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Saginaw FlightCare Celebrates Anniversary

Saginaw FlightCare Celebrates Anniversary

FlightCare recently celebrated their anniversary at their hangar campus in Saginaw. The first flight from St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw was in March 1987. The service covers from the Great Lakes Bay Region to the Thumb area. As reported by WSGW, the crews work 12 hour shifts and in total, they have made over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-17

Valley Med Flight Invites Public to New Hangar

Valley Med Flight Invites Public to New Hangar

November 2016 saw the opening of the new Valley Med Flight hangar at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group campus. Recently, the hangar was available to the pubic in an open house setting. The new hangar was built in two and a half months and is complete with office space, space for their AStar… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-17

Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

The Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City will soon receive three new MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters for their air rescues and emergency services on Lake Superior. They currently have four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters that have been in service since 1990, which will be sent to other air stations in the country. The Jayhawk has anti-icing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-17

Metro Aviation Launches Air Medical Service

Metro Aviation Launches Air Medical Service

Metro Aviation welcomes West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) to the Metro family with the delivery of an EC145e and assumption of operations of the Kalamazoo-based air medical program beginning September 1. Until now, WMAC has operated under their own Part 135 certificate, but contracted with Metro to allow staff to solely focus on the excellent level… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-16

Metro Aviation launches service with West Michigan Air Care

Metro Aviation launches service with West Michigan Air Care

Metro Aviation welcomes West Michigan Air Care (WMAC) to the Metro family with the delivery of an EC145e and assumption of operations of the Kalamazoo-based air medical program beginning September 1. “West Michigan Air Care has provided quality service since 1993, and we are happy to help them continue their legacy,” said Metro President Mike… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Sep-16

Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

The sole Enstrom TH-180 development aircraft N180TH [pictured] had an accident on Friday, coming down in a residential area close to Marinette Twin County Airport in Menominee, Michigan where the manufacturer is based.  The helicopter hit a power pole and some tree branches on 14th Avenue and crashed right-side up at 18th Street and 15th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

12-Feb-16 N180TH Enstrom TH-180 Menominee, US-Michigan

Test flight accident, coming down in residential area 600m short of runway 32 at Marinette Twin County Airport

12-Feb-16

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U-M Survival Flight wins international title

U-M Survival Flight wins international title

If you think caring for severely injured patients is hard work, imagine doing it 2,000 feet above the ground and at 175 miles per hour. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, perform all of those same caring techniques in front of hundreds of fellow medical professionals, video crews, and of course, judges. U-M Survival… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Nov-15

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Michegan operator McMahon Helicopter Services buys its first drone

Michegan operator McMahon Helicopter Services buys its first drone

By the book is how the McMahon brothers wanted to work with their first Unmanned Aircraft System — colloquially known as a drone. See full story

Source: Hometownlife, 16-Jul-15

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15-Jul-15 N8337Z Robinson R44 Sandusky, US-Michigan

Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline.  After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area

15-Jul-15

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Michegan – Munson Healthcare and Spectrum Health to collaborate

Michegan – Munson Healthcare and Spectrum Health to collaborate

Spectrum Health and Munson Healthcare officials today signed an agreement to form a joint venture between Aero Med’s northern operations and North Flight EMS Air Division. The new organization will enhance critical care air emergency transport services in northern Michigan. Aero Med will continue to serve West Michigan from its operations based at the Gerald… Read more »

Source: Munson HealthCare, 09-Jul-15

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Consumers Energy tests drone as helicopter line patrol replacement

Consumers Energy tests drone as helicopter line patrol replacement

Consumers Energy launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near a Jackson County electric substation Monday to help determine whether the emerging technology can improve how the company serves Michigan residents. “We are always looking for ways to innovate and provide Michigan with safe, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy,” said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice… Read more »

Source: Consumers Energy, 24-Jun-15

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29-May-15 N206ED Bell 206B Caledonia, US-Michegan

Emergency situation led pilot Ken Wilson to put the helicopter down into trees – and it came to rest in the branches 40 feet from the ground.  Wilson and passenger Raymond Osan III – working on low level powerlines – were able to get out of the helicopter into the trees, from which they were… Read more »

29-May-15

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Michigan State Police to add third helicopter

