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STAT MedEvac Aims to Reduce Trauma Deaths

STAT MedEvac Aims to Reduce Trauma Deaths

6-May-2013Source: UPMC

Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will launch a multi-center trial this summer to see if they can improve survival of patients who have suffered traumatic injuries with uncontrolled bleeding. Paramedics will administer plasma to these patients while they are still being transported by helicopter to the hospital. Uncontrolled... Read more

PHI announces results for Q1 to March 31, 2013

PHI announces results for Q1 to March 31, 2013

6-May-2013Source: PHi

Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased $40.9 million compared to the three months ended March 31, 2012. Our Oil and Gas medium and heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues increased primarily due to increased deepwater drilling activity. Operating revenues in the Air Medical segment increased $21.2 million primarily due... Read more

Air Methods to report Q1 results on May 9

Air Methods to report Q1 results on May 9

3-May-2013Source: Air Methods

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) will report financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 after the close of the market on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by dialing... Read more

Emergency medical helicopter plan put on hold

Emergency medical helicopter plan put on hold

3-May-2013Source: U~T San Diego

A proposal to station an emergency air ambulance helicopter in Oceanside was put on hold by the City Council Wednesday pending further negotiations. (See Full Story)... Read more

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

3-May-2013Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has passed its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which confirms that everyone helped by the Charity receives care of the highest quality. The EAAA, which provides the air ambulance service across Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, operates from bases at Cambridge and Norwich.  It has... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics help design revolutionary kit bags

Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics help design revolutionary kit bags

3-May-2013Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Paramedics and doctors at Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) have helped design their own medical kit bags that are now being used to treat patients both on the ground and inflight. The medical teams have worked with manufacturers to produce the revolutionary pouch design bags already attracting interest from other helicopter emergency services. The new bags,... Read more

Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

2-May-2013Source: Ornge

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced today two surplus AW139 helicopters have been sold. The selling  price was $20 million USD for two aircraft, or $10 million per helicopter. “With the sale of these helicopters, Ornge has taken another important step in addressing legacy issues inherited from previous leadership,” said Dr.... Read more

STARS marks first anniversary in Saskatchewan

STARS marks first anniversary in Saskatchewan

2-May-2013Source: STARS

Today, STARS air ambulance acknowledges its one-year anniversary of providing helicopter air ambulance services in the province of Saskatchewan. Since beginning operations from its Regina base in April 2012, STARS has flown or rendered care to more than 300 patients in Saskatchewan. STARS currently operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases... Read more

Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

1-May-2013Source: AL.com

MedFlight, the hospital’s air ambulance, is the first helicopter in the state of Alabama to carry blood on every flight (see full report)... Read more

UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

1-May-2013Source: Isle of Wight radio

The first test flight for St Mary’s Hospital’s new helipad has taken place (see full story)... Read more

Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

1-May-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation conducted annual training for 34 lead pilots last week.  Pilots gathered at the company’s new training facility at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters.  During the culminating dinner, Metro recognized Joseph “Woody” Woodard, Lead Pilot for the First Flight program in Melbourne, Florida. Woodard was honored for his quick thinking and commendable actions during a... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance – new offices are rent-free

London’s Air Ambulance – new offices are rent-free

29-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

It has come to our notice by scanning property websites that the new 4,000 sq.ft (371 m²) are rent-free, courtesy of landlords Land Securities. That fact was missed from the press release issued by London’s Air Ambulance, which merely said “the office move has been prompted by continuous growth”. Checking the report on the CoStar... Read more

Cost-Effectiveness of Helicopter Transport of Trauma Victims Examined

Cost-Effectiveness of Helicopter Transport of Trauma Victims Examined

29-Apr-2013Source: Science Daily

Researchers at the Stanford University have for the first time determined how often EMS helicopters need to help save the lives of seriously injured people to be considered cost-effective compared with ground ambulances. (see full story).  File photo... Read more

Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

Air Evac celebrates year of service in Licking County

29-Apr-2013Source: Newark Advocate

In its first year of service for Licking County, the helicopters of Air Evac Lifeteam 107 made more than 200 flights and were requested for service more than 460 times. (See Full Story)... Read more

