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Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell to highlight 407GX and 429 at AMTC 2012

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it will showcase two of its newest aircraft, the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) 2012 in Seattle, Oct. 22-24. The Bell 407GX and Bell 429 will be on static display, both configured for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), highlighting the capability of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-12

AgustaWestland unveils AW119Kx with Garmin avionics

AgustaWestland unveils AW119Kx with Garmin avionics

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the launch of the AW119Kx, the latest evolution of the proven and successful AW119 single engine helicopter, which features the Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and the very latest avionics, including synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, to improve… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Oct-12

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Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs for 5 more completions

Wysong completes 5th EMS Bell 407 in 2012; Signs  for 5 more completions

Wysong Enterprises (Wysong) announced today from the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle that they have completed their 5th EMS Equipped Bell 407 this year and signed contracts for four more 407 aircraft completions this week.  In addition to the 407s, Wysong also will begin work on another EMS Eurocopter AS-350 in January. “We are… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 23-Oct-12

STAT MedEvac continues fleet upgrade with three EC135T2e and two EC145

STAT MedEvac continues fleet upgrade with three EC135T2e and two EC145

STAT MedEvac continues the upgrade of its fleet with the addition of five American Eurocopter twin-engine aircraft – three EC135 T2e helicopters and two EC145 helicopters – which are part of an ongoing strategy at STAT to continually upgrade its fleet with the latest aircraft and the newest technology. STAT MedEvac took delivery of the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter., 23-Oct-12

American Eurocopter begins delivery of Med-Trans EC135s

American Eurocopter begins delivery of Med-Trans EC135s

American Eurocopter has delivered three EC135s to Med-Trans with a fourth scheduled for delivery in November Med-Trans, an industry leading air medical provider, signed an agreement in August to purchase up to 16 EC135 helicopters. The order includes 10 firm bookings and options for an additional six helicopters. The new EC135s will help Med-Trans sustain… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-12

American Eurocopter flying high in Air Medical Market

American Eurocopter flying high in Air Medical Market

American Eurocopter continues to maintain its position as the leader in the U.S. air medical services industry with a market share of 60% and more than 630 of its aircraft currently in air medical service across the country. American Eurocopter’s air medical deliveries have outnumbered the competition by more than three-to-one over the last decade,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-12

Germany – DRF working on EFB software for helicopters

Germany – DRF working on EFB software for helicopters

The crews of DRF Luftrettung need a lot of information for their world-wide missions – ranging from comprehensive charts to the 900-page flight manual. Recently, DRF Luftrettung has begun to success-fully use tablet PCs in the cockpits of their air ambulance jets, on which this necessary information is stored. These digital aids facili-tate the work… Read more »

Source: DRF, 22-Oct-12

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called out on 4,000 emergencies since it was established five years ago. (see full story)

Source: IOW County Press, 22-Oct-12

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Argus awards STAT MedEvac the Platinum Rating at AMTC

Argus awards STAT MedEvac the Platinum Rating at AMTC

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to present STAT MedEvac with the prestigious ARGUS Platinum Rating at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) 2012. STAT MedEvac is the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator to achieve the ARGUS Platinum Rating. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of ARGUS Ratings and is awarded only… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 22-Oct-12

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United Rotorcraft awarded EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft awarded EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft announces it was awarded the contract by Enloe Medical Center of Chico, Calif., to complete the medical center’s new Eurocopter EC130 T2 aircraft. The contract includes the manufacture and integration of a new Federal Aviation Administration (STC’d) approved medical EMS interior and avionics suite. The aircraft is slated to be delivered during the… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 19-Oct-12

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SkyTrac Software Provides HEMS Operational Awareness

SkyTrac Software Provides HEMS Operational Awareness

SkyTrac Systems’ hardware and software are used extensively by Air Evac Lifeteam (AEL), but when special circumstances arise such as the onset of Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico along with the Republican Conference in Tampa Bay, the value of the software reporting features becomes clear. The use of some of the additional features… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 19-Oct-12

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American Eurocopter Showcases Air Medical Solutions at AMTC 201

American Eurocopter Showcases Air Medical Solutions at AMTC 201

American Eurocopter, the nation’s leading provider of helicopters for the U.S. air medical service industry, today announced it will be showcasing the University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight’s EC155 and the Air Methods Corporation’s EC130 B4 at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) October 22-24 in Seattle. The featured EC130 B4 is a… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 19-Oct-12

