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Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) with the entry into service of two Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters as the first step in a renewal of the agency’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft are replacing two of the ICG’s three existing Airbus AS332L1 Super Pumas, the first of which entered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Apr-19

Police Aviation News – April 2019 Edition

The April 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-Apr-19

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Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Blue Sky Network (BSN) announced its participation in the 16th edition of the Aerial Firefighting (AFF) Europe exhibition and continued its commitment to the industry with new offerings. This marks the satellite tracking innovator’s first time exhibiting at AFF Europe. For more than a decade, BSN has provided tracking, communications, and fleet management solutions for… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 02-Apr-19

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

Survitec has secured a three-year contract extension with oil and gas services provider, Petrofac, to supply aviation immersion suits and lifejackets for personnel making helicopter transits to offshore oil platforms from Norwich Airport in the UK. Jill Florence, Contract Service Delivery Manager, Survitec, said: “For the past three years, Survitec has worked with Petrofac providing… Read more »

Source: Survitec Group, 01-Apr-19

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

With deliveries across Asia Pacific the Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter is becoming the leader in the firefighting market. The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and Korea’s Seoul Fire Department are beginning operations with their AW189s and will soon be followed by the Tokyo Fire Department. Asia Pacific is the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Apr-19

HELP Appeal donation upgrades Royal Preston Hospital helipad

HELP Appeal donation upgrades Royal Preston Hospital helipad

HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, presented a cheque to Royal Preston Hospital worth over £111,000. The donation has covered improvements to the safety of the hospital helipad and further assisted its night flying capabilities. The works included additional safety signage, warning lights and automated barriers… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-Mar-19

PHi report on results for the year to 31 December 2018

PHi report on results for the year to 31 December 2018

PHI, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. PHI, Inc (the “Company”) today announced a net loss from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2018 of $141.5 million, or $8.95 per share, on revenue of $674.4 million. This compares to a net gain… Read more »

Source: PHI, 20-Mar-19

HELP Appeal donation funds new helipad for Maidstone Hospital

HELP Appeal donation funds new helipad for Maidstone Hospital

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is set to open a new 24 hour helipad at Maidstone Hospital thanks to the generous support of the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal. Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, presented a cheque to the Trust on Wednesday 13 March. The charity is the only one… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 19-Mar-19

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PHI enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHI enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI” or “the Company”) today announced that PHI and its principal U.S. entities filed for voluntary Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas to address the upcoming maturity of PHI’s unsecured senior notes and strengthen its balance sheet in… Read more »

Source: PHI, 15-Mar-19

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Air Methods Big Bear Base Celebrates One Year in Service

Air Methods Big Bear Base Celebrates One Year in Service

Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods, announced that its base at the Big Bear City Airport served 334 patients, including 23 children, on 347 transports during the first full year of permanent operation—the equivalent of caring for nearly one patient per day. Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods, announced that its base at… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 14-Mar-19

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Dare County MedFlight to upgrade to new H145

Dare County MedFlight to upgrade to new H145

North Carolina air medical operator Dare County MedFlight will be the first customer in North America to retrofit its helicopter to the new 5-bladed version, announced today at the Heli-Expo tradeshow at the Georgia World Congress Center. The new version of Airbus Helicopters’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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Norwegian Air Ambulance orders new Airbus

Norwegian Air Ambulance orders new Airbus

Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation (NAAF) has become the launch customer in the emergency medical services (EMS) sector for the new H145 helicopter unveiled at the Heli-Expo 2019 exhibition. The Foundation, parent of Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (NOLAS), has ordered a single H145 which will be used for advanced research and development purposes. Airbus announced at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Rega becomes launch customer for new H145 retrofit

