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Spectrum Health grounds Aero Med S76 due to “a potential administrative error”

Aero Med statement starts with “Aero Med has decided to voluntarily ground its helicopter service after learning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a potential administrative error.”  – See full story

Source: WOOD TV, 06-May-14

New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

New Swedish Bell 429 meets local criticism over weight limits

The new EMS helicopter in Gotland has met criticism in the media due to its current weight limit in the European Union. The newspaper Gotlands Tidningar states that the helicopter’s limited maximum takeoff weight rules out the option to bring a doctor in addition to the standard crew when needed by a critically ill patient…. Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 05-May-14

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust Host the 5th Aeromedical Conference

On Wednesday 30th April 2014, over 150 delegates from across the UK joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) for the 5th Aeromedical Conference at the ultra-modern CEME Conference Centre in Rainham. This free event sponsored by Medical Aviation Services saw a host of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers present a variety of topics… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 05-May-14

05-May-14 ZK-HJC Kawasaki BK117B1 Springston, New Zealand

Emergency field landing when transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.  Representative from operator referred to it as a “heavy landing”. No injuries to 5 POB

05-May-14

Police Aviation News – May 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-May-14

03-May-14 N407MH Bell 407 Telluride, US-Colorado

Emergency landing onto snow at 10,000 ft altitude, damaging blades, after reported engine problem.

03-May-14

Era Group appoints VP of Safety and Quality Assurance

Era Group appoints VP of Safety and Quality Assurance

Era Group Inc, (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has appointed Cory Theriot to the post of Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance. As part of Era’s senior management team, Theriot brings nearly two decades of experience… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 02-May-14

UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

​Trial flights commenced on Thursday 17th April of the newly constructed helideck facility on the roof of Bristol Royal Infirmary – Initial trials were conducted using the Great Western Air Ambulance Bo105 helicopter, as depicted in the images here. Air ambulance MBB Bolkow105DBS-4, G-NDAA, undertook the first test flight on 17th April to prove the capability… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-14

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Air Methods to report FY2014 Q1 results after narket close on May 8

Air Methods to report FY2014 Q1 results after narket close on May 8

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) will report financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 after the close of the market on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-May-14

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Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

A few weeks back, two Eurocopter EC135T2+ helicopters arrived in the UK at the end of a ferry flight from Azerbaijan. Previously operated by Silk Way Helicopter Services on EMS work from January 2012, the two had been replaced by new AgustaWestland AW139s and taken by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer in part-exchange. They have now been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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Crete Area Medical Center welcomes Air Methods

Crete Area Medical Center welcomes Air Methods

Crete Area Medical Center is pleased to partner with Air Methods, the global leader in air medical transportation. The helicopter based at Bryan Medical Center for the past 25 years will be relocated to Crete Area Medical Center on April 23. “We are proud to partner and continue our relationship with Bryan Health,” said Dan… Read more »

Source: Bryan Health, 30-Apr-14

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Airbus completes deliveries of EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation

Airbus completes deliveries of EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation

Critical-care airlift services from Turkey’s THK Gökçen Aviation are now at their full-up capability following completion of Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of EC135 to this commercial arm of the Turkish Aeronautical Association. Handover of the milestone EC135 occurred at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth, Germany production facility, where the twin-engine rotorcraft is assembled. The EC135 already has demonstrated… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Apr-14

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Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

Bell announces service of four Bell 407GXs for DFW CareFlite

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today CareFlite®, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation providing fully integrated medical transport across North Texas, is now fielding four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance appoints new chairman

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are pleased to announce that Marcus de Ferranti has been appointed to the role of Chairman with immediate effect. With a strong aviation background that started as a Harrier pilot in the Royal Air Force, de Ferranti has had a highly successful career, both in the public and… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 28-Apr-14

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Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

Following a competitive tender process, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters, has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria. The agreement will see the supply of new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland AW-139 twin engine helicopters and includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 28-Apr-14

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UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

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All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Apr-14

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Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

Hampshire/IOW Air Ambulance carries out first blood transfusion

On Thursday 17th April we carried out our first blood transfusion since we began carrying blood on board all flights earlier this month. The patient was taken to University Hospital Southampton following a road traffic incident in the New Forest. Using technology first utilised by the British military in Afghanistan, we are able to store… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 27-Apr-14

