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First AS350 simulator ready for training at Metro Aviation

First AS350 simulator ready for training at Metro Aviation

The Helicopter Flight Training Center has completed the certification of its first simulator, the AS350 FlightSafety flight training device with NVG-capability. The FAA recently wrapped up their visit to the training facility to give it the green light and Metro Aviation pilots immediately began their recurrent training in the simulator. This simulator is available for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Jan-14

Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

After months of careful review, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, with input from Community Medical Center, has entered into an agreement with Northwest MedStar to provide critical care transport services, previously provided by the Life Flight air ambulance program. Northwest MedStar will begin base operations on April 2, 2014. Providence St. Patrick Hospital entered into the… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 02-Jan-14

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service retail chain raises £3m in 2013

UK – The Air Ambulance Service retail chain raises £3m in 2013

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) team have announced that they have reached their 2013 income target of £3million through their retail outlets across the country. Renowned for their edgy boutique style shops, TAAS has won numerous prestigious awards for its unique take on the traditional Charity shop, including 2013 Charity Retail Wow! Factor Awards for… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 01-Jan-14

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

New Chairman appointed at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

New Chairman appointed at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance can announce that Tony Nicholson has been appointed to the role of Chairman, stepping up to his new post on 1st January.  He has been a Trustee of the Charity since 2010 and has a distinguished background in both the public and private sectors.  Originally an operational helicopter pilot… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 23-Dec-13

British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

British Columbia EMS helicopters to carry blood

Trauma patients who require blood transfusions on air ambulances will now have timelier access to blood products and improved medical outcomes, thanks to a new program announced today. “When patients require an emergency blood transfusion their condition is critical and time is of the essence,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This new program is a… Read more »

Source: BCAS, 23-Dec-13

Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Queen Victoria Hospital helipad study approved

Revelstoke City Council approved the funding for a feasibility study for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital.  See full story

Source: Revelstoke Times Review, 23-Dec-13

Sweden – Dalarna Council to buy EMS helicopter

Sweden – Dalarna Council to buy EMS helicopter

Dalarna’s County Council has decided to purchase an own helicopter for emergency medical operations in the region. The decision was reached in an extra meeting in Falun earlier today. The county’s helicopter will be purchased in a joint partnership with Värmland’s County Council, which decided to buy its own helicopter in March 2013. Värmland’s procurement… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 20-Dec-13

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance becomes first UK 24H helicopter service

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance becomes first UK 24H helicopter service

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance yesterday (Wednesday) became the first air ambulance in the country to launch a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) following three years of research and preparatory work. Up until recently, and unlike the rest of Europe, the service could only fly by daylight and so traditionally operated… Read more »

Source: KSS Air Ambulance, 20-Dec-13

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3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

China Air Medical & Rescue Congress 2014 will be held on May 8, 9 in Shanghai, China. This event is expected to gather government authorities, general aviation operators, international & local air ambulance operators, emergency assistance companies, maritime SAR authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and insurance companies, among others. China is one of the countries suffering the worst… Read more »

Source: CDMC, 19-Dec-13

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India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

During the ongoing official visit to India by the Maldives’ Minister of Defence and National Security Colonel (Ret.) Mohamed Nazim, the Government of India has gifted a helicopter to the MNDF. During the ceremony held at India’s Southern Naval Command in Kochin, the helicopter was ceremonially handed over by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the Flag… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

Air Evac announced Monday it will add a new base in Moberly, starting in 2014.  See full story

Source: ABC 17 News, 17-Dec-13

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Boston MedFlight buys new helicopter thanks to $8.5M MassDevelopment lease

Boston MedFlight buys new helicopter thanks to $8.5M MassDevelopment lease

MassDevelopment has issued an $8.5 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of New England Life Flight Inc., which does business as Boston MedFlight, a cooperative venture among Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. The organization will use lease proceeds to… Read more »

Source: MassDevelopment, 16-Dec-13

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NCAR Convenes 2nd EMS Helicopter Weather Summit