Rega becomes launch customer for new H145 retrofit

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has taken the decision to retrofit its entire H145 fleet of seven helicopters to the new 5-bladed version, that was revealed yesterday at Heli-Expo, making them the launch customer for the retrofit of the new H145. “We’re proud to be amongst the first customers to upgrade our H145 to the new version”,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Icelandic Coast Guard, covering two H225. This contract formalizes a five year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila 2A1 engines. Commented Höskuldur Ólafsson, Icelandic Coast Guard, Helicopter Director Maintenance: “With this contract, we will benefit from a the best… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Mar-19

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Spectrum Aeromed Continues Partnership with Minnesota’s North Memorial Health

Spectrum Aeromed Continues Partnership with Minnesota’s North Memorial Health

Spectrum Aeromed has announced it will continue its long-standing relationship with Minnesota-based North Memorial Health. Collaborating for over 20 years, Spectrum Aeromed and Minnesota-based North Memorial Health have a long-standing relationship.  Spectrum most recently customized the interior of a Leonardo AW109S Helicopter. That was the seventh 109S customization that Spectrum Aeromed has completed. “As an… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 08-Mar-19

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DRF is first to use Safran Health Monitoring service

DRF is first to use Safran Health Monitoring service

Safran is proud to announce that DRF Luftrettung is its first major customer to use its Premium Health Monitoring service through Airbus’ Helionix avionic. The Health Monitoring service for helicopter engines allows customers to track engine life data and thus reduce unplanned events. Engine life is improved through the early detection of low signals, prognosis… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 07-Mar-19

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PAC International delivers fourth EC135 to Wake Forest Baptist Health

PAC International delivers fourth EC135 to Wake Forest Baptist Health

PAC International recently delivered the fourth customized Airbus EC135P2+ helicopter to Wake Forest Baptist Health’s AirCare program. “Our fourth aircraft is a dedicated spare that plays a key role in helping us meet the needs of our customers. This aircraft is flight ready and is quickly placed in service when any of our primary aircraft… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 06-Mar-19

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Spidertracks Launch Virtual FDR

Spidertracks Launch Virtual FDR

In 2005, a high-profile helicopter accident in New Zealand ended in two fatalities and one of the most inefficient search and rescue efforts ever experienced. With no emergency signal or communication received, the families, friends, authorities, and soon the general public became very concerned. Despite hundreds of man hours of searching, the wreckage of the… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 06-Mar-19

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China picks Airbus H175 for SAR

China picks Airbus H175 for SAR

The Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) is extending its medium class search and rescue helicopter fleet with the Airbus H175, beginning with a signature for two aircraft in search and rescue (SAR) configuration. These new H175s will perform SAR missions in one of the world’s busiest areas for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Mar-19

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Police Aviation News – March 2019 Edition

The March 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Mar-19

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New EMS Base at Port Angeles

New EMS Base at Port Angeles

Life Flight will begin an emergency air medical transport service to Clallam and Jefferson counties as a base at the William R. Fairchild International Airport will soon be open. The company will use an AgustaWestland and a Pilatus PC-12 fixed-wing aircraft. The closest EMS is still 35 minutes out, so a service in the area… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-19

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New LED lighting at Dorset County Hospital

New LED lighting at Dorset County Hospital

New helipad lighting is making a vital difference at Dorset County Hospital. The new lighting was recently installed following a generous donation from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. In an emergency, when time is of the essence, being able to land an air ambulance seconds away… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 04-Mar-19

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North West Air Ambulance now carries blood on board

North West Air Ambulance now carries blood on board

Roadside and in-the-field blood administration is possible across the North West for the first time as paramedics and consultants aboard the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) introduce blood on board to its helicopters, in collaboration with Blood Bikes Manchester, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Transfusion Service (SRFT)…. Read more »

Source: North West Air Ambulance Charity, 27-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance welcomes accolades

Devon Air Ambulance welcomes accolades

It’s been quite a month already for Devon’s Air Ambulances operationally, but this week sees the Trust celebrating a One Star accreditation, recognising very good levels of employee engagement and coming in at number 51 in the 100 Best Not for Profit Companies to work for. Martin Bell, Retail and People Development Director commented “This… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 27-Feb-19

