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Whistler Health Care Centre helipad finally gets approved

Whistler Health Care Centre helipad finally gets approved

After multiple attempts, the helipad at Whistler Health Care Centre has finally been approved by Transport Canada – see full story

Source: Whistler Question, 05-Jul-12

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

The new headquarters building for Cornwall Air Ambulance was opened yesterday by the Duchess of Cornwall.  It is the first time in the UK that the fundraising and admin side of an air ambulance charity has been co-located with the operational side of the helicopter – the new hangar can hold two helicopters and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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NativeAir adds EMS base in El Paso, Texas

NativeAir adds EMS base in El Paso, Texas

The NativeAir emergency response team wants to get the word out to local hospitals, local firefighters and emergency responders. They’re ready and waiting to respond to an emergency and just a phone call away. (see full story)

Source: KTSM Television, 04-Jul-12

Intermountain Life Flight goes live with GrandNew

Intermountain Life Flight goes live with GrandNew

Three of the most sophisticated and safest medical helicopters in the world now call Utah home. The Intermountain Life Flight program, one of the nation’s first air medical transport and rescue services, has added three state-of-the-art Agusta Grand helicopters to its fleet to enhance safety, precision and maneuverability in the rescue and transportation of critically-ill… Read more »

Source: Intermountain Healthcare, 03-Jul-12

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac is celebrating 30 years and more than 20,000 successful flights serving communities in northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The Med Evac crew has planned a celebration event that is open to the public on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greeley Central High School field, 1515… Read more »

Source: Banner Health, 02-Jul-12

Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

Sanford Health Air Ambulance completed upgrades to its fleet with three new helicopters that went into service on July 1, 2012. The entire fleet includes three EC-145 helicopters, one Bell 230 and four King Air B200 fixed-wing airplanes. The aircraft are based out of Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND and Bemidji, MN and serve patients… Read more »

Source: Sanford Health, 02-Jul-12

Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac to open 109th base – at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Air Evac plans to open a new base in July at Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg (see full story)

Source: Times Daily, 29-Jun-12

NSW Government gives Au$1.5M to Westpac Life Saver Rescue

NSW Government gives Au$1.5M to Westpac Life Saver Rescue

NSW Premier  Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher recently announced $1.5million in funding for Surf Life Saving NSW to assist the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. “This funding will ensure this vital search and rescue helicopter service continues to provide a 24/7 service in the Greater Sydney Region and a… Read more »

Source: Westpac Life Saver Rescue, 27-Jun-12

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Northland EMS S76s gain long-range tank from tsunami write-off

Northland EMS S76s gain long-range tank from tsunami write-off

Northland Emergency Services Trust bought an S76 which had been written-off following the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  It has proved much more profitable for re-usable spares than they imagined, the latest item put to use being a long-range tank.    Valued at NZ$224,000 new, the tank comes from the insurance-rejected shell they bought for just NZ$30,000. … Read more »

27-Jun-12

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UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

UK – WPD Helicopter Unit prepares for third and fourth EC135s

British powerline patrol operator WPD Helicopter Unit is expanding its EC135P1 fleet from two to four aircraft.  The third EC135 arrived Thursday 21st June at Oxford Airport for the fitment of high-intensity strobe lights by Eurocopter UK, and was still carrying it’s German registration D-HKUG, serial 0090.  It will shortly be re-registered in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-12

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UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

BAE Systems says it will dedicate an area of Filton Airfield to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity after the closure of the airfield in December.  The charity is launching its fundraising campaign next month to upgrade from its current 1968-build Bo105 with a more up-to-date EC135. (see full story)

22-Jun-12

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HeliExperts dedicate the DOD’s first rooftop heliport

HeliExperts dedicate the DOD’s first rooftop heliport

Leading heliport consulting firm HeliExperts International and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) dedicated the DOD’s first rooftop heliport last month in San Antonio, Texas. Located on the roof of the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the heliport was commissioned to reduce transport time for critically ill… Read more »

Source: HeliExperts International, 22-Jun-12

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Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to grant $500K more to AgustaWestland to account for a remodeled searchlight and medical interiors on their nine AW139s, none of which are yet delivered. (see full story)

21-Jun-12

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Ireland – Launch of the Emergency Aeromedical Service

Ireland – Launch of the Emergency Aeromedical Service

[Apologies that we overlooked running when issued three weeks back – included here for completeness] The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Mr Alan Shatter TD, have today, Monday 21st May 2012, announced the launch of a 12 month pilot project which will see the Air… Read more »

