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Irish EMS helicopter service still in apparent disarray

Irish EMS helicopter service still in apparent disarray

Priscilla Lynch investigates why Ireland is the only EU country that lacks a dedicated air ambulance service

Source: Medical Independent, 14-Jan-11

NEMSPA submits detailed comments on FAA NPRM

NEMSPA submits detailed comments on FAA NPRM

The National EMS Pilots Association has submitted a 22-page position paper on the FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making pertaining to helicopter air ambulance operations. January 10 was the deadline for the public submission of comments on the proposed changes to FAR Part 135. The new rules, if implemented as proposed without modification, will be… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 13-Jan-11

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Three EC135s and two EC145s for Stat MedEvac

Three EC135s and two EC145s for Stat MedEvac

Grand Prairie, TX – Today, American Eurocopter announced that STAT MedEvac has ordered five more twin-engine helicopters. The order consists of three EC135 helicopters and two EC145 helicopters and is part of an ongoing strategy at STAT to continually upgrade its fleet with the latest aircraft and the newest technology. The aircraft are scheduled to… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Jan-11

Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City signs up with Med-Trans

Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City signs up with Med-Trans

(DALLAS, TX – SIOUX CITY, IA):  Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City has finalized an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. for them to become their new aviation partner for their regional helicopter ambulance service located in Sioux City, Iowa. Terms were reached after nearly a 12-month selection process, looking at significant factors such as customization of… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 13-Jan-11

Generous gift to Ornge will support simulation program

Generous gift to Ornge will support simulation program

The Ornge Foundation is pleased to receive a donation of over $343,000 from Pilatus, the world’s leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. This generous donation will be used in Ornge’s Academy of Transport Medicine (ATM) to support the simulation program. The ATM was established in 2007 and provides paramedical education programs based on an innovative… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 12-Jan-11

Japan’s Saitama Prefecture orders an AW139

Japan’s Saitama Prefecture orders an AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Saitama Prefecture of Japan has placed an order for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be operated by the Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Department to perform fire fighting, emergency medical service, air rescue and transport missions. The helicopter will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jan-11

Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is to have a prominent new role in the county as Patron of one of its vital emergency services. The Duchess will begin her new role as the figurehead of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) this month. As the charity’s first official Patron, Her Royal Highness will lend her support… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-11

New helipad for Poland’s Nysa Hospital in April

New helipad for Poland’s Nysa Hospital in April

As part of a $5 million project, the upgrading of the hospital in the Polish city of Nysa will included an elevated helipad.  It is planned to be ready in April 2011

10-Jan-11

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Omniflight offers military free membership in OmniAdvantage program

Omniflight offers military free membership in OmniAdvantage program

As a way of showing gratitude to the men and women of the military who keep America safe, Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, is offering active duty military members and veterans free membership in the OmniAdvantage program nationwide. The free membership extends to the families (spouses and legal dependents) of the… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 10-Jan-11

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Dutch Government blocks planned night EMS operations

Dutch Government blocks planned night EMS operations

Dutch Government has announced that EMS helicopters “Lifeliner 1” at University Medical Centre in Amsterdam and “Lifeliner Europe 4” at the UMCG in Groningen are not allowed to operate at night as planned. The bases of both have been specially upgraded for night operations planned to start on 1st April 2011

Source: ANWB, 10-Jan-11

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HealthNet adds EC130 in West Virginia

HealthNet adds EC130 in West Virginia

The new airborne emergency medical service is a joint effort by HealthNet Aeromedical Services, West Virginia University Hospitals, WVUH-East and Air Methods.  The EC130 is based at Eastern Regional Airport

10-Jan-11

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Medina Hospital helicopter issue revisited, concerns still abound

Medina Hospital helicopter issue revisited, concerns still abound

Many residents in attendance at recent meeting urged the hospital to consider Medina Municipal Airport as a possible stationing ground for the helicopter

Source: Cleveland.com, 10-Jan-11

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Bangalore set for two AW109 air ambulances by mid 2011

Bangalore set for two AW109 air ambulances by mid 2011

Indian operator OSS Air Management is acquiring two AW109s to provide an air ambulance service in Bangalore by the middle of 2011

