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Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

For Metro Aviation, it came as no surprise when the National Transportation Safety Board released its latest safety alert, Safety through Helicopter Simulators.  Since 2008, Metro Aviation has used helicopter simulators to ensure their pilots are trained and ready for a variety of in-flight situations.  Metro President Mike Stanberry confirmed his commitment to safety when he opened the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

Helicopter Flight Training Center will add Communication Center Lab to curriculum

Helicopter Flight Training Center will add Communication Center Lab to curriculum

The Helicopter Flight Training Center and the National Association of Air Medical Communication Specialists (NAACS) are pleased to announce their joint effort to create a Communication Center Lab.  The idea was finalized during the last NAACS board meeting, hosted by the training center. “The organization looks forward to the development and utilization of the ‘communications lab’… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes Directors of Operations and Maintenance

Metro Aviation welcomes Directors of Operations and Maintenance

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce that Jim Arthur and Mark Breton are joining the Metro team.  Jim Arthur joins as the new Director of Operations and Mark Breton is coming on board as Director of Maintenance. Arthur will report to work in early March to begin his indoctrination and immerse himself in flight operations. Arthur… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

LifeFlight of Maine orders four more Belfort Automated Weather Observation Systems

LifeFlight of Maine orders four more Belfort Automated Weather Observation Systems

Belfort Instrument Company, one of the country’s oldest meteorological sensor and meteorological system manufacturers, has received an order from LifeFlight of Maine for four additional Belfort AWOS AV units. This order was announced at the 2014 Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California today. “When these four additional Belfort AWOS units are installed, Maine will have a network of… Read more »

Source: Belfort, 05-Mar-14

Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

Wales Air Ambulance has carried out its 19,000th mission since the service was launched in 2001. The landmark mission comes as the charity celebrates its 13th birthday this month. The specialist aircrew went to their very first mission on St David’s Day 2001, airlifting a young rugby player from Glyn Neath. Swansea-based crew were called to an… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 05-Mar-14

EMS Provider SevenBar Orders GrandNew

EMS Provider SevenBar Orders GrandNew

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that SevenBar has placed an order for an EMS configured GrandNew to operate in an air medical transport capacity. Additionally, the SevenBar paint scheme was displayed on the newly-unveiled AW109 Trekker at last week’s Heli Expo in anticipation of future fleet additions across the light twin and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Mar-14

Metro Aviation looks forward to steady growth in 2014

Metro Aviation looks forward to steady growth in 2014

When Metro Aviation relocated to its current facility from several airport hangars five years ago, they never imagined they would fill all of the available space.  Upon the acquisition of a former Solo Cup manufacturing facility in 2007, Metro transformed the building into a comprehensive completions/operations facility with paint, avionics, machining, production and installation areas. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

PHI announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Senior Notes

PHI announces Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation for Senior Notes

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) today announced that it is commencing a cash tender offer (the “Offer”) for any and all of its $300,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 8.625% Senior Notes due 2018 (the “Notes”) on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in PHI’s Offer to… Read more »

Source: PHI, 04-Mar-14

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INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal has been flying missions for the National Health Service (INEM) since 2000, transporting seriously ill patients by helicopter, either to hospital or between hospitals. In 2013, INAER Portugal carried out 760 medical emergencies missions (HEMS) of INAER Portugal, in which 669 patients with varying pathologies were helped.  The company flew 1,239 hours carrying… Read more »

Source: INAER, 04-Mar-14

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East Anglian Air Ambulance to host clinical conference in May

East Anglian Air Ambulance to host clinical conference in May

The East Anglian Air Ambulance will be hosting a clinical conference on Wednesday 14th May 2014. The conference aims to advance and promote pre-hospital care through debate and interactive case studies. The conference will also examine the experience and knowledge gained from attending night-time HEMS missions. The EAAA is delighted and privileged to have two eminent… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 03-Mar-14

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Signed Four Major Contracts with EMS Helicopter Operators

