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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new Chief Executive

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new Chief Executive

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to lead one of the region’s largest and most vital charities. Tim Page joins the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) having most recently worked for charities in London and Birmingham. He arrives with a wealth of knowledge and experience of leading successful teams and has ambitions to make… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 07-Jun-11

ThedaStar celebrates 25 years in Wisconsin

ThedaStar celebrates 25 years in Wisconsin

It was more than eight years ago, but Kyle Kienitz remembers Dec. 24, 2002, as if it was yesterday. At age 22, the U.S. Marine was home in Brillion on leave when the vehicle he was driving rolled over seven times, ejecting him and leaving him a paraplegic. ThedaStar responded to the scene and transported… Read more »

Source: ThedaCare, 07-Jun-11

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Norsk Luftambulance to fly new EMS operation in Denmark

Norsk Luftambulance to fly new EMS operation in Denmark

A new EMS operation is opening in the Danish provinces of Midtjylland / Nordjylland (Central and Northern Jutland), with a Eurocopter EC135 flown by Norway’s Norsk Luftambulanse.  This is only the second air ambulance helicopter in Denmark, and the first one operational 24 hours a day.  Although Denmark is a small country, its hospital structure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-11

HDM records 10,000th rescue flight in Berlin

HDM records 10,000th rescue flight in Berlin

The Berlin station of the air rescue organisation HDM achieved its 10,000th mission on the night of 31 May its 10,000. The control center Lausitz alerted the crew at midnight to a patient who was injured in a riding accident.  A 43-year-old was in a barn being kicked repeatedly by a horse on the head… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 03-Jun-11

Children’s Hospital helipad deemed safe for approach, landing

Children’s Hospital helipad deemed safe for approach, landing

A proposed helipad for the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood should be safe enough “to perform approach and landing maneuvers,” an independent analysis conducted for the Illinois Department of Transportation says.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 03-Jun-11

AAMS Safety Management Training Academy – One Month Away

AAMS Safety Management Training Academy – One Month Away

The AAMS Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) is a robust training program on safety management for the air medical and critical care community. The program provides a comprehensive foundation in the science and application of the discipline of safety systems for current and future leaders in emergency medical transport. Participants will garner specific knowledge and… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 03-Jun-11

Air Methods acquires parent company of Omniflight Helicopters

Air Methods acquires parent company of Omniflight Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the largest air medical transportation company in the world, announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (the Agreement) to acquire OF Air Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. (together, Omniflight). Omniflight provides air medical transport services throughout the United States and provides these services… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Jun-11

Brandywine Hospital eliminates SkyFlightCare

Brandywine Hospital eliminates SkyFlightCare

Brandywine Hospital spokeswoman Patti Jackson-Gehris said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the helicopter service is no longer needed due to a new flight service in the region and due to the county’s new trauma center at Paoli Hospital, which opened last year.

Source: Daily Local, 03-Jun-11

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Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

ADAC, the German-based rescue organisation, has announced that it’s “Christoph Europa 1” base achieved its 50,000th mission on 18th May.  Based at Aachen-Merzbrück airfield, the helicopter was on its 725th Use this year after being called to an emergency to Baesweiler. These impressive figures reflect a high daily operating frequency, which averaged five missions per… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-11

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Wales Air Ambulance crew nominated for award

Wales Air Ambulance crew nominated for award

The crew of the Wales Air Ambulance who plucked a badly-inured climber to safety has been nominated for a UK award. Paramedic Aneurin Heath, one of the crew onboard the Swansea-based helicopter, braved pounding waves and an incoming tide to rescue the patient.

