Maryland State Police

Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

23-Mar-2020Source: Maryland Government

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command marks the 50th anniversary of the first civilian medevac mission flown in our state and the commencement of an integrated emergency medical system whose members have helped saved tens of thousands of lives since. On March 19, 1970, at 11:20 a.m., Maryland State Police “Helicopter 108,” crewed by pilot... Read more

A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

13-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Late last year, Maryland Natural Resources Police received their helicopter back after seven years. Their 1972 Bell Jet Ranger, named Natural 1, was transferred in 2009 to Harford County Sheriff’s Office due to a budget cut. Mark Belton, the NRP’s secretary went to great lengths to reacquire the helicopter and spent $158, 000 on an... Read more

Enhancing Public Helicopter Safety is on NTSB “Top 10” list for 2015

Enhancing Public Helicopter Safety is on NTSB “Top 10” list for 2015

15-Jan-2015Source: NTSB

What is the issue? The safety of public helicopter operations is often overlooked. Every day, hundreds of federal, state, and local helicopter pilots fly emergency medical service, law enforcement support, and search and rescue missions, as well as a host of other public operations. The public trusts these operators and relies on them to conduct... Read more

More police departments considering the use of drones

More police departments considering the use of drones

28-Aug-2014Source: Baltimore Sun

Law enforcement agencies in the Baltimore area and across the country are researching drones, intrigued by their potential for high-risk tactical raids and gathering intelligence. See Full Story... Read more

Maryland State Police Takes Delivery of 10th AW139

Maryland State Police Takes Delivery of 10th AW139

6-Aug-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland has delivered to Maryland State Police the 10th AW139 to be used for the state’s emergency medical, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions. All 10 of the aircraft ordered have been fully built and delivered from the company’s Philadelphia assembly line, with continued technical support provided by the Philadelphia-based Customer Support... Read more

Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

5-Mar-2014Source: WBFF Television

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... Read more

Maryland Senator questions State Police AW139 rollout

Maryland Senator questions State Police AW139 rollout

4-Feb-2014Source: Fox 45

State Senator John Astle says he wants more details about a spate of recent emergency repairs on the older Dauphin helicopters and the apparent slower-than-planned roll-out of the new AW-139s.  See full story... Read more

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

15-Oct-2013Source: WBFF Fox 45

Pilot error was the reason a state medevac helicopter hit the tarmac without its landing gear deployed last month, state police confirmed see full story See also HeliHub.com page for this incident 25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland... Read more

25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland

25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland

25-Sep-2013

State Police helicopter made wheels-up landing and remained upright on the fuselage... Read more

12-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Baltimore, US-Maryland

12-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Baltimore, US-Maryland

12-Sep-2013

Helicopter grounded after pilot found hole (possibly from a bullet) in a rotor blade on pre-flight inspection... Read more

Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

28-Feb-2013Source: Frederick News Post

Years after a multimillion-dollar contract to replace the state’s fleet of aged medevac helicopters caused controversy in Annapolis, two newly purchased aircraft arrived Tuesday at the aviation command of the Maryland State Police (see full story)... Read more

First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

First landing made at new Frederick Memorial Hospital helipad

12-Oct-2012Source: Your4State

A Maryland State Police Dauphin touched down for the first time Thursday morning for a test landing at Frederick Memorial Hospital’s new rooftop helipad. (see full story)... Read more

Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

Maryland State Police unveil new medevac AW139

7-Oct-2012Source: Maryland State Police

On Fridya, Governor Martin O’Malley joined Colonel Marcus Brown, officials from AgustaWestland, representatives from the state’s emergency medical services community, and other officials to unveil the first new Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, an important step forward in replacing Maryland’s aging medevac helicopter fleet. “The most sacred responsibility that any government holds is to protect... Read more

Maryland State Police exercises options for three AW139s

Maryland State Police exercises options for three AW139s

19-Jul-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Maryland State Police Aviation Command has executed options under their current contract for three additional AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft will be used for emergency medical, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions. This order follows an initial contract for six AW139s placed... Read more

Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

Maryland State Police spends $500K more on AW139s before delivery

21-Jun-2012

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to grant $500K more to AgustaWestland to account for a remodeled searchlight and medical interiors on their nine AW139s, none of which are yet delivered. (see full story)... Read more

20-Feb-12 N82MD Eurocopter AS365N2 Harford County, US-Maryland

20-Feb-12 N82MD Eurocopter AS365N2 Harford County, US-Maryland

20-Feb-2012

Engine vibrations in flight, made emergency landing and there was a fire in the engine too... Read more

AW139 EMS interiors – it’s not just an Ornge problem

AW139 EMS interiors – it’s not just an Ornge problem

9-Feb-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Ontario’s air ambulance operator Ornge has had a number of problems recently, a number of them documented here on HeliHub.com. One ongoing aspect is the “emergency room in the air” EMS interior fitted to the AW139s which have been deemed unsuitable for the role they are intended for.  Problems identified particularly include the height of... Read more

