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New ThedaStar helicopter launched

New ThedaStar helicopter launched

Theda Clark Medical Center has a new helicopter, replacing the current one and will be based at the Medical Center in Neenah.

Source: Theda Clark Medical Center, 27-Oct-09

Saudi Red Crescent set to launch air ambulance service

The Authority is in the process of securing 28 helicopters and 4 to 6 medium-range planes to cover the entire Kingdom in the next four years.

Source: Saudi Gazette, 27-Oct-09

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Crowded skies delay landings of medical helicopters in Ohio

This scenario is happening more often: A medical helicopter tries to bring a patient to an Ohio hospital but the landing pad is occupied.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 26-Oct-09

Nexen logo unveiled on STARS helicopter in recognition of $500K donation

Nexen’s logo was unveiled on a STARS helicopter in recognition of Nexen reaching a $500,000 donation milestone in cumulative giving. Nexen President and CEO Marvin Romanow and STARS Foundation Vice President Phil Levson, took part in the event alongside STARS crew members.

Source: STARS, 23-Oct-09

Air Evac Lifeteam opening new base at Ennis Airport

Air Evac Lifeteam opening new base at Ennis Airport

Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air medical service in the U.S., is opening a new base at Ennis Municipal Airport

Source: Ennis Daily News, 23-Oct-09

MD Helicopters, Inc. to Show at 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. to Show at 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) will have a booth at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) and will have on display the latest California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) MD Explorer.

Source: Vertical, 23-Oct-09

STARS air ambulance service asks city to triple annual donation

STARS air ambulance service asks city to triple annual donation

STARS Grande Prairie is asking the city for $100,000 more a year from on top of what it is already providing to help fund the organization.

Source: Daily Herald Tribune, 20-Oct-09

STAT MedEvac to end Hagerstown-based operations

STAT MedEvac to end Hagerstown-based operations

STAT MedEvac will end its Hagerstown-based operations Monday, affecting the availability of helicopters to transport patients in medical emergencies, a company spokesman said.

Source: Herald Mail, 17-Oct-09

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Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the current Maryland State Police fleet, filed a formal protest and is not making an offer to replace the aging helicopters. The company alleges that the state’s specifications for new aircraft are skewed in favor of AgustaWestland.In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and to the state Department of Transportation, the… Read more »

Source: WBAL, 16-Oct-09

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Great North Air Ambulance fleet of three temporarily grounded

Great North Air Ambulance fleet of three temporarily grounded

There will be no Great North Air Ambulance Cover for the next few days. Two of the charity’s three helicopters, based at Otterburn and Carlisle Airport, are grounded with mechanical problems.

Source: BBC, 16-Oct-09

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Bidders line up for Sarawak Flying Doctor Service

Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd is bidding for a contract worth RM60 million from the government to provide aeromedical or flying doctor services in Sarawak, its Executive Chairman Aidan Wing said

Source: Bernama, 16-Oct-09

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Spokane firm picked to manage AirLink service

Northwest MedStar will begin to provide management services and program oversight today for AirLink Critical Care Transport, Cascade Healthcare Community announced Monday.

Source: KTVZ, 14-Oct-09

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Metro Aviation to complete air medical EC135 and EC145 for Healthnet

Metro Aviation, Inc. has been awarded a completion contract to finish two air medically configured helicopters for HealthNet Aeromedical Services based in Charleston, West Virginia. HealthNet, a longtime air medical provider, will receive the new EC135 and EC145 as additions to their current operating fleet.

Source: RotorNews, 14-Oct-09

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Royal Derby Hospital neighbors’ noise complaints over air ambulance route are rejected

CLAIMS by residents that flights to and from Royal Derby Hospital’s helipad are in breach of planning permission have been dismissed.  Littleover residents claimed at a meeting this week that permission for the helipad had been granted on the basis that flights would go over a “green wedge of land” and not houses.

Source: This is Derbyshire, 13-Oct-09

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Philips Search and Rescue Trust choses Spidertracks flight following system

The Philips Search and Rescue Trust has chosen Palmerston North-based aircraft tracking system spidertracks as its flight following provider.  The Trust operates and manages the rescue helicopter bases in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and Palmerston North, as well as a fixed-wing air ambulance based in Hamilton and Taupo.