NCAR Convenes 2nd EMS Helicopter Weather Summit

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in conjunction with the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), is holding a second HEMS Weather Summit on Wednesday, December 18 in Washington, DC.   The inaugural summit, held in Boulder Colorado in… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 16-Dec-13

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Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network (LFN), the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, announced plans today to open a new base at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana by approximately January 15, 2014. Michael Griffiths, LFN’s CEO, states, “Life Flight Network seeks opportunities to provide much-needed air medical resources to rural… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-Dec-13

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Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Last night the Air Corps transferred a young patient from Kerry to Casement Aerodrome in their 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2013. The patient was transferred from the helipad at Tralee General Hospital in an AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopter and was flown to Dublin, with the flight crew using specialist Night Vision Goggles. This mission… Read more »

Source: Irish Air Corps, 15-Dec-13

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Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust chief executive Murray Bolton is furious the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board will give the trust $450,000 to operate next year – down from $900,000 this year and well short of the $1.5 million the trust sought  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 15-Dec-13

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Arbitration award in favour of helicopter pilot affirmed

Arbitration award in favour of helicopter pilot affirmed

This case arose out of an arbitration award granted in favor of a helicopter pilot whom plaintiff Air Methods Corporation had terminated following an incident in April 2010.  See full story

Source: CBA CLE Legal Connection, 15-Dec-13

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Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard opens new Utah base in Moab

Classic Lifeguard announced the opening of its newest base of operations located in Moab, Utah. The new base will serve the region with premium air ambulance services and leading industry practices and technology. Classic Lifeguard has made the decision to relocate one of their medically configured Bell 407’s to Moab in order to more effectively… Read more »

Source: Classic Lifeguard, 13-Dec-13

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Rega and BOHAG open new base at Zweissimmen

Rega and BOHAG open new base at Zweissimmen

[electronic translation]  A year after the groundbreaking ceremony today was the opening of the new Rega base are celebrated in two Simmen. It acts with the new basis for a joint project of the Rega and the Bernese Oberland Helikopter AG (BOHAG). In the presence of application partners and guests from politics and industry Rega CEO Ernst… Read more »

Source: Rega, 10-Dec-13

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EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has earned an ARGUS Gold Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety. To award a Gold Rating, aviation services company ARGUS International Inc. conducts comprehensive research into numerous databases and other reputable sources. It compiles historical safety ratings, aircraft and pilot background checks, and on-site safety audits to… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Dec-13

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Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

The two Westpac rescue helicopter services based in the northern half of NSW will be part of one single tender to be made by the Hunter and New England North West Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service under its existing Air Operating Certificate.  See full story

Source: Guyra Argus, 09-Dec-13

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Wucher Helicopter launches winter season EC135 operation

Wucher Helicopter launches winter season EC135 operation

Austrian operator Wucher Helicopter has this week started its seasonal operation of the “Gallus 1” emergency helicopter. Eurocopter EC135 OE-XHZ is the subject helicopter, and the winter season was launched on Friday 6th December from a base at Zürs. With the beginning of the winter season, “Gallus 1” starts is now on standby at Zürs… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

As you may have seen in recent media reports, the Manitoba government, in consultation with STARS, has made a decision to temporarily place the Winnipeg base out of service. This has been done to allow the government to conduct a review of an interhospital transport mission that occurred on Thursday, November 28th. The care and… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Dec-13

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Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T at EMS event

Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T at EMS event

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, demonstrated the medical versions of the light Ansat and Ka-226T helicopters to officials at Zashchita, the Russian National Centre for Disaster Medicine, as part of a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Centre. Zashchita Director Sergei Goncharov noted the potential of the new helicopters for use in emergency… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-13

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New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

New St Luke Helicopter Hangar Almost Complete

The new hangar for the Air Saint Luke’s helicopter is almost done.  Construction began earlier this year  See full story

Source: KMVT, 05-Dec-13

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London – Rooftop helipad approved for Kings College Hospital

