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CHC SAR crew commended For dramatic Irish Sea rescue

CHC SAR crew commended For dramatic Irish Sea rescue

The crew of an emergency search and rescue helicopter has been awarded the Best of Irish Award for rescuing a stricken pilot when his light aircraft crashed into the Irish Sea. The six-strong crew of R117, employed by CHC Helicopter and based at Waterford, was presented with the accolade at the awards which took place… Read more »

Source: CHC, 02-Jul-10

Police Aviation News – July 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jul-10

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Kern County Sheriff Air-5 rescue crew receive top honours

Kern County Sheriff Air-5 rescue crew receive top honours

On June 11, 2010, the flight crew from the Kern County Sheriff rescue helicopter, Air-5, were recognized with top-honors at the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation’s annual awards dinner. Pilot Berto Penaloza and Deputy Tim Caughron were awarded Exceptional Officer of the Year awards, and Deputy Jason Nelson received the Medal of Valor award. The… Read more »

Source: Kern County Sheriff, 21-Jun-10

Police Aviation News – PAvCon 2010 special edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 20-Jun-10

CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

CHC £7 billion 25-year UK SAR project put on hold

Britain’s new government puts the 25-year SAR privatisation proposal on hold as part of massive spending cut program to get budget deficit under control.

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-10

Dutch SAR B412 targeted by laser pen

Dutch SAR B412 targeted by laser pen

A Dutch Bell 412 rescue helicopter was targeted on Tuesday evening by a laser pen.  This follows a smiilar incident a week earlier.  The Royal Military Police is investigating into both incidents.  The crew of the Search and Rescue helicopter conducted a training flight over Leeuwarden when the helicopter shone a laser pen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-10

EC155 gets new SAR mode

EC155 gets new SAR mode

Eurocopter is offering on the EC155 Dauphin the autopilot search-and-rescue (SAR) mode that until now could be found only on the larger EC225 Super Puma.

Source: AIN, 02-Jun-10

Police Aviation News – June 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jun-10

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Fishtail Air AS350B3 performs world’s highest-altitude longline rescue

Fishtail Air AS350B3 performs world’s highest-altitude longline rescue

A record-breaking aerial rescue on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna has underscored the performance capabilities of Eurocopter’s AS350 Ecureuil helicopter in extreme conditions – including the most challenging high-altitude operations. Three Spanish mountain climbers were successfully airlifted by the Fishtail Air AS350 B3 from a 6,900 meter-high location using the “longline” technique, in which a rescuer is… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Jun-10

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Fishtail Air introduces advance Alpine Rescue System

Fishtail Air introduces advance Alpine Rescue System

Swiss operator Air Zermatt has helped Nepal’s Fishtail Air to develop and establish an Alpine Rescue System by helping them with technology and trainings

Source: Nepal News, 28-May-10

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Japan needs SAR helicopters

Japan needs SAR helicopters

Japan needs SAR helicopters for air divisions of its forces of Navy, Army and Air Force. And sources close to the Tokyo’s Government unveiled that a call for bids could be launched in June

Source: Avionews, 27-May-10

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HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

HMS Gannet’s SAR team record busiest 24 hours

In the mist and drizzle of a shrouded West Coast of Scotland the Royal Navy’s helicopter search and rescue duty crew of HMS Gannet have had their busiest 24-hour period of the year so far with no less than five call-outs. Going on call at 0900hrs on the morning of Wednesday 19 May, the crew… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 26-May-10

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Italian Coast Guard takes delivery of the 300th AW139

Italian Coast Guard takes delivery of the 300th AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy. The AW139 will perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services. Three more… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-May-10

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33rd Rescue Squadron crew earns MacKay Trophy

33rd Rescue Squadron crew earns MacKay Trophy

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Four members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron here were named the 2009 MacKay Trophy winners. Capt. Robert Rosebrough, 1st Lt. Lucas Will, Master Sgt. Dustin Thomas and Staff Sgt. Tim Philpott, the crew of an HH-60G Pavehawk combat search and rescue helicopter “Pedro 16”, have been recognized for their… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-10

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New AW139 arrives at Spanish SAR base Alvedro

New AW139 arrives at Spanish SAR base Alvedro

New AW139 or SAR operator SASEMAR adds to an S61N already operated, as well as two fisheries patrol S76s which could be made available – “Pesca 1” based at Vito and “Pesca 2” at Celeiro