Source: Spidertracks, 13-Oct-09

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Purpose-built air ambulance hangar opens at Hawke’s Bay airport

The joint initiative involves the district health board, Skyline Aviation and the Hawke’s Bay Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, which says the facility is world class.

Source: Radio NZ, 11-Oct-09

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Carolina Lifecare to resume flights following deadly crash

Carolina Lifecare is close to resuming medical helicopter service to the Grand Strand.

Source: Carolina Live, 11-Oct-09

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Emergency Medical Flights resuming in Horry County

A new Lifecare helicopter is expected to be back up in the air in Horry County within the next three days, perhaps as early as Friday evening, according to Matthew Smith, Chief of Medical Operation

Source: SCNow, 11-Oct-09

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Currituck County may donate $1M for emergency helicopter

Currituck County may donate $1M for emergency helicopter

After debating for months, Currituck County commissioners could decide Oct. 19 whether to donate $1 million toward a new helicopter for the Nightingale air ambulance.

Source: Hampton Roads, 07-Oct-09

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Helicopters to land soon at Roseburg hospital

The Roseburg Planning Commission recently approved the hospital’s request to construct a landing area for helicopters in the rear parking lot.

Source: KTVZ, 07-Oct-09

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Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track needs a rescue helicopter

A search and rescue helicopter carrying a medical team should be provided for the thousands of Australians who trek Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track, a local expert says.

Source: The Age, 07-Oct-09

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PHI Air Medical decline to renew MONOC air ambulance contract

PHI Air Medical decline to renew MONOC air ambulance contract

PHI, based in Louisiana, declined to renew its contract with MONOC and issued its required 60-day notice Thursday

Source: Asbury Park Press, 06-Oct-09

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AAMS Hails White House Nomination of Rosekind to NTSB Board

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) today applauded the White House for nominating Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., an expert on fatigue and its effects on productivity and safe flight operations, to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Source: Vertical, 06-Oct-09

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Air Evac Lifeteam Cleared in Government Inquiry

Air Evac Lifeteam Cleared in Government Inquiry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has notified Air Evac Lifeteam that the company has been cleared in an investigation that began in May 2007 with the execution of search warrants at the company’s headquarters in West Plains, Mo., according to Air Evac Lifeteam President and CEO Seth Myers.

Source: Vertical, 06-Oct-09

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Angel MedFlight Battles Insurance Company for Accident Victim

“Blue Cross did not deny coverage but dragged its feet in response to the family’s request despite federal law requiring health insurance companies to respond to emergency transportation requests within 48 hours,” said Michael Ward, staff counsel at Angel Medflight.

Source: Angel MedFlight, 06-Oct-09

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Williams Exploration donates $250K to St. Mary’s CareFlight

A $250,000 donation from Williams Exploration and Production will help fund St. Mary’s Hospital CareFlight program. The donation will go toward the cost of building a tarmac for the helicopter on top of the addition to the hospital.

Source: Grand Junction Sentinel, 03-Oct-09

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MedEvac Foundation International Awards First Children’s Scholarship

A pre-med student has been named the first recipient of the MedEvac Foundation International Children’s Scholarship Award. Joshua Codding, 19, of Santa Rosa, Calif., will be honored with the $2,500 award during an opening session at the Air Medical Transport Conference on Oct. 27, 2009.

Source: Vertical, 03-Oct-09

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Baytrust Renews Sponsorship Of Rotorua-based Rescue Helicopter

Baytrust Renews Sponsorship Of Rotorua-based Rescue Helicopter

BayTrust has again committed to financially supporting Rotorua’s rescue helicopter, continuing its lead sponsorship arrangement for a further three years to 30 September 2012.

Source: Voxy, 03-Oct-09

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Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

The Maryland State Police Trooper 6 medevac helicopter is relocating from Centreville to a hangar at the Easton Airport.

Source: WJZ, 02-Oct-09

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Carolinas Medical Center Selects Three EC135s

The EC135s are to be delivered this fall and will subsequently be customized to meet the specific needs of the MedCenter Air program at Carolinas Medical Center. As they enter service, the new EC135s will replace an existing fleet of helicopters. The aircraft will serve North and South Carolina, providing 24/7 coverage from three separate… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 02-Oct-09

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Native Air partners with Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund as part of its fundraising program

Native Air announced that it has aligned with Payson, Ariz.-based Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund as part of its Flight for a Cause fundraising program, whereby the company supports local charities, affiliates and organizations within the communities it serves.