Source: Wales Online, 02-Jun-11

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Groundbreaking for the new Ticino base for Rega

Groundbreaking for the new Ticino base for Rega

REGA, the Swiss Air Ambulance operator, has broken ground on a new base for Ticino, the southernmost canton in the mountaineous land-locked country.  Located at Locarno airport, the new facility is expected to be operational in June 2012. EMS cover began in Ticino in 1980 with a small hangar, an Alouette III and two pilots…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-11

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance raises £1M in five years from recycling clothes

Yorkshire Air Ambulance raises £1M in five years from recycling clothes

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) want to say a huge thank you to all their supporters who have helped them raise a massive £1million through their recycling scheme over the last 5 years. The life-saving Charity has been operating their successful recycling campaign since 2005, which is managed by their recycling partners Bag It Up… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 01-Jun-11

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Finnish Government aims to reclaim 1,000,000 Euro grant from Medi-Heli

Finnish Government aims to reclaim 1,000,000 Euro grant from Medi-Heli

The Social Affairs and Health ministry in Finland claims that insufficient information has been provided by Medi-Heli on how the grant was spent, and are thus seeking it be returned.

Source: YLE, 01-Jun-11

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Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

St. Luke’s Health System’s bases at Twin Falls and Meridian are expected to upgrade their helicopters to Bell 429s in the near future.  Like their current 430s, these will be leased from Boise-based Idaho Helicopters, and will half the lift-off time offered by the current machines to just four minutes.  An exact date is not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-May-11

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Howard Young Medical Center to add helipad at Woodruff

Howard Young Medical Center to add helipad at Woodruff

The new helipad will be located adjacent to the Emergency Department on grounds that are currently being used for employee parking.

Source: News of the North, 30-May-11

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CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

The BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in South Lake Tahoe has been installed with a $230,000 Super Lifter Kit, giving it enhanced aerodynamic performance, more speed, more efficiency and less vibration while in flight. For the few pilots who have had the opportunity to fly it, the BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 30-May-11

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ÖAMTC base at Krems marks 25,000th mission

ÖAMTC base at Krems marks 25,000th mission

27 years after being launched, the “Christopherus 2” of the ÖAMTC air ambulance in AUstria launched its 25,000th mission.  Based at Krems, the EC135 was flown by Gerhard Trötzmüller with doctor Robert Mosser  and flight paramedic Armin Schwanzer to transport a 52 year old patient with severe head injuries in the Regional Hospital of St…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-May-11

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Wake Forest AirCare celebrates 25 years and adds second EC130

Wake Forest AirCare celebrates 25 years and adds second EC130

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 27, 2011 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centerbegan using its newest helicopter, AirCare 2, during the month that commemorates the establishment of the air ambulance service 25 years ago. AirCare 2 is based at the Elkin Municipal Airport to provide fast transport to calls from northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia…. Read more »

Source: Wake Forest AirCare, 29-May-11

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Maryland State Police to relocate Salisbury helicopter on summer weekends

Maryland State Police to relocate Salisbury helicopter on summer weekends

The Maryland State Police helicopter typically stationed in Salisbury will be relocated to the Ocean City Airport for weekends during the summer. Police say the switch means they can respond more quickly to medical crises in the tourist-packed resort.

Source: Del Marva Now, 29-May-11

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MedEvac Foundation congratulates 2011 MTLI scholarship winner

MedEvac Foundation congratulates 2011 MTLI scholarship winner

MedEvac Foundation International has bestowed its 3rd annual Medical Transport Leadership Institute Scholarship to Mr. Christopher Hall, BS, FP-C, NREMT-P of PHI Air Medical Services. The 2-year scholarship is awarded based on active involvement, industry achievement level and commitment to critical care transport services, and is made possible through a generous donation from Metro Aviation,… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation International, 29-May-11

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UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

UM Survival Flight gets green light for new $11M HQ

The 80,000-square-foot building will be built on county property on Tooley Road, just north of M-59 in Howell Township. The 13-acre site, the former Hubbel farm, has access to the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport.

29-May-11

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STARS pilot reveals lack of inter-agency cooperation at inquiry

STARS pilot reveals lack of inter-agency cooperation at inquiry

The STARS pilot testified that he couldn’t communicate with a fire department boat on the water below, but relayed information to Sutherland-Byers, who was on shore, who then passed on the information.