London – Rooftop helipad approved for Kings College Hospital

The helipad will be built on top of the existing ten-storey Ruskin Wing building at the hospital in Denmark Hill, south east London. King’s is home to the largest Major Trauma Centre in the South of England. It is also the ‘hub’ for the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) major trauma network, which… Read more »

Source: Kings College Hospital, 05-Dec-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam reaccredited by CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam reaccredited by CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air ambulance company in the United States, has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). The prestigious accreditation represents the highest standard for medical transport services. As part of the accreditation process, Air Evac Lifeteam voluntarily undertook the largest scale inspection… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 05-Dec-13

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Melville heliport reopens after a year

Melville heliport reopens after a year

Melville Mayor Willie Haynes announced the reopening as a “definite asset” for the small town, which he acknowledged is fairly isolated from the rest of the parish. The facility is primarily used by Acadian Ambulance.  See full story

Source: Daily World, 04-Dec-13

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Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is ready to land at Regina General Hospital now that Transport Canada has certified the new $3.4 million rooftop heliport for use. “Landing directly at Regina General will allow our emergency services to get patients in southern Saskatchewan to a critical care team about 15 minutes faster,” Health… Read more »

Source: Regina Qu’Appelle, 04-Dec-13

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Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Following a recent patient transportation incident with STARS air ambulance service and advice from medical professionals, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today the temporary suspension of STARS. “On the advice from medical professionals, I’ve instructed my department to take this action.  Up until now, I’ve been assured that STARS is providing appropriate emergency care, but… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 03-Dec-13

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Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

A further body has been recovered from the Clutha Vaults bar in central Glasgow following the accident involving the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135T2i on Friday evening. This brings the death toll to nine, of which six were in the bar and three in the helicopter – Bond Air Services pilot David Traill and police officers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

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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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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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INAER France wins EMS contract in Burgundy

INAER France wins EMS contract in Burgundy

INAER France (INAER), part of the Avincis Group, a leading global provider of mission critical aerial services, has won the tender for the operation of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) helicopters in Burgundy, France. A few months ago, INAER won the EMS contract for the Provence Alp Cote D’Azur (PACA) region. These form part of the… Read more »

Source: INAER, 29-Nov-13

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Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Group releases results overview for 2013 Q3

Avincis Mission Critical Services Group S.A.U (“Avincis”) (previously Prioris Aviation Spain S.A.U) today reported strong results for the third quarter of 2013, including improved margins, a growing order book and continuing efficiency gains.    [Editor note – This really is “selected highlights only”. We requested the full numbers, but Avincis declined to provide them] Financial Highlights  … Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 29-Nov-13

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Overlook Medical Center moves forward with controversial helipad plan

Overlook Medical Center moves forward with controversial helipad plan

Overlook Medical Center has filed an application with the state Department of Transportation seeking approval to build a helipad at the facility.  See full story

Source: NJ.com, 28-Nov-13

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Over 100,000 now play Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust lottery

Over 100,000 now play Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust lottery

The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Flight for Life Lottery is now more popular than ever, reaching the highest number of members in its 15 year history! A record breaking 107,000 chances are now being played across Essex and Herts all helping to keep your local Air Ambulances operational and saving lives across both… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 27-Nov-13

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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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EagleMed Safety Director Receives AAMS Chairman’s Award

EagleMed Safety Director Receives AAMS Chairman’s Award

EagleMed’s Director of Safety Lance Hofmann has received the Chairman’s Award from the Association of Air Medical Services, Alexandria, Va. Hofmann earned the honor for his actions, commitment to safety and leadership at the organization’s Safety Management Training Academy and for his service as the association’s Safety Committee vice chair, according to past chair Gerald… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 26-Nov-13

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Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), congratulates San Antonio AirLIFE for transporting its 50,000th patient, a milestone reached this quarter. Bell Helicopter is celebrating AirLIFE’s accomplishment at the 2013 Texas EMS Conference, in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 24 -27. Anthony Moreland, managing director of North American sales for Bell Helicopter presented San Antonio… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-13

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University of Miami Hospital opens new helipad

