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Libya takes delivery of second AW139

Libya takes delivery of second AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the General Security of Libya has taken delivery of its second AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. The aircraft is part of a total order for five AW139s sold in Libya to perform a range of roles also including border patrol and Search and Rescue and was… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Nov-10

Spanish SAR AW139 crash blamed on lack of training

Spanish SAR AW139 crash blamed on lack of training

Pilots union files complaint against INAER, the company that owns the helicopter which died 3 coastguards after it plunged into the sea in January, for alleged “breach of its obligations” in crew training, which “directly contributed to errors in the operation”.

Source: The Reader, 05-Nov-10

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Talon Helicopters president awarded national SAR honour

Talon Helicopters president awarded national SAR honour

Talon Helicopters President and Operations Manager, Peter Murray, received the 2010 Leadership Award of the National Search and Rescue Awards of Excellence Program. The prestigious award, presented by Lt. Gen. W. Semianiw of Canada Command on Sept. 27, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, recognizes exemplary service, commitment and dedication to search and rescue services across the… Read more »

Source: Talon Helicopters, 04-Nov-10

Westpac Surf Rescue helicopter launched at Moruya

Westpac Surf Rescue helicopter launched at Moruya

The boosted financial assistance from Westpac will fund a helicopter on the NSW South Coast from the 1st December 2010, to coincide with the start of the busy summer season.

Source: Ulladulla Online, 27-Oct-10

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter approaches 4000th mission

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter approaches 4000th mission

Since starting in 1998, the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter has travelled throughout the ACT and Southern NSW, providing the highest standard of aero medical assistance.

Source: Bega District News, 26-Oct-10

Netherlands 303 Sqn acheives 4,500th SAR flight since 1959

Netherlands 303 Sqn acheives 4,500th SAR flight since 1959

(automatic translation of Dutch press release) An AB-412 helicopter of the 4500th Defense last night rescue flights conducted since the establishment of 303 Squadron in 1959. A man with medical problems had last night a matter of urgency to Vlieland Medical Center Leeuwarden be charged. Home to 303 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base and its… Read more »

20-Oct-10

Japan’s Saitama Prefecture to charge for helicopter rescues?

Japan’s Saitama Prefecture to charge for helicopter rescues?

Looking to cut down on inappropriate usage of rescue services, lawmakers in the Saitama prefectural assembly are introducing an ordinance that would allow prefectural rescue helicopters to charge for their services.

Source: Mainichi Daily News, 17-Oct-10

Prince William completes his first SAR shift

Prince William completes his first SAR shift

Flight Lieutenant William Wales completed his first Search and Rescue (SAR) shift this weekend as the co-pilot of the four-man crew of a RAF Sea King helicopter and performed his first rescue. The helicopter, call-sign ‘Rescue 122’, was from C Flight, 22 Squadron, which is based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales. The SAR… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 05-Oct-10

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US Coast Guard aircrew wins at Canadian rescue exercise

US Coast Guard aircrew wins at Canadian rescue exercise

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka crew won the marine rescue event in this year’s Royal Canadian Forces annual search and rescue exercise which was held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Sept. 20-24. The crew, which consisted of a pilot, co-pilot, three flight mechanics and two rescue swimmers arrived Sept. 22 in time… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 01-Oct-10

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AgustaWestland congratulates 2010 Cormorant Trophy winners

AgustaWestland congratulates 2010 Cormorant Trophy winners

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that the crew of “Rescue 912” from Canadian Forces Squadron 103 in Gander, Newfoundland has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Cormorant Trophy for Helicopter Rescue. The winning search and rescue crew comprising Major Steve Reid of Centreville, Nova Scotia; Captain Priscilla Jobin of Ste-Foy,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Sep-10

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RAF Sea King crew hailed for Cumbrian flood rescues at Shephard 2010 SAR Awards

RAF Sea King crew hailed for Cumbrian flood rescues at Shephard 2010 SAR Awards

A rescue helicopter crew from 22 Sqn ‘C’ Flight of the UK’s Royal Air Force have become the first winners of the new annual Shephard SAR award.

Source: Shephard, 23-Sep-10

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“Rescue 117” program features Irish Coast Guard SAR

“Rescue 117” program features Irish Coast Guard SAR

For the first time ever RTÉ cameras have been given exclusive access to the Irish Coast Guard’s helicopter Search and Rescue service. Filmed over six months, RTÉ cameras follow the rescue crews at Waterford helicopter base (RESCUE 117) as they battle to save lives in one of the most hostile environments in the world. Leading… Read more »

Source: RTÉ Television, 21-Sep-10

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Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William becomes a fully-operational SAR pilot

Prince William has today graduated from his Search and Rescue training course at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, Wales. He will now join C Flight of Number 22 Squadron, remaining at RAF Valley, as a fully-qualified, fully-operational Search and Rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter. Prince William will begin his operational service as… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 18-Sep-10

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SAR 2010: BA609 mooted for SAR role

SAR 2010: BA609 mooted for SAR role

The development team behind the much-delayed Bell-Agusta BA609 tiltrotor says it could hail in a new revolution of SAR capability.