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New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

New EMS Bell 407 for Iowa and Missouri

As of Monday, October 15th, Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) along with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and Air Methods launched MercyOne-Clarinda, a medical helicopter program based at CRHC serving all of southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri, and southeast Nebraska. MercyOne manages the medical portion of the program and Air Methods operates the helicopter. A ribbon cutting ceremony (click… Read more »

Source: Clarinda Regional Health Center, 18-Oct-12

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Regional Maintenance Manager for Air Evac Lifeteam wins award

Regional Maintenance Manager for Air Evac Lifeteam wins award

Cliff Johnson, the regional maintenance manager for HAI member Air Evac Lifeteam, was recognized in the current issue of Director of Maintenance magazine as the Maintenance Manager of the Year. Johnson manages 28 maintenance facilities across four states

Source: Director of Maintenance, 17-Oct-12

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Donaldson barrier filters marketing to EMS operators; Prepares for AMTC 2012

Donaldson barrier filters marketing to EMS operators; Prepares for AMTC 2012

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), reports strong acceptance of its Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems by air medical helicopter programs, logging thousands of flight hours worldwide. Continuing its longtime involvement in the air medical industry, Donaldson will be displaying its IBF Systems in Exhibit No. 835 at the… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Oct-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance gain planning approval for new base

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council. It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter. (see full story)

16-Oct-12

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Air Medical Group expands HQ on air ambulance demand

Air Medical Group expands HQ on air ambulance demand

Lewisville-based Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., a national helicopter ambulance company, plans to more than double its headquarters as it relocates within the city limits. (see full story)

Source: Dallas Business News, 15-Oct-12

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Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Air Evac Lifeteam to add base at Ironton

Residents in Lawrence County, Ohio will soon have an air ambulance helicopter to call their own. (see full story)

Source: WSAZ, 15-Oct-12

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Children’s Hospital Central California upgrades Bell 407 to EC135

Children’s Hospital Central California upgrades Bell 407 to EC135

The patients and staff at Children’s Hospital Central California on Thursday welcomed a new addition — a new “Air George” helicopter. (see full story)

Source: KMPH-KFRE, 15-Oct-12

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Metro Aviation announces new Director of Training and new Training Facility

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Training and new Training Facility

Metro Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Terry Palmer has joined the company as the new Director of Training.   Ms. Palmer brings with her over 20 years of experience in developing and marketing new training and technology products for aviation.  She has demonstrated her success in the training arena for several years, and some… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Oct-12

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TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

TAAS wants all UK air ambulance operations to merge into one

At a Conservative Party Conference ‘Fringe Meeting’ held in the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham on 9th October the meeting organisers “The Air Ambulance Service” [TAAS] put forward what some viewed as some disturbing proposals. Andy Williamson (the Chief Executive of TAAS) was advocating that all the separate Air Ambulance Charities in the United Kingdom merge together… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 12-Oct-12

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European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

The dates are now confirmed for European Helicopter Show 2013. The event will take place at Hradec Králové in Czech Republic during 9th – 11th of May 2013. This new helicopter event in Czech Republic, 9th -11th May 2013, is already attracting a positive reaction within the helicopter industry, with major manufacturers including Bell Europe… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Show, 12-Oct-12

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First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

A Maryland State Police Dauphin touched down for the first time Thursday morning for a test landing at Frederick Memorial Hospital’s new rooftop helipad. (see full story)

Source: Your4State, 12-Oct-12

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New Mexico – San Juan County to build two EMS helipads

New Mexico – San Juan County to build two EMS helipads

San Juan County is looking to build two new helipads for AirCare, which is San Juan Regional Medical Center’s helicopter service. The county has identified two plots of land where helicopter landing pads can be built near Navajo Dam and Nageezi. (see full story)

Source: Daily Times, 12-Oct-12

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NZ – Taupo’s rescue helicopter has new sponsor

NZ – Taupo’s rescue helicopter has new sponsor

Taupo’s rescue helicopter is a well-known sight in the sky. Libby O’Brien found out more about the helicopter’s facelift and the company playing a new role in helping the service take flight They say pigs may fly, but no-one has ever expected a cow to become airborne, let alone play a major part in search… Read more »

Source: Philips Search & Rescue Trust, 12-Oct-12

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PHI Air Medical and pilot face $120M lawsuit