Pratt & Whitney Canada Signed Four Major Contracts with EMS Helicopter Operators

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed engine maintenance contracts with four U.S. emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operators that will keep their fleets flying with predictable maintenance costs. The long-term contracts include the Fleet Management Program (FMP®), the Event Cost Plan (ECP®), the Zero-Time Exchange and Overhaul Program (ZIP) and the T&M Engine Services… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 03-Mar-14

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PHI announces results for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

PHI announces results for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. Consolidated operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $856.5 million, an increase of $209.8 million over the year ended December 31, 2012. Oil and Gas segment revenues were $489.0 million… Read more »

Source: PHI, 02-Mar-14

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Air Methods Reports Year 2013 Results and 1Q2014 Update

Air Methods Reports Year 2013 Results and 1Q2014 Update

Air Methods Corporation AIRM +4.19% , the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. For the year, revenue increased 4% to $881.6 million compared to $850.8 million in the prior year. Net income decreased 33% to $62.3 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, in the current… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Mar-14

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

The trust is challenging a decision by the Auckland Council-controlled Regional Amenities Funding Board to cut its funding by $750,000 over two years.  See full story

Source: News Talk ZB, 02-Mar-14

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Summit Air Ambulance signs for two AW119Kx

Summit Air Ambulance signs for two AW119Kx

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho has signed a contract for two AW119Kx helicopters to support EMS operations in the Northwest United States. The two AW119Kx will join an AW109 Power already in service, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft. “Summit Air Ambulance has proven… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Feb-14

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Bell supports Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

Bell supports Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its support for the Medevac Foundation’s HEMS 101 Project, which is dedicated to producing a set of guidelines for establishing Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)/Air Ambulance Programs in nations that currently do not have services in place. Bell Helicopter will make a $150,000 donation spread… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Feb-14

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to receive new EC135 in June

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to receive new EC135 in June

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce a further step in the continuing development of the Air Ambulance service.  With effect from June 2014, the charity will be operating with an enhanced model of the familiar Eurocopter 135.  The new model will also be a Eurocopter 135, but it will be… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 26-Feb-14

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AgustaWestland Delivers First of Six AW119Kx to Life Link III

AgustaWestland Delivers First of Six AW119Kx to Life Link III

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has delivered the first of six EMS configured AW119Kx to Life Link III, an air medical transportation provider operating in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The aircraft was built and delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line and features a customized EMS interior and advanced life-saving equipment. “As the most… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to the family

Metro Aviation welcomes Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to the family

Each year, more than 2,200 children are transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  Teddy Bear Transport is one of the largest pediatric transport programs in the nation and now, a member of the Metro Aviation family. Teddy Bear Transport utilizes both fixed and rotor wing for air transport.  Metro Aviation will assume operation… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Feb-14

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Med-Trans takes delivery of 25th EC135

Med-Trans takes delivery of 25th EC135

Med-Trans Corp., a leading provider of air medical transport services, has taken delivery of a new EC135 helicopter, the 25th of the popular twin-engine aircraft model that it has purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. and placed into service since 2007. “We have been very pleased with the EC135 as we continue to expand our fleet… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Inc, 25-Feb-14

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Boston MedFlight continues upgrading fleet with EC145s

Boston MedFlight continues upgrading fleet with EC145s

In keeping with its commitment to provide the highest level of service for patients, Boston MedFlight continues to upgrade its fleet with the planned addition of a second EC145 purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. After a review of all the available aircraft, Boston MedFlight officials selected the EC145 in 2012 to replace their existing BK117… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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EagleMed orders 11 Donaldson AS350 inlet barrier filters

EagleMed orders 11 Donaldson AS350 inlet barrier filters

EagleMed, a critical care air medical transport provider, has ordered 11 Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) AS350 Inlet Barrier Filter Systems (IBF), joining a growing number of air medical operators relying on Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s IBF systems to protect the engines on their helicopters and support the completion of their critical missions. The IBFs… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 25-Feb-14

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Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq.ft training facility

