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COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

During the spread of Covid-19, Leonardo has seen operators of its aircraft adapt, react and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic across geographies. Air ambulance operators Ornge and STARS have managed to continue conducting life-saving missions across Canada throughout the emergency.   Both of these healthcare organisations have shared with Leonardo how they were… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

Leading aviation service provider, ACC Aviation Group, has this week announced a commercial agreement with US-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical. Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organisation has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built… Read more »

Source: ACC Aviation, 28-May-20

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Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

The air rescue station in Bad Saarow was founded 30 years ago , and 20 years ago the DRF air rescue took over. On the occasion of the milestone birthday, the crews of the rescue helicopter “Christoph 49” stationed at the station take a look back, but also a look at their current work. The… Read more »

27-May-20

DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung has signed a further framework agreement with Bucher Leichtbau for the HEMS equipment for its helicopters of the types H135 and H145. The air rescue organization has brought its many years of experience and know-how into the configuration of the HEMS kits, especially in the development of the stretcher. DRF Luftrettung continues to rely… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 27-May-20

Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Rio Tinto has pledged A$500,000 to CareFlight Northern Operations to support emergency aeromedical care in the Northern Territory as part of a A$1.1 million commitment to support East Arnhem communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution underlines Rio Tinto’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the region and to provide resources to combat the… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 22-May-20

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital has opened its new, larger helipad thanks to the support of the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The entire construction costs of the new helipad and additional infrastructure around the Emergency Department, were covered by the HELP Appeal’s £100,000 donation. The new helipad has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-May-20

AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the critical care transport industry–both air and ground–encourages and supports standards of performance reflecting safe operations as well as efficient, high quality patient care. Yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board held a virtual public meeting on a fatal accident involving a Bell 407 helicopter air ambulance, operated by… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 21-May-20

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

We gratefully thank you for your unwavering support during the COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring our lifesaving service can continue to save those in need. A constant stream of donations and virtual fundraisers for the service has enabled a return to a 7-day operation from the 1st June 2020! As you know, the Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Irish Community Rapid Response, 21-May-20

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Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has been informed that its subsidiary Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia S.p.A (“BMCS Italy”) was unsuccessful in its first instance appeal against a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) to impose a fine in respect of a publicly -available “tariff list” dating back to 2001. BMCS Italy… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 20-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating a year of delivering its clinical service as an independent healthcare provider, a development that is helping patients across Devon. In the lead up to becoming successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission last April, Devon Air Ambulance established a new integrated Patient Services team which combined the core emergency… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-May-20

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Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

After years of planning, the City of Melfort is taking the next step towards building a heliport at the Melfort hospital.The hospital, which serves a referral population of over 12,000 people, currently relies on ground EMS and the Melfort airport for patient transfers. See Full Story. 

Source: Melfort Journal, 18-May-20

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Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) is pleased to announce the 10-year service anniversary of its Search and Rescue (“SAR”) program in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, the Company pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 18-May-20

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Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today it has reached an agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan to provide in-network coverage for its consumers in New Mexico. The agreement will protect Presbyterian Health Plan members in more than 500 communities around the state from unplanned financial liability for Air Methods’ services. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 18-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance is resuming air operations today after the successful implementation of several new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus. This is great news for Devon and reflects a huge amount of work that has been carried out by our Helicopter Services and Patient… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-May-20

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STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

The STARS Lottery Saskatchewan launched today across the province, offering ticket purchasers the opportunity to win life-changing prizes while also helping in the fight to save lives. The lottery is STARS’ largest fundraiser in Saskatchewan. The ninth edition offers more than 1,800 prizes, valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, electronics, appliances and two stunning,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-May-20

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PHI Air Medical establishes air ambulance bases in Meridian, Jackson

PHI Air Medical establishes air ambulance bases in Meridian, Jackson

PHI Air Medical has announced the official opening of two new bases of operations in Meridian and Jackson. See Full Story.