Michigan State Police to add third helicopter

The sound of twin jet engines and rotors intensifies as the Michigan State Police helicopter rocks from side to side and gently lifts off the ground, leaving the runways of MBS International Airport in the distance. See Full Story

Source: mlive, 10-Mar-15

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US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

The Army’s Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test directorate near Huntsville, Alabama, has sent a team to Sawyer to ice test the twin-engine AW189 helicopter.  See full story

Source: The State, 17-Feb-15

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26-May-14 N365WM Eurocopter AS365N2 Constantine, US-Michigan

Hand landing causing damage to nose wheel and starboard landing wheels.  Helicopter came to rest on an angle without the blades striking the ground

26-May-14

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Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum officials revealed an incomplete FAA training form was the reason they voluntarily grounded the S76 – see full story

Source: MLive, 07-May-14

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Spectrum Health grounds Aero Med S76 due to “a potential administrative error”

Aero Med statement starts with “Aero Med has decided to voluntarily ground its helicopter service after learning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a potential administrative error.”  – See full story

Source: WOOD TV, 06-May-14

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Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

Michigan State Police have put in a budget proposal to the State Senate for a new Bell 407, with the intention that it would enable them to double the The state budget proposal includes the following:- New Helicopter Purchase $5,178,000. Governor and Senate recommended adding $5.2 million GF/GP for the purchase of a new Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-14

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Helicopter Camera Pioneer Brian McMahon Flies West

Helicopter Camera Pioneer Brian McMahon Flies West

Brian Patrick McMahon, president and founder of McMahon Helicopter Services, Inc. and cofounder of the Michigan Helicopter Association, passed away February 9. He was 63. As an entrepreneur, innovator, inventor, professional aviator, and flight instructor, Brian was recognized by many as a pioneer in helicopter aviation. Brian became involved with helicopters during service as a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Mar-14

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CHI Aviation Purchases Two EC175s

CHI Aviation Purchases Two EC175s

Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Tuesday announced the purchase of two EC175s by CHI Aviation, to be utilized in search and rescue missions and passenger transport for its oil and gas customers along the Gulf Coast. Established in 1980 and accident free, CHI Aviation provides search and rescue and passenger transport services to oil and gas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

The new helicopter landing site at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will open Wednesday, January 22. The dedication will feature an inaugural fly-in by Aeromed, Spectrum Health’s air ambulance service, and presentation of a $50,000 check by hospital volunteers. The donation represents the first payment on a $125,000 pledge the volunteers made to the hospital’s “Building… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Health, 22-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 6578 Eurocopter HH-65C New Haven Township, US-Michigan

Flying from Traverse City to Lansing for maintenance of a compass malfunction when it developed mechanical problems requiring the emergency landing.  Roaded out.

21-Jan-14

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St Marys of Michigan FlightCare upgrades from BK117 to EC135P2e

St Marys of Michigan FlightCare upgrades from BK117 to EC135P2e

A new FlightCare helicopter is now flying the skies over the NE Michigan region to transport critically ill or injured patients to St. Mary’s of Michigan. St. Mary’s has partnered with Med-Trans Corporation to grow their air ambulance program. With this new partnership, Med-Trans is providing a new helicopter and assuming business operations. The new, state-of-the-art… Read more »

Source: St. Mary's of Michigan, 01-Dec-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam honors Troy pilot

Air Evac Lifeteam honors Troy pilot

Theo Kulczak, base pilot supervisor for the Troy, Mo., Air Evac Lifeteam base, recently celebrated a major milestone in his career with the company – his 1000th flight – see full story

Source: Lincoln County Journal, 17-Sep-13

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USCG ends seasonal air facilities in Michigan and Illinois

USCG ends seasonal air facilities in Michigan and Illinois

The Coast Guard’s Great Lakes air stations closed their seasonal air facilities in Muskegon, Mich., and Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday following their annual assignment to support Coast Guard operations in southern Lake Michigan and the surrounding areas. The air facilities operate during the traditional boating season, which runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend,… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 03-Sep-13

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29-Aug-13 N2253U Brantly B2B Grant Township, US-Michigan

Substantially damaged in crash shortly after takeoff, ending up on its port side.  Both POB to hospital

29-Aug-13

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22-Aug-13 N975BW MD Helicopters MD530FF Reese, US-Michigan

