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New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval teams at Glasgow Airport today. The new facility brings Scottish Ambulance Service Air Ambulance helicopter and fixed wing operations from the West into a single location. Scotland’s national specialists retrieval service for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 15-Mar-16

Police Scotland renew Bond contract with upgrade

Police Scotland renew Bond contract with upgrade

A new state-of-the-art helicopter will be brought into service for Police Scotland as part of a new seven-year air support contract. Bond Air Services secured the contract with the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland after they were selected as the preferred bidder following a competitive tendering and procurement process. The new helicopter – an… Read more »

Source: Police Scotland, 14-Mar-16

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Gama Aviation opens new base to manage Scottish EMS contract

Gama Aviation opens new base to manage Scottish EMS contract

Gama Aviation (LSE:GMAA), the global aviation services company, has opened a new purpose built base at Glasgow airport to support its contract with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). The base will house Scotland’s national specialist transport and retrieval service (SCOTSTAR) for critically ill NHS patients and will be the first time anywhere in the UK… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 22-Oct-15

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland is the only part of the UK to have Government-funded EMS helicopters, and two H145s are now flying as G-SASN and G-SASS in this role.  Additionally, a charity-funded air ambulance was launched in November 2012 by the predictably worded Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, and started operating in May 2013 with an aging Bo105.  Ironically… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-15

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

A life-saving air ambulance, which is the country’s only charity-funded aircraft, marking the milestone of its 500th call out. See full story

Source: STV, 16-Feb-15

Police Scotland want to extend Bond contract after EC135 crash

Police Scotland want to extend Bond contract after EC135 crash

A report to go before the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) meeting on Wednesday asks members to approve the proposals to the next stage.  See full story

Source: STV, 24-Feb-14

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli  Air, the UK’s largest onshore helicopter operator, is delighted to announce that following the recent acquisition of Scotia Helicopters, it has now launched Heli Air Scotland, based at Cumbernauld Airport midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Heli  Air now has nine bases across the UK, including the recently opened operation at City Airport & Heliport,… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 02-Sep-13

Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

Scottish Air Ambulance EC135 ferrying a sick ­patient from a remote island to a mainland hospital was forced to ­divert to an airport after the pilot spotted doctors having a barbecue near the helipad. (see full story)

05-Jun-13

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Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to announce that one of the two helicopter air ambulances it operates on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has reached 10,000 flying hours. The aircraft, a Eurocopter EC135T2i (registration G-SASA), reached this milestone transferring a maternity patient with abdominal pains from Cambeltown hospital to Crosshouse hospital in… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Jan-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Over the next five years, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) will receive an annual donation of £20,000 – helping it move closer to its ambitious £1.5 million target (see full story)

Source: The Courier, 16-Jan-13

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UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

Scotland has previously been covered from the air by two Eurocopter EC135s, operated by Bond Air Services on contract to Gama Aviation who hold a contract with Scottish Ambulance Service.  This is the only EMS operation in the UK funded by central government, and it is planned to upgrade from EC135 to EC145T2 in due… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-12

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UK: New site for Glasgow Heliport approved

UK: New site for Glasgow Heliport approved

The heliport will move from its current base at Stobcross Road over the River Clyde to Govan (see full story).  The heliport is base to the local police and air ambulance EC135 helicopters, apart from others.

Source: Evening Times, 29-Nov-11

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Bond builds new base at Inverness

Bond builds new base at Inverness

It has been announced that British operator Bond Air Services is building a new facility on Inverness Airport Business Park, and is expecting to open its doors in November.  It will then provide the base for two Eurocopter EC135s, one for the Scottish Ambulance Service, and the other for the Northern Lighthouse Board. The Scottish… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Sep-11

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UK: Northern Lighthouse Board EC135 makes first appearance

UK: Northern Lighthouse Board EC135 makes first appearance

On Saturday, a Eurocopter EC135T2+ appeared out of the Bond Air Services hangar carrying the titles of Northern Lighthouse Board “NLB” and the organisation’s logo on both the doors and the tail. NLB have previously been operating Bo105s for many years in support of Scotland’s lighthouses. As these maritime navigation beacons have been automated over… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 15-Nov-10

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Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Police leaders reacted with fury yesterday after a teenager who aimed a laser pen at a police helicopter escaped with a £500 fine.  Call centre worker Anthony Boyle, 19, had been warned he faced jail for the potentially lethal stunt.

Source: Daily Record, 28-Jun-10

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Scottish Ambulance Service adds doctors to flights

Scottish Ambulance Service adds doctors to flights

A pilot scheme in the West of Scotland has seen emergency medicine consultants being sent out on air missions with the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It will now be rolled out across the whole of the country, costing about £2 million a year, after being deemed a huge success

Source: Scotsman, 03-Mar-10

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High flyers’ approval for helipad in Scotland

The Queen, Prince William and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have all given their backing for a helipad in Elgin that could save lives.

Source: The Northern Scot, 13-Feb-10

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