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INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

The Malpartida medical base in Cáceres, operated by INAER Spain is now the home of Spain’s first all-woman medical helicopter crew. The crew is made up of pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios and Salobrar Sánchez and Rocio Ramos from the Extramadura Health Service, and uses a Eurocopter EC135. “The gender of the crew doesn’t… Read more »

Source: INAER, 31-Jul-13

Spectrum Aeromed hires New Project Coordinator, and promotes three

Spectrum Aeromed hires New Project Coordinator, and promotes three

Spectrum Aeromed announces a new hire as Project Coordinator and three employee promotions. Rammie Olson joins the company in a newly created position as project coordinator. In this new role, Olson will guide projects from the initial sale to delivery and will serve as the primary liaison to customers. She will coordinate the activities of… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 30-Jul-13

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26-Jul-13 N896LL Eurocopter AS365N3 Hershey, US-Pennsylvania

the #2 engine chip light illuminated without secondary symptoms noted. The pilot completed the emergency procedure for a #2 Engine Chip Light illumination and landed without incident at a local airport.

26-Jul-13

Keystone Med-Flight awarded HAI’s 2012 Operator Safety Award

Keystone Med-Flight awarded HAI’s 2012 Operator Safety Award

Keystone Med-Flight LLC (“Keystone”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, today announced it has earned the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2012 Operator Safety Award. This coveted honor is presented to helicopter operators who operated without accident in the previous year. HAI acknowledged Keystone for its outstanding 2012 safety record and accident-free flight hours. “This… Read more »

Source: Keystone Med-Flight, 25-Jul-13

Trakkabeam A800 searchlight chosen for first UK night EMS operations

Trakkabeam A800 searchlight chosen for first UK night EMS operations

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd today announced that the A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Searchlight has been successfully installed and operated on the first UK Air Ambulance cleared for full night operations. The aircraft installation from Bond Air Services for the East Anglian Air Ambulance EC135 aircraft marks a first for UK HEMS operations.  The Trakkabeam searchlight’s primary… Read more »

Source: Trakka Corp, 25-Jul-13

EagleMed Initiates Air Medical Service in Wyoming

EagleMed Initiates Air Medical Service in Wyoming

EagleMed LLC has begun air medical service operations in Cody, Wyo., for West Park Hospital, a primary, full-service medical center serving communities throughout Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. EagleMed is the preferred air medical services provider for the Wyoming hospital. When fully staffed, the base will have approximately 15 EagleMed flight, medical, management and ground support… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 24-Jul-13

London’s Air Ambulance appoints Development Director

London’s Air Ambulance appoints Development Director

We are delighted to announce that Mark Davies has been appointed as Director of Development at London’s Air Ambulance charity. Mark has a long and successful fundraising career, within the medical, health and education sectors, most recently as Assistant Director of Centre of the Cell and prior to this as Trust and Foundations Manager at Queen Mary,… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 22-Jul-13

Australia – Westpac rescue service fears tender process

Australia – Westpac rescue service fears tender process

THE WESTPAC Rescue Helicopter organisation is concerned it will lose a tender to provide aerial medical service for the Clarence Valley. see full story

Source: Northern Star, 19-Jul-13

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Parents sue STARS over Manitoba toddler’s injury

Parents sue STARS over Manitoba toddler’s injury

The incident happened May 2, when a STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) crew picked up Morgan in Brandon for a transfer to Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital.  See full story

Source: CBC, 19-Jul-13

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Tampa General Hospital’s Aeromed may be grounded 31 July

Tampa General Hospital’s Aeromed may be grounded 31 July

Aeromed is the company that has flown critically sick or injured patients from hospitals or accidents to urban trauma centers since 1994. However, on July 31, the Tampa General Hospital-owned company is severing its five-year contract with Rocky Mountain Holdings and will lease helicopters from a different company. – See full story

19-Jul-13

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Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

In 2011, the Minister for Health requested that the Director General conduct an independent Strategic Review of the Ambulance Service of NSW. The Review has proceeded in two interrelated stages: Examination of the operational effectiveness, financing and governance of the NSW Ambulance Service; and Review of Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services and the development of… Read more »

Source: NSW Government, 17-Jul-13

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Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