Maryland State Police to relocate a helicopter to Port Deposit or Colora at peak times

Maryland State Police to relocate a helicopter to Port Deposit or Colora at peak times

28-Jun-2011Source: Dagger Press

Knowing minutes can mean the difference between life and death, the Maryland State Police Aviation Command is implementing a plan to pre-position the medevac helicopter stationed in Baltimore County closer to where it is most frequently used in Northeastern Maryland during hours of peak mission demand.... Read more

USCG hosts 4th annual SAR Conference in Baltimore

USCG hosts 4th annual SAR Conference in Baltimore

1-May-2011Source: US Coast Guard

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard hosted the 2011 Search and Rescue Conference at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore to improve cooperation between search and rescue agencies in the upper Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, Friday. Approximately 100 members from the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police, and supervisors from more than 25... Read more

Maryland at fault in ’08 State Police crash that killed four, US claims

Maryland at fault in ’08 State Police crash that killed four, US claims

15-Apr-2011Source: Baltimore Sun

In its latest filing, the federal government says the pilot failed to properly assess the risk of landing the helicopter and executing an approach to the base’s runway, and that he attempted to descend too quickly.... Read more

Maryland ponders billing medevac patients

Maryland ponders billing medevac patients

19-Mar-2011Source: WBAL 11 News

The state is looking into the possibility of billing each patient transported, according to 11 News reporter David Collins. This would be a huge departure from current policy, which uses tax dollars to fund the program, without charging patients.... Read more

Maryland sues federal government over AS365 crash

Maryland sues federal government over AS365 crash

13-Jan-2011Source: Buffalo News

The state of Maryland has filed a $4 million lawsuit against the federal government over the 2008 crash of a state police helicopter that killed four people.... Read more

Maryland State Police Aviation Command selects 2010 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

Maryland State Police Aviation Command selects 2010 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

6-Jan-2011Source: Maryland State Police

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has selected Sergeant Jonathan Longest as the 2010 Non Commissioned Officer of the Year. Sgt. Longest is assigned to the Medical Operations Section at Aviation Command Headquarters and was selected by his peers for this annual award based on proven performance, dedication and commitment to the mission of the... Read more

Sole survivor of 2008 Maryland crash files $50M lawsuit

Sole survivor of 2008 Maryland crash files $50M lawsuit

14-Dec-2010Source: Gazette

The sole survivor of a 2008 Maryland State Police helicopter crash in District Heights has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the FAA, alleging negligence on the part of air traffic controllers.... Read more

Sykesville man arrested for pointing laser at Maryland State Police Dauphin

Sykesville man arrested for pointing laser at Maryland State Police Dauphin

25-Nov-2010Source: Eldersburg Patch

David H. Hopwood, 35, of the 7000-block of Bristol Place in Sykesville was charged with reckless endangerment, attempted second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and prohibited use of a laser pointer.... Read more

AgustaWestland confirm Maryland State Police AW139 purchase

AgustaWestland confirm Maryland State Police AW139 purchase

20-Oct-2010Source: AgustaWestland

(HeliHub.com editor note – we have already run this story as reported in Maryland local press – this the confirmation from AgustaWestland via a press release) AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce today that it has been awarded a contract by the Maryland State Police Aviation Command to provide six AW139 helicopters for... Read more

Questions raised over non-competitive bid for Maryland helicopters

Questions raised over non-competitive bid for Maryland helicopters

17-Oct-2010

A state tender for six helicopters closed this week with AgustaWestland’s $72M bid the only one placed. Questions now being raised as to why they were the only manufacturer to bid, and why helicopters as large as AW139s are used for State police and EMS work... Read more

AW139 wins Maryland State Police tender – six orders plus six options

AW139 wins Maryland State Police tender – six orders plus six options

15-Oct-2010Source: Baltimore Sun

The AW139 was the only bid – a year back Eurocopter alleged that the state’s specifications for new aircraft were skewed in favour of AgustaWestland... Read more

Maryland State Police crews targeted by laser pointers

Maryland State Police crews targeted by laser pointers

7-Sep-2010Source: WBAL

Maryland State Police said Monday that one of its helicopter crews was recently targeted while trying to land in Ocean City to pick up a trauma patient.... Read more

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

16-Oct-2009Source: WBAL

Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the current Maryland State Police fleet, filed a formal protest and is not making an offer to replace the aging helicopters. The company alleges that the state’s specifications for new aircraft are skewed in favor of AgustaWestland.In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and to the state Department of Transportation, the... Read more

Heroism award presented to Maryland State Police AS365 crew for swift-water rescue

Heroism award presented to Maryland State Police AS365 crew for swift-water rescue

9-Sep-2009Source: American Eurocopter

The Public Service award was presented to pilot Jim MacKay and trooper/flight paramedic Nate Wheelock, who received this distinction during the Rotor & Wing 2009 Search and Rescue summit in Reston, Virginia.... Read more

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