Source: Calgary Herald, 29-May-11

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DRF Luftrettung to take part in AirMed World Congress

DRF Luftrettung to take part in AirMed World Congress

DRF Luftrettung will take part in AIRMED World Congress, in Brighton (UK) from 24th-27th May 2011. Chief representatives from DRF Luftrettung’s flight operation, technical and medical department will give lectures during the scientific programme of the congress. The conference will present the latest facts on air rescue in the fields of emergency medicine, flight safety,… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 25-May-11

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Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 20th birthday

Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 20th birthday

Last Saturday Midlands Air Ambulance held its 20th anniversary ball at the Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium, with one of their Eurocopter EC135s on hand to anchor the event. About 250 guests, including people who have been airlifted, attended.  The service, which operates three EC135s from bases at Cosford, Strensham and Tatenhill, needs to raise £6m… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-11

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Guardian Air marks 10th anniversary

Guardian Air marks 10th anniversary

Guardian Air celebrated its 10 years in the Verde Valley with tours of the aircraft and refreshments at the helicopter landing pad, just outside the hospital’s emergency room.

Source: Verde Independent, 23-May-11

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Air Methods to move base from Hagerstown to Chambersburg airport

Air Methods to move base from Hagerstown to Chambersburg airport

The single helicopter based at Hagerstown flew 442 calls in the past year. The Air Methods staff of four pilots, one mechanic and eight crew members will transfer to Franklin County Regional Airport in Greene Township.  No date has been set for the transition to occur, although “midsummer” seems likely

Source: Air Methods, 20-May-11

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AAMS launches “MedEvac Hour” awareness campaign

AAMS launches “MedEvac Hour” awareness campaign

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is pleased to announce the launch of MedEvac Hour, a public awareness effort to educate the populace on the unique and crucial role that MedEvac transport plays within the larger EMS system. MedEvac crews work daily to safely and efficiently serve the most critically ill and injured patients… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 18-May-11

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HealthNet celebrates 25 years in West Virginia

HealthNet celebrates 25 years in West Virginia

Small spaces and high speeds are a normal part of Becky Oakley’s day.  The program director for HealthNet’s Charleston and Beckley service areas, Oakley oversees the emergency helicopter service that has transported more than 600,000 people since its start in 1986.

Source: Gazette Mail, 16-May-11

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STARS receives Can$5M donation from Crescent Point Energy

STARS receives Can$5M donation from Crescent Point Energy

STARS is celebrating a $5 million donation from Crescent Point Energy (CPE) toward the establishment of a STARS program in Saskatchewan in 2012, and at a recent presentation, STARS presents a model AW139 helicopter to CPE. STARS signed an agreement with the government of Saskatchewan to develop a helicopter emergency medical services program in the… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-May-11

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Carilion Clinic Life-Guard celebrate 30 years on Saturday

Carilion Clinic Life-Guard celebrate 30 years on Saturday

Come celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard and the 25th anniversary of Carilion Clinic’s ground services on Saturday, May 14th @ 3p.m. at Down by the River. Life-Guard will be there, along with ambulances, flight and ground crews, Q99 and free food! For more information and for ticket prices to Down by the… Read more »

Source: Carilion Clinic, 13-May-11

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STARS Opening Critical Care Simulation Centre

STARS Opening Critical Care Simulation Centre

STARS is hosting an air medical crew simulation competition together with the grand opening of a new STARS Critical Care Simulation Centre at 11 a.m. on May 12, 2011. There will be three STARS teams involved in the competition, including two from Grande Prairie and one from Calgary. The teams will be competing to represent… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-May-11

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New ideas proposed for training helicopter flight nurses

New ideas proposed for training helicopter flight nurses

The fastest way to the hospital may be a helicopter ride. The safest way is with a well-trained acute-care flight nurse with expertise in working in the cramped, noisy, vibrating and extreme hot and cold environment on board the aircraft. To meet the growing demand to fly patients from an accident or disaster scene or… Read more »

Source: Case Western Reserve University, 13-May-11

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Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

In the last few days, the coroner at a London hearing has been summing up her findings of the inquest into the terrorist attacks in London on 7th July 2005, involving explosions on three underground trains and one of London’s iconic red buses.  The last of nine recommendations states “The Department of Health, the mayor… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-11

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Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.  “The ship will not fly unless they do that,” Sheriff’s Office Chief John Balloni said.