Source: NEWSCENTER ABC 11, 11-May-20

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The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

[Please also see Editor’s note at the foot of this post] The Air Ambulance Service charity, providing vital support to the NHS frontline, is asking the public to back an urgent appeal to safely reopen its stores which provide the much-needed income to operate its clinical services. Your Local Air Ambulance is currently in the… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 06-May-20

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ITC-AeroLeasing Continues to Support Air Ambulance Operations

ITC-AeroLeasing Continues to Support Air Ambulance Operations

ITC-AeroLeasing, Inc. (“ITC”) announced the successful completion of a further air ambulance lease deal with a leading air medical transportation company in the United States. The delivery of an additional brand-new Airbus Helicopters H130 demonstrates ITC’s continued support and commitment to humanitarian, government and air ambulance missions in the U.S. and around the World. This… Read more »

Source: ITC-AeroLeasing, 06-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance resumes ops – EC135s fitted with separation screens

Devon Air Ambulance resumes ops – EC135s fitted with separation screens

Devon Air Ambulance is today resuming air operations after the successful introduction of several innovative new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide greater protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus. A new separation screen has been installed between the front and rear sections of the aircraft, which partitions-off the pilot cockpit from the patient treatment/paramedic area. Our aircrew will also now be able to use newly designed throat microphones when… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 06-May-20

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COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

Working in partnership with the NHS and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSS) will transfer patients requiring critical care by land, with aircraft being used for the rapid delivery and recovery of the team. See Full Story.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, 04-May-20

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London’s Air Ambulance welcomes four new Trustees

London’s Air Ambulance welcomes four new Trustees

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers a 24/7 advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has strengthened its Board with the appointment of four new Trustees. The new Trustees, Gemma Sherrington, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, Dr Margot Gosney, and James Thomas together bring a wealth of experience across the charity, military, technology and… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 04-May-20

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Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and future plans to open a new air medical helicopter base in Rush City, Minnesota in Summer 2020. Both of these initiatives are moving forward in support of Life Link III’s… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 04-May-20

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Police Aviation News – May 2020 Edition

The May 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-May-20

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is delighted to announce that, effective from Saturday 25th April 2020 and in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust, one of their Air Ambulance helicopters will return to operational duty. The news follows an announcement at the beginning of April when their Doctors and Paramedics were redeployed back to the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 30-Apr-20

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Rendsburg station equipped with EpiShuttle

Rendsburg station equipped with EpiShuttle

As another helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung “Christoph 42” will be equipped with a so-called “EpiShuttle”, a special insulation stretcher, at the end of this week. The medical crews at the station are currently receiving instructions and training on how to use the system safely and practiced. To protect patients and crews, the “Christoph 42”,… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 29-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

Total UK Limited has announced that it will be supplying free jet fuel to both the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that both services are able to continue carrying out life-saving work. Jet fuel will be provided to the… Read more »

Source: Total UK, 24-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

As medical industries across the country continue to take the brunt of the covid-19 virus, there’s one specific part of the industry that has been affected that you may not be thinking about. See Full Story. 

Source: WTRF.com, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

[electronic translation]  Since the start of the corona pandemic, Rega’s helicopter crews have flown a total of 74 COVID-19 patients. Most of them were moved from one hospital to another. Rega also provided support abroad: For example, French COVID-19 patients were flown from Alsace to German hospitals. In general, since the pandemic began, Rega has recorded significantly lower… Read more »

Source: Rega, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

In Norway, Super Puma helicopter operator Lufttransport reacted fast to an urgent request from Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (Luftambulansetjenesten) to provide a solution to the challenge of transporting COVID-19 victims to hospital in the north of the country. Luftambulansetjenesten, like other such services, has turned to the EpiShuttle isolation and transportation system from EpiGuard of Oslo to carry patients to hospital… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

As hospitals in the region reach capacity treating Covid-19 patients, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be doing more to support the NHS by providing critical care transfer teams to assist the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) in moving Covid-19 patients between hospitals. The air ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic teams have… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-20

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Life Flight Network partners with Mountain Health CO-OP of Montana and Idaho

