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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 2,262 call-outs in 2019, compared to 1,429 in 2018; an increase of 58%. The life-saving Charity ended the decade with their busiest year on record, having experienced their busiest month ever in July 2019, when they responded to 244 call-outs. The Charity has revealed that… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 03-Feb-20

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RAMS celebrates two years of flight

RAMS celebrates two years of flight

Regional Air Medical Services (RAMS) took flight two years ago. RAMS, which is operated by Regional Paramedical Services, has handled nearly 800 patient transports since January 2018, according to Katrina Key, clinical services director. RAMS is currently transporting approximately 40 patients a month — double the number transported after the initial launch. Each flight includes… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 31-Jan-20

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Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Sweden’s air ambulance service – Svensk Luftambulans – has ordered three new H145 helicopters in a deal announced at the Heli Expo 2020 exhibition. The operator will also have its existing three earlier model H145s retrofitted to the same standard as the new aircraft including an innovative five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

Donors who supported the appeal to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) attended a ‘breaking of the ground’ celebration to mark construction work progress. Funding for the Helipad was raised by MFT Charity’s Time Save Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jan-20

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DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Bucher presents its newest multi-mission HEMS at Heli-Expo 2020

Bucher presents its newest multi-mission HEMS at Heli-Expo 2020

From January 28 through 30, 2020, Bucher will present its helicopter emergency equipment at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, CA, USA. If you are looking for innovative and highly modular equipment for your rescue operations, visit us in hall B, at booth #2531! We will be happy to show you all our exciting and innovative… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 27-Jan-20

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Air Methods lowers costs to patients

Air Methods lowers costs to patients

A popular air medical helicopter company believes they have the answer to lowering the cost for patients who need emergency care. See Full Story.

Source: Air Methods, 27-Jan-20

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Elbit Systems Successfully Demonstrates High-Altitude High-Precision Aerial Firefighting Solution

Elbit Systems Successfully Demonstrates High-Altitude High-Precision Aerial Firefighting Solution

Elbit Systems completed a successful field demonstration of its patented Hydrop system, an innovative solution enabling high-altitude high-precision aerial firefighting. The field demonstration took place recently as part of an exercise led by the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority. During the exercise two Air Tractor aircraft from the Israeli Fire Fighting Squadron were directed to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 22-Jan-20

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DRF Foundation to fund external air medical R&D projects

DRF Foundation to fund external air medical R&D projects

From 2020, the DRF Foundation for Air Rescue will fund larger projects than before that deal with the research and development of innovative methods, new concepts and systems in the field of preclinical emergency and rescue medicine, especially in air rescue. Those interested in funding can now submit their project. “Since every human life is… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 22-Jan-20

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2019 mission statistics of the DRF Group

2019 mission statistics of the DRF Group

In a total of 40,738 missions, the crews of the 35 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein as well as the ambulance flight operations were alerted to provide immediate, highly professional medical assistance to seriously ill or injured people. After all: when a life is at stake, every minute counts. With 40,738 missions in… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Jan-20

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25,000 missions for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

25,000 missions for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been tasked a total of 25,000 missions since the Charity was founded 21 years ago. This landmark figure was reached on January 1st when the team attended a road traffic collision in Hertfordshire. EHAAT attended 1,526 patients in 2019, making it the busiest year ever for the Charity’s… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-20

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Erickson is flying six firefighting S64s in Australia

Erickson is flying six firefighting S64s in Australia

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, is continuing to fight the devastating Australian bushfires into the new year armed with Six Air Crane® helicopters. As of Thursday, January 2nd, New South Wales declared a 7-day state of emergency as Australia’s deadly bushfires rage. This is the third time in… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Jan-20

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Changes in UK air ambulance sector

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) trade membership body and national charity, Air Ambulances UK, are proud to announce a successful merger, taking effect from 1st January 2020. The new single nationwide organisation will support the UK’s air ambulance sector and will provide a national voice and platform on behalf of the air ambulance community…. Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 07-Jan-20

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Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Jan-20

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Police Aviation News – January 2020 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jan-20

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HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-19

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AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), a nonprofit trade association that represents over 90% of the air ambulance industry in the United States, released the following statement today on the new Surprise Medical Billing proposal, announced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and House Energy and Commerce Committee… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 19-Dec-19

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Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of the HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung will present their new pilot training and further training program at the HAI Heli-Expo from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. From August 2020, a state-of-the-art full flight simulator level D will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training center… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Dec-19

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New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday (11 December 2019) to officially open its new helipad. The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, donated £300,000 to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to build the all-weather pad at the rear of the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Dec-19

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Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

University Hospitals of North Midlands Major Trauma Centre is the first in the UK to benefit from a weather station which provides certainty and real time information for emergency helicopter pilots about weather conditions, ensuring that its patients are seen quicker and with more efficiency. The weather station, called “Skyview”, which has been donated by… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Dec-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has enhanced the blood products it can give to critically injured or unwell people by carrying plasma.   The charity is now carrying two units of plasma onboard and this will be used with two units of O negative blood (packed red blood cells).   Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been carrying packed… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 09-Dec-19

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Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight is the first ambulance service in the state to carry life-saving blood products in their helicopters and other vehicles that will help up to 180 patients a year. See Full Story.

