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Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Indiana State Police, together with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, are currently investigating the crash that killed 53-year old pilot, Howard Y. Esterbrook. The crash occurred 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis while Mr. Esterbrook was helping install power lines for Mesa, reports News Now Warsaw.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

New Air Evac Base in Decatur County

New Air Evac Base in Decatur County

Air-Evac has opened up a new base in Decatur County in the old Parson’s airport. The county only has one hospital and travelling to a larger city can take up to an hour by road. They can now transport patients in an air ambulance to Nashville or Memphis in half the time, reports WBBJ Eyewitness… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Haverfield to launch three new Regional Bases

Haverfield to launch three new Regional Bases

Privately owned Haverfield Aviation, Inc., announced today that it will be launching three new operational bases out of Denton, Texas; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Valdosta, Georgia. These three new bases will operate in conjunction with Haverfield’s existing corporate office based out of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The launch of these three new bases will now give Haverfield… Read more »

Source: Haverfield Aviation, 22-Nov-16

Aerospace Association Picks Indiana for Conference

Aerospace Association Picks Indiana for Conference

Today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced plans to host its Supplier Management Council conference in Indianapolis in the spring of 2018. Presented in partnership with Rolls-Royce and the state of Indiana, the conference will attract industry leaders and showcase Indiana’s growing aerospace and aviation industry. “Aerospace has taken flight in Indiana,” said Governor… Read more »

Source: Indiana, 12-Jul-16

16-Nov-15 N88HA Airbus H120 Elkhart, US-Indiana

Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation.  Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning

16-Nov-15

Rotors n Ribs helicopter fly-in at Goshen Airport returns for fourth year

Rotors n Ribs helicopter fly-in at Goshen Airport returns for fourth year

A Cobra gunship from the Vietnam era was on hand for flights and a demonstration at the Rotors ‘n Ribs fly-in at the Goshen Airport on June 21, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth). See Full Story

Source: The Elkhart Truth, 26-Jun-15

Indiana Helicopters adds AS350B3e and AS365N2

Indiana Helicopters adds AS350B3e and AS365N2

Continued market growth in the upper Midwest has prompted Indiana Helicopters to expand its Airbus Helicopters fleet with the addition of a new AS350 B3e AStar and an AS365 N2. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based company took delivery of the new AStar on Feb. 24, its fifth Airbus aircraft. A leading provider of professional charters, tours… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

St. Vincent Heart Center seeks to build helipad in Carmel

St. Vincent Heart Center seeks to build helipad in Carmel

St. Vincent Heart Center is seeking city permission to build a helipad on church-owned property south of 103rd Street in Carmel, about a half-mile from the specialty hospital. See Full Story

Source: IBJ, 11-Aug-14

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Enstrom Adds Dealers, Continues Innovation

Enstrom Adds Dealers, Continues Innovation

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce three new Enstrom dealers: DSA a.s., in the Czech Republic, Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc. in North Carolina, and Indiana Helicopters in Indiana. “All three are well-established companies and will enhance our market presence for these regions,” said Orlando Alaniz, director of sales and marketing at Enstrom. “We are looking… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 17-Jul-14

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21-Jun-14 N6828D Rotorway Exec 162F Mount Comfort, US-Indiana

Landed in a field of crop and fell onto its side.  2 POB walk away

21-Jun-14

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Indiana Helicopters VIP EC130T2 to be showcased at Heli-Expo 2014

Indiana Helicopters VIP EC130T2 to be showcased at Heli-Expo 2014

Indiana Helicopters’ new VIP EC130T2, the first operating in the U.S., will be showcased in its first public appearance at the Airbus Helicopters exhibit at Heli-Expo 2014, February 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Indiana Helicopters took delivery of the new EC130T2 from completion in early February. It is the only VIP EC130T2 operating in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Indiana University Health awarded $170K funding for new hangar/base

Indiana University Health awarded $170K funding for new hangar/base

Members of the Richmond Redevelopment Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved funds to bring Indiana University Health LifeLine to the Richmond Municipal Airport.  See full story

Source: Palladium-Item, 02-Dec-13

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Haverfield Aviation announces three new regional bases

Haverfield Aviation announces three new regional bases

Privately owned Haverfield Aviation, Inc., announced today that it will be launching three new operational bases out of Denton, Texas; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Valdosta, Georgia. These three new bases will operate in conjunction with Haverfield’s existing corporate office based out of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The launch of these three new bases will now give Haverfield… Read more »

Source: Haverfield Aviation, 09-Oct-13

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Indiana – Helipad approved at Elkhart General Hospital

