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London – Official Opening of the St George’s Hospital Helipad

London – Official Opening of the St George’s Hospital Helipad

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson officially opened the St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust helipad today Planning for the £5m helipad began in 2010 shortly after St George’s Hospital was designated as the major trauma centre for the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network It is the first London helipad south of the Thames… Read more »

Source: St George's Healthcare, 03-Jun-14

Permit issued for Scripps Memorial Hospital helipad

Permit issued for Scripps Memorial Hospital helipad

Heliplanners is pleased to announce that Caltrans Division of Aeronautics has conducted its final inspection and issued its Heliport Permit for the recently completed rooftop heliport at Scripps Memorial Hospital’s new Critical Care Building in Encinitas, California. The heliport will help to improve rapid medical access for Scripps’ patients throughout San Diego County and the… Read more »

Source: Heliplanners, 03-Jun-14

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EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

THE Blar Mor development site in Fort William is to be investigated as a possible location for a permanent helipad for air ambulance helicopters.  See full story

Source: Lochaber News, 02-Jun-14

Bayflite to renew helipad lease at North Port

Bayflite to renew helipad lease at North Port

Bayflite, the helicopter ambulance service, intends to renew its lease on a helipad at North Port’s fire station near City Hall for another two years.  See full story

Source: Herald Tribune, 02-Jun-14

Almost $140,000 raised for RACQ CareFlight Rescue at Gala Ball

Almost $140,000 raised for RACQ CareFlight Rescue at Gala Ball

More than 500 guests dressed to impress at RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s eighth annual Gala Ball on Saturday night, while helping to raise an incredible $140,000 for the helicopter rescue service. The magnificent Empire Theatre set the stage for Toowoomba’s night of nights, which saw revellers dig deep to raise the impressive figure. RACQ CareFlight’s South… Read more »

Source: RACQ Careflight, 02-Jun-14

UF Health celebrates the arrival of new ShandsCair EC155

UF Health celebrates the arrival of new ShandsCair EC155

UF Health celebrates the arrival of the newest member of the ShandsCair fleet — an EC-155 — the largest, fastest and most advanced civilian aeromedicine helicopter in the Southeast. The new helicopter, specially modified for aeromedicine, has been assigned the designation of ShandsCair 1 and replaces the smaller EC-135 in use at ShandsCair’s Gainesville base… Read more »

Source: UF Health, 02-Jun-14

New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

Nest general manager Vanessa Furze said opening the facility up to the public was an opportunity to fundraise for the crucial emergency service but also a chance for people to have a go at the controls of one of the best simulators in the world.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 01-Jun-14

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 31, 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: CBC, 01-Jun-14

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Aerolite reports strong demand for Bell 429 EMS interiors

Aerolite reports strong demand for Bell 429 EMS interiors

Four Bell 429 EMS/SAR interiors have been delivered so far this year and four more will be delivered during the upcoming four months. The recently delivered interiors are already in operation in several European countries. The next batch will go to Europe and the US. Newly developed and certified equipment affords a flexible lay-out concept… Read more »

Source: aerolite, 30-May-14

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Metro Aviation First to Achieve FAA SMS Level IV for Part 145

Metro Aviation First to Achieve FAA SMS Level IV for Part 145

Metro Aviation has achieved Level IV of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project in the 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station. Metro Aviation is the first and only organization in the United States operating under 14 CFR 145 rules to achieve this milestone, according to a FAA representative. “Level IV… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-May-14

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Spectrum Aeromed Wins Small Business of the Year Award

Spectrum Aeromed Wins Small Business of the Year Award

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce named Spectrum Aeromed Small Business of the Year at the ChamberChoice Awards held Wednesday May 21 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center with nearly 800 people in attendance. The event honors important contributions made by businesses, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs in the Fargo Moorhead… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 29-May-14

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

The emergency rapid response charity – which operates two MD902 Explorer helicopters – has revised all its operator manuals to meet new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements that come into force on October 28. It now becomes just the third out of nearly 70 UK operators to be awarded a new Air Operators Certificate… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air ambulance, 28-May-14

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Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

The Junta de Andalucia is progressing with the construction of a heliport in Campillos which aims to improve health care in Malaga province.  See full story

Source: Euro Weekly News, 27-May-14

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Air Methods director sells over $720K of company shares