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq.ft training facility

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques opens 12,000 sq./ft. training facility to enhance safety and training opportunities for companies, pilots and crewmembers alike. Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC (AH+RT), based in Portland, Ore., provides comprehensive training services covering a variety of rotary wing, aerial firefighting and technical rescue skill sets, aviation program management consulting and ‘turn-key’ aviation… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 24-Feb-14

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Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to transform its analogue EC135 full flight simulator

Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to transform its analogue EC135 full flight simulator

The ADAC HEMS Academy counts most of the important European HEMS organizations and many international law enforcement and off-shore operators from Argentina to Japan, from Brazil to Australia, as clients for EC135 and EC145 full flight simulator training. To fulfill the increasing customer demands for training on EC135 P2+/T2+ full flight simulators (FFS), the ADAC… Read more »

Source: ADAC HEMS Academy, 24-Feb-14

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Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to acquire EC145T2 full flight simulator

Germany – ADAC HEMS Academy to acquire EC145T2 full flight simulator

ADAC, a major air rescue and air ambulance operator in Europe, has ordered 14 new EC145T2 helicopters to replace the aging BK117 B2s in its fleet. The ADAC HEMS Academy will adapt the training possibilities for all international customers. To accommodate future training needs, a new EC145T2 full flight simulator (FFS) is planned for 2015/2016… Read more »

Source: ADAC HEMS Academy, 24-Feb-14

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Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

A helipad close to the town’s health centre has been given approval in the southern Spanish town of Nerja, some 25 miles east of Malaga

Source: Olive Press, 23-Feb-14

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AMRG Invests in Leading Flight-Following & FDM Solution

AMRG Invests in Leading Flight-Following & FDM Solution

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) has purchased multiple SkyTrac ISAT-200A flight-following systems to support their fleet’s critical air medical transportation operations. The ISAT-200A system provides increased connectivity to various aircraft systems such as ARINC-429 and 717, it has an embedded accelerometer for attitude profiling, and an internal hardened… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 23-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project.   Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone.  The Program provides a four level system to… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Feb-14

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Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

More than 50 doctors and nurses from all over Spain will gather for the “HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) Medical Staff Qualification” course, organised by INAER in collaboration with the University of Alicante. The course, which will take place from the 20th – 23rd February, is designed to train medical professionals for emergencies which involve… Read more »

Source: INAER Spain, 21-Feb-14

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Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

Banff hospital on priority list for helipad upgrade

STARS Air Ambulance’s donor-funded AW139s are forcing Alberta to upgrade priority helipads over the next two years   See full story

21-Feb-14

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Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that its United Rotorcraft Division has been awarded contracts totaling up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed customer in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete several airframes for a variety of missions. “United Rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Feb-14

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FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s and industry’s concern… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Feb-14

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STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS “strongly disagrees” with a Manitoba Health report which says their crews lack adequate training, are not familiar with pediatric patients and do not understand patient oxygen needs.  See full story

Source: CBC, 20-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation releases update for MetroAlert app

Metro Aviation releases update for MetroAlert app

Innovation never sleeps.  With that in mind, Metro Aviation released an update to its lifesaving app, MetroAlert.  The app is provided to operations customers of Metro Aviation at no cost and can decrease helicopter response time by up to five minutes. When air transport is needed, hospitals and first responders can use MetroAlert to instantly notify the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Feb-14

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London’s Air Ambulance helps launch UK’s first undergraduate degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine

London’s Air Ambulance helps launch UK’s first undergraduate degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance (“The Institute”), and Queen Mary University of London’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (“QMUL”) have partnered to create the UK’s first Intercalated BSc degree in Pre-Hospital Medicine. Pre-hospital medicine is an innovative and growing field that is now recognised as a sub-specialty… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-14

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Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service today held an event to announce the successful implementation of three new Agusta Westland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters to increase access to safe and effective emergency healthcare. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Minister for Health, Major General Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Chief of Staff… Read more »

Source: Hamad Medical, 18-Feb-14

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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

On Sunday afternoon, the helicopter made its milestone rescue when it was sent to an accident west of Coffs Harbour.  See full story