11-May-11

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Air Methods may be warning you. Are you listening?

Air Methods may be warning you. Are you listening?

The reporter says he “often use accounts receivable and days sales outstanding to judge a company’s current health and future prospects”.  See how this maps out for Air Methods compared with others in the sector

Source: Motley Fool, 10-May-11

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Geisinger Medical Center take delivery of fourth EC145

Geisinger Medical Center take delivery of fourth EC145

During an event at the company’s Delivery Center in Grand Prairie, American Eurocopter celebrated the delivery of the fourth EC145 to Geisinger Medical Center’s Life Flight® program. The aircraft is part of an ongoing fleet replacement initiative as the Life Flight program continues to standardize its fleet on the proven and popular EC145 platform. “Geisinger… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 10-May-11

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Snowy Hydro announces new 5 year Aus$2.5M sponsorship of SouthCare Rescue Helicopter

Snowy Hydro announces new 5 year Aus$2.5M sponsorship of SouthCare Rescue Helicopter

At the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Gala Ball held at the National Convention Centre on Saturday night, Snowy Hydro Limited Managing Director, Mr Terry Charlton, announced a new 5 year, major sponsorship contract worth $2.5 million. Mr Terry Charlton said, at the function, attended by more than 500 people: “There could be no better way to… Read more »

Source: Snowy Hydro, 10-May-11

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PHi announces results for Q1 ending 31 March 2011

PHi announces results for Q1 ending 31 March 2011

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. Oil and Gas segment revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $77.5 million, and operating income for the segment was $7.0 million, compared to revenues of $84.9 million and operating income… Read more »

Source: PHi, 10-May-11

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NETS UK to go to tender for pediatric EMS helicopter

NETS UK to go to tender for pediatric EMS helicopter

Nets UK is a national charity that over the next few months will be developing the facilities, formerly home to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, as its operating and Clinical Training Centre. The charity is about to tender for its first aircraft which will be specially equipped for children and new-born infants who need to fly to… Read more »

Source: NETS UK, 09-May-11

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US and Japanese responders make history

US and Japanese responders make history

OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. military and local and national Japanese emergency response services conducted a bilateral field training exercise, where for the first time Japanese emergency response helicopters performed patient transports to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa April 27. The exercise was part of an emergency preparedness exercise conducted between the U.S. military and Japanese emergency… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 09-May-11

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Saab widens Scandinavian Air Ambulance contract

Saab widens Scandinavian Air Ambulance contract

The first additional agreement has now been signed as part of the 8-year agreement that came into force earlier this year with Scandinavian Air Ambulance Holding AB (SAAH). The order is worth SEK 25 m and relates to the expansion of technical and maintenance services. The agreement is an extension to the technical and maintenance… Read more »

Source: Saab, 09-May-11

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Australia’s CareFlight marks 25 years

Australia’s CareFlight marks 25 years

The first CareFlight base was established in the grounds of Westmead Hospital with only one doctor on duty each day.  In 2011, CareFlight celebrates its 25th anniversary with eight bases around Australia and up to 11 doctors rostered on duty each day of the year.

Source: Parramatta Advertiser, 09-May-11

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Multiflight awarded 5 year Great North Air Ambulance contract

Multiflight awarded 5 year Great North Air Ambulance contract

Multiflight has been awarded a new five-year contract to manage, crew and maintain the helicopters for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). Multiflight has managed, crewed and maintained the GNAAS helicopters since early 2010 and has supplied the charity with two Dauphin Eurocopter AS 365 N2 helicopters. Steve Borrowdale, Multiflight’s Managing Director, said: “Multiflight… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 06-May-11

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Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance marks 8,000th mission