Aviation Australia honoured by RACQ Careflight

Aviation Australia honoured by RACQ Careflight

28-Apr-2013Source: Aviation Australia

On Thursday 18 April 2013, Investors and Supporters of RACQ CareFlight’s rescue service were honoured with a cocktail function to recognise their contributions and support throughout the year. The evening included a host of special guests ranging from Corporate Sponsors to Individual Donors, without whose support the provision of 24/7 emergency response helicopter rescue service... Read more

Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

25-Apr-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation recently delivered a new Eurocopter AS350 to EagleMed as the result of a base expansion in Cody, Wyoming.  The aircraft was completed at Metro’s headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. The AS350 is equipped with Metro’s EMS kit that includes the transfill oxygen system with two outlets, medical inverter system, flip up seats, and LEMS... Read more

Former Ornge directors say they didn’t know about CEO’s extra fees

Former Ornge directors say they didn’t know about CEO’s extra fees

25-Apr-2013Source: CTV News

Several former directors of Ornge say they were kept in the dark about extra fees ousted CEO Chris Mazza collected on top of his high salary from Ontario’s troubled air ambulance service. (See full story)... Read more

London Air Ambulance founder Alastair Wilson retires

London Air Ambulance founder Alastair Wilson retires

25-Apr-2013Source: BBC News

They help save lives and can get to anywhere in Greater London within six minutes, but 25 years ago London’s Air Ambulance did not even exist except as an idea in the mind of A&E consultant Alastair Wilson. (See Full Story)... Read more

Australia – CareFlight wins AAMS award

Australia – CareFlight wins AAMS award

24-Apr-2013Source: Blacktown Sun

An American aeromedical organisation has presented CareFlight with the Excellence in Community Service award in Washington for its training program last Friday. Association of Air Medical Services president Rick Sherlock said it was the first time an aeromedical service outside the US had received the award. (See full story)... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

24-Apr-2013Source: London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has formed a strategic partnership with mobile operator EE, to develop new systems that will use 4G technology to enhance its service and cut vital minutes off mission times to benefit its patients. London’s Air Ambulance has already... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance moves charity office

London’s Air Ambulance moves charity office

23-Apr-2013Source: London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that our charity office is moving to the City of London on 29th April 2013. After many years of residency at The Royal London  Hospital, our charity team is to relocate to 7/8 Philpot Lane, EC3M 8AA. Telephone 020 7220 5470 The office move has been prompted by... Read more

Why Air Methods Shares Plunged 12% in one day

Why Air Methods Shares Plunged 12% in one day

22-Apr-2013Source: News Times

Air Methods sank 12% today after its preliminary quarterly results disappointed Wall Street. (see full story)... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

22-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is making good progress and last week had their Eurocopter Bo105 at Perth’s Scone Airport to show off its colour scheme. It’s visit was only for a few days as it still needs some further equipment fitted before going live, but it did provide the charity the opportunity to announce that... Read more

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

19-Apr-2013Source: CALSTAR

january was a historic month for CALSTAR as we transported our 50,000th patient, CALSTAR CEO Lynn Malmstrom announced. “Surpassing 50,000 patient transports is a significant accomplishment and we would like to recognize our dedicated CALSTAR team members, past and present, as well as our many industry partners who have made it possible,” Malmstrom said. CALSTAR... Read more

REACH receives FAA approval for GPS approaches in Oregon

REACH receives FAA approval for GPS approaches in Oregon

19-Apr-2013Source: REACH Air

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) is pleased to announce approval from the FAA to use its own GPS approaches and routes, directly to hospitals and landing sites in Western Oregon. REACH is the first Helicopter Emergency Management Service (HEMS) program to commit assets to serve the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley. These areas are often... Read more

Air Methods Provides Update on Q1 Results

Air Methods Provides Update on Q1 Results

19-Apr-2013Source: Air Methods

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the largest air medical transportation company in the world, provided preliminary results for first quarter 2013.  Total community-based patient transports for the first quarter 2013 are estimated to be 11,841.  Patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year decreased an estimated 1,082 transports, or 9%, while weather... Read more

CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

CALSTAR celebrates 15 years in Ukiah

18-Apr-2013Source: The Ukiah Daily Journal

After completing approximately 7,000 flights, the CALSTAR base in Ukiah marked its 15th anniversary Monday. The base, known as CALSTAR-4, serves the diverse and largely remote areas of Mendocino and Lake Counties (see full story).... Read more

Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

Metro Aviation delivers new EC135 to CALSTAR

18-Apr-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation recently delivered the third of eight new EC135s to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR).  The new aircraft are part of a comprehensive fleet upgrade and standardization plan for the helicopter emergency medical service based in McClellan, CA.  Metro will provide eight EC135s to replace the program’s older fleet, making it an all-Eurocopter... Read more

CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

CALSTAR adds new “clot stabilizing” treatment

17-Apr-2013Source: CALSTAR

Sacramento based CALSTAR, the largest nonprofit air ambulance on the west coast, is the first air ambulance in the United States to introduce a new “clot stabilizing” treatment to its arsenal of medications. Tranexamic acid (TXA) could save hundreds of lives in California and thousands across the country, according to Dr. David Duncan, CALSTAR’s medical... Read more

Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

17-Apr-2013Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The first year of Summit Air Ambulance’s existence in southwest Montana has been a memorable one (see full story).... Read more

Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

17-Apr-2013Source: Metro Aviation

For safety to exist, it must be a way of life.”  Those words are familiar in the Metro Aviation family and reiterated in a new safety video featuring Metro’s CEO Mike Stanberry.  The video speaks directly to employees and customers and reaffirms Metro’s commitment to sustaining an active Safety Management System (SMS). The incorporation of... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance partners with International SOS

London’s Air Ambulance partners with International SOS

17-Apr-2013Source: London’s Air Ambulance

International SOS and London’s Air Ambulance today announced a strategic partnership for 2013. The partnership will focus on securing additional funding for London’s Air Ambulance to sustain the vital life-saving services it delivers across the capital and support a number of key enhancements being made by the charity. London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers... Read more

CAMTS Announces Accreditations

CAMTS Announces Accreditations

15-Apr-2013Source: CAMTS

Congratulations to the following medical transport services that achieved accreditation for the first time: Aeromed – a rotorwing service operating in Tampa, FL providing critical care since 1989. Air Methods Corporation operates and maintains the aircraft at 4 satellite bases. HALL CCT – a rotorwing and critical care ground service providing critical care in the... Read more

New AS350 for Castleview Hospital

New AS350 for Castleview Hospital

15-Apr-2013Source: ETV-10 News

Price residents may have noticed a helicopter flying over the city on Friday. The new chopper caught the eye of many residents and will soon be a permanent fixture to the area (see full story)... Read more

Lucasville air base gets a new EC130

Lucasville air base gets a new EC130

15-Apr-2013Source: Portsmouth-Dailytimes

The Healthnet 4/Medflight 7 airbase located at 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville recently received a new, larger helicopter to serve the air medical needs of the community (see full story).... Read more

New helicopter request app saves time and lives

New helicopter request app saves time and lives

14-Apr-2013Source: Heli-Now

When EMS helicopter pilot Jim Cooper observed that the system for requesting a life flight crew was unnecessarily long, complicated and prone to error, he decided not to accept the status quo. He created a new iPhone application to streamline communication and save crews precious minutes. Heli-Now founder Cooper said, “This simple helicopter request app... Read more

West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

West Michigan AirCare celebrates 20 years

12-Apr-2013Source: Air Care

Marks Air Care’s 20th anniversary and we wish to express our thanks to all healthcare providers in the region for so many years of teamwork and for helping keep us safe. Since our first mission in 1993, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing critical care and rapid trauma interventions to patients in Southwest Michigan and Northern... Read more

Cork Hospital to get temporary helipad after 10 years without one

Cork Hospital to get temporary helipad after 10 years without one

12-Apr-2013

The hospital had a helipad on the rooftop of its old ED but it was removed in 2003 when a new emergency department was built and although the provision was made in the new building for a rooftop helipad, but it was never funded.  A commitment has now been made for a temporary pad within... Read more

MassDevelopment issues tax-exempt $8M lease for Boston Medflight EC145

MassDevelopment issues tax-exempt $8M lease for Boston Medflight EC145

12-Apr-2013Source: Boston Medflight

MassDevelopment has issued an $8 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of New England Life Flight, Inc. in Bedford, which does business as Boston MedFlight. The emergency transport service will use lease proceeds to buy a medically configured helicopter that will replace an existing helicopter to transport ill and injured patients. Lease proceeds will also finance... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns Three-Year CECBEMS Accreditation

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns Three-Year CECBEMS Accreditation

11-Apr-2013Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States, was recently awarded a three-year certification from CECBEMS. Jennifer Fletcher, director of patient care services and staff development for Air Evac Lifeteam, said the company is one of the biggest providers of continuing education in the country. In... Read more