Source: Coffs Coast Advocate, 18-Feb-14

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MedEvac Foundation Announces New Economic Impact Study

MedEvac Foundation Announces New Economic Impact Study

AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation International are pleased to announce that the MedEvac Foundation has contracted with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to conduct a new Economic Impact Study focused on hospitals and hospital-based medical transport programs. The new study will examine the impacts that air medical transport and critical care ground transport programs… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 13-Feb-14

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UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

UK – Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts search for new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has told the residents of the British county it represents that it is actively on the look-out for a new base.  From when they launched operations through to the end of November 2014, Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been a joint operation with Wiltshire Police in which the law enforcement unit owned and operated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-14

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Bell recognizes Plus Heli for dedication to saving lives

Bell recognizes Plus Heli for dedication to saving lives

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), recognized PLUS Helicopter Services Sdn Bhd during the Singapore Airshow Customer Reception on February 10, for its dedication to saving lives amidst challenging conditions. In May 2013, PLUS Heli deployed a Bell 429 to rescue severely burned crew members injured when a container ship’s boiler exploded 140… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Feb-14

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LifeFlight Eagle upgrades with two Bell 407GX helicopters

LifeFlight Eagle upgrades with two Bell 407GX helicopters

LifeFlight Eagle has placed into service two new state-of-the-art Bell 407GX helicopters at its Harrisonville and Trenton bases. The new aircraft were purchased as part of the non-profit organization’s fleet replacement program, and reflect LifeFlight Eagle’s ongoing commitment to the community to provide life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Missouri and Kansas…. Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Eagle, 11-Feb-14

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North Colorado Med Evac adds coverage for Denver Health Trauma Center

North Colorado Med Evac adds coverage for Denver Health Trauma Center

Denver Health and North Colorado Med Evac (a Med Trans Corp air medical program) are pleased to announce a contractual preferred provider agreement for air-medical transport and evacuation. This is the first time in the regional trauma center’s 150+ year history that Denver Health has signed a preferred provider for air transport. As the Rocky… Read more »

Source: North Colorado Med Evac, 11-Feb-14

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Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer Hospital reportedly built the helipad without approval by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance See full story

Source: Globes, 11-Feb-14

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Helipad being added at Navua Hospital in Fiji

Helipad being added at Navua Hospital in Fiji

Work on a helipad and installation of medical equipment is now underway at the new Navua Hospital.  see more details

Source: Fiji Village, 11-Feb-14

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PHI Air Medical launches female heart health campaign

PHI Air Medical launches female heart health campaign

PHI Air Medical announced today a major community wide effort to educate the community and raise awareness for heart disease, especially as it relates to women’s heart issues. This is the 6th year PHI Air Medical has focused efforts nationally during the month of February in providing awareness and education in support of the GO… Read more »

Source: PHI Air Medical, 08-Feb-14

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Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,180 missions in 2013

Germany – DRF Luftrettung flew 38,180 missions in 2013

Traffic accidents, heart attacks or injured tourists: DRF Luftrettung is alerted every day to provide patients with medical care. In 2013 its crews flew a total of 38,180 missions (in 2012: 38,748) from its 31 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark and through worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircrafts. Approximately 700 emergency physicians, 300… Read more »

Source: DRF, 07-Feb-14

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Crete Area Medical Center to host Air Methods helicopter

Crete Area Medical Center to host Air Methods helicopter

Air Methods will move the home base for the helicopter, currently based in Lincoln, to Crete Area Medical Center.  See full story

Source: Wilber Republican, 06-Feb-14

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Dallas Avionics trains Bell 407 crews from Tampa General Hospital

Dallas Avionics trains Bell 407 crews from Tampa General Hospital

Dallas Avionics announced today the company has completed training of the Tampa General pilots and crew on the Bell 407 equipped with the new TDFM 7000. Dallas Avionics sales and tech support representative Scott Hurst conducted the training. The Dallas Avionics TDFM 7000 transceiver offers the most up-to-date, FM communications technology including P25 CAI, P25… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 06-Feb-14