Source: Irish Health Service, 19-Jun-12

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Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

Calstar nurse celebrates 25 years of service

This month, Rose Gaither marks her 25th year as a flight nurse. At 57, she is the longest flying flight nurse at CalSTAR (see full story)

15-Jun-12

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Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center to add EMS Bell 407

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods/LifeNet have partnered to base southwest Iowa’s only air ambulance at Clarinda Regional Health Center.  The Clarinda-based air ambulance will serve an initial area within a 40-mile radius of Clarinda and will have the ability to transport patients to medical centers in Omaha, Lincoln,… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 15-Jun-12

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Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation adds details on retaining Scottish Air Ambulance contract

Gama Aviation Limited (Gama), part of the global Gama Group, announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has selected Gama to be its dedicated provider of Air Ambulance services for a further 7 years (2013 – 2020). Gama’s long association with the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Scotland which commenced in 1993 was today furthered… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Jun-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam to open new HQ in Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam, a leading provider of air medical transportation to rural communities, today announced a major expansion of its facilities that will enhance the Company’s ability to deliver air medical transportation services throughout the country, and position it for future growth. The facilities expansion includes opening a new headquarters building in O’Fallon, Missouri, nearby St…. Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 14-Jun-12

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NEMSPA opens nominations for 2012 Pilot of the Year

NEMSPA opens nominations for 2012 Pilot of the Year

Each year, the National EMS Pilots Association accepts nominations of EMS helicopter or fixed wing pilots from the nationwide air medical transport community for recognition as the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year. If you know of a pilot who stands out in terms of professional achievement and contributions to the safety and excellence of… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 14-Jun-12

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Nebraska – Good Samaritan Hospital helipad replaced after 27 years

Nebraska – Good Samaritan Hospital helipad replaced after 27 years

For 27 years helicopters have been landing and taking off Good Samaritan Hospital’s helipad. Considering the helipad has survived various storms and landings the hospital decided it time for an upgrade. (see full story)

Source: Nebraska.TV, 14-Jun-12

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Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

World leading helicopter engine manufacturer, Turbomeca (Safran group) is pleased to announce the new appointment of David Horton as Director, Commercial and Para public Operator Support for its U.S. operations. David will report to Jean-Marc Domergue, Vice President of Customer Support at Turbomeca USA, Inc. David brings to his new position over 25 years of… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca USA, 13-Jun-12

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds third helicopter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds third helicopter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center now has three helicopters transporting critically ill patients to the Medical Center. AirCare 3 is based at Blue Ridge Airport near Martinsville, VA and serves the communities northeast of Winston-Salem. “We can save as much as 15 minutes in response time in this area by having an air ambulance based… Read more »

Source: WFBMC, 13-Jun-12

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Work starts on $1.2M helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital

Work starts on $1.2M helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital

The construction of a helipad at Grande Ronde Hospital began recently. GRH Project Manager Tim Wilcox anticipates full completion of the three-phase project by summer’s end, adding that the majority of the $1.2 million price tag for the project utilizes local contractors, labor and construction supplies. “We estimate a completion date of August 31, 2012… Read more »

Source: Grande Ronde Hospital, 12-Jun-12

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STAT MedEvac wins second FAA Diamond Award

STAT MedEvac wins second FAA Diamond Award

STAT MedEvac, one of the largest air ambulance services in Pennsylvania, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award Certificate of Excellence. This award honors employers and aviation maintenance technicians who take a proactive role in safety training.  “The Diamond award is the highest award of its type and recognizes training that exceeds federal requirements,”… Read more »

Source: STAT MedEvac, 12-Jun-12

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Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

Scottish Ambulance Service renews with Gama – and upgrades to EC145T2

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a new contract is due to be awarded to the incumbent air operator, Gama Aviation. The contract will commence in April 2013 and run for seven years with a lifetime cost of £120… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 11-Jun-12

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Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Trevor Kidd says had the girl had a hope for survival, Ornge “robbed” her of that chance by not properly staffing their aircraft or sending them in a timely manner.  The whistleblower says he raised red flags about Ornge with journalists and others, but no one believed him because of Ornge’s “Mother Teresa” image. (see… Read more »

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 08-Jun-12

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Rega dispose of last three Agusta A109K2s