F0rce landing in corn field.  Helicopter was involved in powerline work

22-Aug-13

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Menominee City Council decision helps Enstrom

Menominee City Council decision helps Enstrom

Later in the meeting the council voted unanimously in support of extending the Industrial Development District and also agreed to adopt a resolution to schedule a public hearing to provide Enstrom an industrial facilities and personal property tax exemption. see full story

Source: EHExtra, 17-Jul-13

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Michigan State Police expand patrol area

Michigan State Police expand patrol area

The Michigan State Police will begin using helicopters to patrol the Muskegon area beginning sometime this week. (see full story)

13-Jun-13

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Enstrom breaks ground on production plant expansion

Enstrom breaks ground on production plant expansion

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation held their groundbreaking ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013 for their new expansion.This expansion will nearly double the size of the current facility.Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan was in attendance at the event, as well as Michigan State Representative Ed McBroom, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Operation Officer, Steve Hilfinger, Mayor Menominee, Jean… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 22-May-13

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West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

There’s a new buzz around West Michigan and you may have heard it flying above your home.  Michigan State Police have a new helicopter.       (See Full Story)

Source: FOX 17, 02-May-13

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Enstrom will expand, add to workforce

Enstrom will expand, add to workforce

Construction set to begin in less than a month at Enstrom Helicopter will not only drastically change the business, it will change the face of the west side of Menominee (see full story).

Source: Ehextra, 18-Apr-13

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West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

Marks Air Care’s 20th anniversary and we wish to express our thanks to all healthcare providers in the region for so many years of teamwork and for helping keep us safe. Since our first mission in 1993, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing critical care and rapid trauma interventions to patients in Southwest Michigan and Northern… Read more »

Source: Air Care, 12-Apr-13

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State police helicopter to make regular patrols in West Michigan

State police helicopter to make regular patrols in West Michigan

Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Chris McIntire, commander of the Rockford post, and Sgt. Jerry King, a pilot in the aviation unit, talk about the helicopter patrols over West Michigan (see full story).

Source: M Live, 05-Apr-13

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky S76C++ Muskegon, US-Michigan

Rotor downdraft caused the trunk of a parked vehicle parked in the lot to fly open. The trunk lid then flew back and smashed the back window of the vehicle.

11-Mar-13

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Monroe County Sheriff takes on OH-6A from Kansas City Police

Monroe County Sheriff takes on OH-6A from Kansas City Police

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has added a second military helicopter to its aviation unit – a no-cost aircraft from the Kansas City Police Department (see full story) File photo

Source: Monroe News, 09-Jan-13

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01-Dec-12 N3755Z Bell 47G2 Walkerville, US-Michigan (1F)

Crash into forest area killed pilot Thomas Slocum, 49, and injured passenger Matt Williams, 28

01-Dec-12

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Oakland County Sheriff sued for helicopter incident

Oakland County Sheriff sued for helicopter incident

The complaint says the pilot operated the chopper “in a reckless and negligent fashion” etc (see full story)

Source: MIchigan Live, 05-Nov-12

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Detroit Police to receive military surplus OH-58C

Detroit Police to receive military surplus OH-58C

The Detroit Police Department, after nearly a decade of pursuit, has been granted a helicopter from the U.S. Military. (see full story)  File photo

10-Oct-12

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New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

St. Mary Mercy’s new air ambulance helipad is adjacent to the hospital’s newly constructed three-story, 154,000-square-foot addition that features a new emergency center and private patient rooms. The hospital will move its emergency center and services and open the new air ambulance helipad when the new building officially opens to patients in early November. (see… Read more »

Source: Observer & Eccentric, 07-Oct-12

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Environment protesters apply for helipads to block wind farms

Environment protesters apply for helipads to block wind farms

Some Benzie County residents launched a new weapon in their efforts to block rural wind turbine development: helicopters. (see full story)

Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle, 27-Sep-12

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Oakland County Sheriff helicopter damaged classic cars, owners claim

Oakland County Sheriff helicopter damaged classic cars, owners claim

Two owners of classic cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise said their vehicles were damaged — and one said two of his children suffered minor injuries — after a helicopter from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office churned up a hail of dust and rocks when it hovered over their party of more than 100 people… Read more »

