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Police Aviation News – July 2022 Edition

Police Aviation News – July 2022 Edition

5-Jul-2022Source: Police Aviation News

The July 2022 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here. HeliHub.com is providing an external link.  Police Aviation News is responsible for the content of their monthly newsletter... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance marks 15 years of service

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance marks 15 years of service

4-Jul-2022Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

  Fifteen years on from that first flight, the crew are tasked to around four emergency missions every day mirroring previous years, and are able to provide advanced life-saving care usually found in a hospital emergency department.   One of the longest-serving members of the team, Dr David Sutton, who has been flying with the charity... Read more

STARS introduces Airbus H145 at Edmonton base

STARS introduces Airbus H145 at Edmonton base

4-Jul-2022

  Together with patients and supporters, STARS officially welcomed the new Airbus H145 helicopter to its Edmonton base today. The new aircraft model is part of a landmark initiative to replace STARS’ fleet across Western Canada. “Today is about commemorating with our community allies the arrival of a new fleet that will serve patients across Alberta for decades... Read more

Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and Airbus prepare for the future of HEMS

Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and Airbus prepare for the future of HEMS

1-Jul-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation was the very first operator to receive the new five-bladed H145 at the end of 2020. In close collaboration with Airbus, the Foundation uses it for various research projects all aimed at improving Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. For more than 40 years, the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation... Read more

REACH Announces Plans to Open Base in Colusa County

REACH Announces Plans to Open Base in Colusa County

17-Jun-2022Source: REACH Air Medical

  REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced its plans to open an air medical base in Colusa County. Located in Williams along Interstate 5, the new base will provide service to Colusa County and the surrounding regions. “We are incredibly proud to be joining the community of Williams,” said Vicky Spediacci, Air Chief Operating Officer... Read more

LCI and SMFL deliver two AW169s to Alidaunia

LCI and SMFL deliver two AW169s to Alidaunia

16-Jun-2022Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have delivered two new Leonardo AW169 helicopters from its joint venture leasing operation to the well-established Italian helicopter operator, Alidaunia. The two state-of-the-art aircraft will be based in Naples and Salerno on long term... Read more

Metro Aviation welcomes Washington County EMS

Metro Aviation welcomes Washington County EMS

16-Jun-2022Source: Metro Aviation

  Metro Aviation turned 40 in 2022 and is continuing the celebration with its 40th operations customer in the birthplace of Texas. Metro will operate one EC145 for Washington County EMS and eventually provide fire suppression operations, a first for the 40-year operator. Washington-on-the-Brazos, also called Washington, originated in 1821 as a ferry crossing during... Read more

REACH and Medstar Ambulance of Mendocino County Announce Agreement

REACH and Medstar Ambulance of Mendocino County Announce Agreement

16-Jun-2022Source: REACH Air Medical

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH), a leading provider of air medical transport services, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Medstar Ambulance of Mendocino County, Inc. (d.b.a. Ukiah Ambulance) for professional advisory services related to enhancing the delivery of ground ambulance services in Mendocino County. The new agreement expands on a current,... Read more

AirLift Texas opens new base at Weslaco

AirLift Texas opens new base at Weslaco

15-Jun-2022

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., is thrilled to announce the opening of AirLift Texas, a new base in Weslaco, Texas, on June 1st to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding Rio Grande Valley communities. Opening the base will result in quicker response times for emergent... Read more

UK HELP Appeal helipads mark 20,000 landings

UK HELP Appeal helipads mark 20,000 landings

14-Jun-2022Source: HELP Appeal

  The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads, announces that over 20,000 landings have been made on the NHS hospital helipads it has funded. It has donated over £40 million so far towards 45 helipads in total, which also includes 25 new helipads and major... Read more

12-Jun-22 N655DV Airbus EC135 Lake City, US-Florida

12-Jun-22 N655DV Airbus EC135 Lake City, US-Florida

12-Jun-2022

Precautionary field landing... Read more

The Top 5 Trends Facing The Air Medical Industry in 2022

The Top 5 Trends Facing The Air Medical Industry in 2022

8-Jun-2022Source: Air Methods

  The future of healthcare and its impact on air medical services is facing sweeping changes and acute challenges. From hospital closures and staffing shortages to increased domestic tourism, Air Methods is evaluating market dynamics and preparing for this shift. Here are our top 5 trends facing the air medical industry in 2022. 1. Obstetrical Units... Read more