Air Methods director sells over $720K of company shares

Air Methods Director David Kikumoto sold 15,000 shares of the stock on the open market on Tuesday 20th May. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.13, for a total value of $721,950. Following the completion of the sale, Kikumoto now directly owns 54,750 shares in the company (approx value $2.6 Million). The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-14

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New program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Boone County

New program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Boone County

New program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam base in Boone County See full story

Source: Harrison Daily, 23-May-14

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Eagle Air Med Awarded NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

Eagle Air Med Awarded NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) is awarding Eagle Air Med with its second medical transport accreditation for their fixed-wing/rotor-wing program. As a result, Eagle Air Med is being award NAAMTA Accreditation and we are proud to have them continue in… Read more »

Source: Eagle Air Med, 22-May-14

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ADAC Luftfahrt Technik sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145T2 fleet

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145T2 fleet

Today, Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The ten-year service agreement with a volume of some 25 million euros covers a comprehensive range of services for the new aircraft. The package for 14 new EC145… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-May-14

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Canada – Fort McMurray emergency helicopter service may be grounded

Canada – Fort McMurray emergency helicopter service may be grounded

Phoenix Heli-Flight said it plans to discontinue night flights out of Fort McMurray to remote accident sites at the end of the month.  See full story

Source: Beacon News, 21-May-14

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North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

Since 1999 over 18,000 emergency missions have been flown – see full story

Source: Bolton News, 21-May-14

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AirLife Denver Releases Mobile App

AirLife Denver Releases Mobile App

Today, HealthONE and AirLife Denver announced AirLife Mobile,  the AirLife Denver mobile application. This app was created to offer information about emergency helicopter response and to facilitate additional information on AirLife Denver emergency medical and critical care transport services to the Rocky Mountain Region. The app provides specific reference materials, checklists and safety information for… Read more »

Source: HealthONE, 21-May-14

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UK – Southmead Hospital Bristol tests new helipad

UK – Southmead Hospital Bristol tests new helipad

The helipad at the new Accident and Emergency Department at Southmead Hospital Bristol has had its first successful test landing. At around 2.45pm on Friday, May 16 the Great Western Air Ambulance landed at the site. Martin Warren, Logistics Manager for the Move, said: “This is a landmark moment ahead of the Accident and Emergency… Read more »

Source: North Bristol NHS Trust, 20-May-14

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Air Evac Lifeteam base at Kirksville turns 10

Air Evac Lifeteam base at Kirksville turns 10

The Kirksville Air Evac Lifeteam Base held a 10th anniversary celebration and cookout Sunday afternoon.

Source: ABC3, 19-May-14

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UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

The region’s air ambulance has opened a new base at Newcastle International Airport. The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) will now operate out of Tyne and Wear after a partnership agreement was made with the airport. GNAAS will still hold its main operational headquarters at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington. It also operates… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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Life Flight Network to open Idaho base at Coeur d’Alene

Life Flight Network to open Idaho base at Coeur d’Alene

Life Flight Network (LFN) announced plans today to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho beginning May 23rd, 2014. Dominic Pomponio, Regional Director, states, “We are excited to expand our service in Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding communities. The new base is receiving tremendous support from local care providers…. Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 16-May-14

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UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

Cornwall Air Ambulance is warning it may be unable to take critically ill patients to the region’s Major Trauma Centre in the hours of darkness unless major changes are made to the hospital’s infrastructure. The charity-funded emergency helicopter will be capable of flying in the dark from January 2015. However the charity is warning current… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

On May 3rd, Bell’s 429 demonstrator was shipped into their European base at Prague in the Czech Republic.  Within four days it had arrived in the UK where it has been demonstrated to Bond Air Services this week and is expected to visit other operators in the air ambulance market as well.  The helicopter is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

The new £3 million helideck at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) was used for the first time on Friday 9 May by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance just two days after its official opening. Air ambulances across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flights for the new helideck which is located… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 14-May-14

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UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have this week relocated helicopter operations to a new shared airbase at Exeter Airport. The two aircraft have been moved from the former site at Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, following the sale of land for development. The helicopters will be housed at a secure location at the… Read more »

Source: D&CC, 13-May-14

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EAAA Appoints New Medical Director