Source: La Opinion Coruna, 20-May-10

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ADAC practices over-water rescue – without a winch

ADAC practices over-water rescue – without a winch

This press story shows German operator ADAC Luftrettung carrying out some training for over-water rescue operations with their “Christop 33” Eurocopter EC135.  However, HeliHub.com notes the complete absence of a winch, relying instead on a fixed rope with a padded loop on the end.  In come countries, we guess that could generate some “health and… Read more »

Source: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 20-May-10

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Mi-2 starts summer SAR service for Sea of Azov

Mi-2 starts summer SAR service for Sea of Azov

Ukraine’s Minister of Emergency Situations Nestor Shufrych has announced that a Mil Mi-2 helicopter has been allocated to a summer SAR role for the Sea of Azov.  This 14,500 square mile sea is bordered by Ukraine to the north and Russia to the south and south-east. The helicopter will fly in daylight hours only from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-10

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Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service upgrades to S76

CHRS executive officer Kay Becker said the new helicopter was very exciting and rewarding for all the staff. “We’re servicing areas we’ve never been to before,” she said.

Source: Morning Bulletin, 12-May-10

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Indonesia and Australia hold joint SAR exercise

This article covers more of the operational aspects of the exercise over the details of the helicopters, but it is good to see these two countries working together in this way.

Source: Suarakarya, 11-May-10

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Teenager cautioned after shining laser light at RAF rescue helicopter

Teenager cautioned after shining laser light at RAF rescue helicopter

The 14-year-old distracted a Sea King crew searching for a missing kayaker off the river Tees estuary by sweeping the sky in front of them with a narrow beam of green light

Source: Guardian, 07-May-10

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Australia: SAR Bell 412 completes multi-million dollar upgrade

Australia: SAR Bell 412 completes multi-million dollar upgrade

AN important tool in Australia’s border protection has returned to the Torres Strait with the latest in surveillance technology onboard after a three-month stop in Kippa-Ring.

Source: Redcliffe and Bayside Herald, 06-May-10

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Spanish SAR base at Santander upgrades to AW139

Spanish SAR base at Santander upgrades to AW139

An AgustaWestland AW139 will replace a long-serving Sikorsky S61N

Source: Eldiario Montanes, 03-May-10

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Police Aviation News – May 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-May-10

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Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust win top rescue award

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust win top rescue award

A four-strong team from the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust who plucked a fisherman to safety, after he was trapped at the base of a cliff, have received with a top rescue award at Parliament tonight.

Source: Otago Daily Times, 22-Apr-10

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Eurocopter Receives Letter Of Acceptance From Malaysia for 12 EC725s

Eurocopter Receives Letter Of Acceptance From Malaysia for 12 EC725s

Eurocopter has received a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the Defence Ministry for the supply 12 EC725 helicopters for search and rescue (SAR) missions.

Source: Bernama, 20-Apr-10

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Police Aviation News – April 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Apr-10

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Canadian government authorises national review of SAR response times

Canadian government authorises national review of SAR response times

The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence agreed to undertake a review of Canadian Forces SAR response times, including those for Squadron 103 at 9 Wing Gander.

Source: Gander Beacon, 25-Mar-10

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France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

France’s 35F unit rescued 196 people in 2009

Flying from bases at Le Touquet, Cherbourg, Lanvéoc-Poulmic and La Rochelle Hyères, the 35F unit flew 529 operational missions in 2009, flying 750 hours and rescuing 196 people

Source: Mer et Marine, 22-Mar-10

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Reduction in Irish SAR base from 24h to 12h creates Facebook group of 17,500 and counting

Reduction in Irish SAR base from 24h to 12h creates Facebook group of 17,500 and counting

A press report of the situation at Waterford appeared in many Irish news sources this week, here is how RTE reported it. The Facebook group “Save 24hr Search & Rescue Helicopter Cover in South-East” describes itself thus:- SIGN THE PETITION NOW! http://www.petitiononline.com/sar01/ On 15th March 2010, the Irish Government put a price on peoples heads……. Read more »

21-Mar-10

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Doubts cast over whether Taiwan SAR EC225s are for civil use