NHC Northern Helicopter commences German polar contract with three BK117s

NHC Northern Helicopter commences German polar contract with three BK117s

7-Jun-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

  Northern Helicopter GmbH will fly in the Arctic and Antarctic in the future. From June 2022, the shipping company F.Laeisz GmbH, Rostock, will entrust the Emden offshore aviation company with the operation of the helicopters for the research vessel “Polarstern” chartered to the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). . For... Read more

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

7-Jun-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

  RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will join other Queensland aeromedical service providers, as tenants of a state of the art ‘super base’, to be purpose built at Brisbane Airport. LifeFlight’s commitment to the project was confirmed today (Fri 3rd) with the announcement by Queensland Treasurer Hon. Cameron Dick, that the Queensland State Government will contribute $10.4... Read more

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

3-Jun-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will join other Queensland aeromedical service providers, as tenants of a state of the art ‘super base’, to be purpose built at Brisbane Airport. LifeFlight’s commitment to the project was confirmed today (Fri 3rd) with the announcement by Queensland Treasurer Hon. Cameron Dick, that the Queensland State Government will contribute $10.4 million... Read more

AWHero completes Enhanced Maritime Surveillance Sensor Suite tests

AWHero completes Enhanced Maritime Surveillance Sensor Suite tests

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Navies and Coast Guards worldwide are deploying Tactical Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) in order to provide wide area ISR capabilities to vessels and contribute to the formation of a robust and dynamic Recognized Maritime Picture. UAS are becoming an important capability for maritime intelligence gathering. These systems provide considerable advantages when capable of being... Read more

Police Aviation News – June 2022 Edition

Police Aviation News – June 2022 Edition

2-Jun-2022Source: Police Aviation News

The June 2022 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here. HeliHub.com is providing an external link.  Police Aviation News is responsible for the content of their monthly newsletter... Read more

Leonardo Awards Cormorant Trophy

Leonardo Awards Cormorant Trophy

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo remains fully engaged with the Canadian Government in relation to the upgrade of its CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter fleet. After distinguished 20-years of service life, the CH-149 Cormorant fleet requires a mid-life upgrade which is being proposed by Team Cormorant, a collaboration of Leonardo, together with its Canadian partners, IMP... Read more

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo has announced a further expansion of its fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in Australia with an order for three aircraft as part of Western Australia’s Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service (ERHS) fleet modernization effort to provide enhanced airborne capabilities. The helicopters will be supplied by leading helicopter operator CHC Australia to carry... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance officially opens its new helipad space

London’s Air Ambulance officially opens its new helipad space

1-Jun-2022Source: London's Air Ambulance

  Following a campaign during our 30th anniversary, we celebrated the official opening of London’s Air Ambulance’s new helipad space. The new offices are positioned closer to the flight deck, enabling the crew to reach the aircraft faster when a trauma call comes in. Therefore this development will potentially give London’s most critically injured patients... Read more

Bristow Conducts Successful UK SAR Winch Paramedic Selection Event

Bristow Conducts Successful UK SAR Winch Paramedic Selection Event

30-May-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow’s UK SAR team conducted a successful SAR Winch Paramedic selection event at Fleetwood Nautical College in May 2022, continuing its long history of innovation and excellence in aviation. The innovative program used a nationwide recruitment effort that solicited almost 300 applicants in late January from across the United Kingdom to apply for the UK SAR... Read more

Advertising board responds to claims brought by Air Methods against Global Medical Response

Advertising board responds to claims brought by Air Methods against Global Medical Response

27-May-2022Source: BBB National Programs

  The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs determined that Global Medical Response, Inc. (GMR) provided a reasonable basis for certain advertising claims for its Air Ambulance Transport. However, NAD recommended that the advertiser clearly disclose qualifying information related to its AirMedCare Network (AMCN) subscription membership program. The claims at issue were challenged... Read more