Life Flight Network partners with Mountain Health CO-OP of Montana and Idaho

Life Flight Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service, today announced a new partnership with Montana Health CO-OP and Idaho’s Mountain Health CO-OP. The agreement will provide members across both states with Life Flight Network’s critical care transportation services at a predictable, in-network rate. “This partnership will significantly lower costs, improve care, and… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 20-Apr-20

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The Christ Hospital Health Network Partners with Air Methods

The Christ Hospital Health Network Partners with Air Methods

The Christ Hospital Health Network today announced that it will partner with Christ LifeFlight, a subsidiary of Air Methods, to add a new dedicated rotor wing helicopter for the Christ Hospital. The new base will support the care and transportation of critically ill and injured patients throughout the region. Along with the key medical personnel,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-20

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AAMS Requests $363.5M In Emergency Funding To Support Air Ambulances

AAMS Requests $363.5M In Emergency Funding To Support Air Ambulances

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the air medical transport industry submitted a letter this week to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar with an urgent request to rapidly distribute money to emergency air medical providers from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. In order to ensure the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) are amongst the first Air Ambulance services to collaborate with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to carry critically ill patients from more remote areas to major trauma centres with increased intensive care capacity. On Tuesday 7th April the Charity undertook the first time-critical transfer of a patient… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

As of Friday 10th April, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) are supplying Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care to assist in transferring critically ill COVID-19 patients between hospitals in the region, supporting the NHS in the fight against the virus. Members of their crew will be joining part of a multi-disciplinary team carrying out inter-hospital… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 14-Apr-20

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Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter GmbH has won a contract to provide rescue services for the Riffgat and Alpha Ventus offshore wind farms in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 09-Apr-20

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First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

The Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter, which is primarily provided for the transport of COVID-19 patients, has been in use for a good week. Last week, the helicopter was the first in the DRF fleet to be equipped with an EpiShuttle and has already completed its first operation with the special insulating stretcher:… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-Apr-20

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Second charity helicopter air ambulance launched in Scotland

Second charity helicopter air ambulance launched in Scotland

A new air ambulance takes to the skies as Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) launches its second life-saving emergency response helicopter. The only charity of its type in Scotland has operated a single aircraft nationwide Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) since 2013 from its base at Perth Airport, saving and impacting on thousands of lives…. Read more »

Source: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, 08-Apr-20

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STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

Some lucky Albertans received a congratulatory call today informing them they had a grand prize-winning ticket in the 2020 STARS lottery. The draws were held in Calgary and witnessed by STARS and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis officials in accordance with provincial regulations. “When STARS flies, you know it’s for the worst of the worst,”… Read more »

Source: STARS, 08-Apr-20

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RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

A helicopter from the same era as the Apollo space craft did its most valuable work in Northland Before the Northland Rescue Helicopter chopper known as Helimed1 flew thousands of kilometres saving lives in New Zealand, she visited 41 countries on a 73,000 km circumnavigation of the world. The 40-year-old helicopter – an iconic Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Northland Rescue Helicopter, 03-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

Air BP, the aviation division of BP, will provide free jet fuel for use by the helicopters of a number of UK air ambulance services, supporting their life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic. The air ambulance crews are on stand-by 24/7, ready to respond to emergencies where they are needed most. All these services are… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 01-Apr-20

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Police Aviation News – April 2020 Edition

The April 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Apr-20

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NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

The North Central Health Care Foundation (NCHCF) continues to accept donations to the Melfort Heliport project. See Full Story.

Source: northeastNOW, 30-Mar-20

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DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

From next week on, two HEMS bases of DRF Luftrettung in Germany will operate with “EpiShuttles”, special isolation stretchers. Another eight HEMS bases will soon follow suit. DRF Luftrettung is investing in the protection of patients and its crews to ensure that, in these times of the coronavirus, people in medical emergencies can still be… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Mar-20

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Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command marks the 50th anniversary of the first civilian medevac mission flown in our state and the commencement of an integrated emergency medical system whose members have helped saved tens of thousands of lives since. On March 19, 1970, at 11:20 a.m., Maryland State Police “Helicopter 108,” crewed by pilot… Read more »

Source: Maryland Government, 23-Mar-20

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Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove’s airport, owned by Rogue Air, Inc., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon for a new helicopter pad. See Full Story. 

