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Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell and Air Medical Holdings Group Reach Landmark Deal for 30 Helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced an agreement for the sale of 30 Bell helicopters – 24 Bell 407 and six Bell 206L-4 helicopters – to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent provider of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-13

Arkansas Children’s Hospital to add two S-76D

Arkansas Children’s Hospital to add two S-76D

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has signed a contract to purchase two S-76D™ helicopters for its Angel One® intensive care medical transport unit, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today from the Heli-Expo Industry Show. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The new aircraft will replace the two S-76® helicopters already flying the Angel One team as… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Mar-13

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Metro Aviation debuts new training center

Metro Aviation debuts new training center

Air medical transportation and helicopter completions leader, Metro Aviation has announced the completion of a new comprehensive training center co-located at the company’s main offices in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The 12,000 square foot facility is complete with the latest generation learning tools dedicated to safety and efficiency through training.  The company will provide advanced training presentations… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Mar-13

Eurocopter launches the EC135T3 and EC135P3

Eurocopter launches the EC135T3 and EC135P3

Eurocopter marked a new milestone in its product line enhancement strategy by launching the improved-performance, updated EC135 T3/P3 helicopter versions at the Heli-Expo 2013 industry show today, signing Air Methods of the U.S., Norsk Luftambulanse of Norway, and Italy’s Aiut Alpin Dolomites as launch customers. New features for these latest variants of Eurocopter’s EC135 light,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Marketing

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Marketing

Metro Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Kristen King as the company’s new Director of Marketing.  Ms. King brings a wealth of experience and diversity to the Metro family.  Most recently, Ms. King was Director of Communications for the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce in Bossier City, La., where she was responsible… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Mar-13

Nationwide Children’s Hospital purchases Eurocopter EC145

Nationwide Children’s Hospital purchases Eurocopter EC145

Nationwide Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio, has begun its new hospital-based air medical transport program with the purchase of a Eurocopter EC145 from American Eurocopter. Dubbed “Monarch 1,” the new aircraft was placed into service in February allowing Nationwide Children’s neonatal and pediatric transport team to initiate critical care services sooner. Based at The Ohio… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

American Eurocopter leads in helicopter sales for EMS missions

American Eurocopter leads in helicopter sales for EMS missions

Many times each day, a call goes out somewhere in the United States for a helicopter to provide emergency airlift for a critically injured or ill patient. More often than not, a Eurocopter helicopter sold and supported by American Eurocopter answers the call. As Heli-Expo 2013 begins, American Eurocopter can proudly say that in 2012… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

Air Methods receives $44.8M contract from Sikorsky

Air Methods receives $44.8M contract from Sikorsky

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that its United Rotorcraft Division has been awarded a contract in excess of $44 million from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for MEDEVAC Interior Systems installed on new HH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters. This supports Sikorsky’s new Army Multi-Year-8 BLACK HAWK production contract and covers… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Mar-13

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PAC International, Metro Aviation enters Brasilian completions market

PAC International, Metro Aviation enters Brasilian completions market

Metro Aviation, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, PAC International, a market leader in helicopter technical services, announces a marketing partnership with Sierra Aeronautica of Sao Paulo, Brasil.  Under the marketing agreement, Sierra Aeronautica, through its CEO, Marcos Braga, will provide marketing and sales leadership for customization of helicopters entering Brasil. Mike Stanberry, Metro’s CEO… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-13

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HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

The National EMS Pilots Association has reached an agreement with HeliHub.com whereby our newsfeed is run on the home page of their website.  The most recent ten news stories on HeliHub.com are available in a tabbed window, updated immediately a new story appears on the HeliHub.com website.   In this role HeliHub.com is appointed as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-13

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Metro Aviation to showcase new air medical EC145 during Heli-Expo