CHC starts 10 year Norwegian SAR contract

CHC starts 10 year Norwegian SAR contract

26-May-2022Source: CHC

  CHC Helikopterservice (CHC HS) started a new civilian-operated rescue helicopter service for the Governor’s Helicopter Service at Svalbard. Under the 10-year contract, CHC HS will provide 24/7 emergency rescue helicopters, with a six person crew, including a doctor, flying two Airbus AS332L1 plus one backup aircraft. EMEA’s General Operations Manager, Per Andre Rykhus said:... Read more

Life Flight Network to add 24-hour critical care transport base to Salem, Oregon

Life Flight Network to add 24-hour critical care transport base to Salem, Oregon

25-May-2022Source: Life Flight Network

  Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, announced the addition of a 24-hour helicopter critical care transport base in Salem, Oregon. Life Flight Network’s highly trained flight crew will provide ICU level care to the communities of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the surrounding area, augmenting their existing air medical services in... Read more

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

24-May-2022Source: UK Military

  UK and US helicopters have been finding and striking targets and lifting paratroopers and equipment into action together on Exercise Swift Response. Joint Helicopter Command’s Aviation Task Force 1 (ATF-1), which commands the attack, reconnaissance and support helicopters in the British Army’s global response force, is flying in support of the major multinational exercise in... Read more

Bell honours heroes during National EMS Week

Bell honours heroes during National EMS Week

24-May-2022Source: Bell

  Somewhere, a dedicated team stands ready, waiting to launch a Bell aircraft, reach an emergency site and save a life. These brave emergency medical workers (EMS) workers are always prepared to serve their communities, which is why Bell wanted to recognize their unrelenting commitment to caring for patients – even in uncertain environments. Now,... Read more

Christophorus 16 air ambulance passes 15,000 hours

Christophorus 16 air ambulance passes 15,000 hours

23-May-2022Source: HeliRescue

  [electronic translation] On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the emergency doctor helicopter Christophorus 16 flew the 15,000. Use since the air rescue service in Oberwart. The crew was called to Graz for a secondary transport from Oberwart Hospital. A pregnant patient was taken directly to the delivery room at the State Hospital for the delivery... Read more

Air Evac Lifetime launch new base in northern Alabama

Air Evac Lifetime launch new base in northern Alabama

13-May-2022Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

  The base in northern Alabama will be staffed by highly trained pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics and an on-site aviation maintenance technician.   Air Evac Lifeteam announced its newest emergency air medical transport base in northern Alabama is now in service. Located in Athens, the new base will provide service to Limestone County and... Read more

UK – Gama Aviation offers ‘HEMS for hire’

UK – Gama Aviation offers ‘HEMS for hire’

10-May-2022Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation is continuing to build its UK air ambulance offer by introducing a new service specifically aimed at the motorsport, events and film / TV industry in the UK. The service seeks to provide fully crewed turnkey helicopter emergency services for situations that require additional medical infrastructure to support a specific safety case or... Read more

Expansion of Nottingham Heliport approved

Expansion of Nottingham Heliport approved

9-May-2022Source: Acres Group

  Nottingham’s Acres Group has successfully designed its first heliport, as expansion plans for an existing base receive council approval. The project, designed by the team at Acres Architects, involves the building of a new 800 sq. metre hangar and associated offices on the site of Nottingham Heliport, off the A46 Fosse Way, in Widmerpool, south Nottinghamshire.... Read more

Police Aviation News – May 2022 Edition

Police Aviation News – May 2022 Edition

8-May-2022Source: Police Aviation News

The May 2022 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here. HeliHub.com is providing an external link.  Police Aviation News is responsible for the content of their monthly newsletter  ... Read more

DRF base at Thüringen celebrates 30 years

DRF base at Thüringen celebrates 30 years

3-May-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

  Christoph Thüringen , the only helicopter in Thuringia that is available around the clock for urgent transfers between clinics and emergency operations, is celebrating his birthday. On April 1st, 30 years ago , the station started its service, first at Erfurt Airport, four years later it was moved to the central clinic in Bad Berka. Today the crew performs over 1,000... Read more

