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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province. At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS… Read more »

23-May-17

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Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has been awarded Level 2 of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).  Level 1, earned just 15 months ago, ensured Life Flight Network’s safety infrastructure was established and activities were appropriately targeted. Achieving IS-BAO Level 2 confirms safety risks… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-May-17

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14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead…. Read more »

14-May-17

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CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-May-17

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Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center (Beijing 999), a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed an agreement today with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of one H145, the first of its kind to be configured with a hoist for medical and search and rescue (SAR) in China. The rotorcraft is scheduled for delivery by 2019…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-May-17

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Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it was awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. This is Bristow’s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are honored to provide this critical lifesaving service on behalf of Hess,”… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

From early May, the south-west coast of Scotland will see a new Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in the skies. The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter is the first of two AW189s that will operate from the Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport. It will spend the next few months flying in the area on training missions… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-May-17

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Héli-Union starts helicopter operations for a Client in offshore Myanmar

Héli-Union starts helicopter operations for a Client in offshore Myanmar

Héli-Union successfully started helicopter operations in the south of Myanmar for one of its clients. Its customer, Woodside, is an international oil and gas company to whom Héli-Union provided its services last year for a drilling campaign in the same blocks. This is not the first time that the two companies are working together for… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 04-May-17

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Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Life Link III’s seventh base of air medical transport services has opened at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and is operating 24/7 to provide critically needed additional air medical transport to residents in this rapidly growing region. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 02-May-17

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Work begins on Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

Work begins on Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

HER Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Charity Ambassadors and supporters today (Friday 28 April 2017) to celebrate the start of construction work on the charity’s new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. At a ground breaking ceremony on the site of… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 02-May-17

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02-May-17 G-MCGG Sikorsky S92 Kirkfieldbank, UK

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02-May-17

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PHI Air Medical teams up with Bell Helicopter for Blood Drive

PHI Air Medical teams up with Bell Helicopter for Blood Drive

Phoenix-based PHI Air Medical is a leading air ambulance provider across the country, providing air medical services and outreach education to communities and healthcare systems. They transport more than 30,000 patients each year, operating out of more than 65 bases across the United States. PHI Air Medical is the only Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 01-May-17

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Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Flight Simulator

Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Flight Simulator

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 27-Apr-17

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CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the CoxHealth air medical fleet to include a second MD Explorer helicopter. Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth has purchased an MD 900 Explorer from MDHI that was previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard. [HeliHub.com editor note – this places it… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

For over three decades, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport (Med-Trans) has been providing the necessary quick response when lives are on the line. Their extensive, varied helicopter fleet includes numerous Bell 407s that provide transport for a variety of hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies in 25 states. Over the years, we have been proud… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Apr-17

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Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Lifeteam is thinking of adding Whiteside County’s Rock Falls to their list of 125 bases. In the March Airport Board meeting they spoke of leasing two buildings at the Whiteside County Airport for five years for $120,000 with an annual increase of 3%. They hope to have the air ambulance run as a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-17

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New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake now has a new helipad to help emergency medical staff treat the most time-sensitive emergencies and to provide efficient transport in and out of the hospital. The first helicopter landed on the new helipad on March 6, 2017. A makeshift pad on the east side of the hospital near the… Read more »

Source: St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, 19-Apr-17

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Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions in China. “We are proud to partner with United Rotorcraft to deliver the first HEMS Bell 429 to… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Apr-17

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AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

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, 11-Apr-17

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

As of this year, the Air Ambulances of Essex and Hertfordshire have been partnered for a decade. With 2017 representing the tenth anniversary of Herts Air Ambulance, the twentieth year of Essex Air Ambulance and the arrival of the Charity’s first purchased helicopter this summer, EHAAT felt it was time to solidify the partnership of… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Apr-17

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Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration and repurpose program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas,… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

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AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent will start flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations from 1 pm on Friday 31st March.   The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Mar-17

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NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

John Larter, a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, is currently under investigation after going to the media with complaints about the takeover of the company by Toll Group. He has explained his displeasure with the decision to let go two pilots who have collectively 30 years’ experience and states that new pilots won’t have the experience… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

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Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 22-Mar-17

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Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded thirty-two years ago that provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that it has completed the process to secure its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Part 135 Operating Certificate.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, Boston MedFlight completed its first patient transport under the… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 21-Mar-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s leading helicopter air ambulance provider, is now the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Maintenance Award. The FAA’s St. Louis Flight District Standards Office presented the award on Tuesday, March 14 at the Air Evac Lifeteam corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo. Seth Myers, president… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Mar-17

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Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work has started on a £1m helipad at Aintree University Hospital funded by the HELP Appeal, which will give seriously injured patients arriving by air ambulances immediate access to the Emergency Department and specialist treatment . This new helipad will serve patients from across Cheshire and Merseyside, and will reduce transfer time for patients in… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

On the opening day of the Heliexpo 2017 exhibition, Thales has unveiled the smallest lightest autopilot in the market. The Thales Compact Autopilot opens up the use of autopilot systems to all sizes of rotorcraft. System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators.   Advanced helicopter autopilots have long been considered cumbersome and costly systems for the rotorcraft industry. Heavy and expensive, they have been almost exclusively used in the twin-heavy segment, and on the most high-end platforms…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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