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London’s Air Ambulance appoints PR Manager

London’s Air Ambulance appoints PR Manager

As part of the rejuvenation of the charity, London’s Air Ambulance has appointed Siobhra Murphy as their Public Relations Manager to boost the charity’s profile to the 10 million people who live and work in London. The LAA press release indicated that Siobhra is experienced in Financial and Corporate PR and also has a keen… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-11

New Zealand – Geon to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

New Zealand – Geon to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Leading print and communications company Geon has recently been announced as the latest sponsor of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.  Run by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter operates throughout the greater Auckland region, including the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island, and in Thames/Coromandel over the summer season. The new sponsorship follows… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Feb-11

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New Mexico Dept Public Safety to receive LZ training from Native Air

New Mexico Dept Public Safety to receive LZ training from Native Air

More than 9,600 people are transported by air medical rescue providers each year in New Mexico. New Mexico Department of Public Safety Officers from around the state will be trained in helicopter operations and safety in a vital training program hosted by Native Air. The training covers what officers need to look for in preparing… Read more »

Source: Native Air, 10-Feb-11

Wales Air Ambulance turns ten

Wales Air Ambulance turns ten

The lifesaving charity Wales Air Ambulance is celebrating its tenth birthday on 1st March. Having carried out 14,000 missions to date, the service has proved to be a vital operation, providing emergency air cover across the country and helping to save thousands of lives. In celebration of this incredible landmark, Wales Air Ambulance is holding… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 10-Feb-11

London’s Air Ambulance appoints Business Development Manager

London’s Air Ambulance appoints Business Development Manager

London’s Air Ambulance has appointed Diane Richens as the Charity’s Business Development Manager.  The LAA press release indicated that “Diane brings with her over 10 years experience working in Business Development in multi-national organisations in both the Private and Third Sector”.  Research on the internet found that she previously worked in a similar Business Development… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-11

London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

London’s Air Ambulance (“LAA”) has announced that it has secured financing on its MD Explorer helicopter for the next seven years.  The deal, financed through Santander Corporate Banking, and with the support of Virgin Group, will enable the Charity to concentrate its efforts on continuing to develop its service.  It has also appointed Banco Santander… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-11

Irish Coast Guard crews gain paramedic status 14 months ahead of schedule

Irish Coast Guard crews gain paramedic status 14 months ahead of schedule

Paramedic status is several stages up from first aid, allowing trained ambulance or air ambulance crews to give injections, administer cardiac and advanced airway management, and treat asthmatics, diabetics and people in anaphylactic shock.

Source: Irish Times, 08-Feb-11

Malaysian state of Sabah becomes first with air ambulance

Malaysian state of Sabah becomes first with air ambulance

The new medical airlift service, using two helicopters to ferry patients during emergencies to be implemented by the Health Ministry in Sabah later this year, will be the first of its kind in Malaysia.

08-Feb-11

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DRF selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for its BK117s

DRF selects Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for its BK117s

Becker Avionics DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the German Air Rescue organization DRF Luftrettung for integration into three BK117 helicopter. The aircraft are currently undergoing retrofit modification at DRF Luftrettung’s own maintenance facility at its Operation-Center at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport. The new Becker Avionics airborne digital audio and intercom system will replace the… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 07-Feb-11

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CJTF-HOA presents flight medic seminar to Rwanda Defense Force

CJTF-HOA presents flight medic seminar to Rwanda Defense Force

A two soldier traveling contact team from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team (FxSp), assigned to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, January 2011, to facilitate a flight medic operations seminar to Rwanda Defense Force battalion medical officers (BMO) and exchange ideas on medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) procedures… Read more »

Source: CJTF-HOA Public Affairs, 06-Feb-11

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Airmed 2011 gathers pace

Airmed 2011 gathers pace

Preparations for Airmed 2011, which takes place in the UK this year for the first time in its twenty year history, are well in-hand and delegate registration is gathering pace quickly. The international aero-medical congress will be held in Brighton in the UK from May 24-27 2011 and is being hosted by the Kent, Surrey… Read more »

Source: Airmed 2011, 03-Feb-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam acquires Life Air operations

