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Oklahoma Passes Bill for Aerial Gunning of Wild Hogs

Oklahoma Passes Bill for Aerial Gunning of Wild Hogs

The State House of Representatives of Oklahoma have joined with Texas and Louisiana and have passed a law that allows shooters to pay for a helicopter flight so that they can shoot feral hogs. Rep. Jeff Coody said they were calling it the flying pig bill. Before the bill was passed, only trained and licensed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-17

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

McAlester Regional AirCare has upped their game on providing immediate clinical care on scene. Their Bell 407 GX helicopter has an insulated thermal cooler in the cabin, which is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature for storing units of O-negative blood, which they are now approved to do. The blood is provided by Oklahoma Blood… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Med-Trans launches EMS Bell 407GX in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans launches EMS Bell 407GX in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans Corp. has launched McAlester Regional Air Care, a critical care air medical helicopter flight program to serve McAlester Regional Health Center. The McAlester-based helicopter carries a medical flight crew consisting of a pilot, registered nurse and paramedic trained to provide superior clinical care. “Med-Trans is pleased to begin service in McAlester to serve McAlester… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 10-Sep-15

Med-Trans Begins Air Medical Service in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans Begins Air Medical Service in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans Corp. has launched McAlester Regional Air Care, a critical care air medical helicopter flight program to serve McAlester Regional Health Center. The McAlester-based helicopter carries a medical flight crew consisting of a pilot, registered nurse and paramedic trained to provide superior clinical care. “Med-Trans is pleased to begin service in McAlester to serve McAlester… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 03-Sep-15

25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

Pilot John Marcotte suffered minor injuries. Tail boom sliced in two places, helicopter ended on its starboard side in a hay field – approx one mile out after departing local airfield

25-Aug-15

30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter

30-Mar-15

12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal

12-Mar-15

25-Sep-14 N152CA Bell 206B Pushmataha County, US-Oklahoma

Crashed in unknown circumstances

25-Sep-14

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Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) will feature the recently-delivered Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) AS350B3e helicopter at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19 at Booth 811. The Oklahoma DPS AStar features an advanced avionics and mission equipment suite, including the Garmin G500H electronic flight information system, Wescam MX10 thermal imager,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Jul-14

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New program director for Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward

New program director for Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward

Phil Ester was recently named the new program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward – see full story

Source: Woodward News, 09-Jun-14

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FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

FlightSafety International announces that it will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference. It will be held September 15 to18, at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference is expected to be attended by more than 300 flight simulation experts from around the world. Attendees and participants will… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Apr-14

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Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

The widow and children of pilot Mark Montgomery have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Tarrant County, Texas alleging that the helicopter crashed after losing power, as a result of a defective and negligently designed Honeywell LTS-101 engine.  See full story See also 22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

09-Apr-14

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AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that the police departments of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have purchased AS350-series helicopters to upgrade their fleets, increasing to three the number of major Oklahoma law enforcement agencies operating Airbus Helicopters products. The Oklahoma City Police Department ordered two AS350B3e helicopters to replace their current fleet of patrol helicopters and to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Air Evac Lifeteam to hold ground breaking ceremony on Altus facility on Monday 2nd

Air Evac Lifeteam to hold ground breaking ceremony on Altus facility on Monday 2nd

Air Evac Lifeteam will hold a ground breaking for their new base at 15981 US Highway 283, Altus at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The air ambulance crew which has been operating in Altus since February at a temporary location is expected to be operational in their new facility in mid- to late-January. The… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 27-Nov-13

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11-Nov-13 68-15287 Bell UH-1D Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

Damaged during ground transportation to Veterans Day event. falling off trailer and blocking the road.  Badly damaged

11-Nov-13

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19-Oct-13 N495AE Bell 407 Cooperton, US-Oklahoma

Birdstrike, landed without incident but one of 3 POB suffered minor injuries

19-Oct-13

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Sikorsky abandons plans for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy in Oklahoma

Sikorsky abandons plans for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy in Oklahoma