University of Miami Hospital opens new helipad

Hospital CEO Dan Snyder says in addition to patients the helipad will be a key drop-off point for medical supplies and personnel. It will also enable people from across the Americas to more easily take part in the hospital’s research and clinical trials.  See full story

Source: New Europe, 26-Nov-13

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Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

Avincis Group confirms Joint Venture talks with Babcock International

HeliHub.com editor note – Below we reproduce the statements from Avincis and Babcock following the original article in the Sunday Times which HeliHub.com ran yesterday.  There is  a clear difference in these statements to the general media approach.  Both statements refer to “Joint Venture” while the press are saying Babcock is seeking to buy Avincis for… Read more »

Source: Avincis & Babcock, 25-Nov-13

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UK – Helipad proposed at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Embrace Centre

UK – Helipad proposed at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Embrace Centre

Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK county of Yorkshire is proposing a helipad at their “Embrace Centre” at nearby Dodworth.  The Hospital has used architects Beamont & Cowling to manage the planning application (ref 2013/1239). The Design and Access Statement submitted as part of the documentation pack gives an overview description as follows: “The proposal is to provide… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-13

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Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story 

Source: Sunday Times, 24-Nov-13

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Alpha Star announces exclusive distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed

Alpha Star announces exclusive distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed

ALPHA STAR Aviation Services (operator of Alpha Star Air Ambulance) announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Spectrum Aeromed for exclusive rights to supply all Spectrum Aeromedical Air Ambulance Interior Solutions/Products to customers in the following countries: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, State of Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 21-Nov-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance fly first mission from new Nostell Priory base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance fly first mission from new Nostell Priory base

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance have today flown their first mission from the Charity’s new state-of-the-art air support unit at Nostell Priory near Wakefield. The rapid response helicopter was called to a road traffic collision involving a male cyclist and a vehicle in Holmfirth near Huddersfield and flew to the scene of the incident in only… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 20-Nov-13

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Air Methods moves AS350 from Cross City to Bronson

Air Methods moves AS350 from Cross City to Bronson

To reduce emergency response times, Air Methods recently moved the base location of its medical service helicopter from Cross City to Bronson.  The helicopter provides medical assistance to Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.  See full story

Source: WUFT, 20-Nov-13

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Sweden – No HEMS decision in Dalarna

Sweden – No HEMS decision in Dalarna

Dalarna’s County Council has not been able to reach a final decision whether to acquire an EMS helicopter or not. The decision to buy a helicopter was expected to be reached in a meeting earlier today, but it was postponed due to the opposing parties’ demand for a more thorough investigation. The leading parties states… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 20-Nov-13

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Westpac Rescue help launch Lockyer Valley helipad

Westpac Rescue help launch Lockyer Valley helipad

The helipad is at the future Lockyer Valley regional airport site and site owner Randal Macfarlane, who donated the helipad land to council, invited the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service to do the first landing.  See full story

Source: Warwick Daily News, 19-Nov-13

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NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

Appointment follows the resignation of founding head John Bain Bain , whose commitment to NEST extends 25 years, where he was an instrumental part in establishing the dedicated rescue helicopter service for people in Northland.  See full story

18-Nov-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

Air-Evac Lifeteam opened a new base in Inez, Kentucky. to provide quicker care to patients in crucial moments.  See full story

Source: WSAZ, 15-Nov-13

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R66 being used in EMS role in Colombia

R66 being used in EMS role in Colombia

A Robinson R66 is being used in Colombia as a pediatric air ambulance. It is flying alongside Westwind 1124A and Learjet 31 jets with Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV). Doctors at FCV are using the R66 to reach pediatric patients in remote areas. The back seat of the R66 has been replaced with a bench,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Nov-13

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DRF Air Rescue fits carbon monoxide detectors to fleet

DRF Air Rescue fits carbon monoxide detectors to fleet

The Rescue Control Centre reports: “Unconscious person behind closed door.” A few minutes later, the emergency crew enters the room. The patient is lying on the kitchen floor, and resuscitation is necessary. Suddenly, the emergency physician gets sick, and a few seconds later the rescuers are lying unconscious next to the patient. The heating system… Read more »