Indiana – Helipad approved at Elkhart General Hospital

Plans for a helicopter landing pad at Elkhart General Hospital were approved by the Elkhart City Council Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.  see full story

Source: Elkhart Truth, 10-Sep-13

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Lutheran Air adding second helicopter to meet growing demand

Lutheran Air adding second helicopter to meet growing demand

To expand patient access to critical and specialty care, a second Lutheran Air medical helicopter will be added to Lutheran Hospital’s critical care transport fleet early this fall. The home base for Lutheran Air II will be Wabash Municipal Airport, a geographically important location for patients living in communities that make up the southern and… Read more »

Source: Lutheran Hospital, 22-Aug-13

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Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

While most emergency responders we spoke to do not want to be identified for this article fearing repercussions for speaking out, they are all in agreement that the decision is strictly political and not in the best interest of county residents. see full story Lutheran Air operate a BK117 Parkview Samaritan operate an AS365

Source: Stacey Page Online, 12-Jul-13

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Metro Aviation delivers EC145 to Memorial Hospital

Metro Aviation delivers EC145 to Memorial Hospital

Beacon Health System’s Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana recently received their new Eurocopter EC145. The aircraft was chosen for the larger cabin, payload and range as compared to their current EC135. The aircraft coincides with a rebranding of the air services to include Memorial Children’s Hospital and a slightly different color scheme. Memorial MedFlight… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, Inc, 03-Jun-13

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Deputy stops robbery at heliport

Deputy stops robbery at heliport

A robbery at the Indianapolis Heliport was interrupted Wednesday morning when a Deputy Sheriff in the area responded. Medics at IU Health Lifeline Helicopter base saw a man beating and robbing another male subject in the parking lot of the heliport. (see full story)

Source: WishTV, 21-Feb-13

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St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent Health officials have announced plans to expand access to its air medical program with the opening of a new air medical base of operations to be located at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. The new StatFlight base, scheduled to open in late spring 2013, will place a new state-of-the-art helicopter, a Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: St. Vincent Health, 28-Jan-13

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Indiana student wins Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Indiana student wins Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and By Kids For Kids Co., an organization that inspires kids to become successful inventors, today awarded an Indiana teenager the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award for his conceptual design of a circular-shaped medical evacuation helicopter. Ethan Chu , 16, from South Bend, Ind., received a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Dec-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

The Evansville, Indiana, Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2012 National Community Service Base of the Year. The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area. Lonnie Dardeen, program director for… Read more »

Source: Deaconess Hospital, 10-Dec-12

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27-Jul-12 N652HA Bell 47G2A New Frankfort, US-Indiana

Kevin C. Rossan, 35, from Troy, Mich., was transported to the King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison after his Bell 47 crashed in a field while on spraying operations after the main blades came into contact with the ground.  Helicopter ended upright, but badly damaged (see photo)

27-Jul-12

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Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

LifeFlight, the medical helicopter program based at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, turned 30 on Tuesday. During that time, the air ambulance has made more than 10,000 patient transports. (see full story)

Source: Evansville Courier & Press, 31-May-12

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09-May-12 N1069Z Bell 206B Flora, US-Indiana

Crashed into a wheat field during agricultural operations.  Pilot named as Brian Townsend

09-May-12

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Bell awards C&A Tool with Premier Supplier Award

Bell awards C&A Tool with Premier Supplier Award

C&A Tool in Churubusco was recently awarded the Bell Premier Supplier Award.   Bell awards this annually in recognition of suppliers with superior business processes and world class quality standards (see full story)

Source: Busco News, 20-Mar-12

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Indiana Guardsmen train in new medevac procedures

Indiana Guardsmen train in new medevac procedures

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Calling for air medical evacuation on the battlefield is a skill required before it’s needed. For Indiana Guardsmen with the 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team and pilots from the Wyoming National Guard’s Company C, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, training on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Nov. 18, honed their proficiency for medevacs…. Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130

NTSB Preliminary Report – 03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On November 3, 2011, about 1815 eastern standard time, N130AL, a Eurocopter EC 130 B4, sustained substantial damage during… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 18-Nov-11

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03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130 Noblesville, US-Indiana

Circled after encountering heavy rain while en route.  Landed in ploughed field and burst into flames,  6POB all safe with minor injuries

03-Nov-11

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Indiana University Health adds fifth EC145

Indiana University Health adds fifth EC145

From its booth #321 at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced today that Indiana University Health LifeLine will add its fifth EC145 to the fleet of four that were purchased in late 2008. The first four went into service throughout 2010 and the fifth is expected to go into service this week…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Oct-11