Rega advances use of drones

Rega advances use of drones

29-Apr-2022Source: Rega

At its Annual Media Conference, Swiss Air-Rescue Rega presented its further developed drone system and a new version of the Rega app. The Rega drone, which is equipped with various sensors, is deployed when poor visibility prevents the Rega search helicopter from being used. The new version of the tried-and-tested Rega app is now even... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance 2022 fundraising gala raises record £944,000

London’s Air Ambulance 2022 fundraising gala raises record £944,000

27-Apr-2022Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

On Monday 25 April, London’s Air Ambulance Charity hosted its most successful gala ever; raising over £944,000 in donations. This is enough to fund over 400 missions: helping London’s only helicopter emergency service save more lives across the capital, every day, when every second counts. At the event, our patron, His Royal Highness The Duke... Read more

City of Fontana spends $2.8M in coronavirus aid on pre-owned AS350B2

City of Fontana spends $2.8M in coronavirus aid on pre-owned AS350B2

20-Apr-2022Source: The Sun

Fontana will spend $2.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds on a previously-owned helicopter to bolster public safety and fire and emergency medical services. See Full Story. ... Read more

16-Apr-22 N808LF Airbus AS350B3 Phoenix, US-Arizona

16-Apr-22 N808LF Airbus AS350B3 Phoenix, US-Arizona

16-Apr-2022

Rotors running refuel – FBO attendant was pulling the grounding cable from the fuel truck and the cable struck the main rotor blades Helicopter operates as “Native Air 7” from a base at Payson, AZ  ... Read more

Salford Royal helipad construction to begin with £2M funding pledge

Salford Royal helipad construction to begin with £2M funding pledge

14-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

Thanks to a £2 million pledge from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country funding NHS hospital helipads, Salford Royal’s new hospital will have a new rooftop helipad that will be able  to receive seriously injured or ill patients flown directly in by helicopter. It means that up to 20 minutes will be... Read more

Life Link III names Chief Medical Officer

Life Link III names Chief Medical Officer

14-Apr-2022Source: Life Link III

Life Link III has announced that Dr. Bjorn Peterson is now serving as Chief Medical Officer for the organization. Dr. Peterson brings extensive experience in working in emergency medicine, both in EMS and pre-hospital critical care. He succeeds Dr. R.J. Frascone, who officially retired from Life Link III following 36 years of service on April... Read more

Birchcliff Energy provides $1.5 million to STARS fleet in Grande Prairie

Birchcliff Energy provides $1.5 million to STARS fleet in Grande Prairie

14-Apr-2022Source: STARS

STARS’ fleet renewal capital campaign has received a major boost with a $1.5 million gift from Birchcliff Energy, helping to secure a new H145 helicopter to serve the Grande Prairie region. The Keep the Fight in Flight campaign launched in 2018 across Western Canada to renew STARS’ aging aircraft fleet with new Airbus H145 helicopters,... Read more

DRF Luftrettung says goodbye to Christoph 111

DRF Luftrettung says goodbye to Christoph 111

12-Apr-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

At the end of March 2020, DRF Luftrettung provided another helicopter at Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport to provide support in the corona pandemic in addition to the public system. Christoph 111’s operational readiness ends today. The crew of Christoph 111 says goodbye after today’s mission and after two years in which they have contributed to... Read more

New equipment delivered by HELP Appeal to east of England

New equipment delivered by HELP Appeal to east of England

8-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

A Cambridgeshire based lifesaving charity that flies hospital-level care to patients at the scene of their medical emergencies, has received a generous donation from the HELP Appeal to invest in cutting edge medical equipment. Magpas Air Ambulance doctors and paramedics have the skills and kit to effectively bring a hospital A&E department to the scene... Read more

Police Aviation News – April 2022 Edition

Police Aviation News – April 2022 Edition

5-Apr-2022Source: Police Aviation News

The April 2022 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.... Read more

New helipad opens at Scarborough Hospital

New helipad opens at Scarborough Hospital

4-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

A new, lifesaving helipad is now open at Scarborough Hospital that will enable seriously ill and injured patients to have immediate access to the Emergency Department after landing by helicopter. Thanks to a £500,000 donation by the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, work began in December on... Read more

