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Sterling Helicopters “operational issues” temporarily ground East Anglian Air Ambulance

Sterling Helicopters “operational issues” temporarily ground East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has activated a contingency plan due to operational issues with the current supplier of its aircraft, Sterling Aviation. Sterling is temporarily unable to provide the EAAA with an air ambulance service, so, as an interim measure the charity will continue to operate using alternative aircraft from a different supplier, Bond… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 20-Feb-11

Oil and gas producer Apache presents $400,000 cheque to STARS

Oil and gas producer Apache presents $400,000 cheque to STARS

Apache Corporation presented the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) with a $400,000 cheque today at the STARS Calgary Base. The cheque presentation elevates Apache’s total cumulative financial support of STARS to more than $1 million since 1990. Approximately $200,000 is being directed to the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC) work site registration program. The… Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Feb-11

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Dortmund EMS helicopter makes changes

Dortmund EMS helicopter makes changes

DRF has announced that it’s Dortmund base has recently changed callsign to “Christoph Dortmund” with agreement of the local police and fire/rescue services.  All public safety radio communciations will now use this new tag.  The Dortmund EMS base flies a Eurocopter BK117, operated by HSD for the Federal Ministry of the Interior.  The BK117 is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-11

Mercy Flight selects Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for B429 and BK117

Mercy Flight selects Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for B429 and BK117

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, for integration into their newly purchased Bell 429 light-twin helicopter and one of their existing BK117 EMS helicopters. The new aircraft will be delivered by Bell Helicopter Tennessee (formally Edwards and Associates) to Edwards and Associates during the first… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 11-Feb-11

New Zealand – Geon to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

New Zealand – Geon to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Leading print and communications company Geon has recently been announced as the latest sponsor of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.  Run by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter operates throughout the greater Auckland region, including the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island, and in Thames/Coromandel over the summer season. The new sponsorship follows… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-11

DRF selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for its BK117s

DRF selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for its BK117s

Becker Avionics DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the German Air Rescue organization DRF Luftrettung for integration into three BK117 helicopter. The aircraft are currently undergoing retrofit modification at DRF Luftrettung’s own maintenance facility at its Operation-Center at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport. The new Becker Avionics airborne digital audio and intercom system will replace the… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 07-Feb-11

29-Jan-11 Eurocopter BK117 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Precautionary landing for a potential mechanical problem.

29-Jan-11

Fatal BK117 crash footage sent to the US for analysis

Fatal BK117 crash footage sent to the US for analysis

The Pretoria News has reported that CCTV footage and Global Positioning System (GPS) data has been sent overseas for forensic analysis.  See HeliHub.com accident page at 23-Jul-10 ZS-HMY Eurocopter BK117 Witbank, South Africa (7F) [File photo]

Source: Eyewitness News, 26-Jan-11

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Police Service of Northern Ireland adds BK117

Police Service of Northern Ireland adds BK117

A month ago it looked as if the Devon & Cornwall BK117C-1 was destined to join the Avon Fire Brigade but then the hand of fate stepped in and the PSNI messed up their leased AS355F2 G-SEWP flying in bad weather in the Mourne Mountains. The Veritair supplied Squirrel was easily replaced by one of… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 17-Jan-11

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STARS Lottery launches with $5.1 million in prizes

STARS Lottery launches with $5.1 million in prizes

The 18th annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,200 prizes worth over $5.1 million. The STARS Lottery is the single largest source of funding to keep STARS in the sky. “Last year’s STARS Lottery sold out generating over $10 million,” says Dr. Greg Powell, President and CEO of STARS. “Every individual who purchases a… Read more »

Source: STARS, 14-Jan-11

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East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

In response to media coverage suggesting that there may be no air ambulance service in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by Christmas, the East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved to reassure the public that its enhanced service has in fact now been launched and will be ready to help those caught up in medical emergencies and accidents… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Dec-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved its Western operational base to Cambridge Airport as it launches an enhanced and more sustainable service which it believes will help save more lives across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The charity has worked closely with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in developing the new service… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-10

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 40 years of rescues

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 40 years of rescues

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, which administers the service, is extending its operations, with one of the Westpac choppers to be based in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula from December 26 to Anniversary Weekend at the end of January

Source: NZ Herald, 29-Nov-10

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New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has announced $500,000 for the region’s rescue helicopter. Ms Keneally made the announcement at the official opening of the new $2.3-million headquarters for the service at Tamworth Airport.

