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Era Group begins trading on NYSE as an Independent Public Company

Era Group begins trading on NYSE as an Independent Public Company

SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH) (“SEACOR”) and Era Group Inc. (“Era Group”) today [Friday 1st February] announced the successful completion of the spin-off of Era Group from SEACOR, finalizing the transition to Era Group’s status as an independent public company. Until this point a subsidiary of SEACOR, Era Group attained full independent status yesterday, January… Read more »

Source: SEACOR Holdings, 04-Feb-13

Phoenix Heli-Flight to acquire an EMS EC135

Phoenix Heli-Flight to acquire an EMS EC135

Despite STARS being active in many parts of Alberta, Phoenix Heli-Flight is convinced that there is a market for 24×7 EMS services in other parts of the Province.  So much so, they are buying a Eurocopter EC135 for such operations (see full story)

Source: Fort McMurray Today, 04-Feb-13

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Big Interview: New CEO at London’s Air Ambulance

Big Interview: New CEO at London’s Air Ambulance

“his long-term mission is to have two helicopters flying simultaneously both day and night. At present the helicopter only operates during daylight hours from around 8am in the morning to around 4pm in winter and 8pm in summer.”  Read the full article

Source: East London Advertiser, 03-Feb-13

Ornge commits to ensuring EMS service in Thunder Bay

Ornge commits to ensuring EMS service in Thunder Bay

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, is reaffirming its commitment to patients in Northern Ontario by taking steps to increase staffing levels at its Thunder Bay base. “We are pleased to announce this enhancement of what is a vital service in the northwest, given the vast geography and long distances between medical… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 01-Feb-13

NEMSPA Annual Board Meeting Huge Success

NEMSPA Annual Board Meeting Huge Success

Not even freezing rain and cold temperatures could stop the passionate dedication of NEMSPA’s Board of Directors, who convened in Salt Lake City January 24th- 25th for their annual board meeting and two-day workshop focusing on safety and membership recruitment. The hoshin style brainstorming session, led by Dr. Frank Thomas, refined and set the tone… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 31-Jan-13

HAI and AAMS win two year extension to FAA LOX exemption

HAI and AAMS win two year extension to FAA LOX exemption

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, the FAA notified HAI that it is granting a 2-year extension of an exemption for helicopter EMS operators. Exemption 6002 allows properly trained air medical pilots to remove and reinstall liquid oxygen system containers under specified conditions. The exemption was set to expire on Thursday, January 31, 2013, but is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Jan-13

Roper St. Francis Healthcare constructs new rooftop helipad

Roper St. Francis Healthcare constructs new rooftop helipad

A new $1.8 million helipad on top of Roper Hospital’s South Tower will open for air traffic next month. (see full story)

Source: Post and Courier, 29-Jan-13

CALSTAR launches new Eurocopter EC135s

CALSTAR launches new Eurocopter EC135s

Central Coast residents had the opportunity Friday night to check out two new air ambulances that recently started serving the area and have the capability to whisk them to safety in an emergency (see full story)

Source: Lompoc Record, 28-Jan-13

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St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent StatFlight to add new base with Bell 407

St. Vincent Health officials have announced plans to expand access to its air medical program with the opening of a new air medical base of operations to be located at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. The new StatFlight base, scheduled to open in late spring 2013, will place a new state-of-the-art helicopter, a Bell 407,… Read more »

Source: St. Vincent Health, 28-Jan-13

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Med-Trans appoints VP of Partner Development

Med-Trans appoints VP of Partner Development

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry, announced today that Jana Williams has accepted the position of V.P. of Partner Development and will be working out of the Chicago area in addition to the corporate headquarters in Lewisville, Texas. Williams,a transformational leader, has been in EMS for more than 27 years.  She most recently… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 27-Jan-13

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Spectrum Aeromed to display at EHS 2013

Spectrum Aeromed to display at EHS 2013

pectrum Aeromed announced today that the company plans to display at the European Helicopter Show (EHS) May 9-11. Spectrum Aeromed, an AS9100 certified company, is a leading global designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed and rotor wing aircraft. The company is qualified to produce specialized life support solutions… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 27-Jan-13

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Ornge introduces new interim interior for AW139s

Ornge introduces new interim interior for AW139s

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, is improving patient safety with a new interim interior for its fleet of AW139 helicopters that will allow paramedics to perform CPR at any time during flight. “We transport the most critically injured or ill patients, which means our paramedics must have an effective working environment,”… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 25-Jan-13