Source: Shephard Group, 16-Sep-10

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CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

CHC reaches 2,000 SAR mission milestone in both UK and Australia

Leading search and rescue (SAR) service provider CHC Helicopter has marked a significant milestone in its SAR services with crews in the UK and Australia both undertaking their 2,000th missions. CHC has operated the service for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the UK since 2007 from four bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee on Solent… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Sep-10

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SkyTrac Systems to exhibit at SAR2010 conference and exhibition

SkyTrac Systems to exhibit at SAR2010 conference and exhibition

SkyTrac Systems will be attending Shephard’s 13th annual Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition (SAR 2010) in Aberdeen, Scotland from September 15-16, 2010. This event is the largest international gathering of SAR experts in Europe and will focus on search and rescue in the four environments: aviation, maritime, urban and mountain. SkyTrac representatives Kim Bagnall… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 14-Sep-10

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Mid North Coast Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service to get B412 in October

Mid North Coast Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service to get B412 in October

The Bell 412 helicopter, which is being bought from Canada, is on schedule to be delivered in October.

Source: Manning River Times, 07-Sep-10

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18-Aug-10 JA6796 Bell B412 Sanagi Island, Japan (4F)

18-Aug-10

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AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

AgustaWestland propose SAR Sea King life extension

As part of the UK Government’s drastic cost cutting, the proposed 25-year S92 contract was set aside.  AgustaWestland are proposing a life-extension to the current fleet as a cheaper option.

Source: Daily Express, 11-Aug-10

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French Navy takes delivery of second SECMAR EC225

French Navy takes delivery of second SECMAR EC225

France’s Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) has announed that the second of two EC225 helicotpers was delivered on July 23 to their Navy’s. These aircraft were ordered in December 2009 to replace recently retired Super Frelon helicopters. They will be implemented from the naval aviation base at Lanvéoc (Finistère) for marine safety duties including SAR…. Read more »

Source: DGA, 05-Aug-10

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Coal Services donates Aus$1M to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Coal Services donates Aus$1M to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Coal Services Pty Limited (CSPL) announced today the donation of $1 million to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The donation cheque was officially presented this morning by Coal Service’s Chairman Ron Land at the Broadmeadow’s Base Rescue Helicopter Service in Newcastle, during an official ceremony chaired by Richard Jones, General Manager of the Westpac Rescue… Read more »

Source: Coal Services, 05-Aug-10

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Police Aviation News – August 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Aug-10

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New Westpac Lifesaver helicopter to fly December to February

New Westpac Lifesaver helicopter to fly December to February

The Westpac Lifesaver helicopter will conduct surveillance, shark patrols and search and rescue operations from Mollymook south to the Victorian border.  The trial is proposed to begin in December through February and then again for the same period each year until 2013.

Source: Milton Ulladulla Times, 23-Jul-10

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CHC awarded 10 year Irish SAR contract

CHC awarded 10 year Irish SAR contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a 10-year, €500 million contract to provide Search and Rescue services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, will join senior representatives from the Irish Coast Guard and CHC Ireland to officially sign the contract later today. The contract, will provide SAR services from… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-Jul-10

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AgustaWestland and Osprey Training to establish an AW139 SAR training centre in Scandinavia

AgustaWestland and Osprey Training to establish an AW139 SAR training centre in Scandinavia

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, and Osprey Training of Sweden are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement for the establishment of a fully integrated Search and Rescue Training Centre in Sweden, based on the AW139 medium twin turbine helicopter. Under this agreement, the Centre will provide AgustaWestland accredited training services to pilots, crewmen… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Jul-10

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Bell introduces low-cost ground velocity sensor for Hover-Hold and SAR missions

Bell introduces low-cost ground velocity sensor for Hover-Hold and SAR missions

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, working in cooperation with Esterline CMC Electronics, has developed and flight tested a new generation global positioning system (GPS) sensor to replace existing high-cost Doppler or inertial velocity sensors used in automated approach-to-hover and hover-hold systems. This new product is anticipated to be available for installation on… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jul-10

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Sasemar orders another AW139, taking fleet to eight

Sasemar orders another AW139, taking fleet to eight

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Sasemar, the Spanish Marine Safety Agency, has placed an order for one more AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopter. This aircraft will be used for a range of roles including SAR and water pollution detection. This order will bring Sasemar’s fleet of AW139s up to eight. The progressive expansion… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-10

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Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency takes delivery of first AW139

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency takes delivery of first AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform search and rescue, coastal patrol and law enforcement duties around Malaysia’s extensive coast line. An additional two helicopters will be delivered later… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-10

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Japan Coast Guard signs for 6 more AW139s

Japan Coast Guard signs for 6 more AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan Coast Guard has signed contracts for six more AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft will be deployed at Japan Coast Guard bases throughout Japan and used to perform search and rescue and maritime patrol missions. With this latest contract the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Jul-10

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Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue establish JV SAR training centre

Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue establish JV SAR training centre

Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) announced today they have launched a joint Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Training School – the first ever established in North America solely dedicated to train commercial, law enforcement and foreign military aviation professionals and their aircrews in performing Helicopter SAR and HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Service). The… Read more »

Source: Era Helicopters, 17-Jul-10

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UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

UK: New Ullapool community helipad put to test

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has carried out tests of the pad using a Stornoway-based Sikorsky S92

Source: BBC, 07-Jul-10

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Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue Announce Louisiana SAR Service

Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue Announce Louisiana SAR Service

Era Helicopters LLC (Era) announced today the launch of a Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (SAR/EMS) operation from its base located in Fourchon, Louisiana. Together, Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will offer FAA-approved, full-service SAR/EMS capability and turnkey solutions to offshore Oil & Gas companies located in the Gulf of Mexico… Read more »

Source: Era Helicopters, 06-Jul-10

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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

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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

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Police Aviation News – PAvCon 2010 special edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 20-Jun-10

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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

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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

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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

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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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