Metro Aviation to showcase new air medical EC145 during Heli-Expo

With the helicopter world soon to descend on Las Vegas for the 2013 HAI Heli-Expo, Metro Aviation has announced that it will showcase a recently completed EC145 as part of the company’s exhibit during the event.  The featured aircraft is based in Cincinnati, Ohio at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Health Air Care and Mobile… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-13

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PAC International to feature AMS EC135 in Las Vegas during the Heli-Expo

PAC International to feature AMS EC135 in Las Vegas during the Heli-Expo

Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, International (PAC), a Metro Aviation company, has announced that they will showcase a recently reconfigured EC135P2+ on exhibit C3111 during the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning on 5 March.  The featured aircraft is one of three EC135s recently reconfigured by PAC and was previously operated as an offshore support helicopter.   During the reconfiguration process,… Read more »

Source: Paradigm Aerospace, 04-Mar-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance praised by top children¹s doctor

Yorkshire Air Ambulance praised by top children¹s doctor

Specialist child doctors have praised the work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance in helping to save the lives of critically ill babies and children across the county. Over the last year Yorkshire Air Ambulance has worked with Embrace – the Yorkshire and Humber infant and children’s transport service – to rapidly get specialist medical teams and… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 04-Mar-13

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ASU completes second S-76C++ NVG conversion for PHi

ASU completes second S-76C++ NVG conversion for PHi

ASU has completed their second night vision modification for a ASU aircraft owned and operated by PHI, Inc, headquartered in Lafayette, LA. The aircraft is a new aircraft that has been specifically designed to serve the oil and gas industry offshore. The aircraft is equipped with cardiac monitors with 12-lead EKG capability, transport ventilators and intravenous… Read more »

Source: ASU, 02-Mar-13

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Era Group announces results Q4 and Year to 31 December 2012

Era Group announces results Q4 and Year to 31 December 2012

Era Group Inc. ERA -0.64% today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Prior to January 31, 2013, Era Group was a wholly owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR”). On January 31, 2013, SEACOR completed the spin-off of Era Group (“Spin-off”). Era Group is now an independent public… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 01-Mar-13

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STARS begins night missions from Saskatoon base

STARS begins night missions from Saskatoon base

STARS Air Ambulance begins 24-hour-a-day operations at its Saskatoon base. Since launching service in mid-October, the Saskatoon base has been providing service 12-hours per day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. “Safety is always our priority,” says Ron Dufresne, vice-president of Saskatchewan operations. “Now that the majority of clinical and aviation staff have had time… Read more »

Source: STARS, 28-Feb-13

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Isle of Wight: Work at new EMS helipad takes off

Isle of Wight: Work at new EMS helipad takes off

THE construction of a new helipad at St Mary’s Hospital is well underway, with the work due to be completed by the end of March. l.(see full story)

Source: Isle of Wight County Press, 28-Feb-13

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Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

Devon Air Ambulance releases free “Locate me” iPhone App

Imagine being miles from anywhere on deepest Dartmoor when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a horrific accident. Now, thanks to the new Devon Air Ambulance Trust iPhone App, you can not only alert the authorities of your plight, but with the most accurate coordinates available, your chances of a speedy rescue are… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 28-Feb-13

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Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

Years after a multimillion-dollar contract to replace the state’s fleet of aged medevac helicopters caused controversy in Annapolis, two newly purchased aircraft arrived Tuesday at the aviation command of the Maryland State Police (see full story)

Source: Frederick News Post, 28-Feb-13

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MedEvac Foundation International appoints Chief Development Officer

MedEvac Foundation International appoints Chief Development Officer

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce the hiring of Jane R. Chittick as Chief Development Officer. Ms. Chittick, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), comes to the MedEvac Foundation from the American University in Washington, DC where she most recently served as the Assistant Vice President of Development, responsible for the University’s Major… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 28-Feb-13

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Ornge Submits First Quality Improvement Plan

Ornge Submits First Quality Improvement Plan

  Ontario patients requiring air ambulance services and critical care transport will receive better care thanks to Ornge’s first Quality Improvement Plan. The Quality Improvement Plan, submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care today, is a requirement under Ornge’s amended Performance Agreement and is a key step to ensuring public confidence in its air… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 27-Feb-13