Air Evac Lifeteam acquires Life Air operations

Life Air, which operates air ambulance bases in Portsmouth and Chillicothe, Ohio, has been acquired by Air Evac Lifeteam, a leading air medical provider headquartered in West Plains, Mo. Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers said the air ambulance bases will continue to operate under the Life Air name and customers should expect… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 03-Feb-11

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Palm Beach County Trauma Hawk celebrates 20 years

Palm Beach County Trauma Hawk celebrates 20 years

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 2, 2011  — Twenty years ago, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a public safety-net healthcare organization, established the county’s life-saving Trauma System. The Trauma System took flight in 1991 after the Health Care District’s Board approved the purchase of a Trauma Hawk helicopter to airlift critically-injured patients to two… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Feb-11

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New landing pad at Glens Falls Hospital

New landing pad at Glens Falls Hospital

Transportation time will soon be a few minutes shorter for patients being transferred by air from Glens Falls Hospital to larger medical centers. The hospital recently constructed a helicopter landing area outside the emergency room entrance.

Source: PostStar, 02-Feb-11

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STARS to present Edmonton mayor with a “Red Ring for Life”

STARS to present Edmonton mayor with a “Red Ring for Life”

STARS is presenting Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel with a Red Ring for Life (RRFL) in City Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in recognition of the City of Edmonton’s life-saving work with STARS. STARS representatives will be available for interviews following the presentation. The presentation recognizes the City’s support, through its services… Read more »

Source: STARS, 01-Feb-11

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Work starts on new base for Essex Air Ambulance

Work starts on new base for Essex Air Ambulance

We are delighted to announce that building work is now underway to bring the Essex operational airbase to Earls Colne Airfield! Over the last 9 months, having secured planning consent and an affordable building design, TJ Evers the appointed building contractor arrived on site in January to begin this exciting new chapter in the history of… Read more »

Source: Essex Air Ambulance, 29-Jan-11

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MedEvac Foundation International awards Children’s Scholarship

MedEvac Foundation International awards Children’s Scholarship

A psychology major student has been named the second recipient of the MedEvac Foundation International Children’s Scholarship Award. Elisha Codding, 18, was honored with the $2,500 award during an event at REACH Air Medical Services in Santa Rosa, CA earlier this month. The post-secondary scholarship is awarded annually to a child who lost a parent… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 29-Jan-11

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Christchurch Hospital helipad is worst in NZ, says pilot

Christchurch Hospital helipad is worst in NZ, says pilot

Patients are suffering unnecessary trauma because Christchurch Hospital has “the worst helipad in the South Island”, says Graeme Gale, owner-operator of Helicopters Otago, which runs the Otago rescue helicopter from Mosgiel

Source: The Press, 28-Jan-11

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DRF Luftrettung offers first sonography course for Luxembourg’s emergency physicians

DRF Luftrettung offers first sonography course for Luxembourg’s emergency physicians

This month the DRF Luftrettung has initiated an offering of a pre-hospital ultrasound course in Luxembourg for the first time. In cooperation with the Luxembourg anaesthetics association CMARL (Cercle des Médecins Anesthésistes et Réanimateurs du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) approx. 80% of the emergency physicians working in Luxembourg were trained on the use of the mobile… Read more »

Source: DRF, 28-Jan-11

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Aeromed signs on 20 year hangar deal at Roben Hood airport

Aeromed signs on 20 year hangar deal at Roben Hood airport

The Big Rapids City Commission met recently to consider a resolution approving the lease agreement with AeroMed for use of the community hangar at Roben Hood airport. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 20 year deal. Commissioner Terry Harper said she was happy with the deal and it will help paying off the cost that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-11

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Geisinger Medical Center adds another EC145

Geisinger Medical Center adds another EC145

American Eurocopter announced today that Geisinger Medical Center has ordered another EC145 for its Life Flight® program. This is the program’s fourth EC145 as it continues upgrade its fleet and standardize on the proven and popular EC145 platform. Geisinger Life Flight is a long-time Eurocopter operator. In 1983, Life Flight became the first hospital-based BK117… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 27-Jan-11

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Helipad mooted for new Macquarie University Hospital

Helipad mooted for new Macquarie University Hospital

Macquarie University will consider installing a helipad for its new state-of-the-art hospital in the wake of recent emergency helicopter transfers of patients from emergency departments of other hospitals.