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STARS Air Ambulance picks SKYTRAC Push-to-Talk for H145 fleet

STARS Air Ambulance picks SKYTRAC Push-to-Talk for H145 fleet

Calgary-based STARS Air Ambulance has selected SKYTRAC Push-to-Talk with real-time in-flight data transfer capability for its Airbus H145 fleet renewal program. The lightweight SKYTRAC hardware kit will enable fast and reliable group-talk, simultaneous uninterrupted flight tracking, and onboard satellite and cellular data transfer capabilities. The package supports real-time in-flight data streaming from any connected device… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 26-Feb-19

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Upgrades to Inverness hospital life-Saving Helipad

Upgrades to Inverness hospital life-Saving Helipad

A programme of work to upgrade the helipad at Raigmore Hospital has now been successfully completed with the helipad now fully operational and equipped to meet increasing demands. With over 500 flights each year it’s a common sight to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-Feb-19

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22-Feb-19 F-HSOX Airbus EC145 Bidarray, France

Air Ambulance on approach to land – a sheet from a farm building broke loose and embedded in the blades of the helicopter, causing it to turn through 180 degrees, landing heavily from low level. The crew consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a pilot and a flight assistant were unharmed but shocked [Wrongly quoted… Read more »

22-Feb-19

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DRF Luftrettung – “Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency medicine”

DRF Luftrettung – “Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency medicine”

[electronic translation] DRF Luftrettung invites you to transfer knowledge to Filderstadt: Prior to the European Day of Emergency Call 112 on 11 February, the DRF Luftrettung in Filderstadt organized a workshop on the topic “Use of unmanned aerial vehicles in emergency medicine”. Experts from the fields of medicine, flight operations and research and development discussed locally… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 21-Feb-19

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Major PHI shareholder issues Open Letter to Management

Major PHI shareholder issues Open Letter to Management

One of PHI, Inc.’s [Nasdaq: PHIIK, PHII] largest shareholders, Timothy Stabosz, who owns roughly 11% of the company’s non-voting (PHIIK) shares, today released an “open letter to management,” calling on the company to address, and refute, a story published by Debtwire on February 11th.  Such letter is provided below in its entirety.  Separately, Stabosz announces… Read more »

Source: Timothy Stabosz via Globe Newswire, 20-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance flies 27,000th mission

Devon Air Ambulance flies 27,000th mission

Last week saw Devon Air Ambulance reach yet another landmark, by attending it’s 27,000th mission. On 11 February the service was called to help a rural patient, in an agricultural location, who had suffered chest injuries, after being crushed by a cow. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance said, “Due to patient confidentiality… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Feb-19

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New Trustee for Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

New Trustee for Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is excited to welcome Darrin Muggeridge to the board. Darrin, a successful New Plymouth businessman and owner of The Plymouth International Hotel and Auto Lodge Motor Inn, has extensive business and governance experience. Born and bred in Taranaki, Darrin and his wife Anna have brought up their four daughters in New… Read more »

Source: Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, 19-Feb-19

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UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

UK EMS charities invited to bid for share of £10m funding

Health Minister Stephen Hammond has invited air ambulance charities in England to apply for a new £10 million fund for upgraded equipment and facilities. The £10 million in capital funding will help air ambulance charities to invest in new equipment and upgrade facilities to support them in providing vital services to patients across England. Air… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 19-Feb-19

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Contracts signed for air medical evacuation services in Europe and Africa

Contracts signed for air medical evacuation services in Europe and Africa

The European Defence Agency has just concluded multiple framework contracts with Global Helicopter Service GMBH, Elitaliana S.R.L. and Starlite Aviation Operations Ltd. for the provision of fixed and rotary wings medical evacuation services in the context of EDA’s Support of Operations. The contracts run until January 2023 for a maximum value of 120 million Euro…. Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 15-Feb-19