Sikorsky was teaming with Aviation Training Consulting of Altus, who said in a statement, “Sikorsky has made the decision not to place the training facility in Altus”.  see full story See also these stories on Helihub.com from Sikorsky Oct-2012 – Sikorsky selects Oklahoma site for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy Jun-2013 – September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy… Read more »

Source: Altus Times, 18-Sep-13

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Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

State Senator Tom Ivester is considering a recommendation from the University of Oklahoma’s emergency medicine department, which says accreditation should be mandatory for medical helicopter companies. Now, accreditation is voluntary – see full story

Source: Claims Journal, 07-Aug-13

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September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy in Oklahoma

September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy in Oklahoma

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced that the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA) – located in Altus, Okla., USA – will open on Sept. 6, 2013. The academy will provide advanced flight and maintenance training  and will initially focus on the needs of international military BLACK HAWK helicopter operators. SAS, the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., implements… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-13

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11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

Crashed close to hospital helipad on take-off for transfer to Tulsa.  Patient on board, 1 fatal, 2 critical, 1 minor.  Post crash fire.  Fatality was the patient, Michael Wilson, 49, although unclear whether that was due to the accident or his previous medical condition (following a serious workplace injury)

11-Jun-13

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02-Jun-13 N464E Robinson R44 Keystone Lake, US-Oklahoma

Helicopter crashed into lake, 3 POB saved by nearby boaters

02-Jun-13

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Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department has a new large piece of equipment that will help the department fight fires or crime from a bird’s eye view. (See full story)

Source: KSWO, 22-Apr-13

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Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

Beginning March 4, Mediflight of Oklahoma will become the sole provider of air ambulance services in the Lawton community. For those who have AirEvac memberships, don’t worry, Mediflight will honor them. Mediflight of Oklahoma has been providing medical flight services throughout Oklahoma for over 30 years. In addition to the services currently available, Mediflight also… Read more »

Source: Mediflight of Oklahoma, 18-Mar-13

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Air Evac helipad soon to be built in Altus, Oklahoma

Air Evac helipad soon to be built in Altus, Oklahoma

ALTUS  Air Evac LifeTeam will soon begin construction of a new helipad to better serve the needs of patients who must be transported to distant hospitals for medical treatments  and get them there faster.(see full story)

Source: The Lawton Constitution, 15-Mar-13

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Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today they will receive four UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters this year. The helicopters will replace four OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May. The UH-72A… Read more »

Source: Oklahoma ANG, 07-Jan-13

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Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Wednesday 2nd January saw a bad start to 2013 with no fewer than four helicopter accidents in the US already recorded on the HeliHub.com accident pages.  Two of these were EMS helicopters, a Med-Trans Bell 407 in Iowa and an Air Methods EC130 in Oklahoma.  The former occurred after night fall and took the lives… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-13

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02-Jan-13 N334AM Eurocopter EC130 Cromwell, US-Oklahoma

Very heavy field landing of an EMS helicopter – helicopter was headed from Seminole Airport to the Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah.  Skids collapsed, main blades sliced tail boom.  All four POB injured, noting that no patient was on board.

02-Jan-13

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Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

The problem began on October 12, 2011, when a report about a suspicious pilot came into the Flagstaff office of the US Dept of Homeland Security Investigations. (see full story)

Source: Phoenix New Times, 29-Nov-12

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19-Oct-12 N57948 Eurocopter SA315B Helena, US-Oklahoma

Blades struck striker plate on landing

19-Oct-12

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Mint Turbines expands MRO footprint

Mint Turbines expands MRO footprint

M International, Inc. announces that its subsidiary, Mint Turbines, LLC, has completed the signing of a new T53 Authorized Service Center license with Honeywell International, Inc. In order to continue the tradition of outstanding service provided to the Commercial and Military Operators of the T53 Engine product family, by M International, Inc., and Airborne Engines… Read more »

Source: M International, 11-Sep-12

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29-Apr-12 N406EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hugo, US-Oklahoma

