomes new Chair of Trustees

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance welcomes new Chair of Trustees

Jonathan Trower, who has been a Trustee of the Charity since September 2016, takes over from Acting Chair, Rob Forsyth. Jonathan is a Managing Director at DC Advisory, a City-based corporate advisory firm. He and his wife also own a small farming business on the boundary of Hertfordshire and Essex. He is involved with a… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 27-Sep-17

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USHST Issues Final Group of Safety Enhancements to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents

USHST Issues Final Group of Safety Enhancements to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. The 22 safety enhancements can be grouped into four categories: Competency                            Six safety enhancements IMC and Visibility                 Four safety enhancements  (announced on Sept. 6) Loss of Control                      … Read more »

Source: USHST, 25-Sep-17

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REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH), will place a new type of helicopter in the region, an Airbus H125 helicopter. The new model was purchased by REACH specifically for service in Montana because of its high-reliability rates, high-altitude performance capabilities, and safety features. The new aircraft is specially outfitted for use in the air medical environment… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 21-Sep-17

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