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Metro Aviation to feature an IU Health LifeLine EC145 at AMTC

Metro Aviation to feature an IU Health LifeLine EC145 at AMTC

Longtime air medical transportation provider and helicopter completion specialist, Metro Aviation, Inc. will feature an Indiana University (IU) Health LifeLine critical care transport Eurocopter EC145 during the AMTC hosted in St. Louis, Missouri from 17-19 October 2011.  The sophisticated critical care transport helicopter includes an extensive patient care cabin configuration and single pilot IFR capability… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 17-Oct-11

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Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

Evansville, Ind. base honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

The Evansville, Ind. Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2011 Region 1 Base of the Year. Region 1 consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that best exemplifies the… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 24-Aug-11

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06-Aug-11 N128BH Schramm Helicycle Mentone, US-Indiana

06-Aug-11 N128BH Schramm Helicycle Mentone, US-Indiana

Pilot/owner William Hyde told police he had been attempting to take off when his engine stalled and died at about 100 feet.

06-Aug-11

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Profile: Memorial’s MedFlight in Indiana

Profile: Memorial’s MedFlight in Indiana

WSBT’s cameras took an exclusive ride with MedFlight, one of the area’s only medical helicopters – see full story.  Memorial MedFlight utilizes an EC 135P2 helicopter and is based at the South Bend Regional Airport, operated for them by Omniflight.  The particular helicopter is registered N3842, and is serial number 0428

Source: South Bend Tribune, 20-Jul-11

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29-Apr-11 N9561F Hughes 269B Edgerton, US-Indiana

Crashed during agricultural ops

29-Apr-11

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Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

Defense and aerospace analysts think the Marine Corps will have trouble securing a multi-year contract for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, each of which takes two engines made by Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis.

Source: IBJ, 15-Apr-11

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26-Mar-11 Henryville, US-Indiana

Helicopter grounded after pilot turned back to road accident scene due to weather, safe landing and no damage.  Patient deplaned and proceeded to hospital by road.  Helicopter remained on site overnight

26-Mar-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam upgrades Evansville base to 206L4

Air Evac Lifeteam upgrades Evansville base to 206L4

The Evansville Air Evac Lifeteam crew recently welcomed a new addition to its base.   A new Bell Helicopter 206L4 is now in operation for the crew stationed in Evansville. The aircraft sports the familiar red, white and blue Air Evac Lifeteam color scheme.   The L4 has been described by Bell Helicopter as a combination of… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 04-Mar-11

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Fort Wayne Helicopters moving to Plymouth Municipal Airport

Fort Wayne Helicopters moving to Plymouth Municipal Airport

The business originated in Fort Wayne, was based most recently in Warsaw and now has landed in Plymouth under the ownership of Kenny Keller Jr., of Bourbon. See also http://www.fortwaynehelicopters.com/

Source: South Bend Tribune, 11-Feb-11

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09-Feb-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Lafayette, US-Indiana

The helicopter’s tail rotor accidentally touched the runway during a practice run, damaging it and causing the craft to make a hard landing

09-Feb-11

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Four EC145s now in service with LifeLine Critical Care Transport

Four EC145s now in service with LifeLine Critical Care Transport

LifeLine Critical Care Transport, a Clarian Health Partner, has just placed its fourth EC145 into service. The Indiana-based air medical provider selected the EC145 at the 2008 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), and placed its first EC145 into service in May of this year. “LifeLine had been flying BK117s for over 25 years when the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Oct-10

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PHI Air Medical of Indiana reacts to FAA safety push

PHI Air Medical of Indiana reacts to FAA safety push

PHI Air Medical of Indiana says it has already been recognized for its safety practices, including Night Vision technology, Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems and extensive pilot and crew training.

Source: WIBC, 10-Oct-10

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St.Vincent unveils new air ambulance agreement

St.Vincent unveils new air ambulance agreement

August 12, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS – Today, St.Vincent Health officials announced a new integration agreement with PHI Air Medical. The agreement enhances the hospital system’s ONE Call Transfer service and creates a new critical care transport brand – St.Vincent StatFlight. St.Vincent StatFlight has four air ambulances and bases located in Anderson, Danville, North Vernon and West… Read more »

Source: St.Vincent Health, 13-Aug-10

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Indiana teen accused of aiming laser at police helicopter

Indiana teen accused of aiming laser at police helicopter

Police have arrested an 18-year-old southern Indiana man accused of aiming a laser pointer at an Indiana State Police helicopter.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 24-Jul-10

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01-Jul-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky UH-60 Shelbyville, US-Indiana

01-Jul-10

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Children paid $5.6M settlement after mother killed in 2008 Indiana crash

Children paid $5.6M settlement after mother killed in 2008 Indiana crash

Two children will be paid $5.6 million following a settlement following the death of their mother when a medical helicopter she was in crashed in a rural area in Indiana in 2008.

