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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Bristow Norway wins five year contracts for two S92s

Bristow Norway wins five year contracts for two S92s

Bristow Norway today announced that it has secured a multi-year contract to provide helicopter offshore crew change and search and rescue (SAR) services to support Eni Norge and Statoil in the Barents Sea. The five-year deal, which is a renewal of an existing contract, includes options to extend by three years, and will commence September… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 21-Sep-17

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Helicopter crash in lake

Helicopter crash in lake

At 10:40 today Joint Rescue Coordination Center received a distress message about a helicopter (which later turned out to be a gyrocopter) that had crash in a lake just moments north of Åkersberg. The Search and Rescue helicopter based in Norrtälje was quickly at the scene and according to local newspaper the pilot, who was the sole… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Sep-17

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Bristow SAR Crew Receives Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award

Bristow SAR Crew Receives Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award

Bristow’s search and rescue (SAR) crew at Prestwick received the Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue Award in recognition of a recent life-saving mission in the North Atlantic. Sikorsky presented the award to Bristow UK SAR Project Manager Neil Ebberson on September 12, 2017, during the 2017 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition. The Bristow crew members being… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 15-Sep-17

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30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

30 year anniversary of EMS Air Ambulances in the UK

Thirty years ago, the first air ambulance service was formed in Cornwall.  More recently, Northern Ireland; the only area within the UK without such a service, became operational. Since then, these critical life-saving services have invested funds to expand their operations, increased their operating hours to operate at night, upgraded to larger aircrafts, increased their… Read more »

Source: AOAA, 14-Sep-17

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Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters will highlight its wide range of products and services at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, from 14th to 17th September in Tianjin. The company will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its presence in China. Visitors will be able to take a closer look on the Airbus Helicopters stand at China’s very… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Sep-17

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Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

Bristow St Athan SAR base marks 500th mission

The ST ATHAN HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team has completed its 500th mission milestone since Bristow Helicopters commenced SAR operations on behalf of HM Coastguard in October 2015.  The base was one of the first purpose-built sites created as Bristow took responsibility for the UK SAR service, with each new base representing… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Sep-17

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Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace announces Bell 429 component capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of repair and overhaul services for the Bell 429, a helicopter with features that support the mission of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and related public service operators. “We pride ourselves on working at the speed of… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 12-Sep-17

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Air Methods and Blue Cross Finalize Agreement

Air Methods and Blue Cross Finalize Agreement

Air Methods (NASDAQ:AIRM), the global leader in emergency air medical services, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Blue Cross of Idaho, the leading health insurer in Idaho. The new agreement allows Blue Cross of Idaho members access to Air Methods’ life-saving emergency air medical services in Idaho. “No matter where our members… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Sep-17

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NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport

NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport

NSW aeromedical services will get a significant boost with the official opening of the brand new $5 million NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, joined by Member for Lismore Thomas George, NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones, today officially… Read more »

Source: NSW Ambulance, 11-Sep-17

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LA County Fire Dept contracts for 4th and 5th Fire Hawks

LA County Fire Dept contracts for 4th and 5th Fire Hawks

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, received a contract from the County of Los Angeles for two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters in a baseline configuration. Sikorsky is assembling the two new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for delivery to L.A. County in December 2017. Compared to the S-70A model, the S-70i aircraft will feature wide… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Sep-17

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Helijet to install NVIS on British Columbia EMS S76C fleet

Helijet to install NVIS on British Columbia EMS S76C fleet

This winter, Helijet International Inc. and BC Ambulance Service will develop and install Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) into all three of its dedicated air ambulance helicopters. Helijet operates the specially-equipped Sikorsky S-76C+ medical helicopters on a 7/24 basis from its Vancouver International Airport and Prince Rupert/Seal Cove base facilities under long term contracts with… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 08-Sep-17

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Duke of Cambridge to open Aintree Hospital helipad

Duke of Cambridge to open Aintree Hospital helipad

Kensington Palace has announced that The Duke of Cambridge will visit Aintree University Hospital to formally open the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre (UCAT) this month. The £35m facility, which took four years to construct, is one of the most modern emergency centres in the country. During his visit on Thursday 14th September The… Read more »