Source: Omniflight, 01-Oct-09

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Police Aviation News – October 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Oct-09

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Study disputes purchase of EMS helicopters in Portugal

The three helicopters promised by INEM, in 2007, in return for closing the emergency, should be operational by the end of the year. An Institute study concludes, however, that there is no need to extend the service.

Source: Jornal de Noticias, 30-Sep-09

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Study Identifies Key Predictors of Critical Events That Occur During Air-Medical Transport

A new medical journal study, the largest of its kind to date, finds that 5 percent of urgent-care patients experience a critical event such as a major resuscitation, rapid loss of blood pressure, respiratory arrest and even death during air-medical transport

Source: RotorNews, 29-Sep-09

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Sentara Healthcare starts saving for EC145 to replace its BK117

The life-saving helicopter Nightingale is being retired and Sentara needs to buy a new multi-million dollar replacement.

Source: WTKR, 28-Sep-09

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Largest US Air Medical Transport Conference to Focus on Patient Care and Safety

Opportunities for improving medical helicopter safety, traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and support, and a look at regulatory issues affecting helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are among the topics of this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the largest gathering of its kind in the nation.

Source: Vertical, 28-Sep-09

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San Antonio AirLife moves base to North Central Baptist Hospital

San Antonio AirLife has responded to the sprawling growth north of San Antonio’s periphery by permanently establishing a helicopter at North Central Baptist Hospital.

Source: St Antonio Express-News, 26-Sep-09

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Native Air opens new EMS base in Parker, Arizona

PARKER, Ariz.  …  September 24, 2009 … Native Air, a division of one of the nation’s leading air medical services provider, Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., announced today that it has opened a new air medical services base in Parker, Ariz. , introducing its transport capabilities to the local community. The base, located at Parker Indian Hospital,… Read more »

Source: Rotorhub, 24-Sep-09

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Planners approve Essex Air Ambulance move to Earls Colne

Planners approve Essex Air Ambulance move to Earls Colne

The proposal by Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust to move its headquarters from Boreham to Earls Colne airfield was granted permission by Braintree Council’s planning committee.

Source: Gazette News, 24-Sep-09

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Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

The company exhibits the EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” as centre piece, as well as a large array of eight state-of-the-art helicopters: a London “Met” EC145, an EC135 by Suffolk Police, the UK’s first helicopter – an EC135 – dedicated to offshore wind farm maintenance, a utility AS355 NP used by National Grid for powerline inspections,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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Pilot turned fundraiser parts company with Great North Air Ambulance

Pilot turned fundraiser parts company with Great North Air Ambulance

In a surprise move, bosses have confirmed that they will not let the former Pride of Cumbria helicopter pilot keep his job. A statement said that Mr Martin did not achieve the required standard of work.

Source: News & Star, 22-Sep-09

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Aroldo Tourinho Hospital adds first EMS helipad to north of Minas Gerais, Brazil

It has been common in the hospital the landing of helicopters bringing patients from the entire northern region of Minas Gerais. Some patients from other cities in need of urgent care use the service in order to get faster, and more likely to survive.

Source: Norte, 22-Sep-09

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Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Georgetown, Ohio

Air Evac Lifeteam adds base at Georgetown, Ohio

For the first time in the history of Brown County General Hospital, it will have a medical helicopter based on its campus in Georgetown.

Source: Maysville Online, 22-Sep-09

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Life Flight Trust receives funding boost from Wellington City Council

Wellington’s air ambulance service is to receive $42,000 a year for the next three years from Wellington City Council.  Life Flight Trust, which operates an air ambulance plane and a rescue helicopter out of Rongotai, asked the city council for $50,000 a year.

Source: Stuff, 22-Sep-09

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St. Vincent marks 30th year of helicopter air ambulance

St. Vincent Healthcare’s HELP Flight helicopter has rescued hundreds of injured and sick people, including Gulbraa, from mountaintops, highways and barnyards across south-central Montana and northern Wyoming.

Source: Billings Gazette, 21-Sep-09

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Life Link III to open helicopter base in Alexandria, Minnesota

Life Link III to open helicopter base in Alexandria, Minnesota

Life Link III received approval from the Alexandria City Council Monday for a ground lease from which to operate a medical transport helicopter base.