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Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

Bell 429 enters service with Scandinavian MediCopter

Scandinavian MediCopter, a subsidiary of Scandinavian AirAmbulance, has launched its Bell 429 in HEMS operations for Region Gotland in Visby. The aircraft, the first one of its type in Scandinavia, was placed in medical alert yesterday, and it has already done its first mission. Gotland’s EMS helicopter is primarily engaged in inter-hospital transports between the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 25-Apr-14

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Era Group announces FY2014 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Era Group announces FY2014 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2014 first quarter after the market closes on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 25-Apr-14

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Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington

Northwest MedStar to Open Base in Brewster, Washington

Northwest MedStar, the region’s critical care transport provider, is establishing an air medical base at Anderson Field Airport in Brewster, Washington. The full-time base will be opening in May, 2014. “This is another opportunity for Northwest MedStar to collaborate with the local health care community throughout north central Washington,” said Eveline Bisson, program director for… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 21-Apr-14

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19-Apr-14 ZK-HZL Eurocopter AS350BA Taupo, New Zealand

Heavy landing, 2 POB, one with slight injuries.  Reported that it clipped a tree on final approach

19-Apr-14

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Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar, the preferred provider of critical care transport for Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center, took to the Montana skies on Wednesday, April 2 at 0700 from its base at the Missoula International Airport. “Our community members and patients are receiving continuous critical care transport services from the local, experienced Missoula teams,”… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 15-Apr-14

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Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Second rooftop EMS helipad goes live in London

Launched on Monday St George’s Hospital new helipad is the second helipad to be built in London, and the first to be built south of the river Thames The helipad cost £5m to build, with £1m being donated by the HELP charity appeal, and is expected to become fully functional following test flights. It will… Read more »

Source: St George’s Hospital, 11-Apr-14

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11-Apr-14 Sydney, Australia

EMS helicopter went AOG on scene on M7 motorway

11-Apr-14

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Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

The widow and children of pilot Mark Montgomery have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Tarrant County, Texas alleging that the helicopter crashed after losing power, as a result of a defective and negligently designed Honeywell LTS-101 engine.  See full story See also 22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

09-Apr-14

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HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

HIOWAA now carries blood on all flights

In keeping with our commitment to provide a path of continuous development, we are now carrying blood on board all flights. For patients with serious injuries, the most common causes of death before reaching hospital are problems with getting oxygen into the lungs or significant blood loss. Using a variety of treatments not usually available… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 09-Apr-14

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Metro delivers last two of five EC135 aircraft to Mercy Life Line

Metro delivers last two of five EC135 aircraft to Mercy Life Line

Metro Aviation recently delivered the last two of five EC135’s to Mercy Life Line in Springfield, Missouri.  Mercy’s transition to all EC135P2+ Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) aircraft began in 2012 with the delivery of three aircraft.  With the addition of the final EC135’s, Mercy opened new bases in Joplin, MO and Rogers, AR. The five-base operation has… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Apr-14

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09-Apr-14 N395P Eurocopter AS350B3 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Crashed on hospital roof just off the helipad.  3 POB with pilot reported injured by local press.  No patient on board.  UNM later issued this video of the accident from CCTV cameras

09-Apr-14

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

This week, we undertook our 5,000th mission since we began operations on 1st July 2007. To mark the milestone, members our crew gathered together with our Charity Patron Mrs Ailsa Montagu, Chairman Tony Nicholson and Chief Executive John Perry for a photo shoot on the Helipad at Southampton General Hospital. The significant achievement coincides with… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 08-Apr-14

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Spectrum Aeromed CEO wins North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

Spectrum Aeromed CEO wins North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Dean Atchison, Owner and CEO of Spectrum Aeromed, will represent North Dakota as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year. “It’s our privilege to honor these outstanding small businesses,” said Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “We hope this well-deserved recognition from the Small Business Administration will call attention to… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 08-Apr-14

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USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has completed a comprehensive follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis released in 2011. This new report analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and compares them to the previous analysis that looked at accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2006…. Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-14

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Police Aviation News – April 2014 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Apr-14

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Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Justice Thomas‘ High Court decision was to reject on all counts the Westpac Helicopter Trusts’ request for a judicial review and dismissed its application.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 02-Apr-14

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Era amends and upsizes $300M Revolving Credit Facility