Source: DRF, 13-Nov-13

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Air Methods completes first of four Bell 407GX for Careflite

Air Methods completes first of four Bell 407GX for Careflite

United Rotorcraft Division completed and delivered the first of four medically-equipped Bell 407GX helicopters to CareFlite, a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation providing medical transport across North Texas. The other three medically-equipped Bell 407GXs are anticipated to be completed and delivered to CareFlite by the end of the year. “United Rotorcraft is honored to have earned… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 13-Nov-13

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Herts Air Ambulance Celebrates Five Years

Herts Air Ambulance Celebrates Five Years

Herts Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years of being in operation and saving lives across Hertfordshire. To mark this very special milestone the Charity hosted a celebration evening for its supporters at the prestigious Haileybury College in Hertford with special guest Ray Winstone our new celebrity patron! Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and dinner followed by… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 13-Nov-13

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REACH Air Medical Services fined $33,000

REACH Air Medical Services fined $33,000

REACH was fined nearly $33,000 last week by San Joaquin County officials for deviating from the county’s transport plan for trauma patients – in the same week the county renewed its agreement with the EMS operator.  see full story

Source: Stockton Record, 12-Nov-13

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Med-Trans’ North Colorado Med Evac Program adds third Bell 407

Med-Trans’ North Colorado Med Evac Program adds third Bell 407

Med-Trans Corp. and North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC), a Banner Health facility, have announced the expansion of its North Colorado Med Evac air medical transport program with the addition of a third Bell 407 medical helicopter. The aircraft and medical flight crew will be based at the Colorado Plains Regional Airport (Akron, CO) and begin… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 12-Nov-13

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PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

PHi announces 2013 Q3 results to 30th September 2013

-PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2013 were $200.8 million, compared to $170.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $29.9 million. Consolidated net income for… Read more »

Source: PHi, 12-Nov-13

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Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and Two Bear Air are pleased to announce the arrival of the much-anticipated Bell 429 rescue helicopter. This helicopter is the flagship of a unique public/private philanthropic partnership between Flathead County and philanthropist Mike Goguen of Whitefish. “Residents and visitors are drawn to enjoy the natural resources and rugged atmosphere… Read more »

Source: Two Bear Air, 11-Nov-13

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Queensland puts Au$3.57M of state funds into Night Vision upgrades

Queensland puts Au$3.57M of state funds into Night Vision upgrades

Under this initiative, RACQ Careflight Rescue, the Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service will each share in Government support to introduce NVG.  see full story

Source: Logan Reporter, 11-Nov-13

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance begin Grand New operations

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance begin Grand New operations

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) have begun operating with their brand new state of the art helicopter. The Agusta Westland AW109SP Grand New is one of the fastest civilian helicopters in the country and can reach speeds of 185mph. The helicopter was handed over to DLRAA by Sloane Helicopters, who provide all three… Read more »

Source: DLRAA, 10-Nov-13

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Air Methods Reports 3Q2013 Results And 4Q2013 Update

Air Methods Reports 3Q2013 Results And 4Q2013 Update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Revenue increased 14% to $252.4 million from $221.3 million in the year-ago quarter.  For the nine-month period, revenue increased 4% to $657.8 million, up from $634.6 million in the prior-year nine-month period.  For the quarter, net income increased 28% to $35.6… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 08-Nov-13

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Blood storage gives STARS Regina head start on transfusions

Blood storage gives STARS Regina head start on transfusions

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in Regina has become the first air medical service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions on air medical missions. This new approach, spearheaded by Regina General Hospital Transfusion Lab staff, allows the helicopter emergency medical service to begin a blood transfusion early. The… Read more »

Source: Regina Qu'Appelle Health, 07-Nov-13

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INAER France wins EMS contract with five EC135s

