When it comes to helicopter air ambulance services, quality patient care and safety are top priorities. See Full Story.
Source: EMS WORLD, 06-Aug-20
When it comes to helicopter air ambulance services, quality patient care and safety are top priorities. See Full Story.
Source: EMS WORLD, 06-Aug-20
The Flying Doctor Service (FDS) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) target Sabah, Sarawak, and rural areas in Perak and Kelantan. See Full Story.
Source: CodeBlue, 06-Aug-20
Unmanned aircraft will be flown as safety overwatch in support of search and rescue missions for HM Coastguard for the first time this weekend. The unmanned aircraft will be supporting search and rescue response in north Wales both in maritime and in the mountains. It is an operational trial and will potentially have the benefits… Read more »
Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Jul-20
The Ministry of Health has dealt the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust a breach of contract notice over the leak of Covid-19 patient data. See Full Story.
Source: Stuff, 31-Jul-20
In July 2020, a long-standing and loyal Bell customer, Henley Air, launched its very own ROCKET (Rapid On Call Emergency Transport) Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operating six Bell 222 UT helicopters. ROCKET offers the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry in South Africa a neutral and independent helicopter ambulance service of unmatched quality. The service… Read more »
Source: Bell, 30-Jul-20
Loud cheers went up around the Devon Air Ambulance airbase at Exeter airport last Thursday, as their new Airbus H145 helicopter flew down the runway and settled onto the helipad – it was the first time this new generation aircraft had landed in Devon. The new helicopter arrived at Exeter as part of a training… Read more »
Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Jul-20
Many STARS supporters across the province have cause to celebrate, following the final draws of the 2020 STARS lottery yesterday. The ninth edition of the STARS Lottery Saskatchewan featured more than 1,800 prizes valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, and two stunning, fully-furnished show homes worth nearly $1.6 million each…. Read more »
Source: STARS, 17-Jul-20
THE COAST Guard helicopter can once again land at Letterkenny University Hospital following the completion of works to bring it up to European standards. See Full Story.
Source: Donegal News, 16-Jul-20
A New Zealand based rescue helicopter pilot has established an exclusive club for those who have been rescued by helicopter which will help raise money for rescue chopper services around the country. Sue Dinkelacker, a Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot and award-winning sculptor, says the Haast Club is a way for those who have been helped… Read more »
Source: Northland Emergency Services, 16-Jul-20
People who are seriously hurt or ill enough to need an air ambulance to take them to hospital will now have a blood supply en route. See Full Story.
Source: CBC, 15-Jul-20
The Melfort Heliport Project has gone to tender. The project will see a heliport built on the grounds of Melfort Union Hospital. See Full Story.
Source: northeast NOW, 15-Jul-20
THE K Block helipad at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is now open, with the helipad utilised for the first patient transfer within four hours of becoming operational. See Full Story.
Source: Hobart Observer, 15-Jul-20
Boston MedFlight, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that for 35 years has provided critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, has announced that it recently provided critical care medical transport to its 80,000th patient since its founding in 1985. This is a significant milestone for the region’s primary provider of critical… Read more »
Source: Boston MedFlight, 10-Jul-20
A little-used fire station in Klamath Falls is now serving as an emergency dispatch airport, thanks to a partnership between AirLink Critical Care Transport, and Klamath County Fire District #1. Medical transport company AirLink has come in for a landing at Klamath County Fire District Station #5 near the Running ‘Y’. “This is a little… Read more »
Source: AirLink, 10-Jul-20
A brand new helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is now open, thanks to a £1million donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads. The hospital’s previous helipad was unable to receive night landings, but the new helipad is equipped… Read more »
Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Jul-20
Leonardo announced that the EMS operator Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx helicopters delivering in-flight critical care and transporting patients in… Read more »
Source: Leonardo, 08-Jul-20
The July 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.
Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jul-20
Devon Air Ambulance welcomes the 150th Community Landing Site into operation The launch of the Newton Ferrers community landing site earlier this week marked a significant milestone in the development of a County-wide network of sites which enable Devon Air Ambulance to reach patients ‘during the hours of darkness’. These floodlit surveyed landing sites enable… Read more »
Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Jun-20
Serving the local communities through their lifesaving service, your local air ambulance is set to complete its 40,000th mission on 24 June. Since 2003, your local air ambulance which operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families,… Read more »
Source: Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jun-20
Leonardo announced that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy,… Read more »
Source: Leonardo, 17-Jun-20
Ontario is investing in the emergency health services system to help patients access faster-coordinated care when they need it most. See Full Story.
Source: NetNewsLedger, 15-Jun-20
LifeFlight of Maine is getting new crew quarters at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. See Full Story.
Source: Sun Journal, 15-Jun-20
Nova Capital, the European independent helicopter lessor, today announced the acquisition of eight new helicopters in Emergency Medical Services configuration. These latest additions to the Nova Capital portfolio, include 2 Leonardo 139’s, 3 Leonardo 169’s, and 3 Airbus H145’s. All of the Aircraft are factory new, and are already deployed serving on EMS missions in… Read more »
Source: Nova Capital, 12-Jun-20
Every year, the helicopters take off to rescue individual lives and those which shaped the nation, including last year’s Whakaari/White Island eruption. See Full Story.
Source: 1 News, 12-Jun-20
Thanks to our supporters, we can provide our patients with an additional life-saving treatment, not previously available in Devon, until the patient arrives at a hospital’s Emergency Department: the administration of blood plasma. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance, explains: In simple terms, blood is made up of red blood cells which carry oxygen… Read more »
Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 11-Jun-20
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is recruiting people to become ‘virtual’ supporters to help support its lifesaving cause. The charity relies on donations from the six regional communities it serves to fund its daily lifesaving operations. However the organisation also depends on its dedicated team of volunteers and supporters to assist with fundraising activity, ranging from… Read more »
Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 08-Jun-20
Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations, turning them into continuous improvement actions. At Heli-Expo 2020, Hungarian Air Ambulance became the first helicopter operator to purchase a complete end-to-end solution, from… Read more »
Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20
[electronic translation] The global health system is under tremendous pressure. At the forefront of the fight against the pandemic was a significant part of the ambulance operators. Airbus is committed to ensuring maximum helicopter availability for emergency departures. The manufacturer is developing special solutions for isolating the helicopter cabin from the main part of the cabin. Among them are… Read more »
Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20
Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual… Read more »
Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-20
The June 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.
Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jun-20
After nearly six decades in Newfoundland and Labrador, Universal Helicopters has closed due to financial reasons. See Full Story.
Source: CBC, 02-Jun-20
HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service. It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft. Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock… Read more »
Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-20
More than 1,000 names have now been added to the underside of the new Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter. As part of the Heli Heroes campaign, supporters paid a minimum of £100 for their name of choice to be added to the helicopter to help raise money for the New Heli Appeal. It was a hugely… Read more »
Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 01-Jun-20
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
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
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 »
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
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 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
Somewhere, a dedicated team stands ready, waiting to launch a Bell aircraft, reach an emergency site and save a life. As the third week of May 2020 comes to a close, the U.S. celebrates emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and recognizes their unrelenting commitment to caring for patients – even in uncertain environments. Now, more… Read more »
Source: Bell, 22-May-20
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
The May 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.
Source: Police Aviation News, 01-May-20
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
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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