EAAA Appoints New Medical Director

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has appointed its first Medical Director with Mr Alastair Wilson joining to lead the clinical team, working alongside Brig. Professor Tim Hodgetts who has responsibility for Clinical Quality and Development. Mr Wilson has an impressive background in Accident and Emergency medicine and in the delivery of emergency medical care by… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 13-May-14

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Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

The Court of Appeal has legally canceled Värmland County Council’s decision following a public tender for the procurement of a new EMS helicopter. Värmland County had chosen the new Airbus EC 145 T2 for its very first HEMS station in Karlstad, but a competitor appealed the decision. The Administrative Court approved the county’s procurement, but… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-May-14

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Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

The new EMS helicopter that is being used on the island of Gotland has been partly halted due to its limited payload acceptance. Representatives have told Swedish Radio (SR) that the new Bell 429 has been reduced to covering only local EMS missions, and that the inter-hospital transports between the island and the mainland have… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-May-14

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Infinity Helicopter Leasing announces new EMS AW109SP leases

Infinity Helicopter Leasing announces new EMS AW109SP leases

Infinity Helicopter Leasing (“IHL”) announced today the lease of two new AgustaWestland AW109SP aircraft to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec.  The AW109SP aircraft are configured as fully IFR and NVG compatible emergency medical service (EMS) aircraft. As a new entrant into the helicopter leasing market, IHL is targeting end-user helicopter… Read more »

Source: Infinity Helicopter Leasing, 12-May-14

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Era Group reports FY2014 Q1 results to 31 March 2014

Era Group reports FY2014 Q1 results to 31 March 2014

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported net income for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014 of $4.4 million on operating revenues of $79.4 million compared to net income of $6.7 million on operating revenues of $67.7 million in the prior year first quarter. The decline in net income is due to a $7.9… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 11-May-14

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PHi announces results for FY2014Q1 ended 31 March 2014

PHi announces results for FY2014Q1 ended 31 March 2014

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $197.1 million, compared to $179.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013, an increase of $18.1 million. Oil and Gas… Read more »

Source: PHi, 11-May-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust (GWAA) has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they expect to upgrade from their current Bo105 helicopter to an Airbus Helicopters EC135 this summer, with the target of the third week of August. GWAA is one of just two UK air ambulance operators in the UK flying the Bo105, with Scotland’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-14

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Air Methods Reports 1Q2014 Results and 2Q2014 Update

Air Methods Reports 1Q2014 Results and 2Q2014 Update

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 and provided an update on April 2014 flight volume. For the quarter, revenue increased 24% to $223.1 million from $179.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Net income for the first quarter of 2014 was… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 09-May-14

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National Mediation Board finds Medical Helicopter Service Subject to Railway Labor Act

National Mediation Board finds Medical Helicopter Service Subject to Railway Labor Act

The National Mediation Board recently issued new opinion re-confirming the applicability of the Railway Labor Act to a medical helicopter service’s employees.   See full story

Source: National Law Review, 08-May-14

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UK – Bristol Royal Infirmary helideck opens

UK – Bristol Royal Infirmary helideck opens

Air ambulance providers from across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flight for the new helideck on the roof of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI). The last test flight finished on Tuesday 6 May The construction of the £3 million helideck is part of a wider programme of redevelopment and… Read more »

Source: Bristol Royal Infirmary, 08-May-14

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Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum Health’s Aero Med S76 returns to service

Spectrum officials revealed an incomplete FAA training form was the reason they voluntarily grounded the S76 – see full story

Source: MLive, 07-May-14

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REACH Air Medical Services Adds 7th EC135 at Marysville/Yuba base

REACH Air Medical Services Adds 7th EC135 at Marysville/Yuba base

In an ongoing program to modernize and upgrade its fleet of emergency air medical helicopters and airplanes, REACH Air Medical Services has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC135 model helicopter. This new aircraft is based at REACH’s Marysville/Yuba, CA base, known as REACH 7. The aircraft will be the seventh EC135 for REACH, bringing… Read more »

Source: REACH, 07-May-14

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Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has landed its first national contract from Air Evac Lifeteam, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, announced Becky Miller, executive director, CPS. Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, currently has 115 bases in 15 states. The three-year participation agreement was executed on April 1, 2014. “By participating… Read more »

Source: CPS, 06-May-14

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Spectrum Health grounds Aero Med S76 due to “a potential administrative error”