Emergency Helicopter to be Based in Golden Triangle

Emergency Helicopter to be Based in Golden Triangle

10-Apr-2013Source: The Columbus Packet

MedStat EMS announces the expansion of its Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (see full story).... Read more

BMA backs CQ’s rescue services with $330,000 donation

BMA backs CQ’s rescue services with $330,000 donation

10-Apr-2013Source: The Bulletin

RACQ CQ Rescue and the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue may be used to lending a helping hand, and now they’ve had the favour returned with BMA contributing $330,000 over three years to these organisations (see full story).... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance in TV series starting Thursday

London’s Air Ambulance in TV series starting Thursday

10-Apr-2013Source: London's Air Ambulance

Our team will be followed in Channel 5’s Trauma Doctors in four 60 minute programmes, beginning on Thursday 11th April 2013 at 9pm. Shadowing London’s Air Ambulance and the UK’s leading trauma centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Trauma Doctors allows the audience to witness this specialist group of clinicians making the split second... Read more

PHI Air Medical is title sponsor for Half Marathon

PHI Air Medical is title sponsor for Half Marathon

9-Apr-2013Source: Murray Ledger And Times

Most people in western Kentucky know PHI Air Medical through the familiar yellow and black helicopters that take sick and injured people to hospitals (see full story).... Read more

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

9-Apr-2013Source: The Alternative

Representatives of Atlantic Health System and Overlook Medical Center filed a Notice of Appeal of the Union County District Court’s decision supporting denial of variance approvals to construct a neuroscience helipad on the roof of Overlook Medical Center (see full story).... Read more

MedEvac Foundation congratulates SMTA Scholarship winner

MedEvac Foundation congratulates SMTA Scholarship winner

9-Apr-2013Source: MedEvac Foundation

Mercy Life Line Flight Nurse Supervisor, Matthew Benzen, RN, BSN, CFRN, CMTE, has been awarded the 2013 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship by the MedEvac Foundation International. Mr. Benzen receives the scholarship based on his long standing dedication to safety in the critical care transport community. Mr. Benzen has been actively involved in the... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam Awarded 7th FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence

Air Evac Lifeteam Awarded 7th FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence

8-Apr-2013Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam has been awarded the Diamond Certificate of Excellence for the seventh consecutive year by the Federal Aviation Administration. The honor is bestowed on companies that have 100 percent employee participation in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program. The program encourages aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) to complete initial and recurrent training, and then... Read more

Ribbon cutting for new Air Evac Lifeteam hanger

Ribbon cutting for new Air Evac Lifeteam hanger

8-Apr-2013Source: Brownwood

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Air Evac Lifeteam on Tuesday, March 26, at their new hanger on Streckert Drive in Brownwood (see full story).... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance makes historic first night flight

Wales Air Ambulance makes historic first night flight

7-Apr-2013Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance completed a historic mission this week with the charity’s first ever night mission. The lifesaving charity made its maiden flight during darkness hours on Monday, March 25, saving the life of a 59-year-old man who had suffered a heart attack. The mission follows weeks of extensive night flight training for pilots and... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance Turns To City For Funding

London’s Air Ambulance Turns To City For Funding

5-Apr-2013Source: Londonist

London’s solitary air ambulance could gain a companion if plans to seek funding from the City are successful.Unlike our urban counterparts, Paris, New York and Sydney who have at least four air ambulances each, we rely on just one (see full story).... Read more

Unity4 brings fundraising capability to Wales Air Ambulance

Unity4 brings fundraising capability to Wales Air Ambulance

5-Apr-2013Source: Unity4

Not for profit organisations count on donations to further their cause and extend much needed help to the communities they serve. As a non-government funded charity, Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) needs the necessary financial support and selected Unity4, the global home agent contact centre outsourcer and technology provider, to carry out this key function noting... Read more

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

Overlook Medical Center Files Appeal of Helipad Decision

5-Apr-2013Source: The Alternative Press

Representatives of Atlantic Health System and Overlook Medical Center filed a Notice of Appeal of the Union County District Court’s decision supporting denial of variance approvals to construct a neuroscience helipad on the roof of Overlook Medical Center (see full story).... Read more