Rega dispose of last three Agusta A109K2s

Rega – Swiss Air Ambulance – have disposed of their last three Agusta A109K2 helicopters.  This leaves the fleet consisting of 11 AgustaWestland AW109SP DaVinci and 6 Eurocopter EC145 helicopters. Rega had a total of 16 A109K2 helicopters, delivered between 1992 and 1995.  Following the introduction of both of the current types, the 109K2 has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-12

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight adds EC130

Vanderbilt LifeFlight adds EC130

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has added a new aircraft to its fleet, in an effort to better serve the residents of Middle Tennessee. The new helicopter now brings the total to six, with five of those staffed around the clock. The sixth helicopter is used as a backup when others are out of service for maintenance. A… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 06-Jun-12

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AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

AeroCare Expands Brand & Critical Care Services

Med-Trans Corp. has announced the transition of their two Carestar air medical programs to their well-known AeroCare brand.  The life saving programs will collectively serve West Texas and New Mexico 24 hours a day, seven days a week beginning June 1st. The region will benefit from the superior clinical care and exceptional reputation established by… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 06-Jun-12

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Northwest MedStar expands, adds base

Northwest MedStar expands, adds base

Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport service since 1994, is opening a base in the Pullman/Moscow area, providing additional coverage for patients in the region. This is another great opportunity for Northwest MedStar to work with local hospitals and EMS personnel to meet the needs of communities. “Northwest MedStar continually reviews the needs of… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 06-Jun-12

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Australia – Rockhampton hospital seeks helipad

Australia – Rockhampton hospital seeks helipad

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne spoke yesterday in the Queensland Parliament about the pressing need for an emergency helicopter landing area at the city’s hospital. (see full story)

Source: Morning Bulletin, 04-Jun-12

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Life Flight Network to close Mountain Home base

Life Flight Network to close Mountain Home base

After five years of service in Mountain Home, the Life Flight Network closed its air ambulance base at the city airport on 31st May (see full story)

Source: Mountain Home News, 04-Jun-12

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Samaritan Medical Center shows off new EC135 operation

Samaritan Medical Center shows off new EC135 operation

At a public demonstration on the eve of the launch of the service in the north country, hospital employees crowded to roof areas of the hospital as the  EC135 landed on the helipad on top of the hospital’s parking garage.  (see full story)

Source: Watertown Daily Tmies, 04-Jun-12

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Boston MedFlight works with Broadleaf on IT disaster recovery

Boston MedFlight works with Broadleaf on IT disaster recovery

Broadleaf, a leader in designing and implementing vendor solutions for data storage, virtualization and WAN optimization, announced that  Boston Medflight (BMF) engaged Broadleaf to provide a solution that would improve uptime for a mission critical application and lay the groundwork for an effective IT infrastructure disaster recovery plan. BMF sought Broadleaf’s expertise to maximize uptime… Read more »

Source: Broadleaf, 01-Jun-12

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2012 SMTA Scholarship winner named

2012 SMTA Scholarship winner named

Jonathan Godfrey, RN, CMTE, has been named as 2012 SMTA Scholarship winner. Godfrey won this award because of his own mission to make the medical transport community safer through education, awareness, and the encouragement of personal vigilance. Godfrey is the Safety Officer/Representative for the Children’s National Medical Center Transport Team in Washington, DC. He implemented… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation International, 01-Jun-12

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US Department of Defense opens its first rooftop helipad

US Department of Defense opens its first rooftop helipad

The first rooftop helipad in the Department of Defense was opened recently at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (see full story)

Source: San Antonio Express-News, 01-Jun-12

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Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

Indiana – LifeFlight celebrates 30 years

LifeFlight, the medical helicopter program based at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, turned 30 on Tuesday. During that time, the air ambulance has made more than 10,000 patient transports. (see full story)

Source: Evansville Courier & Press, 31-May-12

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Spain – New helipad for Ayamonte

Spain – New helipad for Ayamonte

With EC funding, this is part of a network of helipads – with six new locations added this year.  New helipads will be built in Almonte, Cumbres Mayores, Puebla de Guzmán, Aroche, Ayamonte and the Hospital Juan Ramón Jiménez in Huelva city. (see full story)

Source: Info Ayamonte, 31-May-12

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Canada – Chinook Regional Hospital opens new helipad

Canada – Chinook Regional Hospital opens new helipad

STARS air ambulances are now able to land and take off from Chinook Regional Hospital’s new helipad, which was officially approved for use last week by Transport Canada. The helipad, located on the roof of the hospital’s parkade, is rated to handle 8,000 kilograms and will accommodate STARS’ current Eurocopter BK-117 helicopter, as well as… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health, 29-May-12