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Wales Air Ambulance celebrates 12th birthday with night trials

Wales Air Ambulance celebrates 12th birthday with night trials

Wales Air Ambulance is celebrating its 12th birthday this week with the launch of a series of trials that could see the lifesaving helicopters flying at night. The trials form part of a string of clinical and hi-tech advances at the charity, including new equipment for paediatric missions and specialist paramedic training. WAA chief executive… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 27-Feb-13

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YES Communications renews contract with Metro Aviation

YES Communications renews contract with Metro Aviation

YES Communications, Inc. (YES), a professional tradeshow, event and media management agency based in Dallas, TX has signed a contract extension with premier air medical transportation and helicopter completions provider, Metro Aviation, Inc.  YES Communications has provided comprehensive tradeshow, event, advertising, and media planning to the Shreveport, LA based Metro Aviation since 2007. Company president,… Read more »

Source: YES Communications, 26-Feb-13

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Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

Four weeks ago, HeliHub.com ran two stories on Bell 429s being delivered into Nigeria Jan 23 –Nigerian Police receive a Bell 429 Jan 24 –First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA And then on Friday February 22nd, Bell issued the following:- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Feb-13

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Community campaign aims to save Illawarra EMS AW139

Community campaign aims to save Illawarra EMS AW139

Shellharbour MP Anna Watson wants community support to save the Illawarra’s emergency helicopter service. Wollongong Rotary president Leigh Robinson has created a Facebook group, ‘‘Save the Illawarra Helicopter Service,’’ to help spread the word. (see full story)

Source: Illawarra Mercury, 22-Feb-13

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Qatar – Hamad Medical to buy three larger EMS helicopters

Qatar – Hamad Medical to buy three larger EMS helicopters

Qatari EMS operator Hamad Medical Corp has announced that they will be buying three new helicopters for their Lifeflight fleet.  The aircraft will be operational before the end of 2013 and provide additional cover to the pair of MD Explorers they currently fly.  Part of the imperative for the new aircraft is the desire for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-13

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Buglaria’s Heli Air acquires A109K2 from Switzerland

Buglaria’s Heli Air acquires A109K2 from Switzerland

Heli Air made a brief announcement on their website “In the beginning of 2013 arrived our new helicopter Agusta A109K2 with registration mark LZ CEA at Sofia Airport. The helicopter is designed for transport of passengers, Search and Rescue flights, Emergency Medical Service flights, Firefighting, Aerial Construction, as well as Aerial inspection and Surveillance. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-13

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Branding Iron expands relationship with Spectrum Aeromed

Branding Iron expands relationship with Spectrum Aeromed

Branding Iron Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations announced today that one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, Spectrum Aeromed, has named Branding Iron their agency of record. Branding Iron previously worked with Spectrum on Media Relations and Public Relations in 2012 and now will handle all aspects of marketing and advertising also…. Read more »

Source: Branding Iron, 20-Feb-13

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Kawasaki wins orders for four EC145, including two for Doctor Heli

Kawasaki wins orders for four EC145, including two for Doctor Heli

[electronic translation] Kawasaki Heavy Industries, was awarded a total of four in a row of machine “type helicopter BK117C-2 expression Kawasaki” from Toho Co., Ltd. Aviation Aero Asahi Corporation and Central Helicopter Service. One aircraft used for business purposes, two aircraft Doctor Heli machine, four of a single doctor helicopter for Yamagata Prefecture, was awarded… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 19-Feb-13

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Spectrum Aeromed to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Spectrum Aeromed to exhibit at Heli-Expo

Spectrum Aeromed announced that they will be exhibiting at HAI HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas March 4-7, 2013 at booth number C807.  In addition to their booth, Lloyd Helicopters will also have a Helicopter featuring one of Spectrum Aeromed’s medical interiors at Static Booth number C35. The Lloyd Helicopter Sikorsky S76 features Spectrum Aeromed’s 2200 “short… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 19-Feb-13