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Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance reached another important landmark, flying its 14,000th mission to attend to a fallen horse rider out on the Lambourn Gallops. Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising for the Trust said: “Because of the rural location, Air Ambulance BOB received the ‘shout’ to Lambourn Gallops to assist a rider who… Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 24-Jan-13

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Apple approves “Heli-Now” app to speed up EMS helicopter response

Apple approves “Heli-Now” app to speed up EMS helicopter response

A Life Flight helicopter pilot, Cooper has released an iPhone application he hopes can help save the lives of flight crew patients by reducing the time it takes for a first responder’s help call to reach a pilot.  Heli-Now gives first responders the ability to directly request an EMS helicopter to where it is needed… Read more »

Source: USA Today, 24-Jan-13

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First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA

Yesterday we recorded a Bell 429 arriving in Nigeria last Thursday for the Nigerian Police – but actually it was one of a pair arriving on the same shipment.  The second, in a striking orange and white scheme is for NEMA – the National Emergency Management Agency – and is in an EMS configuration. Still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-13

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ADAC releases 2012 operations in numbers

ADAC releases 2012 operations in numbers

(electronic translation) The rescue and intensive care transport helicopter of the ADAC air rescue in 2012 had so many missions flying like never before. Overall, the “Yellow Angel” moved out of the sky 49 243 times, in 2011 there were approximately 47 000 operations. This represents an increase of four per cent compared to 2011. Here, a… Read more »

Source: ADAC, 23-Jan-13

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Ohio – Nationwide Children’s Hospital to add EC145

Ohio – Nationwide Children’s Hospital to add EC145

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is expanding their critical care transport services by establishing a fully dedicated helicopter for neonatal and pediatric transports. The state-of-the-art EC145 helicopter, named Monarch 1, features the best in size, performance and technology allowing for the safe transportation of critically ill patients. With approximately 30 percent of all neonatal admissions to Nationwide… Read more »

Source: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 23-Jan-13

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Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

At least 40 employees of the 061 – the Spanish public health emergency organisation – staged a protest in Granada last week at the opening of four disciplinary cases.  Two EMS workers, a doctor and a health and safety representative are central to the situation which concerns “safety deficiencies” in the operation of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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Rockford Memorial Hospital prepares for full return of REACT

Rockford Memorial Hospital prepares for full return of REACT

Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program recently began training flights on a temporary aircraft. Working with our aviation partner, Air Methods, REACT pilots and mechanics are now training on a Eurocopter EC135 aircraft housed at the hangar on the North Rockton Avenue campus. Flight nurses have resumed staffing critical care ground transports throughout the region… Read more »

Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital, 22-Jan-13

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Alberta Health Services moves STARS BK117 to Edmonton Airport

Alberta Health Services moves STARS BK117 to Edmonton Airport

Patients living in northern Alberta will continue to have access to rapid, reliable, and safe emergency care when the new air ambulance base is relocated to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in March. Alberta Health Services air ambulance operations are moving to a new 3,600 square-metre hangar at the Edmonton International Airport, immediately adjacent to… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 21-Jan-13

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Bell honours Air Methods founder

Bell honours Air Methods founder

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), honored Air Methods founder Roy Morgan with the first Bell Helicopter Vertical Flight Hall of Fame award at the 10th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills on January 18. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the rotorcraft industry. “To be… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jan-13

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Rollins Brook Community Hospital to open helipad on Wednesday

Rollins Brook Community Hospital to open helipad on Wednesday

Rollins Brook Community Hospital will celebrate its new onsite helicopter landing pad at 3pm Wednesday, January 23 (see full story)

Source: Lampasas Radio, 21-Jan-13

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Desert Valley Hospital to build helipad

Desert Valley Hospital to build helipad

Desert Valley, owned by Prime Healthcare Services, is ready to build the $150,000 helipad as soon as the City of Victorville approves the plan (see full story)

Source: Victorville Daily Press, 20-Jan-13

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Eurocopter Golden Hour Award Winner – Ray Murphy

Eurocopter Golden Hour Award Winner – Ray Murphy

Major Ray E. Murphy, U.S. Army (ret.), Vietnam War veteran and recipient of HAI’s 2012 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award, passed away on December 21, 2012. Ray was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in July of 1942. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 18 and completed two tours in Vietnam, including one as a helicopter… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Jan-13

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Australian Helicopters and Flying Doctor on standby to secure soldier safety