Doubts cast over whether Taiwan SAR EC225s are for civil use

A leaked document states “The aircraft must be able to “detect missile seeker signals”, with an “early warning and countermeasure system” to help their crews avoid “missile and artillery fire attack”

Source: Flightglobal, 12-Mar-10

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Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter unit acquires new technology for locating avalanche victims

Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter unit acquires new technology for locating avalanche victims

Now rescuers can scour avalanche debris fields from SnoHawk 10, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue helicopter. The new devices tap radio transmitters to quickly locate people buried by snow

Source: Herald, 11-Mar-10

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Police Aviation News – March 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Mar-10

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Police Aviation News – Heli-Expo 2010 special edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 25-Feb-10

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Priority 1 Air Rescue Completes Bell 429 Hoist SAR Configuration Milestone

Priority 1 Air Rescue Completes Bell 429 Hoist SAR Configuration Milestone

Priority 1 Air Rescue and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited successfully completed the design engineering and Human External Cargo (HEC) load flight testing on Bell Helicopter’s new 429 in a search-and-rescue (SAR) configuration. The 429 used in the testing was configured with specialized SAR equipment, including the 600-lb two- person-rated Goodrich hoist.  Completing this joint… Read more »

Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue, 21-Feb-10

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North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service may be grounded for good

North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service may be grounded for good

The North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service was operating a search and rescue service in the region, but in November last year it relinquished its aircraft because it failed to meet State Government guidelines.

Source: ABC, 18-Feb-10

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Newfoundland oil firms ordered to have rescue helicopter available

The regulators of Newfoundland’s oil industry have ordered a faster emergency response after the head of an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety made an urgent call for improvement.

Source: Chronicle Herald, 14-Feb-10

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Anger as new UK SAR contract implies base move from Prestwick to Glasgow

The Ministry of Defence said that the posts will be moved 30 miles after a private company was awarded the contract for the service.

Source: STV, 11-Feb-10

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Local concerns raised at operational hours of new UK SAR contract

Bideford mayor Andy Powell said: “There’s a huge surfing population here, so what happens when [the helicopters] clock off at 6pm and somebody goes out at 6.01pm and gets into trouble? Does that mean another life is lost?”

Source: BBC, 10-Feb-10

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CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

CHC Selected as Preferred Bidder for 25-Year UK SAR Contract

CHC Helicopters, through its membership in the Soteria* consortium, has won preferred bidder status on a 25-year contract to provide comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) services and military aircrew SAR training to the UK government, securing CHC’s place as the largest supplier of civilian SAR services in the world. “We are honoured to be chosen… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Feb-10

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HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award

HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award recipient, Crew of CGNR 6573; U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. At approximately 6:00 a.m. on January 30, 2009, it was reported that a crewman on a fishing vessel south of Sanak Island in Alaska was suffering a severe head injury…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 04-Feb-10

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Taiwan military chooses Eurocopter EC225 over Sikorsky S92

Taiwan military chooses Eurocopter EC225 over Sikorsky S92

Taiwan’s air force has selected the Eurocopter EC225 helicopter against a Sikorsky bid for the S-92 for a medium-lift helicopter requirement for search and rescue missions.

Source: Defense News, 03-Feb-10

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Police Aviation News – February 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Feb-10

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Canadian military defends SAR response in Cougar S92 enquiry

Canadian military defends SAR response in Cougar S92 enquiry

It took two hours for a pair of military search and rescue (SAR) helicopters to arrive at the crash site – more than one hour after Cougar Helicopters’ SAR chopper arrived at the scene

Source: The Telegram, 29-Jan-10

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Prince William starts RAF rescue training

If successful on the course, he will become a fully operational pilot with one of the six UK-based RAF Search and Rescue Force flights later this year

Source: BBC, 29-Jan-10

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VMR-1 dives in: Cherry Point SAR team trains to save lives

VMR-1 dives in: Cherry Point SAR team trains to save lives

The bitter cold and freezing Atlantic waters did not stop the search and rescue team of Marine Transport Squadron 1 from diving in during SAR training missions just off the coast of eastern North Carolina, Jan. 12. With the HH-46E helicopter, affectionately known as Pedro, in full flight, VMR-1’s SAR non commissioned officer in charge,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 28-Jan-10