Era amends and upsizes $300M Revolving Credit Facility

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) announced today that it has amended and upsized its existing revolving credit facility. The amended facility increases borrowing capacity by 50%, reduces the company’s cost of capital and offers greater operational flexibility with the Company’s global fleet of helicopters. The amended facility increases capacity from $200 million to $300… Read more »

Source: Era, 01-Apr-14

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PHI announces Final Results of Offer for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI announces Final Results of Offer for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today the final results of the previously-announced tender offer and consent solicitation (the “Tender Offer”) for all of its outstanding 8.625% Senior Notes due 2018 (the “2018 Notes”). The Tender Offer expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end… Read more »

Source: PHi, 01-Apr-14

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Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced the appointment of two key executives, Kevin Campbell and Allison Farish. Kevin Campbell joins Air Methods as Senior Vice President of Process Improvement, and Allison Farish as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Air Methods, Campbell, a Certified Financial… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Apr-14

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Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center orders an EC135

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center orders an EC135

The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China today for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2014, and will… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 31-Mar-14

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Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

After a long and emotive battle, the people of the central west New South Wales have access to a 24-hour Ambulance NSW rescue helicopter service based in Orange.  See full story

Source: Western Advocate, 31-Mar-14

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31-Mar-14 Eurocopter EC130 Chillicothe, US-Ohio

31-Mar-14 Eurocopter EC130 Chillicothe, US-Ohio

EMS helicopter AOG on scene at night, blocking highway

31-Mar-14

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UT LifeStar participating in clinical trial

UT LifeStar participating in clinical trial

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial aimed at saving the lives of trauma patients who have uncontrolled bleeding. The treatment involves administering plasma, which has clotting capabilities, to patients while they are aboard UT LIFESTAR helicopters. This is a standard process of care, but it typically occurs several minutes… Read more »

Source: UT LifeStar, 28-Mar-14

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Avincis to buy Scandinavian Air Ambulance for €80 Million

Avincis to buy Scandinavian Air Ambulance for €80 Million

Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA), the foremost provider of air ambulance services in the Nordic region, today announced its intention to join the Avincis Group (Avincis), a leading international provider of mission critical aviation services. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search & rescue, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Avincis, 27-Mar-14

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance save lives at night – by car, not helicopter

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance save lives at night – by car, not helicopter

People living and working in Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas now benefit from an extended service by the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust. During the hours of darknesson Friday and Saturday nights a specialist Doctor/Paramedic Team will respond to patients via a dedicated fast response car. It is very apparent that people become critically ill or injured… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 27-Mar-14

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Haynes Ambulance partners with Metro Aviation in Central Alabama

Haynes Ambulance partners with Metro Aviation in Central Alabama

Haynes Ambulance has partnered with Metro Aviation to introduce an air ambulance helicopter to their fleet.  Haynes Ambulance, headquartered in Wetumpka, AL, has contracted with Metro for the completion and operation of an AS350. “We are excited to expand our ambulance services to now include air transport. There is certainly a need for an air… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Mar-14

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County-level funding issues put Virginia State Police Med-Flight at risk

County-level funding issues put Virginia State Police Med-Flight at risk

The Virginia State Police say if Chesterfield County opts out of the program, they would be forced to seek an alternative medical service to provide flight nurses.  See full story

Source: WTVR-CBS6, 25-Mar-14

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INAER wins six helicopter French EMS contract

INAER wins six helicopter French EMS contract

INAER France (INAER), part of the Avincis Group a world-leading provider of emergency aerial services, has won the a six-year contract to provide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) for France’s Centre and Haute-Normandie regions. The French Ministry of Health is currently undertaking a new operating procedure based on regional contracts, and INAER has proven itself… Read more »

Source: INAER, 25-Mar-14

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Social media helps London’s Air Ambulance win grant

Social media helps London’s Air Ambulance win grant

Bidtech launched the Bidtech Challenge on the 1st of February 2014. The aim of the ongoing project is to give charities the chance to use digital fundraising tools at their events. Bidtech are excited to announce the first two charities that will receive our fundraising event service for free are London’s Air Ambulance and T2T2T… Read more »

Source: Bidtech, 24-Mar-14

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Air Methods director sells over $3.1M of company shares