Australian Helicopters and Flying Doctor on standby to secure soldier safety

Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd (AHPL) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) have joined forces to provide emergency medical evacuation during Australian Army training exercises in remote areas. The partnership between the two organisations will ensure that Australian soldiers receive the best possible care and support, according to AHPL Managing Director, Scott Swift…. Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 18-Jan-13

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Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to announce that one of the two helicopter air ambulances it operates on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has reached 10,000 flying hours. The aircraft, a Eurocopter EC135T2i (registration G-SASA), reached this milestone transferring a maternity patient with abdominal pains from Cambeltown hospital to Crosshouse hospital in… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Jan-13

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Clarinda Regional Health Center renovates helipad

Clarinda Regional Health Center renovates helipad

Clarinda Regional Health Center’s (CRHC) helipad has been undergoing some renoavation to accommodate the new 24-hour Mercy One – Clarinda medical helicopter service.  Updates include adding an on-site 6,000 gallon fuel tank, running water and electrical service, additional lighting, and fencing around both the helipad and the fuel tank. These additions are part of a… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 17-Jan-13

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Northland Emergency Services Trust hit by theft from hangar

Northland Emergency Services Trust hit by theft from hangar

Almost $10,000 worth of specialist tools and 10kg of copper cabling has been stolen from the hangar used by the organisation behind the Northland Electricity rescue helicopter. (see news story)

Source: NZ Herald, 17-Jan-13

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Russia – Uralhelicom and Kubanavia launch EMS EC135T2

Russia – Uralhelicom and Kubanavia launch EMS EC135T2

[electronic translation] At the end of December 2012 “Ural helicopter company – URALHELICOM» send to the client first Russian EC135T2 helicopter, Eurocopter in the medical version. Customer helicopter was government of Krasnodar region in the face of KSU QC “Kubanavia” in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. In addition, the new helicopter… Read more »

Source: Uralhelicom, 16-Jan-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance closer to target with £100,000 donation

Over the next five years, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) will receive an annual donation of £20,000 – helping it move closer to its ambitious £1.5 million target (see full story)

Source: The Courier, 16-Jan-13

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare approaches 5,000th mission

Snowy Hydro SouthCare approaches 5,000th mission

Canberra and the region’s local rescue helicopter service is fast approaching a milestone of 5,000 missions in its 15th year of operation. Snowy Hydro SouthCare expects to perform its 5,000th mission before the end of January. Since 1998 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Aero-Medical Rescue Helicopter has been serving the ACT and surrounding region, extending as… Read more »

Source: Snowy Hydro SouthCare, 15-Jan-13

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London’s Air Ambulance appoints CEO and looks to 2nd helicopter

London’s Air Ambulance appoints CEO and looks to 2nd helicopter

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Hodgkin to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joins at an exciting time of rapid transition for the Charity and will lead the service through its next stages of… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-13

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Boston MedFlight orders EC145

Boston MedFlight orders EC145

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Boston MedFlight, a not-for-profit organization that provides critical care transport service, is to replace one of its three helicopters with a new EC145.  Delivery is slated for August 2013. The report does not state which helicopter is being replaced, but Boston MedFlight currently operate the following rotary wing aircraft:-… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-13

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MedEvac Foundation Awards Key Research & Education Grants

MedEvac Foundation Awards Key Research & Education Grants

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce funding provisions for three key research and education grants in emergency medical transport totaling $47,250. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Dr. Stephen Thomas from the OU Schusterman Center in Oklahoma will be supported in his Collaborative Statewide Education Program on Patient… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 13-Jan-13

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Harrison flight nurse completes 1,500 flights for Air Evac Lifeteam

Harrison flight nurse completes 1,500 flights for Air Evac Lifeteam

Boone County base flight nurse Lee Bailey recently completed his 1500th flight for Air Evac Lifeteam (see full story)

Source: Newton County Times, 11-Jan-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to benefit from five-year corporate donation commitment

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to benefit from five-year corporate donation commitment

After 5 years sponsoring Yorkshire Air Ambulance SICL has committed to a further 5 years and increased the donation. SICL has provided the YAA Charity with corporate sponsorship including free-of-charge IT support, services and infrastructure for the last five years but it has now re-committed until 2018 and increased the level of sponsorship. The YAA has long been SICL’s… Read more »

Source: SICL, 10-Jan-13

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Medevac crews in Afghanistan increase en-route patient care

Medevac crews in Afghanistan increase en-route patient care

During the course of the last several months, two medevac companies in Task Force Hammerhead have participated in a trial program developed by the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade that enables flight medics to administer blood products to wounded Soldiers during the Soldiers’ en-route flight care and movement to a medical facility. The 3-25th General Support… Read more »