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Helicopter wreckage located off the coast of Almería

Helicopter wreckage located off the coast of Almería

HeliHub.com page for this accident can be found here

Source: Typically Spanish, 25-Jan-10

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Taiwan Strait rescue enhances with Sikorsky S76C+

Taiwan Strait rescue enhances with Sikorsky S76C+

A Sikorsky S-76C+ SAR helicopter has been put into service in the Xiamen Flying Service Rescue Team, a part of the East China Sea Rescue Bureau, to join in rescue missions in the Taiwan Straits

Source: Whats On Xiamen, 22-Jan-10

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RACQ-CQ Rescue takes delivery of second Bell 412

RACQ-CQ Rescue takes delivery of second Bell 412

RACQ-CQ Rescue welcomed a new team member yesterday – a second Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopter, which landed at its new base at 2.30pm, will replace the single-engine SA360 Dauphin that has been with the service since April, 2004.

Source: Daily Mercury, 21-Jan-10

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HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award

HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award recipient, Crew of CGNR 6033; U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida. On September 7, 2008, the crew of U.S. Coast Guard CGNR 6033 launched from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to respond to a stricken fishing vessel with four people aboard, 50… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Jan-10

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2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

2009 was a busy year for UK SAR bases

Highest ever recorded number of missions undertaken by Stornoway team The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) helicopter search and rescue bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee On Solent and Portland completed 747 missions throughout 2009, according to figures released today. With 183 missions undertaken across 12 months, the Stornoway team had their busiest year since search… Read more »

Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency, 13-Jan-10

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Police Aviation News – January 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jan-10

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UK Minister in climbdown over call for civilian rescue helicopter at Fort William

Ministers have finally agreed to listen to demands from mountain rescue teams that a civilian helicopter be based in Fort William to help stricken climbers

Source: Herald, 17-Dec-09

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Fight to keep RAF Chivenor SAR base open 24×7 steps up a gear

Fight to keep RAF Chivenor SAR base open 24×7 steps up a gear

The fight to keep 24-hour search and rescue cover at RAF Chivenor has been taken to the Senedd by Pembrokeshire AMs.

Source: Western Telegraph, 15-Dec-09

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UK Coastguard base at Portland clocks up 3,000th mission

UK Coastguard base at Portland clocks up 3,000th mission

A Coastguard SAR  helicopter base has been in existence at Portland since 1995 – the helicopter that is currently being operated at this base is an AW139 provided by CHC Scotia.

Source: MCA, 14-Dec-09

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French Defense Ministry orders two Eurocopter EC225s for SAR missions

French Defense Ministry orders two Eurocopter EC225s for SAR missions

Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS and the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to announce the purchase of two EC225s by the French Defense Ministry for the country’s navy.

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Dec-09

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HMS Gannet Smashes through 400 SAR Sorties during 2009

HMS Gannet Smashes through 400 SAR Sorties during 2009

Historically, no helicopter search and rescue unit has achieved 400 call outs in a year and passing this milestone is a tangible illustration of the high tempo under which the Prestwick-based unit operates.

Source: Royal Navy, 08-Dec-09

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Priority 1 Air Rescue Provides Advanced Helicopter SAR Training for North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Priority 1 Air Rescue has completed Inland SAR training with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) which included initial Class B External Rotorcraft Load and Helicopter Short-Haul Rescue in their recently acquired Bell 407.

Source: Rotorhub, 07-Dec-09

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Maritime Safety Administration Of China Takes Delivery Of Two Grand Helicopters

Maritime Safety Administration Of China Takes Delivery Of Two Grand Helicopters

The MSA is responsible for monitoring all inland and coastal waters and these two helicopters will be dedicated to controlling and fighting water pollution.

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Dec-09

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French Public Service Dauphins mark 15 years of rescue

French Public Service Dauphins mark 15 years of rescue

The Public Service Dauphins of the French Navy have marked a milestone, rescuing 1,430 people over 15 years.