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Austria – HeliAir upgrades OAMTC Airbus H135

Austria – HeliAir upgrades OAMTC Airbus H135

The first upgrade of an H135 ambulance helicopter from T2 + to T3 was successfully completed by HeliAir engineers. Reinhard Kraxner: “Managing Director of ÖAMTC Air Rescue”For us, it goes without saying that we are always evolving to provide the highest quality and safety to our patients in all areas, so it makes sense to… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 13-Feb-19

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13-Feb-19 D-HJMD Airbus EC135P2 Neustadt an der Orla, Germany

EMS helicopter landed in a skate park and became entangled with a skateboarding “grind pole”. Helicopter slightly damaged, but roaded out for inspection before flying again.

13-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance reports 2018 as busiest year yet

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2018 as busiest year yet

This week Devon Air Ambulance have confirmed that 2018 was the busiest year in its 27 years of operation, having assisted 1,109 patients, an increase of 12% from the previous year.   Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance said, “We knew we had been busier, and in fact have helped an additional 119 patients in… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 12-Feb-19

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New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward today thanks to a new charity partnership. The HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram has presented the first installment of £562,500 out of a £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. The HELP Appeal has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Feb-19

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Air Methods Expands Air Medical Services

Air Methods Expands Air Medical Services

Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods, announced the opening of Mercy Air 66, a new base that will provide air medical services to the Barstow community. The new base will be located at the former site of the Barstow Community Hospital at 555 S 7th Street, and will result in quicker response times for… Read more »

06-Feb-19

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New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

Babcock International (Babcock) has appointed Simon Meakins as Director of its UK Offshore business, which provides crew change and search and rescue services to the oil and gas industry. Simon, who trained as a helicopter pilot during his time with the RAF, has been with the business since 2011 and moves into the role of… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 06-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance opens 100th community landing site

Devon Air Ambulance opens 100th community landing site

Foxhole Community Association celebrates the opening of a community landing site to support Devon Air Ambulance’s night time missions, enabling them to help even more patients. We recently celebrated the establishment of the 100th Community Landing site in Devon. Across the county, communities are working hard to set up the pre-surveyed floodlit community landing sites… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Feb-19

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Police Aviation News – February 2019 Edition

The February 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Feb-19

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Boston MedFlight launches landing zone videos

Boston MedFlight launches landing zone videos

Boston MedFlight recently launched a video series on YouTube meant to improve first responder safety when medical aircraft respond directly to an emergency scene, as opposed to an airport or helipad. Boston MedFlight regularly transports critically ill or injured patients off the Vineyard by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, and on occasion its helicopters are called… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 31-Jan-19

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31-Jan-19 N407P Bell 407 Church Hill, US-Tennessee

Smoke detected after using of deicing equipment.  Precautionary landing made in open field without further incident.

31-Jan-19

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Air Evac 16 now carrying blood and plasma

Air Evac 16 now carrying blood and plasma

All Air Evac bases in Alabama are now certified to have two units of blood and two units of plasma on board EMS flights and can set up an IV of blood in flight. Having started administering blood in flight will give the patient a better chance of survival. They are allowed to give blood… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-19

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Careflight Celebrates First All Female Flight Crew

Careflight Celebrates First All Female Flight Crew

Thirty-eight years after CareFlight put its first helicopter into service, it has another first: the first all-female flight crew. “It’s super exciting – for girls to actually think they can do this,” says Elisabeth Abel, Flight Nurse on the first all-female flight crew in the region’s history. The crew includes a pilot, flight nurse and… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 30-Jan-19

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29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later. Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and… Read more »

29-Jan-19

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East Anglia Air Ambulance founder recognised with award

East Anglia Air Ambulance founder recognised with award

On the 25th October, one of EAAA’s founding member’s Gerry Hermer, received this year’s Sword of Honour from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. Gerry was instrumental in the initial set up of East Anglian Air Ambulance, but his dedication to the whole aviation industry spanned more than five decades. Gerry originally worked as an… Read more »