Source: US Army, 09-Jan-13

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East Texas Medical Center unveils two new EC135P2+

East Texas Medical Center unveils two new EC135P2+

The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System unveiled today two new emergency transport helicopters, valued at over $9 million, to provide patients in East Texas with critical, fast access to the region’s only level 1 trauma center at ETMC Tyler. The Eurocopter, EC135 P2+ helicopters will be stationed at ETMC Tyler and Titus Regional… Read more »

Source: East Texas Medical Center, 09-Jan-13

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Charlottetown hospital helipad lighting upgrades complete

Charlottetown hospital helipad lighting upgrades complete

Lighting upgrades on the helipad at Charlottetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are now complete. It means the helipad is now available day and night. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 08-Jan-13

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CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

CALSTAR sells two night-capable MD Explorers to UK

Specialist Aviation Services have imported a pair of MD Explorers from California, which have been purchased from EMS operator CALSTAR.  The two have been registered as G-HMDX and G-KSSA and are serials 900-00121 (previously N902RN) and 900-00123 (previously N902CS) respectively. G-HMDX is for Magpas Helimedix, a more recent addition to the UK EMS scene.  Magpas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-13

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Austria’s ÖAMTC flew 15,589 missions in 2012

Austria’s ÖAMTC flew 15,589 missions in 2012

On average, about every 34 minutes 2012 to the injured and ill patients was treated by an emergency physician the ÖAMTC Air  Ambulance. Overall, the emergency helicopter launched to 15,589 operations. More than 500 specially trained paramedics, air ambulance of the Red Cross, the mountain rescue and the Vienna Ambulance and 48 pilots ensured a comprehensive emergency… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 07-Jan-13

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New free online tool for night flight planning

New free online tool for night flight planning

Night flights are challenging. Visual information about the flight environment is greatly reduced as compared to daytime flying and is largely dependent on the amount of celestial illumination encountered throughout the flight. It is therefore of significant importance for the night pilot to know exactly when darkness falls, and if some level of illumination in… Read more »

Source: www.flyatnight.info, 07-Jan-13

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ThedaStar crews review safety protocols

ThedaStar crews review safety protocols

With a multi-million dollar life-saving tool sitting in the hanger at Theda Clark Hospital, it’s vital for flight crews to know when to use the ThedaStar helicopter and when they have to just say no. (see full story)

Source: Fox11, 07-Jan-13

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Ornge introduces new whistleblower protection policy

Ornge introduces new whistleblower protection policy

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services is further improving accountability and transparency by introducing a whistleblower policy. “We are truly committed to continuous improvement at Ornge, and that means everyone should feel free to come forward with concerns, without fear of reprisal,” said Ron McKerlie, Interim President and CEO of Ornge. “Our… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jan-13

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Geisinger Health System acquires fifth EC145

Geisinger Health System acquires fifth EC145

American Eurocopter announced today that Geisinger Health System, in Danville, Penn. has ordered a fifth EC145 for its Life Flight® program. The new helicopter acquisition is part of Geisinger’s fleet modernization and upgrade plan based on the proven and popular EC145 platform. Geisinger Life Flight is a long-time Eurocopter operator and in 1983 became the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Jan-13

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Bank staff raise over £50,000 for London’s Air Ambulance

Bank staff raise over £50,000 for London’s Air Ambulance

Coutts has exceeded its annual target of raising £50,000 for this year’s chosen charity, London’s Air Ambulance. Coutts’ Products, Services & Marketing team dug deep to raise more than double last year’s charity donation, culminating in a grand total of £51,705.60. Numerous fundraising activities were organised throughout the last twelve months, including comedy nights, a… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 06-Jan-13

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“Christoph Berlin” upgrades to digital radios

“Christoph Berlin” upgrades to digital radios

[electronic translation] On time of the year the Berlin Air Rescue helicopter of the HDM is profit limited the future of wireless technology available, “Christoph Berlin” is now included in the digital radio for authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS). Thus the current analog radio has been replaced. “The new digital radio offers us in… Read more »

Source: DRF, 04-Jan-13

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Paramedic union opposes helicopter service

Paramedic union opposes helicopter service

“a trauma surgeon flying around in a helicopter, but it just doesn’t sound very realistic or geared towards patient care,” says the provincial president of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (see full story)

Source: Prince George Citizen, 04-Jan-13

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LifeTeam launch LongRanger 4 ops in Nebraska