Source: Aintree Hospital, 08-Sep-17

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance launches mascot

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance launches mascot

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has welcomed a new member to the team – an eight-foot paramedic mascot. Set to become a firm favourite throughout Scotland – especially with younger supporters – the as-yet-unnamed mascot was unveiled this week at SCAA’s Perth Airport base. The mascot wears similar kit to SCAA’s pool of six paramedics… Read more »

Source: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, 07-Sep-17

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Irish Coast Guard reduces role of SAR helicopters

Irish Coast Guard reduces role of SAR helicopters

The Department of Health has announced that SAR pilots who work 24-hour duties will not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Irish Coast Guard has had to withdraw crews from various medical missions’ due to this decision. The Irish Aviation Authority has said that an Air Corps fixed-wing aircraft will be used… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-17

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Ipswich gets permission for Helipad

Ipswich gets permission for Helipad

Ipswich Borough Council has given planning permission to The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to create a new lifesaving helipad beside its emergency department. The HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads, has agreed to fund the entire work, which will cost £250,000. It is likely that… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 04-Sep-17

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Life Flight Network signs agreements with Allegiance And Cigna For Montana

Life Flight Network signs agreements with Allegiance And Cigna For Montana

Life Flight Network announced today it has entered into an agreement with Allegiance and Cigna to become an in-network air ambulance provider in Montana. The announcement is a major milestone just days before Life Flight Network opens a new helicopter base at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Life Flight Network is now in-network with all… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 31-Aug-17

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Babcock completes partnership with Hampshire IOW and Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Babcock completes partnership with Hampshire IOW and Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Babcock MCS Onshore Ltd have successfully completed an innovative partnership project with Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance to enable airborne connectivity. The first within the Babcock HEMS Fleet. Comprehensive EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) testing has been completed in accordance with current EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirements to ensure… Read more »

Source: Babcock MCS Onshore, 25-Aug-17

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Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Monday saw the arrival of the Israel Police Force’s four new Airbus H125 helicopters. The four helicopters are part of a six aircraft contract, with the remaining two H145 helicopters being delivered in the future. The H125s are all equipped with special command and communication systems, reports Ynet News. These helicopters will be used for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Aug-17

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Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

Access Credit Union donates $250,000 to STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is pleased to announce a $250,000 donation by Access Credit Union to 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… Read more »

Source: STARS, 25-Aug-17

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CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has released its 6th issue of best practices, publically available as a digital document.   “The highly-experienced professionals of the CAMTS Board of Directors often identify excellent and innovative practices when we review applications and site surveys for accreditation,” said CAMTS Executive Director Eileen Frazer. “In… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 22-Aug-17

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Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

The Metropolitan Police Department proudly revealed their new Airbus H145 helicopter this past Wednesday. The new $9.6 million helicopter will be used for Search and Rescue missions, and with its twin engines ensuring a longer flight time and smaller rotor diameter enabling it to fit into tight spaces, it promises to do a good job…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems Europe (CAMTS EU) has posted the final draft of CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards for comments and suggestions on its website www.camtseu.org. Sister organization to CAMTS, the largest and most respected medical transport patient care and safety accreditation organization in North America, CAMTS EU’s international standards offer fixed… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 21-Aug-17

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DART promotes Cable Cutter System

DART promotes Cable Cutter System

The team at DART Aerospace has made it a priority to promote safety within today’s helicopter industry. In a recent video, DART’s cable cutter system was used to save an aircraft and its crew from a dangerous wire strike in a rural area of Portugal. Thanks to Portugal’s initiative to pass the legislation of a mandatory… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Aug-17

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Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company has completed production on their newest 3200 Series Carbon Fiber PTU. Integrating composite components into the product lines for more than 8 years now, this is the latest full carbon fiber unit the company has designed and manufactured. “We are extremely pleased with the new product and… Read more »

15-Aug-17

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Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is excited to receive their new EC135T2+ helicopter. The new helicopter will be able fly 45 minutes longer than their previous model, has upgraded control systems and comfier seats for the crew. The team is delighted with the new helicopter and the fact that they will now be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Aug-17

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South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police (SAPOL) have rolled out highly sophisticated infra-red sensor technology among the vital equipment used on the State Rescue Helicopter. The infra-red sensors, funded by the State Government and SAPOL, were installed late last year as part of a significant technology upgrade to the helicopter currently used by SAPOL. “These sensors replaced the… Read more »