Source: East Anglia Air Ambulance, 28-Jan-19

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STARS launches lottery with 2809 prizes

STARS launches lottery with 2809 prizes

When you hear the sound of a STARS helicopter, you know it is involved in a life-saving mission. When you buy your STARS lottery ticket, you join the fight to save lives. The 26th edition of the STARS lottery launched today offering 2,809 prizes, valued at over $4.5 million. LUCKY STARS 50/50 is back again and this year a lucky ticket… Read more »

Source: STARS, 28-Jan-19

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SPAES procures nine medical racks for EC135 installation

SPAES procures nine medical racks for EC135 installation

For a customer in the field of air rescue SPAES GmbH & Co. KG procured and certified each nine medical racks suitable for ventilators Dräger Oxylog 3000 plus / Hamilton T1 as well as for Perfusor® Braun compact S in helicopter EC 135. The racks for the ventilator are mounted on the track system at the ceiling of… Read more »

Source: SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, 28-Jan-19

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Boston MedFlight Releases Helicopter Landing Zone Safety Training Video

Boston MedFlight Releases Helicopter Landing Zone Safety Training Video

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit, nationally recognized critical care medical transport organization that partners with a consortium of academic medical centers, has produced a helicopter landing zone safety video training series developed for use by Massachusetts first responders and air ambulance companies operating in the Commonwealth. This is the first landing zone safety video series created specifically for… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 25-Jan-19

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US aerial firefighters on track for ADS-B deadline

US aerial firefighters on track for ADS-B deadline

With less than a year remaining, aerial firefighters are on-track to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B Out equipment installations. After that date, any noncompliant helicopter or fixed wing aircraft will have limited access to US airspace. ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance broadcast) is considered an essential tool of 21st century air traffic management… Read more »

Source: Helimax Aviation, 25-Jan-19

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Devon Air Ambulance extends hours to 2am

Devon Air Ambulance extends hours to 2am

We are very pleased to announce another extension of the operational hours of the emergency service, which will now fly until 2 am every day of the week with immediate effect. DAA’s Chief Executive Heléna Holt, said: This landmark is another step towards our goal of eventually providing Devon with a 24-hour emergency Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 24-Jan-19

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The Air Ambulance Service Chairman steps down

The Air Ambulance Service Chairman steps down

The Air Ambulance Service Chair of Trustees John Williams will step down from the role this month after more than nine years in the leadership post. John, who lives near East Midlands Airport, has overseen substantial growth and development of the charity and will continue to play an active role as a member of the… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 18-Jan-19

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7 trainee paramedics start at HIOW Air Ambulance

7 trainee paramedics start at HIOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have started the New Year with seven new trainee Critical Care paramedics joining the Charity Critical Care Team. The Charity made the appointments as a response to an increase in demand for the life-saving service. Missions across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have doubled for the… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 16-Jan-19

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DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

At the turn of the year, DRF Luftrettung put the Bautzen station into operation – and thus its tenth night-flight station nationwide. No other air rescue organization in Germany operates so many 24-hour stations. Throughout Europe, DRF air rescue is among the civil operators of the night-flight expert, with the most flying hours in the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 14-Jan-19

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East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

This week East Anglian Air Ambulance have attended their 25,000th mission. While difficult to celebrate because it means a patient has needed our care, we are delighted to reach this milestone figure, which highlights the vital need for our service. East Anglian Air Ambulance is a helicopter emergency medical service provider for the people of… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-19

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11-Jan-19 N346AE Airbus AS350B2 Ponca City, US-Oklahoma

NTSB report :  The pilot and an air ambulance crewmember were repositioning the helicopter due to incoming inclement weather. About halfway into the flight, the front windshields were fogging over, and the pilot increased the demister. Upon reaching the destination, the pilot hovered near the company hangar; by this time, the windshields had completely fogged over. The crewmember warned the pilot that he was getting… Read more »