Source: Rotorhub, 03-Dec-09

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Police Aviation News – December 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-09

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Era Helicopters and Seacor Environmental Services Conduct Joint SAR/EMS Demonstration

Era Helicopters and Seacor Environmental Services Conduct Joint SAR/EMS Demonstration

SEACOR Holdings Inc. (SEACOR) (NYSE: CKH) announced today that it conducted a joint Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services demonstration on October 28 in Sabine Pass, Texas

Source: Seacor Holdings, 19-Nov-09

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Surf Life Saving Queensland adds EC135

SUNSHINE Coast beaches will be safer this summer thanks to Surf Life Saving Queensland’s newest piece of equipment – a twin engine helicopter.  The EC135 chopper’s keys were handed over to SLSQ by Queensland emergency services minister Neil Roberts.

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, 10-Nov-09

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RAF Valley to stop night time rescue flights in North Wales

RAF Valley to stop night time rescue flights in North Wales

Life-saving search and rescue helicopter crews from RAF Valley will halt night time rescues while new crews are trained up.  The Ministry of Defence has announced a six week suspension to night shifts by 22 Squadron, with cover provided by neighbouring bases  RAF Valley will close overnight from 15 November until 31 December.

Source: Daily Post, 05-Nov-09

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UK Government does about-turn on SAR base reduction

UK Government does about-turn on SAR base reduction

The MOD had decided in principle to reduce SAR helicopter crews from 28 to 24 in 2008. But it subsequently became clear that the implementation of this would present an unmanageable risk and, as soon as this was identified, Ministers decided to revert to 28 crews.

Source: MoD, 04-Nov-09

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Police Aviation News – November 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Nov-09

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Korea Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of Two AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland announces that the Korea Coast Guard has taken delivery of two AW139 helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy). The AW139s will be used for maritime patrol, search and rescue and emergency medical service purposes

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Oct-09

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“Missing” SAR helicopter causes uproar in Nigeria

There was uproar and near confusion as audience at a stakeholders meeting with the management of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA could not accept claims by NIMASA management that their regional search and rescue helicopter was not missing as reported by some members of the audience.

Source: Nigeria Champion, 26-Oct-09

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UK Coastguard S92 helicopters reach landmark operational date

The new search and rescue helicopters at the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) base in Stornoway in the Western Isles have completed nearly 350 missions and rescued over 260 people since they were introduced to service two years ago.

Source: Hoovers, 03-Oct-09

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AgustaWestland Congratulates the 2009 Cormorant Trophy Winners

AgustaWestland Congratulates the 2009 Cormorant Trophy Winners

AgustaWestland congratulates the crew of the Canadian Forces 442 Search and Rescue Squadron, based at CFB Comox, on winning the 2009 Cormorant Trophy for the skilful night rescue of a skier who had fallen 30 m down a crevasse on Hamathko Glacier, 8700 ft above sea level.

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-09

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Police Aviation News – October 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Oct-09

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Sikorsky Recognizes CHC and MCA with Rescue Award for Spectacular 2008 Rescue with SAR S-92®

Sikorsky Recognizes CHC and MCA with Rescue Award for Spectacular 2008 Rescue with SAR S-92®

Sikorsky presented its Winged S Rescue Award to a UK helicopter rescue crew and the base it operates from in recognition of their outstanding bravery and performance in an extraordinary rescue of 14 fishermen stranded aground at St. Kilda in 2008.

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Sep-09

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UK Sikorsky S-92 SAR Fleet reaches 500-Mission Milestone

UK Sikorsky S-92 SAR Fleet reaches 500-Mission Milestone

As of mid-August 2009, the four S-92 SAR aircraft operating in the U.K. had executed a total of 510 missions – 331 from the base at Stornoway in the Western Isles and 179 from Sumburgh in Shetland – since being introduced in 2007

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Sep-09

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Bristow vacates hangar at Sumburgh after 36 years

After a 36 year presence at Sumburgh Airport in Shetland, Bristow  gave up the lease on the hangar and handed the keys back to the airport owners.

Source: PPRuNe, 22-Sep-09

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Chinese SAR helicopters to upgrade with NVG

THE regional sea rescue force, responsible for life-saving missions in the East China Sea, had begun training helicopter pilots and salvage crews to conduct night operations, officials said.

Source: Shanghai Daily, 18-Sep-09

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Newfoundland Premier calls on feds to set up SAR helicopter unit at St. John’s

Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams called on Ottawa on Tuesday to immediately establish a search and rescue presence in St. John’s, days after a fishing boat sank off the province’s coast, killing at least one crewman.

Source: MetroNews, 18-Sep-09

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