06-Jan-11

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Air Methods exits Level 2 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods exits Level 2 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the largest air medical transportation company in the world, recently was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it successfully exited Level 2 status in the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. Air Methods is the only helicopter air medical operator to have exited Level 1 and Level 2… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Jan-11

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Lee County Medstar selects Becker Avionics for Bell 430

Lee County Medstar selects Becker Avionics for Bell 430

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System has been selected by Lee County MEDSTAR for integration into their recently acquired Bell 430 twin-engine helicopter. The aircraft is currently undergoing completion at Sarasota Avionics and will be specifically tailored to their needs. The DVCS6100 was chosen due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Jan-11

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Iraqi emergency units complete EMT training

Iraqi emergency units complete EMT training

Iraqis with the Iraqi Emergency Security Unit completed emergency medical technician training, Dec. 28, after five weeks of coursework with U.S. Army medics. Provided by the “Thunderhorse” medics of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, the training began in late November. Instruction was provided to Iraqi Police, the Emergency Security Unit and… Read more »

Source: US Army, 06-Jan-11

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ADAC takes over rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” from DRF

ADAC takes over rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” from DRF

ADAC have taken over the running of Germany rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” at Ochsenfurt for the next five years using an EC135, after winning a tender.  The previous operator was DRF

06-Jan-11

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UK’s Frimley Park Hospital to add rooftop helipad

UK’s Frimley Park Hospital to add rooftop helipad

Frimley Park Hospital in the UK county of Surrey has given the go-ahead to a £20M project to build a new Accident & Emergency department including a roof-top helipad.  When completed, this facility will avoid the delays associated with the current arrangement where air ambulances have to land at Kings International College and complete the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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Intermountain Life Flight adds new base in southern Utah

Intermountain Life Flight adds new base in southern Utah

Intermountain Life Flight will begin providing helicopter service for medical transport in southern Utah starting January 14th

Source: KCSG, 06-Jan-11

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New helipad opens for Thursday Island Hospital

New helipad opens for Thursday Island Hospital

The 620-square metre aeromedical helipad, ringed with two-metre safety nets, will be used by Australian Helicopters’ quick response teams to transport patients to the Thursday Island Hospital through its medical and SAR operations.

Source: Torres News, 05-Jan-11

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Austria’s OAMTC air ambulance flew 14,816 missions in 2010

Austria’s OAMTC air ambulance flew 14,816 missions in 2010

[electronic translation from original German press release] Future of the Air Ambulance in Austria for the time being secured “The operational activities of emergency medical helicopter ÖAMTC has increased again in 2010,” said Reinhard Kraxner, managing director of ÖAMTC air ambulance. “Overall, our 16 helicopters flew 14 816 operations, which are 886 more than in… Read more »

Source: OAMTC, 05-Jan-11

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Native Air introduces a new membership program – OmniAdvantage

Native Air introduces a new membership program – OmniAdvantage

Native Air, a division of Omniflight Helicopters, a leading national provider of air medical services, today introduced a membership program, OmniAdvantage, making medical transport available to members and their families for a fraction of its actual cost. Native Air operates more than 20 bases in Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas, using helicopters and fixed-wing… Read more »

Source: Native Air, 05-Jan-11

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San Antonio AirLife appoints new CEO to succeed Hilliard

San Antonio AirLife appoints new CEO to succeed Hilliard

San Antonio AirLIFE’s board of directors named Shawn Salter as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.

04-Jan-11

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Heli Invest to provide warrenty service for Polish EMS ES135 fleet

Heli Invest to provide warrenty service for Polish EMS ES135 fleet

Just before Christmas at the service center of Heli Invest in Warsaw Eurocopter delivered the Polish Medical Air Rescue, or Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR), the last two EC 135P2i helicopters out of total of 23 ordered under a contract with the Ministry of Health. Heli Invest – as a sole authorized distributor of Eurocopter helicopters… Read more »

Source: Heli Invest, 04-Jan-11

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Settlement reached in Ornge discrimination case

Settlement reached in Ornge discrimination case

In October, Local 505 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) alleging discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists at Ornge, formerly Ontario Air Ambulance. “We are pleased to announce that the complaint has now been withdrawn by the union prior to a formal… Read more »