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance marks 8,000th mission

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) has completed its 8,000th mission since its launch in March, 2000. The milestone call-out was to take an 18-month-old burns victim from Shaftesbury to Salisbury District Hospital, which has a specialist burns unit. During 2010, the Air Ambulance attended 788 incidents, 51 per cent of them (403) in Dorset… Read more »

Source: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, 05-May-11

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UK: Bristol Royal Infirmary heads for $80M redevelopment including helipad

UK: Bristol Royal Infirmary heads for $80M redevelopment including helipad

Bristol Royal Infirmary has reached a new milestone in their redevelopment project, as the Board of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust approved the full business case for the redevelopment.  At the end of March it was announced that the Trust had secured the £70 million loan for the refurbishment by the Department of Health…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates anniversary in Houston, Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates anniversary in Houston, Missouri

Air Evac Lifeteam invited the community to join them yesterday for an open house to celebrate the office’s second anniversary.  A drop-in reception was held to mark the occasion More info

Source: Houston Herald, 04-May-11

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World Helicopters acquires Bond Aviation Group for €300m

World Helicopters acquires Bond Aviation Group for €300m

Bond Aviation Group becomes an integral part of World Helicopters, together with the Inaer Helicopter Company and Australian Helicopters. Creates the world leader in the emergency helicopter services industry. Creates a leading player in the international oil and gas helicopter services industry. World Helicopters will operate ca. 360 aircrafts (rotary and fixed wing). World Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: World Helicopters, 02-May-11

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Midlands Air Ambulance seeks past patients for 20th anniversary plans

Midlands Air Ambulance seeks past patients for 20th anniversary plans

Were you or someone you know airlifted by the Air Ambulance back in the 1990’s or early 2000’s? If so, we would like to share your story Midlands Air Ambulance wants to trace people we have rescued in the past to help mark our 20th anniversary this year. The Charity was originally founded as Air… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 02-May-11

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The Helicopter Line accepts New Zealand SAR award

The Helicopter Line accepts New Zealand SAR award

Search and rescue operations in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park have been part of the Helicopter Line’s role for more than 30 years.  Lead pilot Tony Delaney accepted the New Zealand SAR certificate of achievement on Thursday at a reception in Wellington marking the achievement.

Source: Timaru Herald, 01-May-11

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UK: Great North Air Ambulance prepares for third N2 Dauphin

UK: Great North Air Ambulance prepares for third N2 Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance is to add a third Dauphin to their fleet, a move that has been expected for some time but did not previously have a time frame.  The news comes as their maintenance provider, Multiflight at Leeds, registers an N2 Dauphin in the same sequence of registrations.  Great North currently operates G-NHAA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-11

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Students get hands-on lesson from Carolina LifeCare

Students get hands-on lesson from Carolina LifeCare

“We actually bring in the aircraft and let them take a look at it, let them see how to operate around it, and that way when they go out into the field and they’re taking care of patients in the streets, they’ll know the basics on how to get us in safely and how to… Read more »

Source: WPDE NewsChannel 15, 28-Apr-11

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Airmed 2011 moves static and aerial displays to Dunsfold

Airmed 2011 moves static and aerial displays to Dunsfold

It has been confirmed that the final day of the Airmed World Congress will now take place at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey rather than as previously advertised at Shoreham Airport. The Aviation Day is planned to include a host of rotary and fixed wing aircraft both on the ground and in the air and… Read more »

Source: Airmed, 27-Apr-11

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Del Sol Medical Center installs helipad

Del Sol Medical Center installs helipad

After a year-long approval process, Del Sol Medical Center’s newly constructed helipad is open to air ambulances.  A grand opening celebration will be held Tuesday.