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Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

Orange City Council have formalised a decision on the location of a new base for the soon-to-be-established 24 hour medical helicopter service.  See full service

Source: ABC, 05-Feb-14

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EagleMed closes Kansas base at Garden City due to low volumes

EagleMed closes Kansas base at Garden City due to low volumes

“EagleMed’s reason for pulling the helicopter was their inability to build a sufficient regional volume of flights to make the helicopter service cost effective here,” said Scott Taylor, president and CEO of St. Catherine Hospital.   see full story

Source: Garden City Telegram, 03-Feb-14

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ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

A dramatic restructuring at ORNGE has eliminated 25 senior jobs as managers take a broom to the costly legacy of former boss Chris Mazza and his global ambitions for the air ambulance operator – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 30-Jan-14

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Rooftop hospital helipad plan dropped after ten years

Rooftop hospital helipad plan dropped after ten years

Various reasons cited, including no building at All India Institute of Medical Science having the required 25m length for the helipad – see full story

Source: DNA India, 30-Jan-14

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Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leader in providing air medical services throughout the United States, has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as its safety management system (SMS) provider for all AMGH subsidiaries. Texas based AMGH, the world’s largest privately held air medical services provider operates through five subsidiaries: Med-Trans Corp, Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed,… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 29-Jan-14

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Air Methods provides update on FY2013 Q4 results

Air Methods provides update on FY2013 Q4 results

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, provided an update on fourth quarter results and January 2014 flight volumes. Total community-based patient transports for the fourth quarter 2013 are estimated to be 12,881, a 3% decrease from the prior-year quarter. Patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 29-Jan-14

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Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network (LFN) announced the opening of its newest base of operations at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana today. The base is home to a new AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala” air medical helicopter, and 14 employees. The helicopter will extend air ambulance service to more communities in Montana and Eastern Idaho, allowing for… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 29-Jan-14

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TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

TVACAA become first UK air ambulance to carry portable blood analyser

In a year that has seen the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance ‘raise the bar’ in terms of clinical excellence, new developments at TVACAA have enabled the Trust to further their promise of enhanced patient care by becoming the first Air Ambulance to carry an I-Stat (portable blood analyser) machine on board the helicopter…. Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 27-Jan-14

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AMGH breaks ground on $1.4 million facility in Missouri

AMGH breaks ground on $1.4 million facility in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon today visited West Plains to celebrate the groundbreaking of Air Medical Group Holdings’ (AMGH) new facility, a $1.4 million investment that is expected to create 20 new jobs. AMGH is the parent company of Air Evac Lifeteam, an air medical services provider that was founded in West Plains in 1985. “With our unemployment… Read more »

Source: Gov.Jay Nixon, 26-Jan-14

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UK – Helipad for Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital opens

UK – Helipad for Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital opens

It will be used by the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, and has been fitted with lights so the helicopter can take off at night.  See full story

Source: BBC, 26-Jan-14

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Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Gala raises nearly $1.1 million for STARS Air Ambulance

Saturday’s gala raised in excess of $1 million, helping the total contributions from the 20 years of the gala to surpass the $10 million mark.  See full story

Source: CTV, 26-Jan-14

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King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Electricity generator and retailer, King Country Energy (KCE), has entered into a major associate sponsorship with charitable organisation Philips Search & Rescue Trust. The trust provides dedicated air ambulance and rescue services throughout the Central North Island of New Zealand. KCE’s sponsorship will specifically contribute to operational costs of the Hamilton-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter that services the… Read more »

Source: KCE, 26-Jan-14

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London’s Air Ambulance partners with Vocalink to make fundraising easier

London’s Air Ambulance partners with Vocalink to make fundraising easier

London’s Air Ambulance has formed a two-year strategic partnership with VocaLink, who will provide the charity with financial and resource support. Launching the partnership, the UK and international payments provider is assessing the ways in which to enhance the donation systems and the associated technologies used by the charity. Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 24-Jan-14