PHI Air Medical and pilot face $120M lawsuit

A fixed-wing flight instructor and his student were flying in the wrong traffic pattern before being hit by a PHI Air Medical EC135 near Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.  The certificated commercial pilot and passenger on board the airplane were fatally injured.  The families of the two victims have filed a $120 million lawsuit against PHI… Read more »

Source: NewsLeader, 11-Oct-12

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Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

A helipad for the STARS helicopter air ambulance has moved from the drawing pad to plans for construction behind the Yorkton Regional Hospital. (see full story)

Source: StarPhoenix, 11-Oct-12

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Sweden – MediCopter buys a Bell 429 for Gotland HEMS

Sweden – MediCopter buys a Bell 429 for Gotland HEMS

Scandinavian MediCopter has been awarded the new EMS contract in Gotland. The agreement was initially presented in June, but it has now been sealed following the end of a recent appeal process. Gotland’s Muncipality (Region Gotland) has chosen MediCopter as its medical air service provider for the next 5+2 years, starting from 1 April 2014. The… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Oct-12

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Metro Aviation announces new Customer Configuration Coordinator

Metro Aviation announces new Customer Configuration Coordinator

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce that Amy McMullen has joined the company as its Customer Configuration Coordinator.  Ms. McMullen’s primary focus is to assist customers with aircraft configuration, equipment selection, and layout in addition to wide-ranging support during the entire completion process.  She has spent most of her career in the air medical industry… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-Oct-12

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UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

UK – Construction starts on Exeter operations unit for police and air ambulance

The Barnstaple office of Morgan Sindall has secured a £1.5 million contract to deliver new offices, welfare facilities and an aircraft hangar at Exeter Airport for Devon and Cornwall Police. The new two-storey office building will house the Air Operations Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust, both of which currently… Read more »

Source: Morgan Sindall, 10-Oct-12

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Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital select Becker avionics for new Bell 429

Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital select Becker avionics for new Bell 429

Rogers Helicopters/Good Samaritan Hospital of Kearney selected the Becker Avionics Digital Audio System DVCS6100 for their new Bell 429 light-twin EMS helicopters. The completion of the new Bell 429 aircraft is currently underway at United Rotorcraft in Denver, a division of Air Methods (formerly the Products Division). The aircraft will be delivered to Rogers Helicopters/Good… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 09-Oct-12

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Air Methods opens new base at Potsdam, New York state

Air Methods opens new base at Potsdam, New York state

Air Methods officially began operating a Eurocopter EC135 in Potsdam at 7 a.m., October 1st under its LifeNet brand. The new helicopter service will extend air ambulance service to St. Lawrence County and surrounding areas for faster medical response. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 starting at 6pm at   … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Oct-12

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New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

New helipad completed at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia

St. Mary Mercy’s new air ambulance helipad is adjacent to the hospital’s newly constructed three-story, 154,000-square-foot addition that features a new emergency center and private patient rooms. The hospital will move its emergency center and services and open the new air ambulance helipad when the new building officially opens to patients in early November. (see… Read more »

Source: Observer & Eccentric, 07-Oct-12

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Invermere and District Hospital helipad recertified

Invermere and District Hospital helipad recertified

INVERMERE-Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Chair John Kettle, Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, and Interior Health representatives officially reopened the Invermere and District Hospital’s heliport recently. “The completion of the heliport project is great news for the community and the Invermere and District Hospital,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “Our… Read more »

Source: Interior Health, 07-Oct-12

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Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

On Fridya, Governor Martin O’Malley joined Colonel Marcus Brown, officials from AgustaWestland, representatives from the state’s emergency medical services community, and other officials to unveil the first new Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, an important step forward in replacing Maryland’s aging medevac helicopter fleet. “The most sacred responsibility that any government holds is to protect… Read more »

Source: Maryland State Police, 07-Oct-12

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Life Flight Network honoured as Best Large Non-Profit to work for in Oregon

Life Flight Network honoured as Best Large Non-Profit to work for in Oregon

Life Flight Network (LFN), a not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, was honored as the Best Nonprofit to Work For in Oregon (large category) by Oregon Business magazine at an awards banquet in downtown Portland late last week. The statewide publication’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project celebrates… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 07-Oct-12

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Air Methods opens technologically advanced Training Center