Air Methods director sells over $3.1M of company shares

Air Methods Director Ralph Bernstein sold 60,000 shares of the stock on the open market on Friday 14th March. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.88, for a total value of $3,172,800. Following the completion of the sale, Bernstein now directly owns 2,531,385 shares in the company (approx value $133 Million). The transaction was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-14

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STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

Manitoba’s contract with Alberta-based STARS came under fire on Wednesday, noting that the province did not follow proper tendering procedures when it signed the $159-million, 10-year service agreement in 2011.  See full story

Source: CBC, 23-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 VH-WSR Bell 412EP Newcastle, Australia

During the cruise, the crew observed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at about 1,000 ft above ground level. The UAV turned and tracked towards the helicopter and the helicopter crew took evasive action to avoid a collision.

22-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 SE-JRB Eurocopter AS365N3 Gallivare, Sweden

Tail boom stabiliser fin lost inflight.  Minor damage to belly of aircraft

22-Mar-14

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EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator arrives at Helicopter Flight Training Center

EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator arrives at Helicopter Flight Training Center

Since its opening in 2012, the Helicopter Flight Training Center has seen continuous expansion, and recently added its first full motion simulator.  The EC135 P2+ Level D Full Flight Simulator arrived from FlightSafety International’s DFW facility. “We have anticipated the arrival of the full motion simulator and are very excited to begin utilizing it for training,”… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Mar-14

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ADAC take delivery of three new EC135P2+

ADAC take delivery of three new EC135P2+

In the last few months, German air ambulance operator ADAC have taken delivery of three new EC135P2+ helicopters from the production line at Donauworth. All three were delivered prior to the end of 2013, and have been put into service since then The trio are:- D-HXAB – serial 1126 D-HXAC – serial 1135 D-HXAD –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-14

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MedEvac Foundation Announces 2014 SMTA Scholarship Winner

MedEvac Foundation Announces 2014 SMTA Scholarship Winner

Air Evac Lifeteam Brazil, Indiana Clinical Base Lead, Stacy Fiscus, NREMT-P, FP-C, CCP-C, CCEMTP, has been awarded the 2014 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship by the MedEvac Foundation International. Fiscus receives the scholarship based on her high level of involvement in safety initiatives in the critical care transport community. Fiscus currently serves as Vice… Read more »

Source: MedEvac Foundation, 20-Mar-14

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Mercy Health System ending 20-year partnership with UTMC

Mercy Health System ending 20-year partnership with UTMC

Mercy, which owns and operates the Critical Care Transport Network helicopters, has informed UTMC, the former Medical College of Ohio, that it will not renew the partnership agreement that expires at the end of this month – See full story

Source: Toledo Blade, 20-Mar-14

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UK Government gives London’s Air Ambulance £1M for second helicopter

UK Government gives London’s Air Ambulance £1M for second helicopter

Commenting on the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today that London’s Air Ambulance is to be awarded £1 million to enable the charity to operate a second helicopter covering the capital, Chief Executive Officer, Graham Hodgkin said: “This is fantastic news for the people of London as it is thanks to their support… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 20-Mar-14

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UK Government gives tax handout to Air Ambulance charities

UK Government gives tax handout to Air Ambulance charities

The UK Government has outlined its budgetary plans in a statement yesterday, amidst all the political claims and counter-claims that surround such messages. The Chancellor of the Exchequor (a grand historical title that many countries would just consider as “Finance Minister”) announced that the VAT paid on fuel will be waived for these operations, subject to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-14

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Life Flight Network earns AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Life Flight Network earns AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award

Life Flight Network (LFN), the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service, receives the AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award at a March 11th, 2014 ceremony in Washington, D.C. AAMS presents this award annually to recognize an exceptional emergency medical transport organization who demonstrates broad-based continuing commitment to the communities they serve. LFN is recognized… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 19-Mar-14

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PHi completes Debt Offering and Initial Settlement for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHi completes Debt Offering and Initial Settlement for 8.625% Senior Notes Due 2018

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it had completed its previously-announced private offering of $500 million of 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”). PHI also announced that it used a portion of the net proceeds from its sale of the 2019 Notes to concurrently… Read more »

Source: PHi, 19-Mar-14

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PHi receives 97.52% response on 8.625% Senior Notes issue