Construction crews have a deadline: by November, the heliport at the Regina General Hospital should be operational. For STARS air ambulance, it can’t come soon enough.  see full story and pictures

Source: Global News, 16-Jul-13

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Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

The operating hours of Scotland’s first charity air ambulance have been changed to cope with demand at certain times of the day.  see full story

Source: BBC, 16-Jul-13

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Bahrain to launch EMS helicopter service

Bahrain to launch EMS helicopter service

Bahrain’s Government yesterday approved the creation of the Central Emergency Service, which will include air rescue. Minister of State for Information Affairs and official spokeswoman Sameera Rajab said that the imperative behind this move was worsening road traffic congestion. The scheme is already in the pilot phase and the Health Ministry has been ordered to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jul-13

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Brazil – Sergipe state governor suspends EMS helicopter plans

Brazil – Sergipe state governor suspends EMS helicopter plans

[electronic translation]  Acting Governor Jackson Barreto recommended the immediate cancellation of the administrative act that seeks to hire a helicopter charter service to meet the transportation of patients, complementing the action of the Service Mobile (Samu).This was announced during a meeting with Secretary of State for Health, Joélia Silva, and the superintendent of the Emergency… Read more »

Source: Sergipe State Government, 15-Jul-13

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Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Having recently completed their 20,000th mission, Devon’s two Air Ambulances have had yet another busy week. Last weekend for example the crews were called to 8 missions across the county, from Bideford to Salcombe, Newton Abbot to Wheddon Cross.  The incidents included falls from ladders, bikes and trees, a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-Jul-13

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Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

Political war brews in Indiana over choice of EMS operators

While most emergency responders we spoke to do not want to be identified for this article fearing repercussions for speaking out, they are all in agreement that the decision is strictly political and not in the best interest of county residents. see full story Lutheran Air operate a BK117 Parkview Samaritan operate an AS365

Source: Stacey Page Online, 12-Jul-13

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Russian Helicopters, Frasca, Spidertracks, EAAA confirmed for Helitech

Russian Helicopters, Frasca, Spidertracks, EAAA confirmed for Helitech

Russian Helicopters has confirmed its presence at Helitech International 2013 alongside other headline manufacturers which include, but are not limited to; AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter and Sikorsky. This impressive roll call of exhibitors reflects the show’s position as the pre-eminent international, dedicated helicopter exhibition in Europe and is set to make 2013 the most successful… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 11-Jul-13

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Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline – a new EMS Bell 407 in North Dakota

Spirit Lifeline is based on the grounds of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, which is under construction in west Dickinson. Though the hospital won’t be fully operation until the fall of 2014, the helicopter and its crew are already going strong. see full story The actual aircraft is N242MT, Bell 407 serial 54067

Source: Dickinson Press, 11-Jul-13

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Sloane Helicopters adds EMS AW109SP GrandNew to fleet

Sloane Helicopters adds EMS AW109SP GrandNew to fleet

Sloane Helicopters is very pleased to announce the addition of the GrandNew to its EMS fleet. The delivery took place in Italy last week with the aircraft returning to Sywell on Friday evening. The EMS GrandNew is equipped with a number of advanced features that increase safety and reduce pilot workload. These features include a… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 10-Jul-13

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LifeFlight – first EMS Helicopter in Iowa to carry blood

LifeFlight – first EMS Helicopter in Iowa to carry blood

An Iowa air ambulance says it will soon carry blood and plasma to patients in flight. see full story

Source: WHO-TV Channel 13, 10-Jul-13

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s HEMS project to continue

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s HEMS project to continue

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust today confirmed that the future of the HEMS project (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) was secure. Trust CEO Greg Barrow said the Board had recently signed off on a three year proposal to support the HEMS project and funding had been allocated accordingly in future budgets. “Although our annual ratepayer funding… Read more »

Source: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, 09-Jul-13

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Metro Aviation congratulates two dedicated employees

Metro Aviation congratulates two dedicated employees

Metro Aviation is honored to work with employees who show not only a commitment to the company, but also dedication to the advancement of the helicopter industry.  Recently several of Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) committees met in Alexandria, Virginia for working sessions.  During that time, two of Metro’s employees accepted seats at the table. Director… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Jul-13