Source: South Australia Police, 14-Aug-17

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413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 14-Aug-17

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GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

Between 2010 and 2014, the median prices providers charged for helicopter air ambulance service approximately doubled, from around $15,000 to about $30,000 per transport, according to Medicare data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private health insurance data. Air ambulance providers do not turn away patients based on their ability to… Read more »

Source: GAO, 09-Aug-17

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RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 08-Aug-17

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Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Today, Bristow Helicopters is taking delivery of another AW189 from the Leonardo factory in Italy – serial 89002 and registered G-OENC. This will join the first two Bristow offshore AW189s G-OENA and G-OENB in the near future. The crew made a lunch stop at Clermont-Ferrand in France en route to the UK. The new aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-17

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Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed a First Call Agreement. The agreement improves patient care and operational efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Florence, Oregon, who need ICU level medical transportation. PeaceHealth and Life Flight Network work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest level… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 04-Aug-17

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DRF reports mission stats for first half if 2017

DRF reports mission stats for first half if 2017

DRF Luftrettung operates helicopters for emergency rescue and transporting intensive care patients between clinics at 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, with eight of these HEMS bases running 24/7. In addition, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircraft with specialized crews for worldwide repatriations. DRF Luftrettung was called out to rescue missions 19,558 times from January… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 01-Aug-17

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Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia has been a proud sponsor of the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter for the past 5 years. Each year the community’s own Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is on standby 24 hours a day to help save lives across the Northern Rivers and beyond.  The Northern Region fleet carry out an… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Jul-17

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Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

19 crews from all over the country competed in the first Subcarpathian Regional Polish Championships in medical rescue. The main goals of the championships are the acquisition of professional experience, the consolidation of knowledge, exercises, the integration of the medical community, the exchange of experience. The three-day event was the first time in our region…. Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 26-Jul-17

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Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

United Helicopters International Group, the authorized distributor of Russian Helicopters holding in China has signed an agreement to supply 3 medical helicopters to Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center. Due to agreement signed on 17 July in Beijing, the Emergency Rescue Center, that is a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, will receive two Ansat helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Jul-17

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RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

Minister for Emergency Services Mark Ryan announced today the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.4 million allocation in its 2017/18 State Budget to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in Mount Isa flying to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the north-west. “The LifeFlight operations are an important emergency service for Queenslanders and in particular for… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 24-Jul-17

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HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal visited the Bristow-operated HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) base at Lee-on-Solent on July 13, 2017, and the Coastguard’s technical training centre at Daedalus to mark 100 years of flying at the site. Her Royal Highness was welcomed to the helicopter base by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lindsay Fox and taken on a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Jul-17

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Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

SW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan today officially opened the new $5.5 million NSW Ambulance & Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Belmont. Located at Lake Macquarie Airport, 864 Pacific Highway, Marks Point, Mr Morgan said the 24/7 base enables the NSW Ambulance and Hunter New England Health medical team on board to deliver faster and further… Read more »

Source: NSW Ambulance, 17-Jul-17

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Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Stornoway’s Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has officially transferred into the UK SAR contract, becoming the 10th and final base to enter the nationwide Coastguard SAR helicopter network operated by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). For the past four years the Stornoway base has been part of… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Jul-17

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Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Canada marks graduation of 50th SAR course

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Royal Canadian Air Force leaders welcomed eleven new Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) into their trade today at 19 Wing Comox. The graduates from the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) are part of the 50th SAR Tech course in the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) history. The… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 13-Jul-17

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STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is celebrating its 5th anniversary of saving lives in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, STARS has carried out more than 4,000 missions to more than 500 locations across the province, and today Health Minister Jim Reiter, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Joe Hargrave… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 12-Jul-17

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Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Prestwick started flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations on Saturday 1st July. The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and are operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard. The Coastguard base… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Jul-17

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UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

A new £1m helicopter landing pad at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool received its first visitors as part of an inaugural test flight by the North West Air Ambulance. Medics say the helipad – which is operational from Monday 3rd July – will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients from air ambulance into the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jul-17

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Bristow SAR base at Prestwick marks 500th mission