Source: NUPGE, 23-Dec-10

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Christoph Regensburg prepares for NVG operations

Christoph Regensburg prepares for NVG operations

Preparation for the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), at the Regensburg HEMS base of HDM Luftrettung is gaining pace: The helicopter of type EC 145 completed multi-day tests conducted by Eurocopter, the helicopter manufacturer, on NVG capability last week. Pilot training goes along with it. In April 2011, the regular NVG operation will start… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 23-Dec-10

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New EC145 delivered to Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance

New EC145 delivered to Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter is pleased to announce the delivery of a new, state-of-the-art EC145 to Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, the air medical transport service for Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Virginia.  The aircraft will be based at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Virginia), the only Level One Trauma Center in the area. The EC145’s combination… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Dec-10

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Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance extends winter flying hours

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance extends winter flying hours

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA), which serves Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB), was able to fly an extended 12 hour day for the period 5 July 2010 to 22 November 2010 and will continue to run a 10 hour day during the winter months. The… Read more »

Source: TVACAA, 23-Dec-10

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CALSTAR adds 11th helicopter base

CALSTAR adds 11th helicopter base

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue on Wednesday began providing emergency helicopter transport service to the Sacramento Valley from its headquarters at McClellan Park.

Source: Sacramento Bee, 22-Dec-10

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HAI encourages everyone to support EMS operators by responding to NPRM

HAI encourages everyone to support EMS operators by responding to NPRM

Although this long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was billed as a regulatory initiative aimed at helicopter air medical operations, it goes well beyond that. It would affect other Part 135 operations, all commercial helicopter operations, and even Part 91 operations. HAI has been receiving considerable feedback from air medical operators and working closely with… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Dec-10

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Ornge transports 100,000th patient

Ornge transports 100,000th patient

MISSISSAUGA (Dec. 20)  – Ornge, a world leader in transport medicine, reached a major milestone in its five year history today, as the organization transported its 100,000th patient. All aspects of air ambulance services were divested by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2006 and since became Ornge. Ornge, a not-for-profit organization,… Read more »

21-Dec-10

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New government in Australia’s state of Victoria allows EMS helipad approval

New government in Australia’s state of Victoria allows EMS helipad approval

Planning Minister Matthew Guy says the Government has amended the Glenelg Shire planning scheme to allow the plans to go ahead.

Source: ABC, 20-Dec-10

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EC135 air ambulance blocked from landing by snowballs

EC135 air ambulance blocked from landing by snowballs

A group of youths stopped an airborne ambulance crew from landing at an emergency call in Swansea by pelting the helicopter with snowballs.

Source: BBC, 20-Dec-10

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Eurocopter completes delivery of 23 EC135s to Polish EMS operator

Eurocopter completes delivery of 23 EC135s to Polish EMS operator

Poland’s public air medical rescue operator LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) has received its final two EC135 helicopters from the 23 acquired by the Polish Ministry of Health, which are being used to modernize the country’s nationwide emergency medical services (EMS) network. This on-time delivery for the concluding two EC135s followed their technical acceptance at Eurocopter’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Dec-10

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Brazil’s Goias State takes delivery of AW119 for Fire Department

Brazil’s Goias State takes delivery of AW119 for Fire Department

On Friday 17th December, the Fire Department in Brazil’s state of Goias took delivery of the first of three AgustaWestland AW119Ke helicopters bought by the state. Lieutenant Colonel Múcio Santos Ferreira of the Fire Department said that the cost 7 million Brazilian Reals – approximatly US$4 million.  The aircraft has the capacity to be used… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-10

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Saab invests in EMS technology and maintenance

Saab invests in EMS technology and maintenance

Saab has signed an eight-year agreement with Scandinavian Air Ambulance Holding AB.This means, from the start of next year, Saab will take over responsibility for the Group’s technical and maintenance personnel and operations for their helicopters and aircraft. Saab also invests MSEK 25 in Scandinavian Air Ambulance convertibles. Through the agreement, Saab takes the responsibility… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Dec-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

East Anglian Air Ambulance says future is assured

In response to media coverage suggesting that there may be no air ambulance service in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by Christmas, the East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved to reassure the public that its enhanced service has in fact now been launched and will be ready to help those caught up in medical emergencies and accidents… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Dec-10