Source: ABC, 26-Nov-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has announced that the charity’s Chief Executive Simon Gray will be leaving the charity at the end of January 2011. Andrew Egerton-Smith, Chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, commented: “We’re hugely indebted to Simon for the commitment he has shown to making the charity one of the most effective… Read more »

22-Nov-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance responds to trial by media

East Anglian Air Ambulance responds to trial by media

[The Magpas statement referred to was run by HeliHub.com here] The East Anglian Air Ambulance was dismayed to read the press statement issued by Magpas which made many erroneous statements about the EAAA’s work and future direction. We have detailed below a more accurate view of our aims and strategy and are happy to provide… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 27-Oct-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance partner brings internal argument out in the open

East Anglian Air Ambulance partner brings internal argument out in the open

Following news enquiries today regarding the “privatisation” of the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, Multi Award Winning charity Magpas, issues the following statement: We are grateful that matters that have long concerned our board of trustees are now being brought into the public domain by the media. We hope that this will now open the… Read more »

Source: Magpas, 26-Oct-10

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Sentara Norfolk General Hospital solicits public donations to replace BK117

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital solicits public donations to replace BK117

For the first time, Sentara is soliciting donations to help pay the bill – at the same time the company continues to pursue new projects worth millions

Source: Virginian-Pilot, 01-Sep-10

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust adds second helicopter

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust adds second helicopter

The new machine, a new generation BK 117, was unveiled in front of media and sponsors this morning when it and the current helicopter landed on Auckland’s Queens Wharf

Source: NZ Herald, 12-Aug-10

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Bristow Australia signs Au$50m deal with Apache Energy

Bristow Australia signs Au$50m deal with Apache Energy

Bristow Helicopters Australia has been awarded a contract worth $50 million to support Apache Energy’s drilling and production operations in WA.

Source: WA Business News, 05-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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23-Jul-10 ZS-HMY Eurocopter BK117 Witbank, South Africa (7F)

23-Jul-10

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Eurocopter and Kawasaki extend cooperation for another 15 years

Eurocopter and Kawasaki extend cooperation for another 15 years

At the Farnborough Air Show today, Shigeru Murayama, President of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aerospace Company (KHI) and Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter, signed a new cooperation agreement for the EC145, a new evolution from the BK117 helicopter family. After more than 30 years of successful cooperation in the BK117/EC145 programme, today’s signature will… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Jul-10

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New rescue helicopter for Sydney

Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service adds second BK117 to provide additional cover and maintenance backup

Source: Southern Courier, 05-Jul-10

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star turns 25

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star turns 25

Dr. Cathryn Fogel has seen it all. An anesthesiologist at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Fogel is often working in the level 1 Trauma center when some of the most critical calls come in. But she never expected to hear her own daughter was a patient flown in on LIFE STAR. “That particular evening around 10 o’clock,… Read more »

Source: Hartford Hospital, 21-Jun-10

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Western Australia Police orders Dauphin N3

This provides a significant boost in power to the unit which currently operates a single Eurocopter BK117

Source: The West Australian, 24-May-10

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STARS equips BK117 fleet with AKV Cycle Counters from Dart Helicopter Services

STARS equips BK117 fleet with AKV Cycle Counters from Dart Helicopter Services

Oceanside, CA, May 4, 2010 — The Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) recently equipped its fleet of five Eurocopter BK117s with AKV engine cycle counters from DART Helicopter Services (DHS). Engine manufacturers require engine cycle counting for maintenance purposes, and turbine engine cycle counters are an efficient, effective alternative to relying on pilots… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 04-May-10

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29-Apr-10 N122SL Eurocopter BK117B2 Granite City, US-Illinois

29-Apr-10

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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star Off Critical List — For Now

Hartford Hospital’s Life Star Off Critical List — For Now

The state has made it clear that they have no plans to reduce the program’s funding as part of budget planning for the 2010 or 2011 fiscal years.