Annual check ride with NVGs in EMS helicopter.  After a satisfactory slope landing, the PIC repositioned the helicopter to a flat area and performed a hovering autorotation, which  resulted  in  a  hard  landing.  After the flight, during a post-flight examination,  substantial  damage  was  discovered  to the tail boom and the aft portion of the fuselage

29-Apr-12

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30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

Autorotated into field during external load operations

30-Mar-12

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Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday. (see full story)

Source: Tickle The Wire, 30-Jan-12

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27-Sep-11 N606WA Hughes 500D Chouteau, US-Oklahoma

Skid struck powerline on take off and landed immediately without further incident

27-Sep-11

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FlightSafety opens simulator design, manufacturing and support facility

FlightSafety opens simulator design, manufacturing and support facility

FlightSafety International will celebrate the grand opening of its new flight simulation training system design, manufacturing and support facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on August 23, 2011. “FlightSafety’s new flight simulation training system design and manufacturing facility will enable us to further increase the efficiency of our manufacturing processes, augment our production capacity and enable… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 21-Aug-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

At the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale last October, Bell announced that Air Evac Lifeteam had placed an order for sixteen Bell LongRanger IV helicopters.  HeliHub.com has heard that one of these has been allocated to their base at Woodward in Oklahoma, whch opened in May 2007, and went live on 1st July. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-11

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23-Jul-11 N118TV Bell 206 Randlett, US-Oklahoma

Struck powerlines and force landed.  It is believed that this helicopter operates for the ABC channel 8 KTUL under the name “Ranger 8”

23-Jul-11

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URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), ALEA Expo Booth #340, will display Tulsa Police Department’s Bell 206L4 at the ALEA Conference and Exposition to be held in New Orleans, LA. URS originally customized the 206 helicopter with the FLIR Ultra 8500, Two Paravion Diamond Back Monitors, Avalex Digital Recorder, Meta-Map System, GMS Microwave Broadcast System and Onboard… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 18-Jul-11

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Restored Vietnam UH-1 comes to Shawnee, Oklahoma

Restored Vietnam UH-1 comes to Shawnee, Oklahoma

Although the formal dedication of the HUEY will be on July 4th, many are excited about its arrival and installation on Sunday, June 26th, and plan to be present to watch.  See more

26-Jun-11

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23-Feb-11 N112AS Hughes 369D Henryetta, US-Oklahoma

Rolled over on landing

23-Feb-11

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15-Feb-11 N285AE Bell 206L.3 Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

Precautionary landing after bird strike

15-Feb-11

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Oklahoma City man accused of shooting city police helicopter

Oklahoma City man accused of shooting city police helicopter

Police say they’ve arrested a man and charged him with shooting at the Oklahoma City Police Department’s helicopter in June.

Source: NewsOK, 01-Oct-10

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Trooper won’t face charges in helicopter parts case

Trooper won’t face charges in helicopter parts case

Trooper Joe Howard was working in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s aircraft division in 2008 when several helicopter parts were alleged to have gone missing

Source: Oklahoman, 01-Sep-10

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Second Tulsa police helicopter to fly again

Second Tulsa police helicopter to fly again

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced Tuesday that he has authorized the second police helicopter to begin flying again

Source: Tulsa World, 01-Sep-10

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Claremore flight nurse for Air Evac honoured

Claremore flight nurse for Air Evac honoured

A flight nurse for the Air Evac Lifeteam crew in Claremore has been selected as the 2010 Region 4 Nurse of the Year.

Source: NewsOn6, 17-Aug-10

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29-Jul-10 N116AE Bell B206 Jenks, US-Oklahoma

29-Jul-10

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22-Jul-10 N918EM AS350B2 Kingfisher, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Abrupt manoeuvre by pilot (allegedly to demonstrate a coyote hunt according to the NTSB report) when it struck trees.  Pilot and one paramedic killed.  The other paramedic, who was still in the process of fixing his seatbelt, survived by being thrown clear in the impact.