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Scandinavian MediCopter takes off in Gällivare

Scandinavian MediCopter takes off in Gällivare

The air ambulance company Scandinavian MediCopter started its EMS operations in Gällivare on 1st December. It took off on its first medical call at 17:02. The company will operate a Eurocopter AS 365 N3 Dauphin (SE-JIA) from the base at Vassaraträsk, near the town center. The previous operator, Norrlandsflyg AB, is now leaving Gällivare –… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Dec-10

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New base for UT Lifestar in Sevier County

New base for UT Lifestar in Sevier County

Representatives of UT LIFESTAR dedicated the newly constructed Sevier County base of operations during a partnership luncheon celebration at the base, located at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport in Sevierville. The Sevier County base continues to be the most heavily utilized of the five bases of operation for UT LIFESTAR, the air medical transport service of The… Read more »

Source: UT Lifestar, 12-Dec-10

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NEMSPA launches survey on promposed EMS regulations

NEMSPA launches survey on promposed EMS regulations

The National EMS Pilots Association is gathering feedback from helicopter EMS pilots on proposed regulations that may become the most far-reaching rules to date for the Air Medical industry. The survey is for active EMS helicopter pilots only. The FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that addresses the safety of commercial helicopter operations is… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 09-Dec-10

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Keystone Med-Flight signs distribution agreement with mVisum

Keystone Med-Flight signs distribution agreement with mVisum

Keystone announced today that it has signed a distribution and license agreement with the mobile health care communication firm mVisum, Inc. This agreement authorizes Keystone to distribute and sell mVisum’s unique medical data transmission system for use on medically configured aircraft. mVisum’s technology provides the ability to send, review, and respond to diagnostic quality medical… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 09-Dec-10

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All Rega mountain bases now equipped with AW109SP Da Vinci

All Rega mountain bases now equipped with AW109SP Da Vinci

Swiss Air Ambulance, known locally as Rega, has now upgraded all their mountain bases to the AgustaWestland Da Vinci, based on AW109SP model – the last two bases to upgrade were at Zweisimmen and Mollis. The crew of the helicopter base at Zweisimmen upgraded to an AW109SP Da Vinci last Saturday with a patient transfer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters introduces in service the first EMS Grand in the UK

UK: Sloane Helicopters introduces in service the first EMS Grand in the UK

[HeliHub.com has already provided links to a press report on this operation. This press release provides a lot more detail than the press report] Sloane Helicopters Limited is pleased to announce the entry into service of the UK’s first Agusta EMS Grand, G-HEMZ, with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, one of the busiest… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 08-Dec-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

East Anglian Air Ambulance moves second base from Wyton to Cambridge

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved its Western operational base to Cambridge Airport as it launches an enhanced and more sustainable service which it believes will help save more lives across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The charity has worked closely with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in developing the new service… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters provides A109 Power EMS to Magpas

UK: Sloane Helicopters provides A109 Power EMS to Magpas

Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce that it is providing one A109 Power EMS to Magpas, the Emergency Medical Charity, for the Magpas Helimedix to fill in an operational gap into the Air Ambulance services operating from RAF Wyton. The aircraft is equipped with the standard EMS factory fit and with customised oxygen and radio… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 07-Dec-10

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Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance upgrade to 109S Grand

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance upgrade to 109S Grand

DLRAA has upgraded from a 109E Power to a brand new 109S Grand

Source: Channel 4, 06-Dec-10

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Luther to add backup helipad

Luther to add backup helipad

A backup helipad is planned for the Mayo One air ambulance at Luther Midelfort’s Eau Claire campus. The Eau Claire Plan Commission will discuss a proposal Monday

Source: Leader Telegram, 06-Dec-10

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New MedEvac EC135 for Cape May County

New MedEvac EC135 for Cape May County

The new MedEvac EC135 is a joint venture between Cooper University Trauma Center and Atlantic Air Ambulance. The helicopter is based at the Millville Municipal Airport

Source: Cape May County Herald, 06-Dec-10

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Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

This is a repeat of when an Alberta-based STARS helicopter air ambulance was stationed in southern Manitoba during the last serious spring flood in 2009, and it was credited with saving two lives

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Dec-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance has won planning permission for a new operational base on the boundary of Newquay Cornwall Airport. The location is currently just outside the airport’s security fence, but the plans call for a fence move to ensure the new helipad continues to be airside. Positioned just south of the “piano keys” of Runway… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-10

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Malaysia plans network of 30 EMS helicopters

Malaysia plans network of 30 EMS helicopters

The plan is expected to be fully implemented by 2015. Under the plan, the helicopters are expected to be distributed and given jurisdiction over the northern, central and southern zones.