Bond extends contract with North West Air Ambulance by 7 years

Bond extends contract with North West Air Ambulance by 7 years

5-Apr-2013Source: Bond Air Services

Bond Air Services (Bond), the largest operator of air ambulance aviation units in the UK, has been awarded a new seven-year contract by North West Air Ambulance (NWAA). The contract, worth just over £10 million, is to provide air ambulance support across five counties in North West England. Under the new contract, Bond will continue... Read more

Metro Aviation begins completion of Boston MedFlight EC145

Metro Aviation begins completion of Boston MedFlight EC145

4-Apr-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation visited with representatives from Boston MedFlight and American Eurocopter recently to begin production of MedFlight’s new EC145.  The new aircraft will replace one of their two BK117 C1s. The new fleet configuration will include the EC145, BK117, and the S76. “We are excited about operating our very first EC145 and look forward to... Read more

Rio Grande Regional Hospital celebrates new helipad

Rio Grande Regional Hospital celebrates new helipad

4-Apr-2013Source: Rio Grande

Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH) celebrated the opening of the New Helicopter Landing Pad located next to the emergency entrance.  RGRH and AirEvac LifeTeam, the country’s largest independently owned and operated air ambulance service with over 25 years of experience, are working together to provide prompt patient care and quality air transport.  Rio Grande Regional... Read more

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

3-Apr-2013Source: Illawarra Mercury

A proposal to relocate the Albion Park Rail-based rescue helicopter to Nowra has met the same fierce community opposition directed towards the plan to move the chopper to Sydney  (see full story).... Read more

Metro Aviation to complete EC155 for second HEMS user in US

Metro Aviation to complete EC155 for second HEMS user in US

3-Apr-2013Source: Metro Aviation

After completing the first three EC155s to be used for HEMS operations in the US early last year, Metro Aviation is preparing to complete another Eurocopter EC155, this time for Shands at the University of Florida’s ShandsCair. The ShandsCair aircraft will be the fourth EC155 used for HEMS in the country.  Metro Aviation received an... Read more

First Hospital Rooftop Helipad in Charleston Ready for Service

First Hospital Rooftop Helipad in Charleston Ready for Service

28-Mar-2013Source: Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Every second matters when a patient is rushed to a hospital during a medical emergency, especially in cases of a heart attack or stroke. Now patients transported to the Charleston peninsula via helicopter will receive medical intervention 15 to 20 minutes faster by landing on Charleston’s first hospital rooftop helipad at Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s... Read more

REACH Air Medical Services Earns Diamond Certified Again

REACH Air Medical Services Earns Diamond Certified Again

28-Mar-2013Source: REACH

REACH Air Medical Services has just been awarded the prestigious Diamond Certified® symbol for the third consecutive year. This is the result of being rated highest in quality in a patient and customer satisfaction rating performed by American Ratings Corporation. In order to earn Diamond Certified, a company must apply to be rated by American... Read more

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

27-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Following a concerted public effort within the geographical area of Bardufoss, the Royal Norwegian Air Force have moved two Bell 412s to Bardufoss.  This will meet the campaign’s target to provide a better spread of aviation resources throughout the country, particularly for emergency situations. Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has also said that these helicopters are... Read more

Air Methods awards StandardAero five year RR250 contract

Air Methods awards StandardAero five year RR250 contract

26-Mar-2013Source: StandardAero

StandardAero announced today that it was awarded a five year maintenance contract by Air Methods Corporation (AMC) on the company’s fleet of Roll-Royce M250 engines. This agreement will run through February, 2018. The exclusive deal provides total M250 support to AMC’s current fleet of 53 engines which is growing to 73 engines over the next... Read more

British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

British Columbia’s Air Ambulance audit raises questions

26-Mar-2013Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today called on B.C. political parties to review air ambulance service in the province and support a transition to a cheaper, not-for-profit model in their election platforms. On Thursday, B.C. Auditor General John Doyle released a report on the air ambulance service, finding that “the B.C. Ambulance Service is unable... Read more

Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

22-Mar-2013Source: CBC News

Ontario taxpayers will know within a year whether any charges will be laid in the criminal probe of the troubled Ornge air ambulance service, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis said Wednesday (see full story)... Read more

AirEvac base nearing completion

AirEvac base nearing completion

21-Mar-2013Source: Blytheville Courier News

The AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter base which is currently under construction on the campus of Great River Medical Center is nearing completion, according to Chris Raymer, GRMC’s Chief Operations Officer. During their Monday meeting, Raymer told the hospital’s board of governors that the base is expected to begin flights on April 1 (see full story).... Read more