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

4-Apr-2022Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is thrilled to celebrate 35 years since the first emergency helicopter service began in Cornwall – and the UK. In 1987, Cornwall was the first county in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter, a vital service that has proven time and time again its importance in such a rural... Read more

Nipawin heliport granted SHA approval

Nipawin heliport granted SHA approval

1-Apr-2022Source: Toronto Star

While the Saskatchewan Health Authority has given final approval on a heliport build in Nipawin, Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, said that they’ll still need a cost re-estimate before fundraising can be underway. See Full Story.... Read more

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

31-Mar-2022Source: North West Air Ambulance

Babcock and North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) have announced a significant new multi-year contract which will keep the charity saving lives into the next decade. The new contract, awarded following a competitive procurement process, supported by Aeroptimo, has seen Babcock selected to continue as NWAA’s exclusive aviation partner for at least the next seven years.... Read more

ÖAMTC Air Rescue: HeliAir expands service offerings

ÖAMTC Air Rescue: HeliAir expands service offerings

30-Mar-2022Source: ÖAMTC Air Rescue

To meet increasing demand, ÖAMTC Air Rescue’s technical services division – HeliAir – has expanded their services to include maintenance for Airbus’s H145 helicopters. Having successfully completed the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s certification process at the end of 2021, HeliAir now fulfills all legal requirements to maintenance the H145 for customers throughout Europe. “Every... Read more

Mosaic commits another $2.5 million to STARS in Saskatchewan

Mosaic commits another $2.5 million to STARS in Saskatchewan

21-Mar-2022Source: STARS

The ambitious fundraising goal for STARS’ fleet renewal capital campaign in Saskatchewan has now been accomplished, thanks to a generous $2.5 million commitment from Mosaic, announced today at the STARS base in Regina. The Keep the Fight in Flight campaign was launched in 2018 to renew STARS’ fleet of aging air ambulances with Airbus H145... Read more

STARS launches Mission Ready podcast

STARS launches Mission Ready podcast

21-Mar-2022Source: STARS

You’ve heard other podcasts. You’ve heard other STARS stories of rescue and recovery. But you haven’t heard any like this. Today STARS launches Mission Ready, presented by WBM Technologies. It’s a podcast that takes listeners deep inside our most harrowing and fascinating missions. We invite you on the journey as we share dispatch recordings, hear... Read more

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

18-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Rescue and Salvage Bureau of Ministry of Transport, PRC (MOT CRS) has signed a contract for six AW189 super-medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised across the coastlines of China for maritime SAR operations. The fleet deliveries will be completed by 2023. The PRC (MOT CRS) is China’s only national maritime professional rescue and salvage... Read more

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

14-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

THC (The Helicopter Company) and Leonardo are further reinforcing their collaboration in civil helicopter operations with the introduction of 16 AW139 intermediate twin engine aircraft for emergency medical service (EMS) and corporate transport missions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Deliveries commence to start this year and shall be completed within the following three years.... Read more

12-Mar-22 N761AF Sikorsky S76D Texarkana, US-Texas

12-Mar-22 N761AF Sikorsky S76D Texarkana, US-Texas

12-Mar-2022

Tail strike on landing at hospital helipad... Read more

Uniflight Global Partners with Spectrum Aeromed on New Fleet Completions

Uniflight Global Partners with Spectrum Aeromed on New Fleet Completions

9-Mar-2022Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Uniflight Global has announced its partnership with Spectrum Aeromed for installation of multiple HEMS interiors. Uniflight began completions on Leonardo AW119Kxi helicopters in the first quarter of 2022. “We are delighted to once again partner with Spectrum Aeromed and their turnkey interior solution for EMS operators,” offered Ray Weiser, the V.P. of Sales for Uniflight.... Read more

Smith Myers debuts at Heli-Expo 2022

Smith Myers debuts at Heli-Expo 2022

9-Mar-2022Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers formally kicks off its North American expansion strategy when it makes its US event debut at Heli Expo (Booth 4826, March 8-10, Dallas, TX), to showcase ARTEMIS, an award-winning Mobile Phone Detection and Location system designed specifically for airborne SAR (Search and Rescue) and Disaster Relief. The global specialist in the design, development,... Read more