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Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

Life Link III to move full-time helicopter base to Willmar

“Having the Life Link III base in Willmar means improved response times, and faster transport for patients requiring critical or trauma care,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital. –see full story

Source: West Central Tribune, 08-Jul-13

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Auckland’s flying doctors struggle to find funding

Auckland’s flying doctors struggle to find funding

The future of Auckland’s flying doctors is in jeopardy, with funding cuts threatening to keep them grounded. see full story

Source: TV NZ, 08-Jul-13

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Police Aviation News – July 2013 Edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Jul-13

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Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

Short-term solution keeps Whistler EMS helipad open for summer

A short-term compromise has been reached that will allow the Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad to remain open until the fall.  see full story

Source: Pique, 03-Jul-13

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Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance said its current helicopter is too old to land at the £500,000 helipad being built at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. see full story

Source: BBC, 03-Jul-13

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Drunk allegedly tries to break into medical helicopter

Drunk allegedly tries to break into medical helicopter

A man who allegedly attempted to break into a medical helicopter while it was parked at a helipad in Pottsville early Saturday is in prison and facing federal charges, city police said – see full story

Source: Republican Herald, 03-Jul-13

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 4th Aeromedical Case Study Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host 4th Aeromedical Case Study Conference

On Wednesday 19th June 2013, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) hosted the 4th Aeromedical Conference at Ford Dunton, near Basildon in Essex, the largest automotive technical centre in the UK, which houses the main design team of Ford of Europe. The aim of this free conference was to give like-minded professionals the opportunity… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 03-Jul-13

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RACQ expands helicopter rescue fleet to Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

RACQ expands helicopter rescue fleet to Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay

The RACQ now sponsors the entire fleet of community rescue helicopters across Queensland, with the addition today of the Maroochydore and Bundaberg-based Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service. RACQ Group Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie said the expansion to the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett substantially enhances the RACQ’s community rescue network. “Becoming the naming… Read more »

Source: RACQ, 02-Jul-13

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Metro Aviation to host P&WC factory maintenance training

Metro Aviation to host P&WC factory maintenance training

Metro Aviation is increasing the curriculum offered by the new Metro Aviation Training Center with the addition of Pratt & Whitney courses presented by FlightSafety International.  Pratt & Whitney factory maintenance training for the PW 206/207 will be offered quarterly at Metro’s Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  These instructor-led courses emphasize proactive safety, reliability, performance… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 02-Jul-13

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Mercy Flight Buffalo Continues Fleet ICS Standardization with Becker Avionics

Mercy Flight Buffalo Continues Fleet ICS Standardization with Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Voice Communications System was selected again recently by Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, to upgrade the existing legacy analog audio system in another one of their BK117 EMS helicopters. The BK117 will be their fourth aircraft with Becker DVCS, and will soon undergo avionics modification and DVCS installation at Uniflight… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 02-Jul-13

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CareFlite Orders Four Bell 407GX

CareFlite Orders Four Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an agreement for the supply of four Bell 407GX helicopters to CareFlite®, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation providing fully integrated medical transport across North Texas. The aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical care facilities, serving more than 100 counties within a 150-mile radius of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-13

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Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

Australian Helicopters commences Central Queensland contracts

One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Helicopters, 01-Jul-13

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Competition from LifeNet helicopter forces Mercy Flight Central to drop fixed wing

Competition from LifeNet helicopter forces Mercy Flight Central to drop fixed wing

Mercy Flight President and CEO Neil G. Snedeker said calls for the non-profit’s interfacility transfer of patients via its small airplane plunged when LifeNet, a for-profit company, moved into the north country last year.  see full story

Source: Waterdown Daily Times, 01-Jul-13

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Utah – Eagle Air Med starts AS350 ops at Castleview Hospital

Utah – Eagle Air Med starts AS350 ops at Castleview Hospital

Beginning Monday, June 10th, travelers on Highway 6 noticed a brand new helicopter proudly positioned on the helipad at Castleview Hospital [in Price, Utah Ed.]. The helicopter is operated by Eagle Air Med and will provide the city of Price and the surrounding area with an added resource for emergency response and quick patient transportation…. Read more »