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Bryan Health transfers all aspects of StarCare BK117 to Air Methods

Bryan Health transfers all aspects of StarCare BK117 to Air Methods

Air Methods will assume total management responsibility for the StarCare program, including employing the medical personnel, as it does at its other air bases throughout Nebraska and the region See full story

24-Jan-14

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Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

Four FlightSafety helicopter simulators with VITAL 1100 visuals receive FAA Level D approval

FlightSafety International announces that five of its simulators equipped with the recently introduced VITAL 1100 visual system have been qualified to Level D by EASA and the FAA. Three additional VITAL 1100 equipped simulators are scheduled to receive Level D qualification in the next few months. “The VITAL 1100 is leading the industry with unprecedented… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 22-Jan-14

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INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of emergency aerial services and aircraft maintenance has been awarded the air ambulance contract for the Balearic Islands through public tender. The new contract will strengthen INAER’s partnership with IB-Salut, for whom it has provided aerial emergency services since 2000. The contract will last for two years with the… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 22-Jan-14

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Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam has made the decision to close its Elmore County air ambulance base in Wetumpka, AL effective today. Company President Seth Myers said low utilization of the service coupled with low reimbursement rates were major factors in the company’s decision to cease operations at the base which has been in service since April… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 22-Jan-14

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Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Helipad reopens at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

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

Source: Spectrum Health, 22-Jan-14

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Texas – CareFlite to base AW109 at Lake Whitney Medical Center from February

Texas – CareFlite to base AW109 at Lake Whitney Medical Center from February

Whitney Hospital Authority President Jim Cato said the new CareFlite helicopter stationed at Lake Whitney Medical Center will allow the struggling hospital to provide better emergency service while adding jobs to the surrounding area. see full story

Source: Waco Tribune, 21-Jan-14

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STARS expects to raise $10M with 21st annual lottery

The 21st annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,217 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. The STARS Lottery raises over $10 million net each year and continues to be STARS’ single largest source of funding in Alberta, helping critically ill and injured patients across the province. “In 2013 STARS responded to more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 20-Jan-14

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Scandinavian AirAmbulance opens 10th base – in Denmark

Scandinavian AirAmbulance opens 10th base – in Denmark

On 1 January Scandinavian AirAmbulance (SAA) opened its tenth helicopter base – a HEMS station in Ringsted, Denmark. The Danish HEMS station is situated southwest of Copenhagen and it employs a single-pilot EC145  that sits in alert 24 hours around the clock. The helicopter is operated in partnership wih Falck Ambulans on a January-October interim contract… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 20-Jan-14

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One-way trip to Mars is destroying Utah EMS pilot’s marriage

One-way trip to Mars is destroying Utah EMS pilot’s marriage

Ken Sullivan, a 38-year-old medevac pilot living in Utah, is delighted to have been selected as a finalist for a one-way trip to Mars – but he didn’t tell his wife he was applying…  See full story

Source: Stamford Advocate, 17-Jan-14

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Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017. “These new aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jan-14

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Air Methods to launch air ambulance in Winona

Air Methods to launch air ambulance in Winona

A company spokesperson says Air Methods was approached by MedStat’s program director to see if they were interested in continuing air medical service in the community.  See full story

Source: WTVA, 15-Jan-14

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UMMC contracts with PHi Air Medical for third helicopter

UMMC contracts with PHi Air Medical for third helicopter

Addition of a third AirCare helicopter, which would be based at UMMC Grenada this spring, promises to save lives by quickly transporting patients to hospitals while providing advanced-life-support services en route. AirCare, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s emergency flight service, bases its current helicopters at the main UMMC campus in Jackson and at Key… Read more »

Source: UMMC, 14-Jan-14

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Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance flies first night missions

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance flies first night missions

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is now available to offer crucial emergency support in the winter rush hours – something it has not been able to do in the past. Last week the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance have gone live with their night flying operations, they have performed a number of airlifts after… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 14-Jan-14

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INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 14-Jan-14

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