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California – EMS helipad added to Pauma Valley Airport strip

California – EMS helipad added to Pauma Valley Airport strip

The helipad is on the Pauma Valley airport strip. It will allow Mercy Air Services to land quickly and take off when patients with medical emergencies need to be transported fast to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido or other facilities. (see full story)

Source: Union-Times, 29-May-12

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HeliHub.com launches daily email of EMS headlines and safety data

HeliHub.com launches daily email of EMS headlines and safety data

HeliHub.com is today launching a third daily email bulletin – specifically focusing on helicopters in the EMS (Emergency medical Serviceas) role.  This will pick up news items, accident reports etc related to the operation of helicopters as air ambulances.  While the news stories are an overlap with our main daily news headlines email, this one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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Queensland AW139 makes night emergency landing with NVG

Queensland AW139 makes night emergency landing with NVG

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-12

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Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond Aviation Group appoints new CEO

Bond issue a two-part announcement of people changes, here is part 1… The Bond Aviation Group announces the appointment of Richard Mintern to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mintern comes with nearly 30 years’ experience leading different functions of international aviation businesses, most recently as Group COO of The Monarch Travel Group. Prior to… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 28-May-12

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UK – Herts Air Ambulance adds new response vehicle

UK – Herts Air Ambulance adds new response vehicle

Herts Air Ambulance is being backed up with a new response vehicle thanks to the region’s emergency vehicle services and repair specialists, Essex Emergency Services 2000 Ltd in Romford, Essex. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Clinical Manager, Stuart Elms took delivery of the Volvo 4×4 on Friday 4th May at North Weald Airfield, home of the… Read more »

Source: Herts Air Ambulance, 28-May-12

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Med-Trans Florida Takes Flight

Med-Trans Florida Takes Flight

Med-Trans Florida, located at Tamiami Airport in Miami is the second aircraft in the southeast region of Florida for Med-Trans Corporation.  Med-Trans Florida will serve as a community asset, rapidly transporting critically ill and injured patients needing urgent acute critical care.  Med-Trans Florida has Preferred Provider Agreements with numerous health systems throughout South Florida and… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 28-May-12

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Canada – Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks to add helipad

Canada – Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks to add helipad

The Boundary Hospital heliport will be used by the dedicated emergency helicopter BC Ambulance Services has based in Kamloops to serve residents of the southern interior.  Interior Health is issuing an RFP for the planning and design phase of the heliport project. (see full story)

Source: Boundary Sentinel, 28-May-12

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Life Flight Network to open new base in Pendleton, Oregon

Life Flight Network to open new base in Pendleton, Oregon

Life Flight Network (LFN), a not-for-profit air medical transport service in the Northwest and Intermountain West, announced today they will open a new helicopter base in Pendleton, Oregon on June 1, 2012. “Our decision to open a base in Pendleton follows dialogue with area healthcare professionals to confirm introducing our air medical capabilities into the… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 28-May-12

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EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

EMS Bell 407 fire-bombed on hospital helipad

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 21 years

Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 21 years

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is celebrating its 21stanniversary this week! Monday, May 21st marked 21 years of life saving missions for the rapid response service and the charity would like to say thank you for all the local support received over the last 21 years, ensuring the service has remained operational. The charity completed its first airlift… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 28-May-12

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UK – Ninewells Hospital helipad vandalised

UK – Ninewells Hospital helipad vandalised

The helipad is on the grass area at Maggie’s Centre near to the entrance to accident and emergency. It consists of a concrete square with a ring of recessed landing beacons, which were damaged. (see full story)

Source: STV, 28-May-12

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Northwest MedStar Launches Alert App to Reduce Response Time

Northwest MedStar Launches Alert App to Reduce Response Time

There’s an app for that. Just launched, the new app places Northwest MedStar on alert when air transport may be needed. MedStar Alert, one of the first smartphone applications in the nation developed by a critical care transport provider for EMS providers, launched as part of EMS appreciation week celebrations. A free EMS application, MedStar… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 25-May-12

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ORNGE ran $14.5-million deficit, documents show

ORNGE ran $14.5-million deficit, documents show

Leaked ORNGE budget documents obtained by the Progressive Conservatives show the air ambulance service was running a $14.5-million deficit (see full story)

25-May-12

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Metro Aviation on record pace during 30th year