Source: Castleview Hospital, 01-Jul-13

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Rockford Health System relaunches REACT with EC135

Rockford Health System marked a new milestone in its REACT program June 27, when it unveiled its new helicopter with a ceremonial first flight  – the relaunch following their fatal accident in December 2012 – see full story of new helicopter launch.  Photo – Rockford Health System

Source: Rock River Times, 01-Jul-13

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ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

ORNGE trying to reinstate “hover exits” which Mazza management discontinued

An ORNGE spokesperson said the previous management at ORNGE under CEO Dr. Chris Mazza made the original decision to discontinue hover exits when the AW139s were being introduced, and that they are now seeking to develop a “formalized training program” to establish policies and procedures for paramedics. see full story

01-Jul-13

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Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

An exodus of helicopter pilots has left ORNGE scrambling to fill shifts, meaning air ambulance choppers could be unable to fly at times during the busy summer trauma season.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 28-Jun-13

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Lee County FL awards two-year LeeFlight contract to Air Methods

Lee County FL awards two-year LeeFlight contract to Air Methods

Commissioners on Tuesday granted a two-year certificate of public convenience to Air Methods Corp. to fulfill a state licensure requirement, rebranding the program as “LeeFlight” see full story

Source: Naples News, 26-Jun-13

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance gear up for night flying

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance gear up for night flying

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has announced the arrival of its new helicopter. The newer version of the MD902 Explorer aircraft will replace the charity’s existing helicopter based at Redhill ready for night flying in late summer. In preparation for the 24-hour operation, the charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic crew have already begun to… Read more »

Source: KSS Air Ambulance, 25-Jun-13

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No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

Several of the Sikorsky S76s in ORNGE’s fleet had upgraded electronics, including a ground proximity warning system, but not the one that was based in Moosonee.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 25-Jun-13

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Vail Valley Medical Center seeks new helipad location

Vail Valley Medical Center seeks new helipad location

The hospital has used a temporary helipad for 29 years on property was loaned to the town for air ambulance services in 1984 in a “one-year” deal, which the feds and state officials sort of forgot about – but possible redevelopment is forcing them to review – see full story

Source: Vail Daily, 24-Jun-13

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Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

A Toronto Star investigation has found troubling issues arising from the accident that could impact the safety and service of ORNGE’s helicopter operations – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 24-Jun-13

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Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

The rooftop helipad at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) will be back in operation Monday, June 24, 2013. Remedial work to the helipad has been completed, allowing it to reopen ahead of schedule. The helipad was closed May 27th to allow for repairs to the helipad’s drainage system and… Read more »

Source: Health Sciences North, 24-Jun-13

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24-Jun-13 N419MA Bell 222UT Barstow, US-California

Landed close to a highway and suffered unknown damage

24-Jun-13

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high after carrying 5,000th patient

Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying high after carrying 5,000th patient

Yorkshire’s helicopter heroes have airlifted their 5,000th patient. The landmark mission by Yorkshire Air Ambulance saw badly injured musician Chris Parr airlifted to hospital after a head-on road accident. Chris, a drummer with Huddersfield band State of Confusion, suffered broken ribs, a fractured breast bone and a fractured knee in the two-car smash at Marsden, near Huddersfield…. Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 21-Jun-13

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Life Link III signs for six AW119Kx plus six options

Life Link III signs for six AW119Kx plus six options

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Life Link III has signed a contract for six AW119Kx single-engine helicopters plus six options. AgustaWestland Philadelphia will assemble the helicopters and install the aeromedical interiors at their Northeast Philadelphia Airport facility. Deliveries will start in late 2013 with the aircraft being used to provide air… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Jun-13

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Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Flagler’s Firefighting and Helicopter Costs Expose County Tensions Over Wants and Needs – see full story

Source: Flager Live, 19-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 N467AE Bell 206L4 Jonesboro, US-Arkansas

The Jonesboro, Ark., crew was on final to their base when they experienced a mechanical issue. The pilot initiated a precautionary landing, landing the aircraft at the base with no injuries to crew members. The aircraft sustained damage.