Source: El Paso Inc, 25-Apr-11

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New Montana law allows CareFlight memberships

New Montana law allows CareFlight memberships

The 62nd Montana Legislature passed a bill, signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer on April 22, allowing consumers to purchase membership subscriptions for private, life-saving air ambulance services, including Missoula-based CareFlight

Source: Clark Fork Chronicle, 25-Apr-11

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REACH Air Medical Services appoints CFO

REACH Air Medical Services appoints CFO

REACH Air Medical Services LLC announces the hiring of D. Brian Karr as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Karr will direct all finance, treasury, funding and accounting functions to assure the success of current and future business strategies for REACH. “REACH is pleased to welcome Brian Karr to our senior management team,” said Jim Adams, CEO… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 25-Apr-11

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Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

A combined team of Afghan air force and coalition members conducted the first dedicated Mi-17 medical evacuation mission April 11 here. The team moved an Afghan National Army officer, who incurred a compound leg fracture, from Camp Bastion back to Kandahar. The planning for the inaugural mission began one month ago when Afghan air force… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 24-Apr-11

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DoD awards LifePort 5 Year contract for Up to $45.5M

DoD awards LifePort 5 Year contract for Up to $45.5M

LifePort, Inc. announced today that it had been awarded an IDIQ contract by the Defense Logistics Agency permitting orders up to $45.5 million to provide Stanchion Litter Systems (SLS) through the Electronic Catalog (ECAT). ECAT is an online purchasing vehicle that allows any U.S. federal agency to purchase products directly. This contract represents the first… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 20-Apr-11

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Air Methods names new Business Development Director for Products Division

Air Methods names new Business Development Director for Products Division

Air Methods is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Graham as the new Director of Commercial Business Development of its Products Division. Mr. Graham assumes responsibility for leading the Division’s development and growth of commercial sales in both rotary- and fixed-wing markets, including EMS, airborne law enforcement, search and rescue, corporate, utility and special… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-11

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Eurocopter India hires EMS expert Dr Erwin Stolpe

Eurocopter India hires EMS expert Dr Erwin Stolpe

Dr Stolpe, chief flight surgeon and medical director of the biggest HEMS operator of Europe, Germany’s ADAC Air Rescue, will be in India for four days from April 19th – April 22nd, 2011 to support the urgent need to adopt HEMS in India. Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to announce the ‘India… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter India, 19-Apr-11

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‘Grand Landing’ of Mercy’s new Air Med helicopter set for April 28

‘Grand Landing’ of Mercy’s new Air Med helicopter set for April 28

The public is invited to a “Grand Landing” Thursday, April 28, of Mercy Air Med’s new helicopter and Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa’s new medical transportation partner, Med-Trans Corp

Source: Globe Gazette, 19-Apr-11

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DRF holds annual conference for emergency physicians and paramedics

DRF holds annual conference for emergency physicians and paramedics

At the beginning of April, the 10th annual medical conference of the DRF Luftrettung took place in Freiburg, in southern Germany: About 100 emergency physicians and paramedics of the DRF Luftrettung got together to exchange their ideas on subjects of emergency medicine. The event provided the medical personnel of the DRF Luftrettung, which is stationed… Read more »

Source: DRF, 19-Apr-11

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PHI Air Medical launches provocative alcohol awareness campaign

PHI Air Medical launches provocative alcohol awareness campaign

PHI Air Medical announced a community-wide effort to educate and raise public awareness for alcohol abuse and drunk driving as a part of Alcohol Awareness month. The campaign is called, “You Drink. You Drive. We Fly.”

Source: Surf Muhlenberg, 18-Apr-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac is not attached to a specific hospital and is subsidized by the community through membership, which is like a form of insurance. Flights cost approximately $19,000-$20,000 with insurance covering only about half. Patients are asked to set up a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

Source: Randolph Leader, 18-Apr-11

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Norsk Luftambulanse selects Polycon Wireless Intercom System for helicopters

Norsk Luftambulanse selects Polycon Wireless Intercom System for helicopters

Becker Avionics’ partner, Axnes Aviation AS, just announced the sale of the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension system to Norsk Luftambulanse AS (Norwegian Air Ambulance AS) for retrofit into their entire EMS fleet of helicopters. The product will be installed in the company’s ten EC135s and one EC145, as well as in their lead company, Norwegian Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 18-Apr-11

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Neighbouring UK EMS operators match extended hours for summer