Aero Med statement starts with “Aero Med has decided to voluntarily ground its helicopter service after learning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a potential administrative error.”  – See full story

Source: WOOD TV, 06-May-14

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New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

The new EMS helicopter in Gotland has met criticism in the media due to its current weight limit in the European Union. The newspaper Gotlands Tidningar states that the helicopter’s limited maximum takeoff weight rules out the option to bring a doctor in addition to the standard crew when needed by a critically ill patient…. Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 05-May-14

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

On Wednesday 30th April 2014, over 150 delegates from across the UK joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) for the 5th Aeromedical Conference at the ultra-modern CEME Conference Centre in Rainham. This free event sponsored by Medical Aviation Services saw a host of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers present a variety of topics… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 05-May-14

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Era Group appoints VP of Safety and Quality Assurance

Era Group appoints VP of Safety and Quality Assurance

Era Group Inc, (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has appointed Cory Theriot to the post of Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance. As part of Era’s senior management team, Theriot brings nearly two decades of experience… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 02-May-14

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UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

​Trial flights commenced on Thursday 17th April of the newly constructed helideck facility on the roof of Bristol Royal Infirmary – Initial trials were conducted using the Great Western Air Ambulance Bo105 helicopter, as depicted in the images here. Air ambulance MBB Bolkow105DBS-4, G-NDAA, undertook the first test flight on 17th April to prove the capability… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-14

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Air Methods to report FY2014 Q1 results after narket close on May 8

Air Methods to report FY2014 Q1 results after narket close on May 8

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) will report financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 after the close of the market on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-May-14

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Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

A few weeks back, two Eurocopter EC135T2+ helicopters arrived in the UK at the end of a ferry flight from Azerbaijan. Previously operated by Silk Way Helicopter Services on EMS work from January 2012, the two had been replaced by new AgustaWestland AW139s and taken by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer in part-exchange. They have now been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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Crete Area Medical Center welcomes Air Methods

Crete Area Medical Center welcomes Air Methods

Crete Area Medical Center is pleased to partner with Air Methods, the global leader in air medical transportation. The helicopter based at Bryan Medical Center for the past 25 years will be relocated to Crete Area Medical Center on April 23. “We are proud to partner and continue our relationship with Bryan Health,” said Dan… Read more »

Source: Bryan Health, 30-Apr-14

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Airbus completes deliveries of EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation

Airbus completes deliveries of EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation

Critical-care airlift services from Turkey’s THK Gökçen Aviation are now at their full-up capability following completion of Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of EC135 to this commercial arm of the Turkish Aeronautical Association. Handover of the milestone EC135 occurred at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth, Germany production facility, where the twin-engine rotorcraft is assembled. The EC135 already has demonstrated… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Apr-14

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Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today CareFlite®, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation providing fully integrated medical transport across North Texas, is now fielding four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce that Marcus de Ferranti has been appointed to the role of Chairman with immediate effect. With a strong aviation background that started as a Harrier pilot in the Royal Air Force, de Ferranti has had a highly successful career, both in the public and… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 28-Apr-14

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Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

Following a competitive tender process, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters, has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria. The agreement will see the supply of new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland AW-139 twin engine helicopters and includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 28-Apr-14

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UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

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All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

On Thursday 17th April we carried out our first blood transfusion since we began carrying blood on board all flights earlier this month. The patient was taken to University Hospital Southampton following a road traffic incident in the New Forest. Using technology first utilised by the British military in Afghanistan, we are able to store… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 27-Apr-14

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Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

Scandinavian MediCopter, a subsidiary of Scandinavian AirAmbulance, has launched its Bell 429 in HEMS operations for Region Gotland in Visby. The aircraft, the first one of its type in Scandinavia, was placed in medical alert yesterday, and it has already done its first mission. Gotland’s EMS helicopter is primarily engaged in inter-hospital transports between the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 25-Apr-14

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Era Group announces FY2014 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Era Group announces FY2014 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2014 first quarter after the market closes on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 25-Apr-14

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Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington

Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington

Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport provider, is establishing an air medical base at Anderson Field Airport in Brewster, Washington. The full-time base will be opening in May, 2014. “This is another opportunity for Northwest MedStar to collaborate with the local health care community throughout north central Washington,” said Eveline Bisson, program director for… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 21-Apr-14