19-Jun-13

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Värmland’s EMS helicopter goes to Karlstad

Värmland’s EMS helicopter goes to Karlstad

The newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen states that it has been decided that Värmland County’s new HEMS service will be stationed at a temporary base at Karlstad Airport, moments north of the city. The new ambulance helicopter organization is planned to be operational from mid-2014. In 2010 Värmland’s County Council decided that the future presence of a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Jun-13

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American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter has awarded two scholarships to leaders of Air Medical Transport  teams to attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. The scholarships cover the costs of participation in the Safety Management Training Academy that is conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an industry… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Jun-13

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UK Government Minister Provides Reassurances on Air Ambulance Fuel VAT

UK Government Minister Provides Reassurances on Air Ambulance Fuel VAT

On the 11th June 2013 Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Department for Health, while giving a speech to a reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA), made reassurances,that the thousands of pounds wasted through the application of VAT on aviation fuel was being taken seriously and a potential solution was… Read more »

Source: Assoc of Air Ambulances, 18-Jun-13

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STARS receives major gift from Young’s Equipment

STARS receives major gift from Young’s Equipment

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is excited to announce a $500,000 donation from Young’s Equipment Inc., a Saskatchewan agricultural equipment business. “We are committed to our customers and during our 25th anniversary year, wanted to invest in an organization that would make a meaningful difference to our customers across the province,” said Tim… Read more »

Source: STARS, 18-Jun-13

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Elitaliana Signs For Three More AW169 Helicopters

Elitaliana Signs For Three More AW169 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Elitaliana has signed a preliminary sales contract for three additional new generation AW169 helicopters to add to the three ordered in 2011. This latest sales success further establishes the AW169 as the helicopter of choice in its weight class with sales of over 80 aircraft since… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Jun-13

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GrandNew Full Flight Simulator to Rega and fully Swiss-certified

GrandNew Full Flight Simulator to Rega and fully Swiss-certified

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has delivered a GrandNew Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to Rega of Switzerland and that the simulator has  been certified by the Swiss National Aviation Authority (SFOCA). Rega signed a contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art advanced simulator in 2011 to meet the training requirements… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jun-13

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Businessman steps in to save RACQ NQ rescue helicopter

Businessman steps in to save RACQ NQ rescue helicopter

Pickering’s Mount Isa came to the rescue of the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter by pledging $60,000 over the next three years. Dealer Principal Chad Brazaitis said ‘After attending the helicopters Sportsman’s Dinner last year and seeing all the great work they preform I was extremely interested in getting on board. Then I heard them on… Read more »

Source: RACQ NQ, 17-Jun-13

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East Anglian Air Ambulance founder awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

East Anglian Air Ambulance founder awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday honours list

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is delighted with today’s news that our Chairman Mr Andrew Egerton-Smith has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Andrew has been a driving force in the development, progress and innovation of the East Anglian Air Ambulance since its formation in 2000.  It is his determination to provide an… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-13

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Essex & Herts AAT attend first UK EMS Parliamentary Group

Essex & Herts AAT attend first UK EMS Parliamentary Group

The first annual reception for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place at the House of Commons on Tuesday 11th June. The APPGAA, supported by the Association of Air Ambulances aims to raise the quality of care, effectiveness and efficiency of the Air Ambulance Services for patients through closer engagement with political… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-13

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17-Jun-13 VH-EMZ Bell 412 Prince of Wales Island, Australia

During the final approach, the helicopter impacted trees and landed heavily. The helicopter was substantially damaged, skids collapsed but it remained upright (photo).  EMS/SAR helicopter was on night training flight practicing Nightsun-lit approaches.  3 POIB

17-Jun-13

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STAT MedEvac to provide plasma on helicopters

STAT MedEvac to provide plasma on helicopters

Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will launch a multi-center trial this summer to see if they can improve survival of patients who have suffered traumatic injuries with uncontrolled bleeding. Paramedics will administer plasma to these patients while they are still being transported by helicopter to the hospital. Uncontrolled… Read more »

Source: UPMC, 16-Jun-13

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UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

MP Andrew George says he’s been told that the landing and helicopter service facilities are not up to standard.  see full story

Source: Scilly Today, 15-Jun-13

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UK – Hospital helipad lost after planners approve nearby homes