Source: Arizona Accident Info, 21-Jun-10

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Indiana helicopter crash lawsuit settled for $5.6M

Indiana helicopter crash lawsuit settled for $5.6M

The NTSB found the main rotor blade broke apart just after takeoff.  Hendricks County probate judge approved the settlement with defendant Bell  on Wednesday.

01-Jun-10

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Northstar Aerospace revenue up 16% but plans Indiana closure

Northstar Aerospace revenue up 16% but plans Indiana closure

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, MAY 13, 2010 – (All amounts within this news release are stated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.) Northstar Aerospace, Inc. (the “Company”) today reported revenue from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 of $52.6 million compared to $45.2 million in the same period of 2009. Defense revenue was… Read more »

Source: Northstar Aerospace, 14-May-10

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Air Evac 46 to celebrate 5th anniversary today

Air Evac 46 to celebrate 5th anniversary today

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2010 Time: 17:00 – 21:00 Location: AE 46 Base @ Deaconess Campus Street: 617 W Delaware St, Evansville, IN On April 27th from 5:00pm until 9:00 pm we will be celebrating our 5th year of being open at this base. Hard to believe it’s been that long. We will be grilling… Read more »

Source: Air Evac 46, 27-Apr-10

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Clarian Expanding LifeLine Service in Central Indiana

Clarian Expanding LifeLine Service in Central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – In a continuing effort to provide premier critical care transport services to communities throughout Indiana, and to better align with Clarian Health regionally, LifeLine Critical Care Transport will soon expand service to Lafayette and Muncie. Beginning July 2010, LifeLine, which operates 24-hours a day, will offer six base locations in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie,… Read more »

Source: Clarian Health, 18-Mar-10

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04-Mar-10 N327TB Enstrom F280FX Goshen, US-Indiana

04-Mar-10

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Indianapolis Metro Police grounds helicopters

Indianapolis Metro Police grounds helicopters

The three helicopters are the most expensive crime fighting tool for Metro. Right now the city doesn’t even have insurance on them

Source: WTHR, 13-Feb-10

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16-Jan-10 N52AE Bell 206L Burdette Park, US-Indiana

16-Jan-10

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Ball Memorial Hospital changes supplier to LifeLine Critical Care Transport

That change means patients needing to be airlifted to other hospitals will once again have to wait on a helicopter to arrive from another location. While it will add time to a patient’s wait, it won’t negatively affect patient care, officials said.

Source: Star Press, 04-Nov-09

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American Eurocopter Delivers EC120 to Lake County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit

The Lake County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Unit was started in 1979 and it is responsible for airborne law enforcement support missions throughout Lake County, Indiana, and surrounding areas. Since the start, the unit has utilized a variety of aircraft including military surplus models.

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Aug-09

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9-Aug-09 N9023Z Brantly B2B Martinsville, US-Indiana

9-Aug-09 N9023Z Brantly B2B Martinsville, US-Indiana

09-Aug-09

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New helicopter parking area at Purdue University Airport

Source: WLFI, 20-Jul-09

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LifeLine Marks 30th Anniversary

Source: Inside Indiana Business, 16-Jul-09

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Indiana Guard helicopter unit leaving for Iraq

Source: Herald Bulletin, 06-Jul-09

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Lake Council set to override Sheriff helicopter veto

Source: NWI Times, 27-May-09

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Profile: Indiana’s Air Med 1

Source: Chronicle, 19-May-09

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Flight nurse’s family sues over fatal helicopter crash in August 2008

Source: Indianapolis Star, 19-May-09

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Medical helicopter to be stationed in Muncie, Indiana

Source: TheStarPress, 17-May-09

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Enstrom Operator Receives Part 135

Enstrom Operator Receives Part 135

Enstrom recently announced that Aircraft Charter Services, a subsidiary company of Goshen Air Center, has added an Enstrom 480B to their charter certificate. Goshen Air Center, located in Goshen, IN, is one of Enstrom’s premier US dealers in the region.

Source: Vertical, 05-May-09

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Rolls-Royce expands global customer training with new North American facility

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Mar-09

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5-Jan-09 N401PH Bell B407 , US-Indiana

5-Jan-09 N401PH Bell B407 , US-Indiana

05-Jan-09

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