Bristow SAR base at Prestwick marks 500th mission

HM Coastguard’s search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team at Prestwick has completed its milestone 500th mission since it began flying in January 2016. The base was the sixth purpose-built operational centre established as SAR became a civilian service, operated by Bristow Helicopters, in April 2015. Each new base represents an investment valued in the region… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Jul-17

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Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network today announced it is opening a new helicopter base in Bozeman, Montana by September 1, 2017. Located at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the base will make ICU-level care provided by flight nurses, paramedics or respiratory therapists accessible to people anywhere in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. “Whether a person has suffered… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 06-Jul-17

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St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital announced today the opening of a new helipad and the completion of its parking lot expansion, which includes 81 additional spaces. A new helipad will save time in transporting critical patients to and from St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. The additional parking spaces are necessary to meet the growth in volume of… Read more »

Source: St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, 03-Jul-17

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CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC is now bowing out of Portland search and rescue work. Starting in 1995, the base provided 12-hour emergency rescue services. The Portland team have served the western end of Hampshire through to South Wales, reports ITV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

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NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

The National EMS Pilots Association is now accepting nominations for the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year and the NEMSPA Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Both awards will be presented at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas October 2017. Nominees should embody the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-17

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Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Health System officials announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a sixth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in August. The new LIFE FORCE air ambulance, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will be based in Andrews, North Carolina at the Western Carolina Regional Airport outside of Murphy, North Carolina. Erlanger Health System also… Read more »

Source: LIFE FORCE Air Medical, 28-Jun-17

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Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow has started construction on their new HM Coastguard SAR helicopter base at the Lydd Airport. The project, costing £7.8 million, is hoped to be finished by February 2018. Bristow has been operating out of a temporary base at Lydd Airport for two years now, reports Bristow Group. The location of the new base means… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Arville fabrics used in London EMS Explorers

Arville fabrics used in London EMS Explorers

Arville has recently come to the aid of the London’s Air Ambulance charity in the refitting of the interiors for its two emergency medical helicopters. After a period of continued use, the helicopter seating arrangements were in need of refurbishing. The original material on the seats was badly worn and suffering from staining. Arville has… Read more »

Source: Arville, 23-Jun-17

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500th Mission Milestone for Humberside Coastguard

500th Mission Milestone for Humberside Coastguard

Humberside ’s HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team has completed its 500th mission milestone since the service became a civilian operation, operated by Bristow Helicopters, in April 2015. The base was one of the first purpose-built sites created as Bristow took responsibility for the UK SAR service, with each new base representing an… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 19-Jun-17

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New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

A new Clinical Best Practice Guidance document has been issued by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) on ‘Advanced analgesia and sedation’ to promote best practice in advanced prehospital care, delivered by UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The new Best Practice Guide joined three other Guides being republished following updates; ‘Defibrillation and Pacing during… Read more »

Source: AAA, 16-Jun-17

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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has secured funding and taken delivery of a new airfield lighting system that will assist its helicopter whilst taking off and landing safely at its airbase in Devizes at night. The purchase of the new lighting, a HEMS-Star portable helipad lighting system, has been funded by a donation of £6,950 from the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-17

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RACQ network clocks up 1220 missions in just five months

RACQ network clocks up 1220 missions in just five months

RACQ’s sponsored rescue helicopter network has clocked up more than 1220 missions saving hundreds of lives in just the first five months of the year. The network, which included RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, RACQ CQ Rescue and RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, provided care to more than 75 percent of Queensland. RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said… Read more »

Source: RACQ, 13-Jun-17

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Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicoptersand expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters, the Original… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jun-17

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CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Group has announced that Winchman Gary Robertson of CHC Ireland has received the Billy Deacon Search and Rescue Memorial Trophy for his role in a life-saving mission with the Irish Coast Guard. The trophy was presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at St. James Palace, on Tuesday, May 30, by HRH Prince… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 02-Jun-17

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has developed a new app that allows for emergency responders to request a helicopter at the tap of a button. The app also uses computer-aided software to send the emergency responders’ location and other helpful information directly to dispatch personnel at LifeFlight’s Communications Center. The app, developed in partnership with LifeFlight’s computer-aided dispatch… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 01-Jun-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

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