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Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

Scottish Ambulance Service trains volunteers to light helipads

The Scottish Ambulance Service has completed an initiative to create new lit helicopter landing sites on Shetland’s outer isles that will enhance access for medical evacuations. While the Coastguard helicopter has always had 24 hour access to these islands, the new sites will allow access at night by the Jigsaw helicopter, which requires a lit… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 18-Feb-13

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Website shows live heli traffic in Belgium and Netherlands

Website shows live heli traffic in Belgium and Netherlands

The Belgian based website helispot.be has recently launched a new page, featuring the helicopter traffic which flies each day.  For every tracked helicopter that flies in Belgium and Netherlands, you can see the first and last recorded track times each day [in UTC], along with the registration, type , serial number, operator, pressure altitude and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-13

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Wales Air Ambulance mourns founding Chairman

Wales Air Ambulance mourns founding Chairman

The founder and Chairman of Wales Air Ambulance, Robert Palmer has died after a short illness, aged 64. Mr Palmer was a leading businessman in Swansea who founded Wales’ first ever air ambulance, in 2001. The news comes as the Charity, now operating three aircraft nationwide, marks its twelfth birthday on St David’s Day. A… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Feb-13

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Growth for Association of Air Ambulances

Growth for Association of Air Ambulances

Following the Association of Air Ambulances decision to change its membership structures the Association has recruited 2 new full members and a range of associate members to its ranks. Full members of the Association are ambulance services and air ambulance charities that are committed to ethical fundraising and collaboration in their unified vision of improving… Read more »

Source: AAA, 17-Feb-13

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Air Methods enters agreements with HCA divisions

Air Methods enters agreements with HCA divisions

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today it has entered into agreements with HCA MidAmerica and North Florida Divisions. Air Methods will provide medical communication services through its DirectCall Transfer Center for the MidAmerica Division, and has established a preferred provider agreement with the North Florida Division for… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 15-Feb-13

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Flagstaff hospital’s helicopter fills in for DPS

Flagstaff hospital’s helicopter fills in for DPS

Flagstaff Medical Center’s air arm is stepping in to help with search and rescue missions in northern Arizona at a time when the state Department of Public Safety’s Flagstaff-based helicopter is grounded much of the time due to budget constraints. (see full story)  Editor note – the helicopter at this hospital is a Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Arizona Daily Sun, 15-Feb-13

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Eurocopter seals order from India for seven EMS EC135s

Eurocopter seals order from India for seven EMS EC135s

Marking a key milestone in India’s development of modern heliborne resources to support lifesaving missions, AVIATORS Pvt Ltd signed today, in the presence of French President François Hollande, a firm order for an initial batch of seven Eurocopter EC135 aircraft for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. A second order is expected to be carried… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-13

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LifeFlight Eagle buys two Bell 407GX

LifeFlight Eagle buys two Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement with LifeFlight Eagle for the supply of two Bell 407GX aircraft. LifeFlight Eagle will utilize the helicopters to transport critically ill and injured persons in the Kansas City, MO area. “Our current fleet of Bell 407’s has demonstrated a high degree of safe,… Read more »

14-Feb-13

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Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

We are pleased to announce that David Carr has accepted the position of Safety Director for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC), beginning his position Feb. 14th.   Mr. Carr is a proven safety professional and leader in the aviation industry, having earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications. Prior to joining the Med-Trans Leadership team, Mr. Carr served as… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 14-Feb-13

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AMRG Adopts Flight & Duty Tracker System

AMRG Adopts Flight & Duty Tracker System

Softtech LLC, the maker of the Flight Vector[T] family of products, is proud to announce Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) has adopted the Flight & Duty Tracker[T] system into their operations. AMRG went live with Flight & Duty Tracker[T] in late 2012 and has recently been awarded full 14 CFR Part 135 Operations Specifications A025… Read more »