UK – Hospital helipad lost after planners approve nearby homes

BASILDON Hospital bosses were unaware the controversial Dry Street housing development would lead to the loss of a landing base for the Essex Air Ambulance.  (See Full Story)

Source: Echo-News, 14-Jun-13

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Wysong completes Hospital Wing’s first Eurocopter EC130

Wysong completes Hospital Wing’s first Eurocopter EC130

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced today the completion of Hospital Wing’s first Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopter. “We started our relationship with Hospital Wing two years ago,” said Vice President of Wysong Enterprises, Inc., Rodney Wysong.   “We take pride in our role in making sure they’re equipped with high quality products and were thrilled to be… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 14-Jun-13

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Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Transport Canada says it’s considering suspending operations because vehicles and pedestrians have failed to observe traffic laws requiring them to stop while helicopters are landing or taking off. – see full story

Source: Pique, 13-Jun-13

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UK – East Anglian Air Ambulance to feature in BBC documentary

UK – East Anglian Air Ambulance to feature in BBC documentary

A series of programmes filmed in the regional major trauma centre (MTC) at Addenbrooke’s hospital, begins on BBC 1 on 13 June. The series follows the complete journey of people who have suffered life threatening injuries, from the accident scene, through emergency treatment to recovery. Film crews were embedded in emergency teams including air ambulances,… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 13-Jun-13

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Germany’s DRF Luftrettung celebrates 40 years

Germany’s DRF Luftrettung celebrates 40 years

40 years ago, DRF Luftrettung carried out its first rescue mission. Since then it has grown into a large and modern organization that operates 31 helicopter bases in Germany, Austria and Denmark for HEMS operations. Today, DRF Luftrettung acknowledged the 40th anniversary of its first mission with a ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 13-Jun-13

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UPMC Presbyterian’s opens new helipad

UPMC Presbyterian’s opens new helipad

A new helipad that reduces the time needed to take patients with serious injuries and illnesses from the rooftop landing site to the Emergency Department opened on 23rd May at UPMC Presbyterian. “Patients will benefit from the opening of the new helipad because it provides more efficient access to our experts and medical teams,” said David Bertoty, clinical director,… Read more »

Source: UPMC Presbyterian, 13-Jun-13

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Helitech International conference program to explore industry future

Helitech International conference program to explore industry future

Building upon the resounding success of the conference held back in September 2011, Helitech International (formally Helitech) has firmly laid down its intentions and commitment to create a truly international rotorcraft event by addressing key issues during its three day conference.  Taking place at ExCeL, London between 24 – 26 September, the conference will run alongside… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 13-Jun-13

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Northwest MedStar adds Eurocopter EC135P2+ and new base

Northwest MedStar adds Eurocopter EC135P2+ and new base

Northwest MedStar, the region’s premier critical care transport program, has enhanced its regional service, purchasing an additional helicopter and adding a weekend day base in north central Washington. These additions will increase Northwest MedStar’s presence and provide greater access to communities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana and northeastern Oregon. “The purchase of an… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 13-Jun-13

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REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH and Air Evac Lifeteam partner in Texas

REACH Air Medical Services and Air Evac Lifeteam announce an integrated partnership venture at a new rotor wing base to be located in Seguin, Texas. REACH Air Medical Services operates Methodist AirCare in partnership with the Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, the largest provider of health care services in the region.  Current bases exist… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 13-Jun-13

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AgustaWestland chooses SkyTrac products for AW169 and AW189

AgustaWestland chooses SkyTrac products for AW169 and AW189

SkyTrac Systems (STS) announces that AgustaWestland has integrated the ISAT-200R and CDP/DVI-300 series products in their latest AW169 and AW189 helicopters. Satellite voice, data and messaging will be integrated into AgustaWestland’s proprietary mission systems for SAR, EMS, VIP and OGP operations. STS products have been factory installed on the AW139 for a number of years,… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 13-Jun-13

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Pilot shortage grounds Cairns chopper

Pilot shortage grounds Cairns chopper

A PILOT shortage has been blamed for preventing Emergency Management Queensland’s Cairns-based helicopter from attending a search and rescue operation yesterday morning. (See Full Story)

Source: CAIRNS, 12-Jun-13

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