Air Methods opens technologically advanced Training Center

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announces the opening of a state-of-the-art training center for its aviation, clinical and maintenance personnel. Located in Aurora, Colo., near Air Methods’ corporate office, the 14,000-square-foot facility consists of advanced simulation areas, learning classrooms and office space. In the aviation portion of the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Oct-12

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Air Methods board recommends 3-for-1 stock split

Air Methods board recommends 3-for-1 stock split

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that its Board of Directors approved a three-for-one stock split of the Company’s common stock. Implementation of the stock split is subject to approval by the Company’s shareholders of an increase in the number of authorized shares from 28.5 million to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Oct-12

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UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

UK – HELP Appeal grants £500K for helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads (HELP) Appeal will be working in partnership to develop an onsite helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), which will open in 2014. A grant of £500,000 has been provided by the HELP Appeal to support the helipad’s construction – part… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

Midlands Air Ambulance awards new 7 year contract to Bond

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) has awarded a new seven-year contract to Bond Air Services Ltd. Under the contract, valued at approximately £26 million, Bond will continue to provide air ambulance services cover across six counties in the West Midlands until 2019. Bond will support the contract for three Eurocopter EC135T2i helicopters on a… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 26-Sep-12

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Becker digital audio system selected for Utah AirMed EC145

Becker digital audio system selected for Utah AirMed EC145

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected for the new University of Utah AirMed EC145 Air Medical helicopter. The aircraft is a replacement for an older twin-engine helicopter in AirMed’s fleet. American Eurocopter in Texas recently delivered the helicopter to United Rotorcraft in Denver (a division of Air Methods Corp), where the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Sep-12

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Keystone Med-Flight announces new Chief Pilot

Keystone Med-Flight announces new Chief Pilot

Keystone Med-Flight LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, has appointed Heidi Ames as the company’s new Chief Pilot. Heidi is an aviation professional with over 20 years of experience in flight operations management for both commercial air medical companies and the Military. Heidi was most recently the South East Regional Manager and Pilot… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 25-Sep-12

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Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Midlands Air Ambulance orders new EC135T2e for night flying

Since 1991 Midlands Air Ambulance has been airlifting critically ill and injured patients to hospitals across our region. Starting with just one aircraft, the fleet has grown to three aircraft and has responded to over 38,000 missions, making it the busiest and largest Air Ambulance operator in England and Wales. In that time the operation… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

London’s Air Ambulance supports “medical skills for young offenders” project

As London saw this year’s youngest victim of knife crime, 14-year-old Kevin Ssali, sadly die on Sunday, the need to ensure immediate, on the scene medical aid for victims of violent attacks seems to be more urgent than ever. The Liverpool project aims to train young offenders, who are often present at the scene of… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 23-Sep-12

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East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

East Anglian Air Ambulance take delivery of new EC135T2e

Bond Air Services have delivered Eurocopter EC135T2e G-HEMN to East Anglian Air Ambulance on Monday 17th September.  The helicopter is  fully night-compatible for the time when EAAA commence NVG operations as planned – reportedly in December assuming training and approvals are in place by then. EAAA commenced operations hurriedly with Bond in February 2011 after… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

London’s Air Ambulance supports ‘medical skills for young offenders’ project

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Liverpool Project, that has been set up to teach young offenders the basic medical skills necessary to manage victims of violent attacks. Young offenders, who are often present at the scene of violent incidents are trained to provide immediate haemorrhage control in the vital minutes after… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 19-Sep-12

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St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s to build South London’s first hospital helipad

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust announced today, Tuesday 18th September, that it has been granted formal planning permission to develop a helipad at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. It will be only the second hospital helipad in London and the first south of the river. The development will be partly funded through a grant of £1million… Read more »

Source: St George's Healthcare, 18-Sep-12

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Ohio – New EC145 joins UC Health Air Care

Ohio – New EC145 joins UC Health Air Care

Painted bright UC red and black, a new, state-of-the-art EC145 helicopter is joining the UC Health Air Care and Mobile Care fleet providing advanced transport medicine to the Tristate. The new helicopter will replace one of Air Care’s current BK117 helicopters and be stationed at UC Health University Hospital. A second, identical EC145 will arrive… Read more »

Source: UC Health, 18-Sep-12

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Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Police said that since May, vandals have broken several marker and fixture lights on the hospital’s helipad, which is used by Ornge.  The vandalism has occurred multiple times during the last few months. Nine lights were broken during one instance.   (see full story)