INAER France wins EMS contract with five EC135s

INAER France, part of the Avincis Group, the world’s leading provider of aerial emergency services, has won the tender for the operation of SAMU helicopters in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region. The regional contract is the first of its kind for the French Ministry of Health. Five helicopters for PACA FROM 1st January, 2014 The… Read more »

Source: INAER, 06-Nov-13

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Wales Air Ambulance installs BabyPod portable incubators in its EC135s

Wales Air Ambulance installs BabyPod portable incubators in its EC135s

Lifesaving charity Wales Air Ambulance has installed portable incubators in its three aircraft, helping seriously ill infants receive the critical care they need by air. The ‘Babypod’ is the first of its kind in Wales and can be installed on each helicopter within minutes, saving precious time in a paediatric emergency. Wales Air Ambulance airlifts… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 06-Nov-13

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Midlands Air Ambulance orders night-capable EC135T2e

Midlands Air Ambulance orders night-capable EC135T2e

Leading regional charity, Midlands Air Ambulance, has made a strategic decision to purchase outright the service’s first helicopter, which will be based at the RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire. As the UK’s largest and busiest air ambulance service, Midlands Air Ambulance currently leases three EC135 helicopters from Bond Air Services, but will be replacing the… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 03-Nov-13

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Benefis Mercy Flight upgrades from AS350 to EC135

Benefis Mercy Flight upgrades from AS350 to EC135

Benefis Mercy Flight has an EC135P2 to serve north-central Montana, recently upgrading from an AS350 – both being operated by Metro Aviation.  The aircraft being used is N135GF, serial 0249.  See full story

03-Nov-13

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Air Methods to report 3Q results 7th November

Air Methods to report 3Q results 7th November

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) will report financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 after the close of the market on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 31-Oct-13

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Healthnet Purchases Two New Helicopters

Healthnet Purchases Two New Helicopters

The aircraft for the Ripley base is a Eurocopter EC-130 B4 and for the Buckhannon base a Eurocopter EC-135 P2e.  See full story

Source: WSAZ, 31-Oct-13

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Vanderbilt to study use of plasma on LifeFlight

Vanderbilt to study use of plasma on LifeFlight

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will participate in a national trial to see if outcomes for critically injured patients with uncontrolled bleeding can be improved by administering plasma to these patients while in flight to the hospital. In a first-of-its-kind study, randomized patients who are at risk of hemorrhaging and flown to Vanderbilt University Hospital via… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt University, 30-Oct-13

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Air Methods holds ribbon cutting ceremony in Conway

Air Methods holds ribbon cutting ceremony in Conway

Air Methods has held its Open House/Ribbon Cutting/Barbeque on the grounds of the Conway Airport .  See full story

Source: WBTW, 30-Oct-13

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Native Air helicopter ambulance service leaves Brownwood

Native Air helicopter ambulance service leaves Brownwood

For nearly 17 months, Brownwood has had two helicopter ambulance services — Air Evac Lifeteam, which has been operating here for 12 years, and Native Air, which began operating on June 2, 2012.  Now, only Air Evac Lifeteam will be in Brownwood.  See full story  

Source: Brownwood Bulletin, 30-Oct-13

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New helipad officially opens at Boundary Hospital

New helipad officially opens at Boundary Hospital

Dignitaries joined Interior Health officials today for the grand opening of the new heliport at Boundary Hospital. Members of the Clifton family, whose $200,000 donation made the heliport possible, were also on hand to celebrate the important addition to patient transport. “The new Boundary Hospital heliport will shorten the time needed to transfer critically-ill patients… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 30-Oct-13

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Iowa – St. Luke’s Hospital partners with Med-Trans Corp

Iowa – St. Luke’s Hospital partners with Med-Trans Corp

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has finalized an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. to become the new aviation partner for LifeGuard Air Ambulance. Over the past several months St. Luke’s evaluated multiple opportunities to strengthen its air ambulance program. The hospital’s goal is to provide 24/7 air ambulance coverage to patients and emergency response teams…. Read more »

Source: UnityPoint Health, 29-Oct-13

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