LifeTeam launch LongRanger 4 ops in Nebraska

A local press report confirms that LifeTeam from Kansas have this week launched operations from Central Nebraska Regional Airport with a Bell LongRanger IV helicopter [editor note, N45EA, serial 51104].  The following is text of a LifeTeam press release from May 2012 when they announced their plans:- When faced with a medical emergency, Nebraska residents… Read more »

Source: LifeTeam, 04-Jan-13

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Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Carrollton, Georgia

Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Carrollton, Georgia

The base is being temporarily housed at Tanner Medical Center while company officials seek a permanent location. (see full story)

Source: Douglas County Sentinel, 03-Jan-13

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Funding boost for Queensland’s EMS operations

Funding boost for Queensland’s EMS operations

Increased funding for community-based emergency helicopter operators has been granted as the Newman Government considers plans for lasting change in their financial support. A new funding model for these essential services is detailed in the Summary Report of the Review of Aeromedical Helicopter Services in Queensland – November 2012, released for consultation by Health Minister… Read more »

Source: Queensland Government, 03-Jan-13

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City of Upland re-negotiates contract for air ambulance

City of Upland re-negotiates contract for air ambulance

As part of the city’s ongoing measures to address budget difficulties, officials have negotiated a new contract for their Air Ambulance program.   (see full story)

Source: Contra Costa Times, 03-Jan-13

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Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Wednesday 2nd January saw a bad start to 2013 with no fewer than four helicopter accidents in the US already recorded on the HeliHub.com accident pages.  Two of these were EMS helicopters, a Med-Trans Bell 407 in Iowa and an Air Methods EC130 in Oklahoma.  The former occurred after night fall and took the lives… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-13

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Utah AirMed puts EC145 into service

Utah AirMed puts EC145 into service

In choosing a new helicopter, the team took test rides up to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, fully loaded with crew, equipment and fuel, said pilot Jeff Dansie.  (see full story)

Source: KSL, 02-Jan-13

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HeliHub.com reported 3,432 news stories in 2012

HeliHub.com reported 3,432 news stories in 2012

As we launch into 2013, HeliHub.com is proud to announce that we filed no fewer than 3,432 news stories in 2012.  This averages around 14 stories per working day, and with the rate increasing towards the end of the year, the total for 2013 is expected to be a step-change higher. We are already clear… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-13

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NEMSPA Board of Directors set to convene in Salt Lake City

NEMSPA Board of Directors set to convene in Salt Lake City

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) Board of Directors announced their annual work session will be held in late January in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Board of Directors, made up of 12 members will spend time working together to be the voice of the air medical pilot. “With many issues and challenges facing the… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 01-Jan-13

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Air Methods to acquire 22 new Eurocopter aircraft – AS350, EC130, EC135

Air Methods to acquire 22 new Eurocopter aircraft – AS350, EC130, EC135

Air Methods Corp., the U.S. largest operator of helicopters for emergency air medical transport services, has placed an order with American Eurocopter Corp. for 22 new helicopters valued at more than $80 million. With the order Air Methods, based in Englewood, Colo., continues to equip its fleet with new aircraft incorporating the latest in safety… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-Jan-13

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Air Methods to acquire 20 Bell 407GX

Air Methods to acquire 20 Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement with Air Methods for the supply of 20 Bell 407GX aircraft. Air Methods will dedicate the helicopters to air medical transport for critically ill and injured patients throughout the United States. “Air Methods’ order for 20 new Bell 407GXs is part of our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jan-13

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UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

UK – New helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

The NHS East of England Trauma Network is pleased to announce that a temporary helipad will be laid at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as the next step in enhancing care for the most seriously injured people across the region. This solution has been made possible by close partnership working between the hospital, ambulance service, air ambulance trusts… Read more »

Source: NHS East of England Trauma Network, 01-Jan-13

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a financially secure 2013. 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, 21-Dec-12

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Mercy Life Line Air Medical Service adds three EC135P2+

Mercy Life Line Air Medical Service adds three EC135P2+

With an investment of $12 million, Mercy Springfield Communities is bringing faster, safer health care to those who need it in an emergency. Life Line is now operating three new EC135 P2+ helicopters with upgraded technology which will allow pilots to fly in weather conditions they previously could not have faced. Father Alexander Inke, a… Read more »

Source: Mercy Springfield Missouri, 20-Dec-12

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Ornge appoints news President/CEO