Source: Boston Herald, 02-Dec-19

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance base gets green light

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance base gets green light

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has received planning permission from Epping Forest District Council for new premises at North Weald which will secure the future of the North Weald operation of the Charity. EHAAT will make use of a one-off grant of £1.5 million from the Government to help pay for the new Airbase,… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 02-Dec-19

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Police Aviation News – December 2019 Edition

The December 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-19

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Blood and plasma preserves aboard Christoph 53

Blood and plasma preserves aboard Christoph 53

The Mannheim station of the DRF Luftrettung has been carrying blood and plasma supplies in their helicopters since this week. The rapid availability of blood products by helicopter is crucial especially for emergency patients with massive blood loss. In this situation, the administration of blood and blood products can be life-saving on the job site…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Nov-19

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Airbus signs HCare contract with STARS Air Ambulance

Airbus signs HCare contract with STARS Air Ambulance

Demonstrating its trust in Airbus, nonprofit air ambulance provider STARS has signed its first HCare support and service contract, which also represents the first HCare contract Airbus has secured in Canada. he 10-year, nose-to-tail contract will cover nine new Airbus H145 aircraft ordered by STARS. The first three helicopters have already been delivered, with the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Nov-19

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Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro recently began the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process for the Stryker Performance Pro in the EC145. Metro initiated the process after the ground ambulance standard was changed requiring a more robust restraint system. Its customers and other air medical programs expressed the need for an air ambulance solution that was compatible with the new… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Nov-19

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Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have flown their 9,000th mission. On Saturday 2nd November, Dr Amy Andrew, Dr Tim Nicholson-Roberts, Specialist Critical Care Paramedic Louise Wigmore and Captain Dave Nicholls, took to the skies from the Charity Airbase at Thruxton to respond to the milestone mission. HIOWAA CEO, Alex Lochrane, commented: “Whilst… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will return to Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) immediately. The charity is now just one of four air ambulances who hold their own Air Operator Certificate. Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott says: “This has been a hard… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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Shetland Coastguard team win UK award

Shetland Coastguard team win UK award

Coastguard rescue teams from Lerwick, Hillswick and Sumburgh, the coastguard search and rescue helicopter crew from Sumburgh and staff from the Coastguard Operations Centre in Shetland have been awarded the prestigious Department for Transport Rescue Shield by Brian Johnson, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The DfT Rescue Shield is the highest national… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 11-Nov-19

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Air Methods Celebrates the Accomplishments of Tulsa LifeFlight

Air Methods Celebrates the Accomplishments of Tulsa LifeFlight

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced that its Tulsa LifeFlight program was named the EMS Service of the Year at the Oklahoma EMS Conference. In addition, Larry Brewer, one of the Air Method’s EMS Medics, won the Educator of the Year Award. Both the Tulsa LifeFlight program and Larry Brewer are consistently… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 11-Nov-19

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Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC, 4-6 November) that Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, the largest health system in the Intermountain West, and one of the premier health systems in U.S., will add a sixth AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to its Intermountain Life Flight air ambulance / EMS program. Intermountain Life Flight currently… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Nov-19

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Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Life Flight Network has signed a purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis to add to its existing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft fleet. “The Bell 429 and Bell 407GXi deliver exceptional speed and readiness. These aircraft provide reliability for important… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Nov-19

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First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that the first AW169 EMS helicopter fleet in the United States is now in service. Travis County’s three AW169 EMS helicopters assist rescue efforts in south central Texas, an area with over 1.2 million people that includes Austin. STAR Flight, Travis County’s air ambulance operator, is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-19

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Redhead Equipment celebrates opening of new branch

Redhead Equipment celebrates opening of new branch

There was more than one reason for Redhead Equipment to celebrate today at their North Battleford location. The more than 70 year-old business not only hosted a grand re-opening of their newest branch, but they also announced a $1 million gift to STARS air ambulance. Today’s announcement renews a partnership between Redhead Equipment and STARS… Read more »

Source: STARS, 04-Nov-19

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Police Aviation News – November 2019 Edition

The November 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Nov-19

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National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) National Conference takes place on Monday 18th November 2019 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London. Once again, the three colleges of charity, operational and clinical speakers will come together, to talk on contemporary topics within the air ambulance and ambulance service sectors. This year, the theme focusses on the… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 31-Oct-19

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Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

The “Helicopter Express” has landed in Jackson just in time for Teton County Search and Rescue to put it to use. See Full Story.

Source: BUCKRAIL, 29-Oct-19

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New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Officials at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have unveiled a new helipad for the province’s air ambulance system, a major improvement advocates say could mean the difference between life and death. See Full Story.

Source: Global NEWS, 29-Oct-19

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Aerial Firefighters Note Reduced Activity

Aerial Firefighters Note Reduced Activity

The US aerial firefighting industry has experienced one of its slowest fire seasons to date with significant reductions in flight-hours compared to recent years. Nonetheless, a number of operators have seen a ramp-up in activity due to a spike in fire events since September, with major fires in Southern California and Colorado. For example, three… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Oct-19

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ARCH Air Medical Sparta Base to Carry Blood and Plasma

ARCH Air Medical Sparta Base to Carry Blood and Plasma

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today that its ARCH Air Medical base in Sparta (ARCH 4) will carry blood and plasma on its missions to support improved outcomes for patients involved in traumatic injuries or other conditions that require transfusions. Air Methods has continuously worked to increase the number of aircraft… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 25-Oct-19

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AAMS Announces Selection of New CEO

AAMS Announces Selection of New CEO

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Cameron Curtis to lead the AAMS organization and Medevac Foundation International. Cameron will not assume the leadership role until January 2020 but will attend the upcoming AAMS AMTC Conference in Atlanta, November 4-6, 2019. As chairman of the AAMS board and… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 24-Oct-19

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21-Oct-19 N922RJ Airbus EC130 Oroville, US-California

Bird strike (quoted in local press as a goose), and subsequent emergency landing at Oroville Municipal Airport en route Sacramento to Chico

21-Oct-19

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