Source: Hartford Business Journal, 21-Mar-10

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WellmontOne medevac helicopter gets permanent base at Bristol Motor Speedway

WellmontOne medevac helicopter gets permanent base at Bristol Motor Speedway

Wellmont has served as the official health care provider for Bristol Motor Speedway for over a decade, and track legal counsel and Vice President Julie Bennett said the agreement for a medevac presence for the health system was easy to accomplish.

Source: TimesNews, 19-Mar-10

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19-Mar-10 N….. Eurocopter BK117 Land O’Lakes, US-Florida

Reg is either Eurocopter EC135 N15TG or one of their 117s N911TG or N912TG, confirmation awaited. N912TG the most likely

19-Mar-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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East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

East Anglian Air Ambulance Celebrates 10th Anniversary

THE East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and plans a series of special events.

31-Jan-10

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30-Jan-10 N118NY Eurocopter BK117 Newburgh, US-New York

30-Jan-10

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Ibaraki Prefecture Orders Kawasaki KB117C-2 Firefighting Helicopter

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that the Ibaraki Prefectural Government has signed a deal for its latest BK117C-2 helicopter.

Source: Rotorhub, 22-Dec-09

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AGL Action Rescue Helicopter cutbacks risking lives

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter cutbacks risking lives

THE long-term unavailability of Bundaberg’s twin-engine rescue helicopter and impending cutbacks to the service’s staff is putting lives at risk, according to a former paramedic.

Source: News Mail, 21-Dec-09

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Twin Engine Rescue Helicopter For Hawke’s Bay

The Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust is stepping forward with the arrival of a twin engine BK117 on the 23rd December.  Trust Chairman, John Newland announced that the Trustees agreed to go ahead with the biggest change in the history of the Trust since its inception in 1992.

Source: Voxy, 13-Dec-09

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Questions raised over Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust fundraising costs

Questions raised over Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust fundraising costs

Statements filed with the Charities Commission show the Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust received almost $5 million in donations in the year to March 31 – but spent some $2 million raising the cash.

Source: NZ Herald, 08-Dec-09

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08-Dec-09 VH-LXC Eurocopter KB117B2 Orange, Australia

Firefighting operations. While in the vicinity of the drop point, BK117 VH-LXC‟s main rotor contacted the trailing edge of AS350 VH-NFO‟s vertical fin. There was light damage to the AS350 and there were no injuries

08-Dec-09

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Currituck County providing $200K for new helicopter

Currituck County has agreed to donate $200,000 toward the purchase of a new Nightingale emergency and medical transport helicopter.  Operated through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Nightingale had requested up to $1 million as part of a fundraising campaign for a $7 million aircraft

Source: Hampton Roads, 19-Nov-09

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British air ambulance crew attacked at rave

British air ambulance crew attacked at rave

The East of England Air Ambulance crew and their helicopter were pelted with cans and bottles as they tried to help an injured person at a rave near Thetford.

Source: EDP24, 28-Oct-09

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust increases beach patrols

Auckland’s beaches will be even safer this summer as more rescue helicopters take to the skies.  Together with SkyCity, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has launched its new SkyCity Beach Patrol programme.

Source: Stuff, 28-Oct-09

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Currituck County may donate $1M for emergency helicopter

Currituck County may donate $1M for emergency helicopter

After debating for months, Currituck County commissioners could decide Oct. 19 whether to donate $1 million toward a new helicopter for the Nightingale air ambulance.

Source: Hampton Roads, 07-Oct-09

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Sentara Healthcare starts saving for EC145 to replace its BK117

The life-saving helicopter Nightingale is being retired and Sentara needs to buy a new multi-million dollar replacement.

Source: WTKR, 28-Sep-09

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DART Helicopter Services Announces EASA Approval for AKV’s Dual Engine Cycle Counter for BK117

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, AKV Inc. has received EASA approval for their Dual Engine Cycle Counters for all of the BK117 series helicopters. Transport Canada and FAA approvals have been previously received.

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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Sentara Norfolk General Hospital asks Currituck County for $1M to help replace EMS helicopter

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital asks Currituck County for $1M to help replace EMS helicopter

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital urged Currituck’s Board of Commissioners Monday night to consider donating $1 million to help replace an aging air ambulance helicopter that serves much of Northeastern North Carolina.  “To replace the helicopter, it will cost approximately $7 million, but Sentara is committed to funding half the cost, or $3.5 million,” said Vicy… Read more »

Source: Daily Advance, 20-Aug-09

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Budget woes affect future of Life Star emergency helicopters

Connecticut’s air ambulance, called LIFE STAR, is on life support and the only thing that can save it is a budget agreement between state leaders.