Source: Northern District Times, 27-Jan-11

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Maui Memorial Medical Center helipad behind schedule

Maui Memorial Medical Center helipad behind schedule

Maui Memorial Medical Center’s $3 million helipad is behind schedule for completion. The new estimated completion date is sometime in March, according to hospital officials

Source: Maui Weekly, 27-Jan-11

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EU-funded hospital helipad proposed in Zamosc, Poland

EU-funded hospital helipad proposed in Zamosc, Poland

The independent Public Provincial Hospital of them. Pope John Paul II Hospital in the Polish city of Zamosc isproposing a helipad to allow them to accept patients by air.  Local newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza believes it will be constructed with EU funds, and will allow 24 hour operations.  Tenders to proposed construction companies are already being… Read more »

Source: HelIHub.com, 26-Jan-11

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Budget cuts likely to hit Tasmania’s air ambulance

Budget cuts likely to hit Tasmania’s air ambulance

Project manager Wolfgang Rechberger said a value-management study was still being carried out to ensure the AW139 announced by Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne was the most appropriate for the job or whether a smaller, cheaper model would be suitable.

Source: The Mercury, 25-Jan-11

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DRF Luftrettung flew 36,900 missions in 2010

DRF Luftrettung flew 36,900 missions in 2010

In 2010 the air rescue organisation DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 36,900 rescue missions, involving helicopter missions at 31 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark as well as worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircraft. In Germany alone the crews were alerted to 33,861 missions, meaning a rise of 10 % compared to 2007… Read more »

Source: DRF, 24-Jan-11

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AirMed International offers free weather info to US EMS programs

AirMed International offers free weather info to US EMS programs

Award-winning air ambulance company, AirMed International (airmed.com), has announced the creation of WeatherTurndown.com, a new website for use by all air medical transport programs, including rotor and fixed-wing. Weatherturndown.com is a free service allowing medical transport programs to share current information regarding delays or cancellations due to weather. The term “weather turndown” has long been… Read more »

Source: AirMed International, 24-Jan-11

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Rega signs for a GrandNew simulator

Rega signs for a GrandNew simulator

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that a contract has been signed with Rega, the Swiss SAR and EMS provider, for the supply of a state-of-the-art advanced simulator to meet the training requirements for Rega’s new fleet of Da Vinci and GrandNew light twin helicopters. The simulator, designed and produced by AgustaWestland in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Jan-11

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URS completes new 350B3 for Hospital Wing

URS completes new 350B3 for Hospital Wing

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) delivered a completed Eurocopter AS350B3 to Hospital Wing of Memphis, TX on Friday January 14, 2011. The AS350B3 helicopter was customized for air medical operations.  The avionics and communications integration included a Garmin GNS 530AW, Garmin GNS430AW NAV/Comm/GPS, GTX330 Transponder, the GEA-43 Encoder, Honeywell Radar Altimeter along with the Technisonic TFM500… Read more »

23-Jan-11

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EMS director criticizes Ornge move from Toronto Island to Hamilton

EMS director criticizes Ornge move from Toronto Island to Hamilton

The City of Kawartha Lakes is planning to make a case to the province that moving the air ambulance ORNGE from Toronto Island to Hamilton makes no geographic sense.  Earlier this week, he had suggested that putting the service in Peterborough or Oshawa made much more sense.

Source: Peterborough Examiner, 20-Jan-11

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Saskatchewan air ambulance won’t take off until 2012

Saskatchewan air ambulance won’t take off until 2012

Rod Gantefoer, the provincial member of the legislature who is in charge of getting the STARS program going, says it won’t be up and running until the fall of 2012.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 20-Jan-11

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Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Paul Weir, chief executive of the Great Western Air Ambulance, said the service was just breaking even at the moment, but that could change if the price of fuel continues to rise.  They operate a Eurocopter Bo105

Source: BBC, 20-Jan-11

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Air Ambulance Ireland launches “Air Lotto” to raise funds