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Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar, the preferred provider of critical care transport for Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center, took to the Montana skies on Wednesday, April 2 at 0700 from its base at the Missoula International Airport. “Our community members and patients are receiving continuous critical care transport services from the local, experienced Missoula teams,”… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 15-Apr-14

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Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Launched on Monday St George’s Hospital new helipad is the second helipad to be built in London, and the first to be built south of the river Thames The helipad cost £5m to build, with £1m being donated by the HELP charity appeal, and is expected to become fully functional following test flights. It will… Read more »

Source: St George’s Hospital, 11-Apr-14

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Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

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

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HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

In keeping with our commitment to provide a path of continuous development, we are now carrying blood on board all flights. For patients with serious injuries, the most common causes of death before reaching hospital are problems with getting oxygen into the lungs or significant blood loss. Using a variety of treatments not usually available… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 09-Apr-14

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Metro delivers last two of five EC135 aircraft to Mercy Life Line

Metro delivers last two of five EC135 aircraft to Mercy Life Line

Metro Aviation recently delivered the last two of five EC135’s to Mercy Life Line in Springfield, Missouri.  Mercy’s transition to all EC135P2+ Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) aircraft began in 2012 with the delivery of three aircraft.  With the addition of the final EC135’s, Mercy opened new bases in Joplin, MO and Rogers, AR. The five-base operation has… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Apr-14

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

This week, we undertook our 5,000th mission since we began operations on 1st July 2007. To mark the milestone, members our crew gathered together with our Charity Patron Mrs Ailsa Montagu, Chairman Tony Nicholson and Chief Executive John Perry for a photo shoot on the Helipad at Southampton General Hospital. The significant achievement coincides with… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 08-Apr-14

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Spectrum Aeromed CEO wins North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

Spectrum Aeromed CEO wins North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Dean Atchison, Owner and CEO of Spectrum Aeromed, will represent North Dakota as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year. “It’s our privilege to honor these outstanding small businesses,” said Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “We hope this well-deserved recognition from the Small Business Administration will call attention to… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 08-Apr-14

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USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has completed a comprehensive follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis released in 2011. This new report analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and compares them to the previous analysis that looked at accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2006…. Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-14

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Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Justice Thomas‘ High Court decision was to reject on all counts the Westpac Helicopter Trusts’ request for a judicial review and dismissed its application.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 02-Apr-14

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Era amends and upsizes $300M Revolving Credit Facility

Era amends and upsizes $300M Revolving Credit Facility

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) announced today that it has amended and upsized its existing revolving credit facility. The amended facility increases borrowing capacity by 50%, reduces the company’s cost of capital and offers greater operational flexibility with the Company’s global fleet of helicopters. The amended facility increases capacity from $200 million to $300… Read more »

Source: Era, 01-Apr-14

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PHI announces Final Results of Offer for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI announces Final Results of Offer for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today the final results of the previously-announced tender offer and consent solicitation (the “Tender Offer”) for all of its outstanding 8.625% Senior Notes due 2018 (the “2018 Notes”). The Tender Offer expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end… Read more »

Source: PHi, 01-Apr-14

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Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced the appointment of two key executives, Kevin Campbell and Allison Farish. Kevin Campbell joins Air Methods as Senior Vice President of Process Improvement, and Allison Farish as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Air Methods, Campbell, a Certified Financial… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Apr-14

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Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center orders an EC135

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center orders an EC135

The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China today for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2014, and will… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 31-Mar-14

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Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

After a long and emotive battle, the people of the central west New South Wales have access to a 24-hour Ambulance NSW rescue helicopter service based in Orange.  See full story

Source: Western Advocate, 31-Mar-14

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UT LifeStar participating in clinical trial

UT LifeStar participating in clinical trial

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial aimed at saving the lives of trauma patients who have uncontrolled bleeding. The treatment involves administering plasma, which has clotting capabilities, to patients while they are aboard UT LIFESTAR helicopters. This is a standard process of care, but it typically occurs several minutes… Read more »

Source: UT LifeStar, 28-Mar-14

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Avincis to buy Scandinavian Air Ambulance for €80 Million

Avincis to buy Scandinavian Air Ambulance for €80 Million

Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA), the foremost provider of air ambulance services in the Nordic region, today announced its intention to join the Avincis Group (Avincis), a leading international provider of mission critical aviation services. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search & rescue, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Avincis, 27-Mar-14

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