11-Jan-19

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Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) attended a total of 1,491 patients in 2018, making it the busiest year ever for the Charity’s Critical Care Teams. The figure is an increase of 2% on 2017 with 1,461 patients and a rise of 38% on the 2016 total of 1,077. EHAAT’s helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London’s Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

The Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The patronage has been announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to the London… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

2018 was an incredibly busy year for the crew and team at Cornwall Air Ambulance, with a total of 1053 missions easily surpassing the 2017 figures. The Cornwall Air Ambulance crew are dispatched to the most critical incidents and the most difficult to reach locations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where every minute… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

We are pleased to announce we intend to resume flying operations from Friday (11 January) through a contingency arrangement with Specialist Aviation Services. A back-up helicopter (MD 902) will be brought online for day flying (8am-6pm, seven days a week) for the foreseeable future. Our charity previously shared an MD 902 helicopter with Wiltshire Police… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

A man was seriously hurt, although alive he was in a precarious position on cliffs on St Kilda, on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland with a 200 foot drop below him. It became clear that the helicopter from Stornoway would not be able to get him out. Step forward the coastguard rescue teams, who’ve been nominated… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 08-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Police Aviation News – January 2019 Edition

The January 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-Jan-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

25-Dec-18

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Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport Team. This helicopter boasts a distinct paint job, wrapped in branding from each program. The design mirrors DHART’s customary design, while the color scheme demonstrates the collaboration with UVM…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-18

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WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

A World War 2 Spitfire almost came into collision with an EMS AW169 recently. The Spitfire was flying at 220mph and the AW169 155mph. The helicopter’s ambulance crew stated that the Spitfire was doing aerobatics and was finishing a loop. The helicopter pilot had to perform a steep left turn and they missed each other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth has spent over $65 million on their new patient tower on 800 Ninth Avenue. The tower, now open, is featured will all modern design elements for an emergency hospital. They now have a rooftop helipad that will allow patients direct access through an elevator into the hospital, instead of having to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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15-Dec-18 Leonardo AW109S Serra de Pias, Portugal (4F)

The helicopter was returning to its base in Macedo de Cavaleiros, Bragança district, after carrying out a medical emergency mission to transport a seriously ill patient to the Santo António Hospital in Porto.  The accident was located some 4-5 hours after the helicopter was reported missing.  All four on board died in the accident, named in this… Read more »

15-Dec-18

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ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC Luftrettung is the first air rescue organisation in the world to test the use of manned multicopters in emergency medical services – both in theory and in practice. The charitable company from Munich has started a feasibility study for the groundbreaking pilot project, supported by the ADAC foundation. For this purpose, two model regions… Read more »

Source: ADAC, 14-Dec-18

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Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, and HeliMods, an Australian aerospace technology company, announced today that they have reached an agreement for the installation of an enhanced stretcher system in the Ornge fleet of AW139 helicopters. For Ornge, this agreement follows an exhaustive search and competitive procurement process to find the right… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 14-Dec-18

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Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Residents of Rotorua have joined together in forming a new trust to try and re-establish their rescue helicopter service. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was shut down in October. Over 500 residents met at the hangar, arguing that the service remain. The proposed trust has filed legal documents for charitable trust status and will then be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-18

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Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunches as Air Ambulances UK

Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunches as Air Ambulances UK

The Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunched as Air Ambulances UK on Friday 23rd November, signalling the start of an exciting new era of strategic growth in which it aims to significantly increase the level of national funding provided to its 21 beneficiary air ambulance charities across Great Britain. The new working name and brand… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulances UK, 07-Dec-18

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Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

The Government of Saskatchewan is committing to renew its 10-year agreement with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) beyond 2020 to provide helicopter air medical service in Saskatchewan.  The province will also fund one of the three new helicopters needed in Saskatchewan as part of the organization’s plan for fleet renewal.“We are pleased to announce… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 07-Dec-18

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