PHi receives 97.52% response on 8.625% Senior Notes issue

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it had received, as of 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of March 14, 2014 (the “Early Tender Deadline”), tenders and consents from holders of 97.52% of the aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.625% Senior Notes… Read more »

Source: PHi, 19-Mar-14

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Nebraska – Midwest Medical Transport adds EC135 at Hastings

Nebraska – Midwest Medical Transport adds EC135 at Hastings

Midwest Medair has successfully flown an EC135 from North Platte and recently added a second aircraft at Hastings  See full story

17-Mar-14

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EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has passed its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which confirms that everyone helped by the Charity receives care of the highest quality. The EAAA, which provides the air ambulance service across Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, operates from bases at Cambridge and Norwich.  It has… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Mar-14

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Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

The state of the art machine, located at Whangarei airport, is made using the cockpit and fuselage of a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter and is powered by five computers.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 13-Mar-14

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Helicopter pilot files suit over sexual harassment retaliation

Helicopter pilot files suit over sexual harassment retaliation

James M. Laubach filed a lawsuit against Air Methods Corp., Healthnet Aeromedical Services, Healthnet Aeromedical Services Inc. and Keith Fletcher, citing retaliation for filing a sexual harassment complaint.  See full story  File photo of Healthnet EC145

Source: WV Record, 13-Mar-14

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A Royal Visit to London Air Ambulance

A Royal Visit to London Air Ambulance

Their Royal Highnesses (TRH) The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited London’s Air Ambulance today as part of a tour around two charities supported by the Wessex Youth Trust (“the Trust”) on the Earl’s 50th Birthday.  TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex awarded London’s Air Ambulance a grant for over £10,000 in November 2013 towards paediatric training manikins through the  Trust . Chief… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 11-Mar-14

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UK – New ED plans at Hull Royal Infirmary include helipad

UK – New ED plans at Hull Royal Infirmary include helipad

Planners behind the £7m project have also revealed a new helipad will be built at the hospital’s Anlaby Road site, allowing patients to be moved rapidly from a helicopter to A&E.  See full story

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 11-Mar-14

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Gundersen Health System adds helipad

Gundersen Health System adds helipad

Gundersen Health System’s Medlink helicopter has a new landing spot on the roof of the Legacy Building  See full story

Source: WXOW, 11-Mar-14

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STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

On the advice of medical professionals, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance will resume responding to calls for emergency service effective immediately, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today. “The decision to temporarily suspend STARS was a difficult one, but I rely on the advice of medical experts,” Minister Selby said.  “The medical… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 10-Mar-14

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Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

Devon Air Ambulance awarded their own Air Operators Certificate

This week Devon’s Air Ambulances are celebrating becoming truly independent and self-sufficient The Charity, through its operating arm Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited, has been awarded their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), something the Charity have previously relied on other agencies to hold and operate on their behalf…. Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 09-Mar-14

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PHI prices $500M Senior Notes Due 2019

PHI prices $500M Senior Notes Due 2019

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it has agreed to sell $500 million of newly-issued unsecured five-year senior notes. The senior notes due 2019 were priced at par with a coupon rate of 5.25%. The offering is expected to close on March 17, 2014, subject to the… Read more »

Source: PHI, 09-Mar-14

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07-Mar-14 N761P Sikorsky S76C+ Bucyrus, US-Ohio

Engine fire forced Cleveland Clinic helicopter to make emergency landing.

07-Mar-14

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PHI Announces $500 Million Private Offering of Senior Notes

PHI Announces $500 Million Private Offering of Senior Notes

PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) and PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, to offer up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of fixed-rate senior notes with a five-year maturity through a private offering exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the… Read more »

Source: PHi, 06-Mar-14

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Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

The service was grounded in December after a number of critical incidents, including one where one patient died, and another was left brain damaged.  See full story

Source: CBC, 05-Mar-14

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Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland State Police have disclosed they flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013 amid mounting costs for maintaining dual medevac fleets during a troubled transition to new AW-139 helicopters.  See full story

Source: WBFF Television, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

For Metro Aviation, it came as no surprise when the National Transportation Safety Board released its latest safety alert, Safety through Helicopter Simulators.  Since 2008, Metro Aviation has used helicopter simulators to ensure their pilots are trained and ready for a variety of in-flight situations.  Metro President Mike Stanberry confirmed his commitment to safety when he opened the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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