Princess Royal opens new Manchester hospital helipad

Princess Royal opens new Manchester hospital helipad

9-Mar-2022Source: NHS Manchester University

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (2nd March) officially unveiled the helipad at Oxford Road Campus (ORC). She also visited maternity services at Saint Mary’s Hospital, both part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), in her role as Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The helipad, the first of its kind... Read more

09-Mar-22 N162MW Airbus EC135P1 Lincoln, US-Nebraska

09-Mar-22 N162MW Airbus EC135P1 Lincoln, US-Nebraska

9-Mar-2022

Bird strike.  2 POB, neither injured... Read more

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance host royal visit

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance host royal visit

7-Mar-2022Source: Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) hosted a visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex. As a local life-saving charity, we work alongside the hospitals, emergency services and supporting organisations across the region. Today’s visit was an opportunity to bring everyone together at EHAAT’s new airbase at North Weald, enabling The... Read more

ITC-AeroLeasing Delivers One H135T3H

ITC-AeroLeasing Delivers One H135T3H

7-Mar-2022Source: ITC-AeroLeasing

ITC-AeroLeasing has successfully commenced the delivery and lease of one EMS configured Airbus Helicopters H135T3H to a European operator, which provides special mission services worldwide. “We are very pleased to serve this well-established European operator on its critical EMS missions. This delivery not only expands ITC’s footprint in Europe, but also furthers one of our... Read more

07-Mar-22 N29VA Airbus EC145 Abingdon, US-Virginia

07-Mar-22 N29VA Airbus EC145 Abingdon, US-Virginia

7-Mar-2022

Engine issues while landing on a trolley at night, pilot lost control and impacted the ground... Read more

Police Aviation News – March 2022 Edition

Police Aviation News – March 2022 Edition

4-Mar-2022Source: Police Aviation News

The March 2022 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.... Read more

Karolinska University Hospital contracts with Babcock for EMS AW139

Karolinska University Hospital contracts with Babcock for EMS AW139

4-Mar-2022Source: Karolinska University Hospital

Karolinska University Hospital will be the first in Sweden to have a new type of medical helicopter that can provide the sickest patients with advanced care, even in the air. The helicopter can bring patients from all over the country to Karolinska. A contract for the operation and delivery of an Agusta Westland 139 (AW... Read more

FinnHEMS to add fifth EC135 and new base at Seinäjoki

FinnHEMS to add fifth EC135 and new base at Seinäjoki

4-Mar-2022Source: FinnHEMS

FinnHEMS will complement its EC135 helicopter fleet in use at its southern bases to ensure uninterrupted medical helicopter service expansion next autumn. The new base serving Ostrobothnia will open in Seinäjoki from the end of 2022. The helicopter will be acquired used by FinnHEMS. In the future, four southern bases in Vantaa, Turku, Tampere and... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance announce helicopter review decision

Wiltshire Air Ambulance announce helicopter review decision

3-Mar-2022Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

  Wiltshire Air Ambulance has decided to continue with its existing helicopter until at least 2025. It follows a review by the charity’s board and leadership team, which formed part of its three-year strategy launched last August. The charity has used its existing Bell 429 helicopter since becoming a standalone operation in 2015.  Wiltshire Air... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance become first UK operator of upgrade five-blade H145

East Anglian Air Ambulance become first UK operator of upgrade five-blade H145

2-Mar-2022Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is the first air ambulance in the UK to upgrade its Airbus H145 helicopter with a new five blade rotor head.  This UK-engineering first will generate more lift, reduce vibrations and improve handling and stability, providing improved comfort for EAAA’s patients and crew as they operate 24/7. The Norwich-based Anglia... Read more

FinnHEMS takes ops in-house after Babcock contract expired

FinnHEMS takes ops in-house after Babcock contract expired

2-Mar-2022Source: FinnHEMS

The flight operations of Finnish medical helicopters were fully transferred to the state-owned company FinnHEMS on 11 February 2022, when the service agreement between FinnHEMS and flight operator Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance expired. In the future, nationwide HEMS operations will be carried out by FinnHEMS’ subsidiary FinnHEMS Flight Services Ltd at all medical helicopter bases in... Read more

