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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helicopter went unserviceable on the ground at an emergency callout

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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Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

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 program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas, including: firefighting,… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 09-Mar-17

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Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 08-Mar-17

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Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 07-Mar-17

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New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

North Flight Aero Med in Traverse City now has a new hangar. The new hangar has been met with great enthusiasm, especially as it will save time during emergency situations. Not only does it have space for helicopters, it is well equipped for staff as it has beds available as well as space for equipment. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-17

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Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017. This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-17

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Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

After a 1½-year investigation, the prosecutor’s office has decided to drop the charges regarding alleged irregularities in connection with the purchase of seven new rescue helicopters. “The police have not found anything, and the prosecutor’s office has now closed the case”, says Ulrika Ekström, Director of Communications at the Swedish Maritime Administration. The commotion took… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Sgt. Dan Mulligan from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been charged with breach of confidence and two accounts of misconduct after her wrote a letter to The Sudbury Star, outlining his disapproval of the relocation of a SAR helicopter from Sudbury to Orillia. He called the move negligent, stating that not only does he… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police now have access to a helicopter to use in the Thunder Bay area for police and search and rescue missions. They entered into a six-month leasing contract in November with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, reports TB News Watch. They have used the Ministry’s helicopters in the past and because… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russia’s Defence Ministry recently accepted a delivery of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters went through strict testing before they were accepted. The build and assembly quality, as well as component manufacturing was tested during a pre-acceptance and acceptance procedure. Once they were fully assembled, they were tested once more at the workshop… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Prestwick SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Prestwick SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering Search and Rescue (SAR) operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from the base at Prestwick Airport. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Prestwick on 1 January 2016, and since then the crews have responded to over 350 taskings from the Aeronautical… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 18-Jan-17

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Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that its search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 17-Jan-17

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Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search and rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on 1 January 2016, and since then the crews have responded to over 300 taskings from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay and the base at Prestwick Airport. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on Jan. 1, 2016, and since then the crews have responded to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 13-Jan-17

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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

November 19, 2016, marked the 19th anniversary of the passing of Bristow winchman Billy Deacon. Deacon was tragically lost while carrying out his duties on a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, operating on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from the Sumburgh base in the Shetland Islands in 1997. The incident raised the bar in search… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 20-Dec-16

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Bangladesh Navy to Procure Maritime Helicopters

Bangladesh Navy to Procure Maritime Helicopters

The Bangladesh Navy is looking to procure two maritime helicopters for their fleet. The two twin-engine helicopters will be used for Special Forces missions, maritime SAR, anti-surface vessel warfare, over the horizon targeting, casualty evacuation and anti-submarine warfare. They should be fully operational for all weather conditions. They should be suitable to land on all… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Bristow Enters Into New $200 Million Seven-Year Equipment Financings

Bristow Enters Into New $200 Million Seven-Year Equipment Financings

 Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) and its subsidiaries announced today that it has entered into two seven-year GBP denominated secured equipment financings for an aggregate $200 million USD equivalent with Lombard, part of The Royal Bank of Scotland. The proceeds from the financings will be used to finance eight search and rescue (SAR) helicopters being utilized… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

The HM Coastguard air search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Inverness, operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited, has recently reached a milestone of 500 missions since the launch of the new civilian service on 1 April 2015. Operating from a new, purpose-built base at Inverness Airport, the crews have delivered a vital, lifesaving service to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Royal Navy crew recognized with Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award

Royal Navy crew recognized with Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award

Bristow search and rescue (SAR) Pilot James Bullock and Winchman Paramedic Alan Speed, who are now based at Bristow’s SAR operations at Humberside and Inverness respectively, were recognized with the 2016 Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award. The award recognizes individuals and crews for acts of outstanding courage or devotion to duty in the course of… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Dilemma for Polish SAR

Dilemma for Polish SAR

Poland is in the middle of a SAR predicament. They recently backed out of a deal with Airbus and instead opened a procurement procedure to acquire several S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for their army in order to meet Urgent Operational Requirements. The focus on army requirements leaves the maritime SAR capabilities low. The Mi-14 Haze… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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Plans to Upgrade Polish Navy Fleet

Plans to Upgrade Polish Navy Fleet

Polish Naval Aviation has encountered difficulties with procuring new Airbus H225M Caracal rotor-wing aircrafts for their fleet. The government has declined to purchase the heliers, reports Defense Aerospace. Currently the Navy has two Mi-14 rotor-wing ASW and SAR helicopters that they plan to phase out, due to their age, between 2017 and 2021. They originally… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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Pittsburg Welcomes ETMC

Pittsburg Welcomes ETMC

ETMC has recently moved one of their Air 1 emergency helicopters to Pittsburg. This new location provides patients with a faster response time as they will have faster transportation to ETMC Tyler’s Level 1 trauma centre. ETMC Air 1 is crewed 24 hours a day, all week. The Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-16

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Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

The UK Coastguard helicopter based at Caernarfon has marked a significant milestone undertaking its 500th search and rescue mission earlier today (Tuesday 18 October). The 500th mission, since it went live on 1 July 2015, was the rescue of a fallen walker at Tryfan in Snowdonia, Wales supported by the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 21-Oct-16

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Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

John Funnell, 65, is one of the most well-known SAR pilot’s in New Zealand. Although today he spends his time managing a hotel, a cattle farm and even a bit of bee keeping, back in the day he saved thousands of lives with 19 000 hours of flight time under his belt. Some of his… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

A national search and rescue (SAR) exercise conducted in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from September 18-24 highlighted the importance of conducting real-world SAR missions and training to ensure crews are ready to respond when Canadians are in distress. The value of the exercise was further underlined when exercise participants unexpectedly provided real-time assistance to a canoeist… Read more »

Source: Canadian Armed Forces, 11-Oct-16

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CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-16

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First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services has completed the 2 year / 750 hour inspection for the Korean Coast Guard (KCG)’s Sikorsky S-92A. The KCG, a branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security, oversees maritime safety and control off the coast of South Korea. The inspection… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Sep-16

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UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 11-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Sep-16

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