Source: Echo Press, 18-Sep-09

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Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance order new MD Explorer

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance order new MD Explorer

UK based operator Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce that Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has signed up to a ten year air ambulance package which will see the introduction of another brand new MD Explorer to the SAS fleet next year SAS subsidiary, Medical Aviation Services will provide a turnkey operation and support… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 18-Sep-09

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Brazil’s Pelotas becomes first city in Rio Grande do Sul state with EMS helicopter

Pelotas will be the first city in the state to take a helicopter from the Federal Highway Police (PRF) equipped to transport critically ill patients.

Source: Zero Hora, 18-Sep-09

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Palmyra starts providing helicopter medical service

On Wednesday, Palmyra Medical Center announced the implementation of a new service officials say will benefit the whole community. Palmyra has teamed up with Air-Evac Medical Services of Cordele to provide helicopter medical services to patients and hospitals in the Albany area.

Source: Albany Herald, 18-Sep-09

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Duchess of Cornwall becomes patron of Wiltshire Air Ambulance

The Duchess of Cornwall’s first act as patron of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal was to draw the first numbers in the charity’s fundraising lottery.

Source: Wiltshire Times, 18-Sep-09

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American Eurocopter Delivers EC145 to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital’s Flight For Life Program

American Eurocopter has delivered an EC145 to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital’s Flight For Life program based in Tyler, TX. The aircraft is slated for completion at Metro Aviation, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, where it will be completed and configured for its EMS mission.

Source: American Eurocopter, 16-Sep-09

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IAF’s Dhruv’s first ever Recorded Rescue Mission at unprecendented heights

On 13 Sep 09 the Delhi based Western Air Command was requested for an air evacuation of 19 members of an Army Mountaineering Expedition to Pin Parbati Pass, who were stranded at a height of 14,600 feet in the treacherous glaciated terrain in the higher hills of Himachal Pradesh.

Source: Indian Press Bureau, 16-Sep-09

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Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

As Program Director, Hansen is responsible for coordinating the daily activities and schedules of all base personnel, as well as administering the financial, marketing, growth and business aspects of the base.

Source: Alva Review Courier, 14-Sep-09

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Hemet fire chief wants to host air ambulance at fire station

Fire Chief Matt Shobert proposed to the City Council this week that the city build a helipad behind Station 4 at Hemet-Ryan Airport and lease it and quarters for a the three-person crew that mans the emergency helicopter.

Source: Valley Chronicle, 14-Sep-09

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Profile: Aspirus MedEvac in Northcentral Wisconsin

The Aspirus rescue helicopter is often seen flying around Northcentral Wisconsin during emergencies, but being ready for any sort of crisis takes a lot of practice.

Source: WSAW, 14-Sep-09

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Anthony Moreland Joins Med-Trans as VP of Business Development

Anthony has extensive knowledge of the aerospace and air medical services industry, most recently holding the position of Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing for Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc

Source: Med-Trans, 11-Sep-09

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Children’s Mercy Unveils New State-of-the-Art EC145

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics adds a new state of the art EC145 helicopter to its fleet. The EC145 combines size, performance and advanced technologies, and is a perfect addition to the award-winning Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport fleet; which also includes 8 state-of-the-art ambulances and a custom-equipped fixed wing aircraft for longer transports.

Source: Children’s Mercy, 11-Sep-09

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Mercy Medical Center seeks to add heliport near emergency department

Mercy’s request for a conditional use permit to build the 66-square-foot pad will be the focus of a public hearing during a Sept. 21 Roseburg Planning Commission meeting. The 7 p.m. meeting will be in City Council chambers, City Hall, 900 S.E. Douglas Ave.

Source: News-Review, 11-Sep-09

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EMS helicopter service in Monterey County may go to tender early 2010

Emergency trauma helicopter service in Monterey County could go out to competitive bid at the beginning of next year, county Emergency Medical Services Agency Director Tom Lynch said Tuesday.

Source: Monterey Herald, 10-Sep-09

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Eurocopter delivers the first of 23 EC135s to Poland’s Health Ministry

Eurocopter delivers the first of 23 EC135s to Poland’s Health Ministry

The Polish Ministry of Health took delivery today in Warsaw of the first of 23 EC135 helicopters ordered from Eurocopter in June 2008. This on-time delivery represents a major step in Poland’s efforts to modernize its Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), as the country will be operating the world’s most popular new-generation EMS helicopter.