Source: CBC, 17-Sep-12

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Both Taranaki rescue pilots quit

Both Taranaki rescue pilots quit

Both of the pilots working for Taranaki’s rescue helicopter have quit their jobs as the trust that runs the service struggles for money. (see full story)

Source: MSN, 17-Sep-12

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CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

CareFlight welcomes Aviation Australia partnership

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has welcomed a partnership with Aviation Australia what will see the Queensland non-profit reimbursed for $15,000 per year worth of underwater escape training at Aviation Australia’s Brisbane Airport facility. (see full story)

Source: Australian Aviation, 16-Sep-12

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Lee County MedStar maintenance director put on administrative leave

Lee County MedStar maintenance director put on administrative leave

A Lee County MedStar director was put on administrative leave while the Lee County Sheriff’s office investigates claims he stole hundreds of dollars worth of helicopter fuel (see full story)

Source: Naples News, 14-Sep-12

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Colorado’s Flight For Life needs new helicopter

Colorado’s Flight For Life needs new helicopter

Flight for Life has staged a “Rocky Mountain Ransom” to raise money to buy an AS350B3e (see full story)

13-Sep-12

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Two more AS350s for EagleMed

Two more AS350s for EagleMed

Today, at the ILA Berlin Airshow 2012, American Eurocopter announced that EagleMed LLC, one of the oldest and most experienced air medical transport service providers in the Midwest United States, has purchased an AS350® B2 and an AS350 B3. The aircraft will join EagleMed’s all-Eurocopter rotor wing fleet and will be utilized to service growth… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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ADAC orders 14 EC145T2 and 3 EC135P2e

ADAC orders 14 EC145T2 and 3 EC135P2e

ADAC Air Rescue today signed its latest order in a framework acquisition agreement with Eurocopter for the purchase of 14 EC145 T2 and three EC135 P2e helicopters, which are to be delivered between 2013 and 2017. The contract concluded today at the ILA Berlin Air Show was for an EC145 T2, which is part of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

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Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond’s SAR clinical lead gives insight to medicine in extreme offshore conditions

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ clinical lead, Dr. Mark Bloch, today gave insight into the critical work of paramedics on search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and the challenges they face working in extreme conditions offshore. Bond has been operating the Jigsaw SAR service for BP in the North Sea since 2006.  In that time, Bond’s on-board paramedic… Read more »

Source: Bond Aviation Group, 10-Sep-12

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Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center tests new helipad

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center tests new helipad

The nearly $2 million dollar helistop can accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Blackhawk (see full story)

Source: KSBY, 10-Sep-12

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Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Denise Polgar will become Ornge’s first Patient Advocate, a newly created position unique in the field of air ambulance and medical transport, and will begin this role on September 4th, 2012. As Patient Advocate, Ms. Polgar will support and comfort patients and families, as well as work to resolve their concerns about patient care and… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 10-Sep-12

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Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge is improving the quality of patient care with approval to fly air ambulance helicopters in U.S. airspace. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Ornge’s application to fly helicopters to the U.S., allowing Ornge’s air ambulance helicopter fleet to fly in U.S. airspace and transport patients to or from any U.S. destination. “The… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Sep-12

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Keystone Med-Flight appoints new President

Keystone Med-Flight appoints new President

Keystone Med-Flight LLC (“Keystone”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, today announced it has appointed Paul Rayhill as the company’s new President. Paul Rayhill was most recently the President of Aviation Services Unlimited LLC (ASU) located in Rome NY. ASU is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, and is a well-respected FAA… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 05-Sep-12

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New Helicopter Hangar for Pecos County

New Helicopter Hangar for Pecos County

The hangar is about 3,400 sq. ft. including the office area, restroom, equipment storage room and hangar area for helicopter.  (see full story)

Source: KOSA, 03-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

London’s Air Ambulance trials pocket-sized visualization devices

Five portable, pocket-sized visualization devices that can help physicians identify fluid presence as well as other life threatening conditions are being trialed by London’s Air Ambulance charity. London’s Air Ambulance, which provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury throughout London, has experienced increased demand during the Olympic Games and expects similar during the Paralympic… Read more »

Source: GE Healthcare, 03-Sep-12

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London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