Source: Detroit Free Press, 06-Sep-12

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Michigan – Beaumont Health System contracts with PHi Air Medical

Michigan – Beaumont Health System contracts with PHi Air Medical

With an expanded organ transplant program and an increase in patients from outside Southeast Michigan, Beaumont Health System is taking to the skies with a new air medical transportation service, Beaumont One. The twin-engine EC135helicopter will transport patients within Michigan and northern Ohio. The service was launched Aug. 13. Beaumont is contracting with PHI Air… Read more »

Source: Beaumont Health System, 15-Aug-12

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EC155 enters service with U-M Health System’s Survival Flight

EC155 enters service with U-M Health System’s Survival Flight

Three new maize-and-blue helicopters will soon be saving lives in the air above the Great Lakes states, and speeding patients toward advanced care at the University of Michigan Health System’s hospitals. The arrival of three newAmerican Eurocopter 155helicopters marks the beginning of a new era for the 29-year-old U-M Survival Flight  program, which was the first medical… Read more »

Source: University of Michigan, 14-Aug-12

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08-Aug-12 N90543 Bell 47G3B1 Stanton, US-Michigan

Struck wires

08-Aug-12

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Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Mercy One to receive second EMS Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that 429 launch customer Mercy One of Des Moines, Iowa will receive a second Bell 429 helicopter from Air Methods. Mercy One currently operates an air medical critical care configured Bell 429 and will add a second helicopter, equipped with United Rotorcraft emergency medical services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-12

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30-Apr-12 N433UM Bell 430 Tecumseh, US-Michigan

EMS helicopter taking off from accident site – and downwash caused awning to blow over

30-Apr-12

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Lawsuit filed for September 2011 fatal R44 accident in Michigan

Lawsuit filed for September 2011 fatal R44 accident in Michigan

The estate of a Michigan man killed in an R44 accident last September have filed a lawsuit claiming negligence contributed to the accident.  Relatives of passenger Mark May initiated the claim, accusing the estate of the late pilot Dan Logghe of negligence, and that company Logghe Stamping Co – founded by Logghe’s grandfather Morris Logghe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-12

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Public invited to open house at CGAS Traverse City

Public invited to open house at CGAS Traverse City

The public is invited to attend a free open house at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Oct. 15, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to highlight the air station’s missions, equipment and highly-trained personnel who serve the Great Lakes region, as well as to celebrate… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 10-Oct-11

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University of Michigan EC155 completion on schedule

University of Michigan EC155 completion on schedule

Survival Flight conducted an initial review of the EC155 B1 aircraft last week. On the agenda for the configuration team was to approve the final paint layout and review the medical system installation. With the approval of the new paint scheme and the medical system configuration, Metro Aviation, Inc. continues to proceed with an on… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Oct-11

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23-Sep-11 N8324F Robinson R44 Curren, US-Michigan (2F)

Wooded area of Alcona County.  Fatalities listed as owner Dan Logghe, 46, and an employee of his, Mark May aged 33.  Failed to return on 23-Sep, hence listed as date.  But they had been away and potentially out of contact for a few days, so this may not have been the actual accident day.

23-Sep-11

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29-Aug-11 N228F Enstrom F28F Menominee, US-Michigan

Landed hard and tail blades struck the ground

29-Aug-11

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American Eurocopter ships first EC155 for UM Survival Flight to Metro Aviation for completion

American Eurocopter ships first EC155 for UM Survival Flight to Metro Aviation for completion

American Eurocopter announced that it has shipped the first EC155 bound for the University of Michigan’s Survival Flight program to Metro Aviation, the air medical service provider and helicopter completions specialist based in Shreveport, LA, for completion. This aircraft is the first of three EC155s to be delivered this year. It is currently scheduled to… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Jun-11

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Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College’s aviation mechanics program is the centre of an investigation involving a Bell OH-58A Kiowa.  Harry Whitehead, the lead faculty member who ran the aviation program before he was fired last month, allegedly tried to sell the helicopter to a long-time acquaintance two years ago.  He was expecting a running OH-58 in exchange… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-11

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UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

The 80,000-square-foot building will be built on county property on Tooley Road, just north of M-59 in Howell Township. The 13-acre site, the former Hubbel farm, has access to the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport.