Air Ambulance Ireland launches “Air Lotto” to raise funds

AirLotto – Play and Support Air Ambulance Ireland – WWW.AIRLOTTO.IE Match 4 and win €2,000 – its a win-win situation! It’s easy to play and win. You pick your lucky numbers and we store them on the Airlotto computer and enter them into each weekly draw, all you have to do is keep your payments… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Ireland, 20-Jan-11

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Japan – Governments of three prefectures cooperate on EMS operations

Japan – Governments of three prefectures cooperate on EMS operations

This spring the local governments of three prefectures in the northern Kanto region – Tochigi, Gunma and Ibaraki – will jointly operate their ambulance helicopters beyond their prefectural borders in what is claimed to be the first mutual assistance operation of ambulance helicopters in Japan. Similar joint operations also are planned in the Kansai region,… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 20-Jan-11

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Air Ambulance Ireland makes appointment

Air Ambulance Ireland makes appointment

Martin Mulleady is a director of a building firm and a member of Longford County Council, chairing its  Strategic Policy Committee for “Economic, Urban and Rural Development, Cultural and Recreational Policies”. He is also chairperson of Drumlish Community Association, a former Chairperson of its Tidy Towns Association and a director of the Longford Joint Policing… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Ireland, 19-Jan-11

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Spectrum Aeromed delivers for Los Angeles Fire Dept AW139

Spectrum Aeromed delivers for Los Angeles Fire Dept AW139

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s (LAFD) Air Operations Section contracted Spectrum Aeromed to design, engineer and install a custom carry-on medical device stand for their Agusta Westland 139 multi-mission helicopters. The Spectrum Aeromed design and engineering team collaborated with the LAFD’s special missions staff to get a better understanding of how this proposed unit was… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 19-Jan-11

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ShandsCair helicopter flight team improves night vision

ShandsCair helicopter flight team improves night vision

The ShandsCair helicopter flight team is enhancing its night vision. The team completes Federal Aviation Administration training next week and will become Florida’s fifth emergency medical services helicopter program certified to use night vision goggles. ShandsCair is the critical care transport system for Shands at the University of Florida and provided 1,883 ground and air… Read more »

Source: ShandsCair, 18-Jan-11

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Teck Resources logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

Teck Resources logo unveiled on STARS helicopters

Teck Resources’ logo was unveiled today on a STARS helicopter in recognition of Teck reaching a $500,000 donation milestone. Boyd Payne, Teck’s Senior Vice President, Coal, and Dr. Greg Powell, STARS President and CEO, took part in the event alongside STARS crew members. “Teck is proud to support STARS in its mission to provide critical… Read more »

Source: STARS, 18-Jan-11

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Med-Trans partnering with Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Med-Trans partnering with Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Med-Trans Corporation has reached a mutual commitment with Mercy Medical Center North Iowa to become their new aviation partner for their helicopter ems program located in Mason City. Both parties recently completed the terms of a formal contract after nearly a 12-month process of selection during which the hospital focused on safety, experience and quality… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 17-Jan-11

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AAMS files response to FAA Air Ambulance Safety NPRM

AAMS files response to FAA Air Ambulance Safety NPRM

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has officially filed its comments with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations, Part 91 Helicopter Operations, and Part 135 Aircraft Operations; Safety Initiatives and Miscellaneous Amendments.” Summary of Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM),Docket… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 16-Jan-11

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LifeFlight gets permanent landing spot in Spring Hill, Tennessee

LifeFlight gets permanent landing spot in Spring Hill, Tennessee

Swindle said the landing pad has come together as a community project, with support from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which has offered a windsock and specifications needed for their LifeFlight helicopters

Source: Tennesseean, 14-Jan-11

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STARS Lottery launches with $5.1 million in prizes

STARS Lottery launches with $5.1 million in prizes

The 18th annual STARS Lottery officially launches today with 3,200 prizes worth over $5.1 million. The STARS Lottery is the single largest source of funding to keep STARS in the sky. “Last year’s STARS Lottery sold out generating over $10 million,” says Dr. Greg Powell, President and CEO of STARS. “Every individual who purchases a… Read more »

Source: STARS, 14-Jan-11

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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