Neighbouring UK EMS operators match extended hours for summer

People living and working in the East of England will soon benefit from an extended daylight hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) thanks to the operational partnership of two air ambulance charities based in the East. The move to cover the extended daylight hours during the summer months will see the East of England Ambulance… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 16-Apr-11

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Minnesota’s Life Link III to lay off 20

Minnesota’s Life Link III to lay off 20

Life Link III provides critical care and life support transportation by ambulance.  9 EMT’s and 11 paramedics will be laid off effective 30th June

Source: WQOW, 16-Apr-11

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Air Evac relocating base from Marianna to Forrest City Medical Center

Air Evac relocating base from Marianna to Forrest City Medical Center

According to a press release from Air Evac, the decision to move the office was made to better align the company with its service area.

Source: Times-Herlad, 15-Apr-11

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Medina city officials will meet with residents to review helicopter policy

Medina city officials will meet with residents to review helicopter policy

This multifaceted issue was thrust into the local spotlight at a Nov. 23 “neighborhood meeting” held at the hospital. Area residents voiced their concerns regarding the disruptive air traffic, which many said had increased dramatically with the addition of the Clinic’s helicopter (a Sikorksy S-76).

15-Apr-11

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UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance deny maintenance move to Multiflight

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance deny maintenance move to Multiflight

Following suggestions in an online forum, HeliHub.com checked with Yorkshire Air Ambulance on the current situation regarding the maintenance contract for their two MD Explorers, registered G-CEMS and G-SASH.  The suggestion has been floated that YAA are to move from their current provider Medical Aviation Services (part of the Specialist Aviation Group) to Multiflight, based… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Apr-11

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DRF launches new base “Christoph 80” at Weiden in der Oberpfalz

DRF launches new base “Christoph 80” at Weiden in der Oberpfalz

On April 1st 2011, DRF Luftrettung has inaugurated the newly founded HEMS base of Weiden in der Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) in Bavaria. According to a European tender, DRF Luftrettung had been selected as operator for the new rescue helicopter with the call sign “Christoph 80”. The start of the operation was accompanied by a ceremony… Read more »

Source: DRF, 14-Apr-11

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Two California EMS lawsuits grounded by Federal and State courts

Two California EMS lawsuits grounded by Federal and State courts

In two days in late March, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Sonoma County Superior Court dismissing separate claims by EMS operators seeking to obtain medical provider benefits under workers’ compensation without following the dictates of the California workers’ compensation system

Source: Barger & Wolen, 13-Apr-11

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Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

The Public Utility 061 emergency has set up a new heliport located in the town of Vera. This infrastructure is the third of the 15 provided in the provincial network, designed for helicopters from the 061, and whose implementation will require an investment of approximately EUR 1.1 million, funded by European Regional Development Fund (… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-11

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Air Methods appoints new Director of Operations

Air Methods appoints new Director of Operations

Air Methods Corporation announced the appointment of Chris Bassett as its new Director of Operations. Effective immediately, Mr. Bassett assumes responsibility for leading the company’s flight operations efforts to ensure aviation regulatory compliance and safe operations among the company’s 237 bases and 1,000 pilots. Mr. Bassett reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Apr-11

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Cambridge Airport opens operations centre for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Cambridge Airport opens operations centre for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Cambridge Airport will be bolstering the full time presence of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) service when a new, dedicated operations centre is officially opened on 19 April 2011.  The “Archie Morson Centre” has been equipped and decorated courtesy of The Marshall Group, and will be at the heart of all EAAA operations in… Read more »

Source: Cambridge Airport, 12-Apr-11

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US Justice Dept files lawsuit against Air Methods and LifeMed Alaska

US Justice Dept files lawsuit against Air Methods and LifeMed Alaska

The Justice Department today announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Air Methods Corp. and LifeMed Alaska LLC willfully violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by discriminating against and failing to reemploy Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Jonathon L. Goodwin of Wasilla, Alaska.  The suit was filed in… Read more »

Source: US Justice Dept, 08-Apr-11

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