29-May-11

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Aeromed signs on 20 year hangar deal at Roben Hood airport

Aeromed signs on 20 year hangar deal at Roben Hood airport

The Big Rapids City Commission met recently to consider a resolution approving the lease agreement with AeroMed for use of the community hangar at Roben Hood airport. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 20 year deal. Commissioner Terry Harper said she was happy with the deal and it will help paying off the cost that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-11

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USCG Muskegon County base could close this summer

USCG Muskegon County base could close this summer

USCG plans to use the specially designed hangar at the Norton Shores airport through September. But the federal budgeting process holds the fate of funding for helicopter operations beyond that. This SAR facility has been on the federal chopping block in previous years

Source: MLive.com, 24-Jan-11

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Oakland County International Airport to house rescue helicopter

Oakland County International Airport to house rescue helicopter

Oakland Air’s aviation station at the Oakland International Airport in Waterford Township will now be home base for a new $5-million Superior EMS Flight Med-1 emergency response helicopter.

Source: Spinal Column, 11-Nov-10

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Henry Ford Hospital launches “Air Med 1” helicopter

Henry Ford Hospital launches “Air Med 1” helicopter

Henry Ford Hospital introduced today the Air Med 1 aeromedical helicopter as a new service for transporting critically ill and trauma patients to its facility from within a 150-mile radius in Michigan and Ontario. With demand growing for caring for critically ill patients, the air ambulance service positions Henry Ford to provide fast, emergency one-way… Read more »

Source: Henry Ford Hospital, 01-Oct-10

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19-Sep-10 N324V Eurocopter AS350B2 Sheridan Township, US-Michigan

Snagged a powerline during filming of Dreamworks movie “Real Steel” which is due for release November 2011.  Helicopter was later flown from the scene

19-Sep-10

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22-Aug-10 N126MR Bell 47G White Lake, US-Michigan

22-Aug-10

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Man accused of leading US Coast Guard on 8-hour search costing $53K

Man accused of leading US Coast Guard on 8-hour search costing $53K

If convicted, the Detroit resident who made the prank call could face up to six-years in prison, a $250,000 fine and liability for the full cost of the Coast Guard operation.

Source: MI Live, 11-Aug-10

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07-Aug-10 N11XC Schweizer 269 Lakeview, US-Michigan

07-Aug-10

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17-Jul-10 N37CL Bell B206 New Buffalo, US-Michigan

17-Jul-10

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24-Jun-10 N….. (Type TBA) Clinton Township, US-Michigan

24-Jun-10

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13-Jun-10 N47WK Bell B47 Plymouth Township, US-Michigan

13-Jun-10

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Three EC155s ordered by University of Michigan’s Survival Flight

Three EC155s ordered by University of Michigan’s Survival Flight

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter announced today that University of Michigan’s Survival Flight program has ordered three EC155s to upgrade its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and replace its current fleet. “This order demonstrates that the state-of-the-art EC155 is the aircraft of choice for the future of helicopter emergency medical services,” said Marc Paganini,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-May-10

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20-Apr-10 6522 Eurocopter HH-65C 9m from Port Huron, US-Michigan

20-Apr-10

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Mercy One visits hospital with new Bell 429

Mercy One visits hospital with new Bell 429

The helicopter and crew came to let hospital staff and others get a look at the new helicopter. After three years of planning and development, Mercy Medical Center Des Moines took delivery of the $5.3 million Bell 429 on March 24.

Source: Corydon Times, 07-Apr-10

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22-Jan-10 N2BQ Bell B206 Farmington Hills, US-Michigan

22-Jan-10

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Pentastar Aviation manages Michigan Survival Flight fleet

Pentastar Aviation manages Michigan Survival Flight fleet

The University of Michigan has signed a multi-year agreement with Pentastar Aviation to provide management and support for all emergency medical operations for the Survival Flight program.  The Survival Flight fleet includes a Citation Encore jet airplane and three Bell 430 helicopters.

Source: CharterX, 14-Nov-09

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22-Oct-09 (Serial TBA) Eurocopter HH-65C Alpena, US-Michigan

22-Oct-09

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18-Sep-09 N431UM Bell 430 nr Ann Arbor, US-Michigan

18-Sep-09

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