“Spirit of Mercy” EC130 takes flight in Arkansas

“Spirit of Mercy” EC130 takes flight in Arkansas

21-Mar-2013Source: Mercy Northwest Arkansas

While winding roads and steep inclines provide much of Northwest Arkansas’ (NWA) beauty and allure, the landscape makes medical transport difficult. Thanks to Mercy and Air Methods Corporation’s partnership, area residents have a new emergency medical helicopter featuring the latest technology and safety advancements. Whether it’s a heart attack, stroke or serious automobile injury, the... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

20-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Cornwall Air Ambulance, one of the early pioneers of EMS helicopters in the UK, will move away from Bond Air Services after working with them for 27 years. From December 2014, the charity will stop flying a red EC135 and move over to a pair of MD Explorers, operated for them by Medical Aviation Services.... Read more

RACQ CQ Rescue crew awarded National Emergency Medals

RACQ CQ Rescue crew awarded National Emergency Medals

20-Mar-2013Source: CQ Rescue

Members of the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter crew have been awarded National Emergency Medals at a ceremony held at the service’s hangar today. Presented during a special Rescue 412 (formerly the Rescue 100 Program) breakfast event, National Emergency Medals are given to individuals who respond to nationally significant emergencies within Australia and render extraordinary service... Read more

Cabell Huntington Hospital introduces EC130

Cabell Huntington Hospital introduces EC130

20-Mar-2013Source: Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell Huntington Hospital and HealthNet Aeromedical Services today unveiled a new aircraft with features to enhance the care of patients who are transported to and from the hospital by air. The new helicopter is a Eurocopter EC-130 that includes more space for patient care and the latest technology to aid flight nurses and crew members.... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed hires new Chief Operating Officer

Spectrum Aeromed hires new Chief Operating Officer

20-Mar-2013Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that they have hired Chad Kost to serve as the company’s newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.  Kost will handle many aspects of Spectrum Aeromed’s daily operations and procedures and aid with strategic planning. “The tremendous growth we have realized as a company coupled with additional opportunity to expand... Read more

Metro Aviation launches innovative app

Metro Aviation launches innovative app

19-Mar-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation recently released an innovative smart phone app that has the potential to decrease response time by up to five minutes.  When air transport is needed, hospitals and first responders can use Metro Alert to instantly notify one of Metro Aviation’s bases and send GPS coordinates using the helo alert function. Metro Alert users... Read more

Australian Helicopters wins two Queensland EMS contracts

Australian Helicopters wins two Queensland EMS contracts

19-Mar-2013Source: Australian Helicopters

Australian Helicopters has been selected as the new helicopter provider to support both Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service (CQRS), based in Mackay, and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS), based in Rockhampton, to assist with emergency response on behalf of Queensland Health. The services will transition over in July 2013 from incumbent operators at both the... Read more

PHI, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Year 2012

PHI, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Year 2012

18-Mar-2013Source: PHI Inc

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Consolidated operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased $107.1 million over the year ended December 31, 2011. Our Oil and Gas medium and heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues increased... Read more

Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

18-Mar-2013Source: Mediflight of Oklahoma

Beginning March 4, Mediflight of Oklahoma will become the sole provider of air ambulance services in the Lawton community. For those who have AirEvac memberships, don’t worry, Mediflight will honor them. Mediflight of Oklahoma has been providing medical flight services throughout Oklahoma for over 30 years. In addition to the services currently available, Mediflight also... Read more

Metro Aviation begins configuration of EC145 for Memorial MedFlight

Metro Aviation begins configuration of EC145 for Memorial MedFlight

18-Mar-2013Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation recently received a new Eurocopter EC145 for Memorial MedFlight, the air medical and critical care transport team for Beacon Health System’s Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Metro Aviation is performing the completion of the new aircraft at its main facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana. “While working with Metro Aviation, everyone has made me... Read more

UK Hospital told new £4m helipad must be bigger

UK Hospital told new £4m helipad must be bigger

18-Mar-2013Source: St George's Healthcare

St George’s Hospital has scrapped plans to reduce the size of a new helipad which was too small for Search and Rescue helicopters. The proposed £4m helipad, approved last year, was reduced by 5 sq m in another application withdrawn last week, making it too small for larger helicopters used by Search and Rescue teams.... Read more

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