Source: The Sun Daily, 01-Dec-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

This past Thursday, Cornwall Air Ambulance have recorded their 22,000th mission in their 23 years of operation, airlifting a 30 year old woman from Penzance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Cornwall Air Ambulance flies a Eurocopter EC135T2 covering a county of nearly 1,400 square miles and a population approaching 550,000. Jutting out to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-10

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Utah State University Life Flight helicopter hit by laser

Utah State University Life Flight helicopter hit by laser

The incident spurred an investigation by USU police after the flight crew reported seeing the light originate somewhere near the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Oct. 3.

Source: Herald Journal, 29-Nov-10

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 40 years of rescues

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 40 years of rescues

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, which administers the service, is extending its operations, with one of the Westpac choppers to be based in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula from December 26 to Anniversary Weekend at the end of January

Source: NZ Herald, 29-Nov-10

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Santa Catarina fire crew fly 500th mission this year

Santa Catarina fire crew fly 500th mission this year

500 calls, 334 flight hours and 414 victims assisted. These are the numbers of Battalion Operations Firefighters of Santa Catarina using a helicopter Archangel, from January to November this year.

Source: Clic RBS, 29-Nov-10

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Native Air’s “Flight for a Cause” donates $15K to River Cities United Way

Native Air’s “Flight for a Cause” donates $15K to River Cities United Way

Native Air, a division of Omniflight Helicopters, a leading national provider of air medical services, has donated more than $15,000 to River Cities United Way. The donation, part of Native Air’s Flight for a Cause fund-raising program, supports local charities and community organizations within the communities it serves. The donation was based on the number… Read more »

Source: Native Air, 28-Nov-10

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New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has announced $500,000 for the region’s rescue helicopter. Ms Keneally made the announcement at the official opening of the new $2.3-million headquarters for the service at Tamworth Airport.

Source: ABC, 26-Nov-10

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Halifax Health reviweing EMS helicopter program as costs spiral

Halifax Health reviweing EMS helicopter program as costs spiral

Halifax’s president/CEO has scheduled a meeting next week with Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson and plans another with County Manager Jim Dinneen to discuss options.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, 25-Nov-10

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New medical helicopter serves Jefferson County, Missouri

New medical helicopter serves Jefferson County, Missouri

Survival One, is based at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and owned by Survival Flight of Glendale, Arizona

Source: STLtoday, 25-Nov-10

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NZ Commerce Commission warns air ambulance services over price-fixing

NZ Commerce Commission warns air ambulance services over price-fixing

The Commerce Commission has formally warned two companies who were competing for air ambulance evacuations to New Zealand, following an investigation into price fixing.

Source: Stuff, 25-Nov-10

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Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

Ornge opts for Navtech flight planning solution

November 23, 2010 (TORONTO) – Through a three-year agreement, Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, provides flight plans and flight following services for Ornge Air, an acclaimed air medical transport company based in Ontario, Canada. Ornge is Navtech’s first air medical transport customer – further evidence of the growing diversity of… Read more »

Source: Navtech, 24-Nov-10

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New Mexico EMS operator orders Bell 429

New Mexico EMS operator orders Bell 429

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 23, 2010) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that San Juan Regional Medical Center will add the world’s most advanced light twin helicopter, the Bell 429, to its air ambulance fleet. The purchase of the 429 supports San Juan Regional Medical Center’s AirCare unit based out… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Nov-10

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Omniflight launches OmniAdvantage membership program, initially in 8 states

Omniflight launches OmniAdvantage membership program, initially in 8 states

ADDISON, Texas, November 22, 2010 — Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, has launched its OmniAdvantage family membership program in eight of the 18 states in which it offers service. Omniflight is introducing OmniAdvantage as a supplemental insurance offering to give the millions of families in its service regions the… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 23-Nov-10