Source: Fox 26, 19-Mar-20

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London’s Air Ambulance releases 2019 statistics

Today we are releasing our mission statistics for 2019 in order to raise awareness of the work we do day and night to help save lives in the capital. In 2019, our charity’s 30th anniversary year, we took an advanced trauma team to 1730 patients whose lives were on the line. This is an increase of 74 missions… Read more »

18-Mar-20

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COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) respects the decision by European authorities to temporarily restrict non-essential travel, but calls on the European Commission, the Member States and Switzerland to consider all recovery and relief measures available to ensure business continuity for operators, airports and others in the business aviation industry. Given the current global pandemic,… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 18-Mar-20

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Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Hawaiian Maui Hospital announced that from April, air ambulance helicopters can land at Maui Memorial Medical Center’s (MMMC) helipad at night. See Full Story.  

Source: AirMed&Rescue, 17-Mar-20

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Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

A new helipad is now in use on Phoebe’s main campus to provide more efficient and effective transport of emergency patients. Members of Phoebe’s emergency center team joined health system leaders and representatives from Air Evac Lifeteam to cut the ribbon on the helipad Friday. “The location on top of our employee parking garage will… Read more »

Source: Phoebe Putney Health System, 17-Mar-20

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Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight, a Global Medical Response (GMR) critical care air transport company, will open its first rotor wing base in Alaska at Kenai Municipal Airport this spring. The Airbus H125 helicopter will serve Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward…. Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 17-Mar-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

The Children’s Air Ambulance – the first and only dedicated neonatal and paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country – has flown its 500th mission. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, it receives no government funding and relies totally on public donations to remain operational. Two helicopters fly out of… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 17-Mar-20

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Duke of Cambridge becomes Patron of London’s Air Ambulance

Duke of Cambridge becomes Patron of London’s Air Ambulance

We are honoured to announce that His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity. The Duke has made the decision after supporting the charity’s yearlong 30th anniversary campaign in 2019, during which he flew with the crew and met staff and patients from the service. Through this… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 16-Mar-20

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The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

A multi-million pound investment project to acquire two brand new lifesaving helicopters has been launched. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, (DLRAA) along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have begun a helicopter replacement project which will come to fruition in early 2021. Every day of the year, your local air ambulance… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 12-Mar-20

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Air Methods to buy out Flight For Life base in McHenry

Air Methods to buy out Flight For Life base in McHenry

Flight For Life is pulling out of Illinois after more than 30 years of providing air medical transport after Air Methods bought their McHenry base at Northwestern Medicine Hospital. See Full Story.  

Source: Lake McHenry County Scanner, 12-Mar-20

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UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

The National Search and Rescue Centre, NSRC, launched a smartphone application at the Search and Rescue conference in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as part of the UAE efforts to provide speedier emergency responses. Through the app, the first of its kind in the Arab World, people can request help to anywhere in the country. The… Read more »

Source: Emirates News Agency, 10-Mar-20

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Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

THE SUMBURGH based Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters have just completed their 1,000th mission since Bristow Helicopters took over the coastguard search and rescue contract from Canadian firm CHC in June 2013. See Full Story.