Source: Eurocopter, 10-Sep-09

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Helicopter Specialties Delivers Two EC145s to Milwaukee Flight For Life Program

Helicopter Specialties Delivers Two EC145s to Milwaukee Flight For Life Program

Helicopter Specialties, Inc. of Janesville, Wis. is proud to announce deliveries of two EC145s to the Milwaukee Flight For Life Program.

Source: Vertical, 10-Sep-09

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Carolinas HealthCare System to buy three Eurocopter EC135s

New craft will cost less to operate, and net outlay will be $3 million after selling old ones.

Source: Charlotte Observer, 09-Sep-09

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Heroism award presented to Maryland State Police AS365 crew for swift-water rescue

The Public Service award was presented to pilot Jim MacKay and trooper/flight paramedic Nate Wheelock, who received this distinction during the Rotor & Wing 2009 Search and Rescue summit in Reston, Virginia.

Source: American Eurocopter, 09-Sep-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: North West Air Ambulance’s pair of EC135s

The EC135 nearest the camera is added this week to the fleet and based at Manchester’s City Airport, also known as Barton Aerodrome.

Source: North West Air Ambulance, 09-Sep-09

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999 – Emergency Day for Devon Air Ambulance

999 – Emergency Day for Devon Air Ambulance

Heléna Holt, chief executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: “We realised at the beginning of the year that this special date was one that it was important to keep in our diary”.

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 08-Sep-09

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Upgrades to Mayo One helicopter make flying safer

“We still can’t fly in severe fog, thunderstorms or ice, but we navigate around thunderstorms, we now can fly more often and safely in bad weather if we need to.”

Source: Winona Daily News, 08-Sep-09

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Eurocopter files protest over Maryland EMS helicopter replacement process

American Eurocopter, the maker of the 11 helicopters currently in the fleet, opted not to submit a proposal to supply new helicopters. The company called the process “flawed” because the requirements appeared to be written to favor another company, AgustaWestland.

Source: Baltimore Sun, 08-Sep-09

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DRF base at Zwickau completes 22,000th rescue

the Zwickau station provided the DRF air rescue their 22,000th Rescue operation. The crew just completed an assignment in Bad Neustadt from when the control center of Schweinfurt emergency alerted to a child.

Source: DRF, 04-Sep-09

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ITT ramps up NVG production to aid helicopter EMS

Night vision goggle maker ITT has increased by more than 30% its civil production capacity to put more goggles in the hands of the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators in the USA. Night vision goggle maker ITT has increased by more than 30% its civil production capacity to put more goggles in the hands… Read more »

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Sep-09

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North West Air Ambulance adds second Eurocopter EC135

North West Air Ambulance’s bright yellow Euro Copter 135, permenantly stationed at Barton Aerodrome, has been fitted out with medical kit and it’s three man crew took to the skies over Manchester for the first time last Thursday.

Source: Messenger, 04-Sep-09

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Overlake Hospital Medical Center opens helipad in Bellevue

Helicopters hovering over Bellevue will become a more common sight next week after Overlake Hospital Medical Center opens a new helicopter-landing pad at its main Bellevue campus.  The hospital expects five to 10 patient transports per month. That’s “quite a big increase” from the current number, said Overlake spokeswoman Karen Johnson.

Source: Seattle Times, 03-Sep-09

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Wales Air Ambulance Launches New Aircraft for North Wales

WALES AIR AMBULANCE is unveiling its ‘new generation’ helicopter for North Wales at a special launch in Caernarfon town square, on Tuesday 8 September at 2pm. The EC-135 purpose-built air ambulance will make a spectacular landing outside Caernarfon Castle to mark a new chapter in the history of the charity.

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 03-Sep-09

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6th Annual Bragg Creek Benefit Dinner for STARS

The 6th Annual Bragg Creek Benefit Dinner for STARS is taking place September 12, 2009 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre. Tickets are $75 per person, or $600 for a table for eight

Source: STARS, 03-Sep-09

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Trident Medical Center opens new helipad

In the past, emergency helicopters were forced to land across the highway at Charleston Southern University

Source: WCBD, 03-Sep-09

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Great Lakes Council approves helipad

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter will no longer be forced to negotiate uneven landing sites to receive patients in Tea Gardens following the approval of a helipad in town.

Source: Great Lakes Advocate, 03-Sep-09

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