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 »
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 »
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.Â All public safety radio communciations will now use this new tag.Â The Dortmund EMS base flies a Eurocopter BK117, operated by HSD for the Federal Ministry of the Interior.Â The BK117 is… Read more »
Becker Avionicsâ€™ 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 »
Leading print and communications company Geon has recently been announced as the latest sponsor of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.Â 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 »
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 »
TheÂ Pretoria News has reportedÂ that CCTV footage and Global Positioning System (GPS) data has been sent overseas for forensic analysis.Â See HeliHub.com accident page at 23-Jul-10 ZS-HMY Eurocopter BK117 Witbank, South Africa (7F) [File photo]
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 »
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. â€œLast year’s STARS Lottery sold out generating over $10 million,â€ says Dr. Greg Powell, President and CEO of STARS. â€œEvery individual who purchases a… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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
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.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance has announced that the charityâ€™s Chief Executive Simon Gray will be leaving the charity at the end of January 2011. Andrew Egerton-Smith, Chairman of the charityâ€™s board of trustees, commented: “Weâ€™re hugely indebted to Simon for the commitment he has shown to making the charity one of the most effective… Read more »
[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 EAAAâ€™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 »
Following news enquiries today regarding the â€œprivatisationâ€ 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 »
The Westpac Lifesaver helicopter will conduct surveillance, shark patrols and search and rescue operations from Mollymook south to the Victorian border.Â The trial is proposed to begin in December through February and then again for the same period each year until 2013.
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, todayâ€™s signature will… Read more »
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. â€œThat particular evening around 10 oâ€™clock,… Read more »
Oceanside, CA, May 4, 2010 â€” 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 »
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.
INDIANAPOLIS â€“ 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 »
The Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust is stepping forward with the arrival of a twin engine BK117 on the 23rd December.Â 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.
Firefighting operations. While in the vicinity of the drop point, BK117 VH-LXCâ€Ÿs main rotor contacted the trailing edge of AS350 VH-NFOâ€Ÿs vertical fin. There was light damage to the AS350 and there were no injuries
Currituck County has agreed to donate $200,000 toward the purchase of a new Nightingale emergency and medical transport helicopter.Â Operated through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Nightingale had requested up to $1 million as part of a fundraising campaign for a $7 million aircraft
Aucklandâ€™s beaches will be even safer this summer as more rescue helicopters take to the skies.Â Together with SkyCity, the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has launched its new SkyCity Beach Patrol programme.
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.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital urged Currituckâ€™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.Â â€œTo replace the helicopter, it will cost approximately $7 million, but Sentara is committed to funding half the cost, or $3.5 million,â€ said Vicy… Read more »
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.
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.