Ornge appoints news President/CEO

The Board of Directors of Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew McCallum, M.D., F.R.C.P(C), as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ornge. Since 2008, Dr. McCallum has been the Chief Coroner for Ontario. Prior to that he was a Regional Coroner and held… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 20-Dec-12

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Geisinger Life Flight obtains FAA air carrier certificate

Geisinger Life Flight obtains FAA air carrier certificate

After an extensive two-year application and development process, Geisinger Life Flight has been awarded an air carrier certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The air carrier certificate will allow Geisinger Health System (GHS) to directly operate the aircraft assets it leases and owns. In addition, GHS will directly employ its own pilots, mechanics and… Read more »

Source: Geisinger Life Flight, 18-Dec-12

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance sign up for 24×7 ops

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has signed a contract with air ambulance operator Medical Aviation Services (MAS) which heralds the introduction of a full 24/7 helicopter service in the UK’s South East from early next year. KSSAAT works in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in the delivery of… Read more »

Source: Medical Aviation Services, 17-Dec-12

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Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has been rewarded for its commitment to the environment by winning the New Build category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Chief Executive Paula Martin, who collected the award, said, “We at the charity are both honoured and proud to have won this category, the competition was very strong indeed this… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 17-Dec-12

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Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

The Air Ambulance Service based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone has performed over 100 missions since the service was established last June. (see full report)

17-Dec-12

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Ornge announces new COO

Ornge announces new COO

Ornge have announced the appointment of Rob Giguere to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Giguere will oversee Aviation, Operations and the Operations Control Centre to ensure all teams are working together and moving forward to support Ornge’s focus on patient care and Ontario operations. He brings decades of experience and knowledge in… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 17-Dec-12

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Med-Trans to serve Western North Dakota from April 2013

Med-Trans to serve Western North Dakota from April 2013

Med-Trans Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas and with a satellite office in North Dakota announced today that they will be launching a dedicated air medical helicopter flight program in Western North Dakota in April of 2013.  This specialized air ambulance will support and assist the region’s first responders, hospitals and law enforcement with critically ill… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 17-Dec-12

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Spectrum Aeromed Obtains AS9100 Rev C Certification

Spectrum Aeromed Obtains AS9100 Rev C Certification

Spectrum Aeromed announced today that the company successfully completed all requirements for AS9100 Rev C certification.  The highly recognized certification is an aerospace industry standard on quality control and continual process improvement. “We are extremely proud of our team for obtaining the AS9100 Rev C certification,” said Spectrum Aeromed Production Manager Bob Daily.  “We have… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 12-Dec-12

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Three more EC135s for Finland’s SHT

Three more EC135s for Finland’s SHT

The fast-paced deliveries of four new EC135s to Skärgårdshavets Helikoptertjänst Ab (SHT) during the fourth quarter of 2012 is enabling this Finnish operator of emergency medical airlift services and air ambulance flights to modernize its helicopter fleet. These rotorcrafts are replacing three older EC135s operated by SHT, bringing its total inventory to five of these… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Dec-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

Yorkshire Air Ambulance granted its own AOC

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is breaking new ground in the Air Ambulance industry having just become the first Air Ambulance in the UK to apply for and obtain their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from scratch. The Yorkshire based charity, which owns and operates two MD 902 Explorers, learned last week that after nearly… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 12-Dec-12

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Ornge settles lawsuit with ex-employee

Ornge settles lawsuit with ex-employee

Former employee Lisa Kirbie sued Ornge only about six weeks ago, but a spokesman for the EMS operator says the case has now been resolved, though details of the settlement are confidential. (see full story)

12-Dec-12

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EHS Announce Patron for 2013 event

EHS Announce Patron for 2013 event

European Helicopter Show is pleased to announce the patronage of Mr Přemysl Sobotka, Vice-President of the Senate of Parliament, Czech Republic. The political career of Mr Přemysl Sobotka started in the Velvet Revolution in 1989, where he was a member of the “for-all” Civic Forum and joined the right-wing Civic Democratic Party after its foundation… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Show, 11-Dec-12

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Air Methods declares Special Cash Dividend

Air Methods declares Special Cash Dividend

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of $7.00 per share (on a pre-split basis) on the Company’s common stock, payable on December 28, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 20, 2012…. Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 11-Dec-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

Air Evac Lifeteam base at Evansville earns national award

The Evansville, Indiana, Air Evac Lifeteam base has been selected as the company’s 2012 National Community Service Base of the Year. The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area. Lonnie Dardeen, program director for… Read more »

Source: Deaconess Hospital, 10-Dec-12

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