Metro Aviation on record pace during 30th year

Celebrating 30 years in business, Metro Aviation continues on a record pace both with their aircraft completions business unit as well as the air medical operations division. The company has recently integrated the GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability into their existing EC145 Single/Dual Pilot IFR (SP/DPIFR) STC utilizing the Garmin GNS 200 Multi-function Display,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 25-May-12

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Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

Specialist Aviation Services add another MD Explorer

Specialist Aviation Services has added another MD Explorer to its fleet – a lease from sister company European Support Centre bvba in Belgium.  SAS’s Nigel Lemon told HeliHub.com that they see greater market opportunity for the Explorer in the UK and have thus transferred it from the Belgian register – where it was OO-EMS –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-12

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REACH renews NVG Training Contract with Night Flight Concepts

REACH renews NVG Training Contract with Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts® is pleased to announce contract renewal of NVIOâ„¢ Night Vision Goggle (NVG)  Initial and Recurrent Computer-Based Training (CBT) for REACH Air Medical pilots, flight nurses and EMT aircrew. “With more than 200 pilots and crew, Night Flight Concepts NVIOâ„¢ NVG CBT allows for easy access, and standardized training to all personnel regardless… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 22-May-12

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Metro Aviation begins EC145 deliveries to Duke Life Flight

Metro Aviation begins EC145 deliveries to Duke Life Flight

Nationwide air medical operator and helicopter completions specialist, Metro Aviation, Inc. has delivered the first of two EC145 helicopters to longtime air medical program, Duke University Life Flight. Life Flight Administrative Director, Henry Ward accepted the aircraft during a delivery ceremony at the Metro Aviation main facility in Shreveport, Louisiana this month. Attending the event was the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-May-12

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AAMS to celebrate MedEvac Hour during EMS Week

AAMS to celebrate MedEvac Hour during EMS Week

Next week is National EMS Week, May 20-26, 2012, during which there will be strong focus on the important work of EMS providers nationwide. In conjunction with EMS Week, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) will put special emphasis on the life-saving work of medevac crews around the world through our annual MedEvac Hour… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-May-12

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Helipad approved for Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Helipad approved for Portsmouth Regional Hospital

The Board of Adjustment on Tuesday unanimously granted a special exception for a helicopter landing pad to be built at the emergency room entrance to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. (see full story)

Source: SeaCoastOnline, 16-May-12

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YAA paramedics to take on Guinness World Record challenge

YAA paramedics to take on Guinness World  Record challenge

Seven of the YAA Paramedics, who will be joined by nine more colleagues from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and friends and family, will attempt to break the ‘Longest marathon playing five-a-side football record’.  The current record stands at 40 hours, however the team are determined to break this record by aiming for at… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 16-May-12

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Air Methods selects AirVault® for Medical Transport Records Management

Air Methods selects AirVault® for Medical Transport Records Management

AirVault today announced that Air Methods Corp. has licensed the AirVault Mx Records Management Solution. Air Methods (NASDAQ: AIRM) is the largest publicly owned emergency medical services helicopter operator in the United States, with a fleet of over 400 medical transport aircraft that fly over 100,000 transports and nearly 140,000 flight hours per year. Teri Short,… Read more »

Source: AirVault, 15-May-12

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Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has named Cordelia Resident Scott Wallace, R.N., C.C.R.N., C.F.R.N., as its new Director of Medical Operations, CALSTAR COO Tad Henderson announced. In his new position, Wallace will have direct responsibility for all medical operations of CALSTAR, the largest non-profit air ambulance provider on the West Coast. “Scott is a… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 15-May-12

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance paramedic receives award

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance paramedic receives award

ESSEX & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Critical Care Paramedic Laurie Phillipson was surprised this morning live on ITV’s Daybreak by Dr Hilary who presented him with a Health Heroes Award. (see full story)

Source: Saffron Walden Reporter, 14-May-12

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PHi reports Q1 numbers

PHi reports Q1 numbers

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Oil and Gas operating revenues increased $15.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, related primarily to increased medium and heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues resulting mainly from the continuing improvement in… Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-May-12

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US House of Representatives looks at whether to arm military evacuation helicopters

US House of Representatives looks at whether to arm military evacuation helicopters

In a continuing battle between a key lawmaker and the U.S. Army over whether to use armed or unarmed medical evacuation helicopters in combat zones, the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted May 9 to require detailed comparisons of survival rates, speed, and costs of the two methods. A Defense Department… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-May-12

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Mercy Air Care celebrates 25 years helping Sioux City