London’s Air Ambulance launches “Wear Red” day

Wear Red Day launches on Friday 28th September, for the first time in its history and it is a day which we hope will become an annual fundraising event. Simply by wearing red to the office, school or on a night out, you can raise awareness and money for our life-saving service. ‘Wear Red Day’ will become… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 31-Aug-12

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Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

Utah EMS helicopter moved after single complaint to FAA

“I believe just one citizen complained and made a big enough stink that he got an FAA inspector to come out,” said Tony Henderson, president of Classic Aviation. (see full story)

Source: Deseret News, 31-Aug-12

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Substance Abuse in HEMS Industry – Survey

Substance Abuse in HEMS Industry – Survey

Participate in a ground-breaking survey on substance abuse in the HEMS industry. There is currently no data available on substance abuse specific to either pre-hospital emergency medical services or air medical personnel.  The purpose of this anonymous survey is to to (1) break the silence, (2) identify the prevalence in HEMS and (3) initiate an industry-wide conversation… Read more »

Source: IAFCCP, 31-Aug-12

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UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

UK – Frimley Park hospital helipad passes flight tests

Frimley Park’s new helicopter landing pad for air ambulances is a step nearer to being fully operational after initial flight tests this week proved successful. The first aircraft to land on the new helipad was the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance on Thursday (16 August), followed by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance the… Read more »

Source: Frimley Park, 31-Aug-12

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Duke Life Flight Receives HeliWagon

Duke Life Flight Receives HeliWagon

HeliWagonTM announced this week that the company has delivered a new HeliWagon to Duke University Medical Center. The new HeliWagon is located at Duke Life Flight’s base at Johnston County Airport in Smithfield, North Carolina. Duke Life Fight was the first North Carolina hospital based helicopter service in 1985. This is the first HeliWagon delivered to… Read more »

Source: HeliWagon, 31-Aug-12

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Heliworks Queenstown and Southern Lakes Helicopters win rescue contract

Heliworks Queenstown and Southern Lakes Helicopters win rescue contract

Sister companies Heliworks and Southern Lakes Helicopters  will provide “semi-dedicated” Squirrel helicopters equipped with NVG, searchlights, beacon search, extended range capability and winch and long-line retrieval systems. (see full story)

Source: Otago Daily Times, 30-Aug-12

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Aero Products to part out retired EMS S76A++

Aero Products to part out retired EMS S76A++

Complimentary to its global recognition as a well-respected Bell Helicopter parts distributor and overhaul facility, Aero Products recently announced the addition of a retired Sikorsky Legacy Model S-76® A ++ to its inventory. This legendary aircraft completed its final voyage as it touched down on August 9th at the Aero Products facility in Show Low, Arizona,… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 30-Aug-12

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Spectrum Aeromed on 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Spectrum Aeromed on 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Spectrum Aeromed announces that they have been listed on the INC 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies list for the second consecutive year. Last year the company was named to the INC 500 Fastest growing companies for 799.3 percent growth in three years. “We are honored to be named to the INC 5,000 list, for the second… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 29-Aug-12

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Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Florida’s Lee County suspends EMS operations for 6-9 months

Aeromed has relocated its emergency medical helicopter from LaBelle to Fort Myers as of 10 a.m. today to provide coverage in Lee County while MEDSTAR is out of service. Lee County Emergency Medical Services temporarily suspended its MEDSTAR flight operations on Tuesday, August 21 to begin reconfiguration toward national accreditation standards. MEDSTAR is expected to… Read more »

Source: Lee County, 29-Aug-12

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Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell delivers first EMS 429 in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 configured for emergency medical services (EMS) in Europe to Air Zermatt in Switzerland. Air Zermatt, in need of a rugged and reliable aircraft for rescue missions, selected the Bell 429 for its unmatched ability to operate at high… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Aug-12

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Introducing the new Night Vision Advisory Council

Introducing the new Night Vision Advisory Council

On Wednesday August 8th, 2012, in response to an open invitation to industry, a group of Night Vision Goggle (NVG) industry professionals convened in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by FlightSafety International, the purpose of the meeting was to develop a council of NVG subject matter experts to provide recommendations on safety, education, standardization, and other issues… Read more »

Source: NVAC, 28-Aug-12

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Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, has recently delivered two new AgustaWestland AW109SP Grand New to Italian operator Elilombardia. Likely for tax reasons, the aircraft were initially registered in their name for a couple of days in mid-July in the Isle of Man, as seen in our photos here.  They were then moved to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-12

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