FinnHEMS terminates agreement with Russian-owned Teboil

FinnHEMS terminates agreement with Russian-owned Teboil

2-Mar-2022Source: FinnHEMS

FinnHEMS terminates its fuel card agreement with Teboil. Teboil is a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The cessation of fuel supplies is a protest against Russia’s hostilities in Ukraine. Teboil has been one of FinnHEMS ‘channels for purchasing fuel for emergency vehicles. Helicopter fuel purchases are made using other procurement channels, for which the company has... Read more

Airlift Northwest to open new Eastern Washington base

Airlift Northwest to open new Eastern Washington base

28-Feb-2022Source: Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest, the not-for-profit air medical transport service of UW Medicine, today announced the opening of a new helicopter base at Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, Wash., to serve the communities of Central and Eastern Washington. The new base will begin operations this summer with a specially configured Airbus H-135 helicopter. It has a range of... Read more

Rega reports on 2021 missions

Rega reports on 2021 missions

22-Feb-2022Source: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

In 2021, Swiss Air-Rescue Rega came to the assistance of more than 12,000 people for the first time. The Rega helicopters were in the air particularly frequently, but the three ambulance jets also recorded more missions than in the previous year. Besides its regular operational activities, Rega continued to assist the Swiss authorities in handling... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

21-Feb-2022

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews in Brisbane have opened the pumps on a new fuel storage and management facility, custom built by fuel supplier, IOR. “This fuel tank will enable our flight crews to refuel their aircraft and be ready to respond to a critical mission, more efficiently,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue General Manager of Operations, Brian... Read more

New helipad lighting for Peterborough City Hospital for 24×7 ops

New helipad lighting for Peterborough City Hospital for 24×7 ops

21-Feb-2022Source: HELP Appeal

Seriously ill or injured patients from across the region will benefit from extended air ambulance flying hours thanks to a generous donation of nearly £47,000 to Peterborough City Hospital from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads State-of-the-art helipad lighting will enable air ambulances to land throughout the... Read more

LifeFlight medical recruits soar through training week

LifeFlight medical recruits soar through training week

15-Feb-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

21 new RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care doctors have joined the ranks across Queensland, but one of the retrieval registrars had already treated a patient in the air, before she even started her official aeromedical training. Dr Karin Dautzenberg was called in to help on the plane ride over to Australia from the Netherlands, when... Read more

The Air Ambulance Service brings blood on board

The Air Ambulance Service brings blood on board

14-Feb-2022Source: The Air Ambulance Service

The critical, lifesaving work of The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has been further enhanced through the introduction of blood and plasma on board its helicopters and critical care cars. Every day, The Air Ambulance Service – which operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) – attends... Read more

Classic Air Medical and Intermountain Healthcare to open new Idaho base

Classic Air Medical and Intermountain Healthcare to open new Idaho base

14-Feb-2022Source: Intermountain Healthcare

Classic Air Medical and Intermountain Healthcare are opening a new helicopter medical transport base on the Intermountain Cassia Regional Hospital campus in Burley, Idaho, to enhance medical transport services for area residents throughout Mini-Cassia, Idaho. Classic Air Medical will begin providing this critical care service in the summer of 2022, with a team of three... Read more

Air Zermatt introduces 24-hour on-call service at Gampel base

Air Zermatt introduces 24-hour on-call service at Gampel base

14-Feb-2022Source: Air Zermatt

Since Friday, Air Zermatt is on standby with a rescue team 24 hours a day at the base in Gampel. In case of an emergency call, helicopter, pilot, paramedics and the emergency doctor are ready for action even faster day and night. This measure shortens the start of a rescue team at night by up... Read more

11-Feb-22 N469AE Bell 206L4 El Dorado, US-Illinois

11-Feb-22 N469AE Bell 206L4 El Dorado, US-Illinois

11-Feb-2022

Pilot observed a flash reflecting in the windshield, followed by smoke in the cabin – caused by lithium batteries in the pocket of a paramedic on board... Read more

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