Mercy Air Care celebrates 25 years helping Sioux City

Launched in 1987 with a LongRanger, and progressing to a BK117, Mercy Air Care in Sioux City now flies an EC135 (see full story)

Source: Sioux City Journal, 09-May-12

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Germany – “Christoph 5” flies 50,000th mission

Germany – “Christoph 5” flies 50,000th mission

(electronic translation) On 2 May started the rescue helicopter “Christoph 5” on his 611th Use this year. In the space Speyer, a 32-year-old man had contracted when handling methylated spirits severe burns on face and body. After the emergency medical first aid on the spot he was in a helicopter in the center of the burn victims brought BG… Read more »

Source: Christoph 5, 08-May-12

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EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

EMQ Helicopter Rescue Brisbane gets new home

The Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Helicopter Rescue service will receive a boost to its frontline operational capabilities including faster response times with today’s opening of its new $1.6 million hangar at Archerfield Airport. Community Safety Minister, Jack Dempsey said the new hangar, which connects to the existing hangar at Archerfield by a taxiway, will provide… Read more »

Source: Queensland Government, 08-May-12

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Japan – Kawasaki delivers EC145 to Aero Asahi

Japan – Kawasaki delivers EC145 to Aero Asahi

(electronic translation) 7 May 2012 – Kawasaki Heavy Industries has delivered a state-of-the-art “type helicopter BK117C-2 expression Kawasaki” Aero Asahi Co., Ltd. for. This matter, as the helicopter type “C-2” is the first delivery of 23 domestic machine will be operated as a doctor for emergency helicopters. “BK117 helicopter formula Kawasaki” is a helicopter company helicopter… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 07-May-12

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FAA approves low-level IFR in Des Moines, Iowa

FAA approves low-level IFR in Des Moines, Iowa

The FAA has approved an (IFR low level helicopter infrastructure for use by Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  The infrastructure consists of five helipads in key locations throughout central Iowa (See full story)

Source: Air Traffic Management, 07-May-12

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London’s Air Ambulance trialling brain-cooling device

London’s Air Ambulance trialling brain-cooling device

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, has become the first in the UK to trial a novel device for directly cooling the brain using evaporative, nasal spray technology, the RhinoChill® IntraNasal Cooling System in pre-hospital cardiac arrest patients.  London’s Air Ambulance will conduct this study on its Physician Response… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 02-May-12

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HELP Appeal provides grants for UK EMS helipads

HELP Appeal provides grants for UK EMS helipads

After the successful funding and completion of two hospital emergency landing pads – one onsite at Southampton General Hospital and the other at Oswestry Spinal Injuries hospital – the HELP Appeal is now looking for further helipad projects at key A&E hospitals across the country. The HELP Appeal, established by the County Air Ambulance Trust, provides non-repayable grants to hospitals… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 01-May-12

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Spectrum Aeromed expands German office staff

Spectrum Aeromed expands German office staff

Thomas Redder has joined Spectrum Aeromed as their new Account Representative in the company’s Germany based office. In his new role Redder will be responsible for global sales and will work closely with Vice President of International Sales for Spectrum Aeromed Horst Heinicke. “We are pleased to add Thomas to our team at Spectrum Aeromed,”… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-May-12

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STARS officially launches operations in Saskatchewan

STARS officially launches operations in Saskatchewan

Regina, SK, April 30, 2012 – As of noon today, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) was ready to provide helicopter air ambulance services for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan. Following a brief ceremony involving dignitaries and former patients, the organization opened its base in Regina. “This is a historic day for… Read more »

Source: STARS, 01-May-12

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S&P revises PHi outlook to stable from negative

S&P revises PHi outlook to stable from negative

Overview — U.S. aviation service provider PHI Inc.’s operating performance has improved materially over the last several quarters due to increased Gulf of Mexico activity and increased profitability in the company’s Air Medical segment. — We are revising the outlook on the company to stable from negative. We are affirming the ‘B+’ corporate credit rating…. Read more »

Source: Standard & Poor, 30-Apr-12

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Local couple sponsors UVMC’s helipad

Local couple sponsors UVMC’s helipad

Ukiah Valley Medical Center has accepted its single largest gift in the history of the hospital to build a new emergency department and intensive care unit. Pauline and Morgan Ruddick, lifelong residents of the Ukiah Valley, have committed $250,000 to the project in support of the hospital’s planned rooftop helipad. “The community has been very… Read more »

Source: UVMC, 30-Apr-12

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