Source: Softtech, 13-Feb-13

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew 615 missions in 2012

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew rescue missions 615 times last year (see full story)

Source: Western Daily Press, 12-Feb-13

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Exclusive – London’s Air Ambulance new livery

Exclusive – London’s Air Ambulance new livery

Gone are the big sponsor logos – but the theme is still very much red.  The MD Explorer of LAA (London’s Air Ambulance) G-EHMS has appeared from the paint shop at Gloucestershire Airport in new red paint with a yellow and pale blue “dog tooth” pattern to the aft of the cabin area and to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-13

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DRF Luftrettung flew 38,748 missions in 2012

DRF Luftrettung flew 38,748 missions in 2012

A seriously injured motorcyclist, a toddler with burns, a heart attack pa-tient: in an emergency, every minute counts. When help is needed right away, salvation increasingly comes from the air. The DRF Luftrettung helicopters flew a total of 38,748 missions last year – these are 382 mis-sions more than the previous year (2011: 38,366). DRF… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 08-Feb-13

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Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Bond Helicopters Europe (Bond) is delighted to confirm that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved one of its EC135 aircraft for night vision goggles (NVG) operations to ground level, a significant step towards the UK’s first night air ambulance operations. At present, no air ambulance service in the UK is able to operate… Read more »

Source: Bond, 07-Feb-13

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REACT returns to full service – EC135 replaces BK117

REACT returns to full service – EC135 replaces BK117

Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program resumed full air and ground transport service on Sunday, February 3. Working with aviation partner Air Methods, REACT pilots, flight nurses and mechanics resumed serving injured and critically-ill patients throughout the region. The first flight was a patient flown from Freeport to Rockford Memorial Hospital.  REACT is using a… Read more »

Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital, 07-Feb-13

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AAA backs local UK EMS operations, not a national Children’s Air Ambulance

AAA backs local UK EMS operations, not a national Children’s Air Ambulance

Following last night’s [Monday 4th] broadcast off BBC1’s Inside Out investigation into the Children’s Air Ambulance operated by The Air Ambulance Service Ltd. The Association on behalf of its members wishes to reassure the public that their local air ambulances provide emergency and transfer services for children and babies. Members of the association can be… Read more »

Source: AAA, 06-Feb-13

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Football pitch helipad to cut Dublin EMS transfer times

Football pitch helipad to cut Dublin EMS transfer times

The football pitch at Our Lady of Mercy College in Beaumont will be used as a landing place for the helicopter air ambulance service. (see full story)

Source: Independent, 06-Feb-13

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Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

Devon Air Ambulance reassures public of continued paediatric work

On Monday 4 February, during the BBC South West ‘Inside Out’ programme, there was a feature about The Air Ambulance Service’s proposed Children’s Air Ambulance service. Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “We would like to take the opportunity to reassure the people of Devon that their local Air Ambulances can… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 06-Feb-13

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UK – TAAS’s fundraising and spending criticised

UK – TAAS’s fundraising and spending criticised

The Coventry-based charity became The Air Ambulance Service after launching a national children’s service but is yet to transport any youngsters.  A leaked NHS report suggests a whole network of air ambulances would be needed to provide such a national air transfer service for children (see full story)

Source: BBC, 05-Feb-13

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OSF bases Life Flight EC145 in Peru (Peru, Illinois!)

OSF bases Life Flight EC145 in Peru (Peru, Illinois!)

OSF Life Flight, a part of OSF HealthCare, announced a significant expansion of its medical helicopter services to the region around Peru. (see full story)

Source: News Tribune, 05-Feb-13

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London’s Air Ambulance to move base

London’s Air Ambulance to move base

London’s Air Ambulance are reportedly moving base to Northolt in the very near future, having overnighted their helicopter – currently an MD Explorer, plus the Dauphin before that – for 24 years at Denham.  There are two possible reasons for this – either their contract was with Premiair (who ceased operating from Denham late last… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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