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Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

WeatherBug®, the leading provider of consumer and professional weather products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, announced its selection by SESCAM (Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha), a regional healthcare organization in central Spain that serves more than two million living throughout the region of Castilla-La Mancha. With the… Read more »

Source: WeatherBug, 23-Nov-10

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Great North Air Ambulance replaces leased Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance replaces leased Dauphin

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has launched the second of two Dauphin Eurocopter AS 365 N2 helicopters it has bought from Multiflight. Both of the Dauphin helicopters will be managed and crewed by Multiflight. The first Dauphin bought from Multiflight was launched into service by GNAAS earlier this year. Multiflight Managing Director Steve… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 23-Nov-10

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UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital gets helipad planning approval

UK: Addenbrooke’s Hospital gets helipad planning approval

Use of the £600,000 facility, on land south of the Rosie maternity hospital, will be limited to the hours between 7am and 9pm. The only aspect standing in the way now is to secure the funding. Photo shows the local air ambulance

Source: Cambridge News, 22-Nov-10

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Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance win £100K grant to upgrade Coventry base

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance win £100K grant to upgrade Coventry base

Grants came from three trusts, General Charities of the City of Coventry, Stratford Town Trust and the Soroptimist International of Rugby Charitable Trust, to improve working areas at the operational base.

Source: Coventry Telegraph, 22-Nov-10

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East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

East Anglian Air Ambulance Chief Executive to leave

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has announced that the charity’s Chief Executive Simon Gray will be leaving the charity at the end of January 2011. Andrew Egerton-Smith, Chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, commented: “We’re hugely indebted to Simon for the commitment he has shown to making the charity one of the most effective… Read more »

22-Nov-10

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Rega becomes first major international installation for Zoll’s Propaq MD

Rega becomes first major international installation for Zoll’s Propaq MD

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue, Rega, of Zurich Switzerland, is the first international air medical service to install the new Propaq(R) MD Monitor/Defibrillator on its medical helicopters. Rega partnered with ZOLL over the last year to provide valuable clinical and human factor input… Read more »

Source: Zoll, 22-Nov-10

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Namibia gets its first ever air ambulance

Namibia gets its first ever air ambulance

E-MED Rescue 24 launched the first-ever air ambulance in Windhoek on Thursday – a Bell LongRanger in association with MVA and Expedite Aviation. A second aircraft is planned for Tsumeb to help serve the Northern region of the country

22-Nov-10

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Alabama Life Saver to open fifth base

Alabama Life Saver to open fifth base

Omniflight Helicopter’s Alabama Life Saver program is to open its fifth site at Ozark’s Blackwell Field Airport.

Source: Dothan Eagle, 21-Nov-10

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Air Evac may fill rescue helicopter void in NY state

Air Evac may fill rescue helicopter void in NY state

Air Evac Lifeteam wants to open a base to provide coverage to Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, 21-Nov-10

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MedEvac Foundation round off last month’s successful AMTC

MedEvac Foundation round off last month’s successful AMTC

MedEvac Foundation held and sponsored many successful events at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Ft. Lauderdale last month. Here are just a few highlights: Former astronaut Daniel Bursch, Captain, USN, Ret. spoke at the AMTC Tuesday General Session, relating safety lessons from NASA to air medical transport. Bursch was a guest of the… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 21-Nov-10

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Profile: ProMedica Air’s fleet of helicopters

Profile: ProMedica Air’s fleet of helicopters

ProMedica Air is part of ProMedica Health System, based in Toledo, OH

Source: 13abc, 21-Nov-10

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PHi Air Medical equips fleet with Zoll’s new Propaq MD

PHi Air Medical equips fleet with Zoll’s new Propaq MD

First Major North American Installation of New Ultra-Rugged Defibrillator/Monitor Designed With Unmatched Capabilities for Air Medical Operations ZOLL Medical Corporation (NasdaqGS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that PHI Air Medical of Phoenix, Arizona, a business unit of PHI, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: PHIIK), is the first major installation for… Read more »

Source: Zoll, 19-Nov-10

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