22-Jul-10

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Tulsa Police restart air operations

One of Tulsa’s police helicopters went back up in the air last week, and TPD says it is paying dividends.  It  has already assisted on a number of calls, but none more dramatic than a high-speed chase this past weekend.

Source: News On 6, 21-Jul-10

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25-Jun-10 N….. (Type TBA) Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma

25-Jun-10

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Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

Mayor Dewey Bartlett has suggested the city might sell the two helicopters it has now (MD500 and LongRanger) and replace them with models that cost less to fly made by Robinson Helicopter.

Source: NewsOn6, 11-May-10

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FAA Was Investigating Pilot Involved In Fatal Tahlequah Crash

FAA Was Investigating Pilot Involved In Fatal Tahlequah Crash

Accident being referred to involved Robinson R22 registered N3234G (HeliHub.com data page for this accident)  Press reports at the time showed that the accident date was inconclusive with both 14th and 15th October being quoted by different sources – the wreckage not being found until Friday 16th.

Source: NewsOn6.com, 14-Apr-10

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Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

Refers to accident of Robinson R22 N3234G at Tahlequah, OK – see HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: Tahlequah Daily Press, 07-Apr-10

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Pilot in fatal helicopter crash had meth in system, records show

Accident being referred to involved Robinson R22 registered N3234G (HeliHub.com data page for this accident)  Press reports at the time showed that the accident date was inconclusive with both 14th and 15th October being quoted by different sources – the wreckage not being found until Friday 16th.

Source: Tulsa World, 12-Mar-10

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Mother of woman killed in helicopter crash files suit

The mother of a Tahlequah woman killed last month in a helicopter crash has filed suit against the pilot’s estate, his parents and Robinson Helicopter Co.  See also our Accident data 15-Oct-09 N3234G Robinson R22 Tahlequah, US-Oklahoma

Source: Tahlequah Daily Press, 05-Nov-09

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Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

Because of budget cuts, Saturday will be the last night either one of the two police helicopters will be flying in Tulsa for the foreseeable future.   Officials have said they will be saving $195,000 for the duration of the fiscal year by grounding the helicopters. The four officers assigned to the unit have been reassigned… Read more »

Source: Tulsa World, 01-Nov-09

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15-Oct-09 N3234G Robinson R22 Tahlequah, US-Oklahoma (2F)

15-Oct-09

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Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

As Program Director, Hansen is responsible for coordinating the daily activities and schedules of all base personnel, as well as administering the financial, marketing, growth and business aspects of the base.

Source: Alva Review Courier, 14-Sep-09

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EagleMed closes base at Guymon, Oklahoma

EagleMed closes base at Guymon, Oklahoma

The city of Guymon no longer has a medical helicopter readily available. EagleMed left its base in Guymon, OK with only a days notice about a month ago.

Source: MyHighPlains, 16-Jul-09

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11-Jun-09 N34SD Hiller UH-12 Stringtown, US-Oklahoma

11-Jun-09 N34SD Hiller UH-12 Stringtown, US-Oklahoma

11-Jun-09

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Tulsa Life Flight to Expand Services in Eastern Oklahoma

Saint Francis Health System and St. John Health System along with Air Methods, Inc. are pleased to announce a new arrangement for the provision of Tulsa Life Flight services beginning June, 2009.

Source: GTR, 09-Jun-09

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Air Methods Expands Community-Based Operations Into Eastern Oklahoma

Source: Air Methods, 05-Jun-09

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Medi Flight moves base from Oklahoma City to Stillwater

Source: Oklahoman, 30-Apr-09

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Future of Tulsa Life Flight under discussion

Source: Trading Markets, 11-Apr-09

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Oklahoma City needs funds to keep police helicopter patrols flying

Source: The Olkahoman, 15-Feb-09

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EagleMed opens Oklahoma City helicopter base

Source: Wichita Eagle, 04-Feb-09

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14-Jan-09 N2252U Brantly B2B Cement, US-Oklahoma

14-Jan-09 N2252U Brantly B2B Cement, US-Oklahoma

14-Jan-09

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