Source: Shetland News, 04-Mar-20

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Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Long-established business aviation operator Gama Aviation is making its first move into the UK helicopter market with the launch of a fleet of three Airbus H145s.  Two of the three aircraft are being permanently fitted out for EMS work, and will be put to work on the Scottish Ambulance Service contract from 1st June 2020 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-20

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Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer, Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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Police Aviation News – March 2020 Edition

The March 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Mar-20

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CareFlight adds fourth operational base in Darke County

CareFlight adds fourth operational base in Darke County

The CareFlight Air & Mobile program is expanding to include a fourth base of operations in Versailles, in northeast Darke County. The helicopter, to be housed at the Darke County Airport, will serve as CareFlight’s northwest base in the region and will begin responding to emergency calls from that site as early as late February…. Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 20-Feb-20

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Air Methods contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Air Methods contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, today announced that it has agreed to an in-network contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) to provide its members with Air Methods’ critical care in the air services at in-network rates. Air Methods will be in-network for the following BCBSTX plans: Blue Essentials… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Feb-20

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Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

From 2 March, when poor weather or maintenance prevents Devon’s emergency aircraft from flying, two new Critical Care Cars mean our critical care teams can still provide specialist life-saving care by road. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10 million in capital funding for air ambulance services.  Devon Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-20

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Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

On February 1, 2020, the fourth helicopter used in the helicopter rescue in South Tyrol entered service. In addition to Pelikan 1, Pelikan 2 and Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the additional aircraft with callsign “Pelikan 3” will be based in Lasa in Val Venosta to strengthen the EMS coverin the western part of the South Tyrol… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Feb-20

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Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Thanks to the support of the community, businesses and friends of Devon, in 2019 Devon’s Air Ambulances were able to assist 985 patients. Flying hours were also extended to 19 hours a day from its Exeter airbase, meaning emergency assistance was available up to 2am. The charity-funded service’s priorities have always been to put their… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 14-Feb-20

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County of Grande Prairie commits to help renew STARS helicopter fleet

County of Grande Prairie commits to help renew STARS helicopter fleet

STARS is one step closer to renewing its fleet of helicopters, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the County of Grande Prairie. The generous commitment, which was announced Saturday at the 10th Annual GPPA Hangar Dance in Support of STARS at the TARA Centre, has been made toward a new H145 helicopter to serve County… Read more »

Source: County of Grande Prairie, 14-Feb-20

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Austrian innovation extends Airbus Helicopters product range

Austrian innovation extends Airbus Helicopters product range

At HeliTech 2017 in London, Helikopter Air Transport (HeliAir) presented a world first “Cocoon” – a self-supporting interior trim for the  aviation world. “There has also been great interest in our development at other aviation trade fairs in Europe and the United States,” reports Marco Trefanitz, Managing Director of HeliAir. “First of all, we would like to… Read more »

Source: HeliAir, 11-Feb-20

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Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex marks 30 years with royal visitor

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex marks 30 years with royal visitor

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Redhill Aerodrome on 4th February 2020 to meet the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS) team and view the new technology and training facilities that will allow the AW169 aircraft to operate in weather conditions where it is currently not possible and the crew to deliver more inflight… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, 10-Feb-20

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STARS receives $1 Million gift

STARS receives $1 Million gift

STARS is another step nearer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a $1 million gift from Capital Power. Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO of Capital Power, made the announcement today in the STARS air ambulance base at the Edmonton International Airport. In June 2018, STARS unveiled a multi-year plan to replace its fleet of… Read more »

Source: STARS, 10-Feb-20

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STARS to introduce H145 in Manitoba this spring

STARS to introduce H145 in Manitoba this spring

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is nearing its goal of $13 million for an upgraded helicopter that will serve Manitoba. See Full Story. 

Source: CHVN95.1FM, 07-Feb-20

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Gozo EMS operation upgrading to EC135

Gozo EMS operation upgrading to EC135

Steward Health Care Malta announced further improvements to the air-ambulance service which is used to transport patients from Gozo to Malta, through the upgrading of the air-ambulance helicopter and the introduction of an additional aircraft to be used as a stand-by back up option. The new air-ambulance being brought in is an Airbus Helicopter EC135… Read more »

Source: Steward Health Care Malta, 05-Feb-20

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2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has just completed another record year of saving lives throughout Queensland and around the world, with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance jets, community helicopters and critical care doctors coming to the aid of 6,508 people in 2019. LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care, with a fleet including three fixed wing aircraft… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 04-Feb-20

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Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed to improve crew… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 03-Feb-20

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