Source: NECN, 20-Aug-09

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Dart Announces TC Approval for AKV’s Dual Engine Cycle Counter for the BK117

Dart Announces TC Approval for AKV’s Dual Engine Cycle Counter for the BK117

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, AKV Inc. has received Transport Canada approval for their Dual Engine Cycle Counters for all of the BK117 series helicopters. FAA approval has been previously received. EASA and CASA approvals are pending.

Source: RotorNews, 20-Aug-09

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New Anglia One paramedic team dedicated to air ambulance, not seconded

Source: Anglia One, 12-Aug-09

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25-Jul-09 N159LM Eurocopter BK117 Anchorage, US-Alaska

25-Jul-09

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10-Jul-09 B- Eurocopter BK117 en route Taipei to Kinmen island, Taiwan (2F)

10-Jul-09 B- Eurocopter BK117 en route Taipei to Kinmen island, Taiwan

10-Jul-09

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13-Jun-09 N317MC Eurocopter BK117 Fillmore County Airport, US-Minnesota

13-Jun-09 N317MC Eurocopter BK117 Fillmore County Airport, US-Minnesota

13-Jun-09

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22-May-09 D-HUUU Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany

22-May-09 D-HUUU Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany

22-May-09

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16-May-09 N117VU Eurocopter BK117 Yemasee, US-South Carolina

16-May-09 N117VU Eurocopter BK117 Yemasee, US-South Carolina

16-May-09

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FAA AD 2009-11-01 – Eurocopter BK117

Source: FAA, 07-May-09

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2-May-09 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada

2-May-09 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada

02-May-09

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Sentara’s Nightingale air rescue seeks financial aid

Sentara’s Nightingale air rescue seeks financial aid

Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance plans to buy a new helicopter and is seeking financial help from local governments, including those in northeastern North Carolina, where it flew more than 200 missions last year.

Source: Virginian-Pilot, 30-Apr-09

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Budget proposal would remove funding for Connecticut’s Life Star helicopter

Source: Mansfield Today, 03-Apr-09

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28-Mar-09 N370SS Eurocopter BK117 Longwood, US-Florida

28-Mar-09 N370SS Eurocopter BK117 Longwood, US-Florida

28-Mar-09

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21-Mar-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

21-Mar-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

21-Mar-09

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Profile of Florida’s TraumaOne air ambulance

Source: Lake City Reporter, 16-Mar-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Carolina Air Care BK117 night study

Source: Airliners.net, 04-Mar-09

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Hartford Hospital may be forced to cut Life Star helicopter fleet

Source: Hartford Courant, 25-Feb-09

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23-Feb-09 N122SL Eurocopter BK117 St Louis, US-Missouri

23-Feb-09 N122SL Eurocopter BK117 St Louis, US-Missouri

23-Feb-09

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23-Feb-09 N880SF Eurocopter BK117 St Louis Downtown Airport, US-Illinois

23-Feb-09 N880SF Eurocopter BK117 St Louis Downtown Airport, US-Illinois

23-Feb-09

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Honeywell announces LTS101-850B-2 engine upgrade for Eurocopter BK117

Source: Honeywell, 22-Feb-09

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22-Feb-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

22-Feb-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

22-Feb-09

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Baptist Life Flight gets nod to operate out of Bobby Chain Municipal Airport

Source: Harrietsburg American, 06-Feb-09

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New medical helicopter service comes to Lufkin, Texas

Source: KTRE, 05-Feb-09

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Canadian EMS operator STARS launches 16th Annual Lottery

Source: STARS, 21-Jan-09

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12-Jan-09 N117NC Eurocopter BK117 , US-North Carolina

12-Jan-09 N117NC Eurocopter BK117 , US-North Carolina

12-Jan-09

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05-Jan-09 D-HIMB Eurocopter BK117B2 Gundelfingen, Germany

Truck struck main rotor blade while parked at emergency scene.   “Christoph 54”

05-Jan-09

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