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London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

London’s Air Ambulance Appointed Coutts Charity Partner of 2012

22-Feb-2012Source: London’s Air Ambulance

Coutts’ Products, Services & Marketing Department has appointed London’s Air Ambulance as its Charity Partner for 2012. The charity was the outright winner, in a vote to all staff within the team, gaining 56% of the ballot. Coutts’ Charitable Foundation has donated an initial amount of £5,000 to kick start the fundraising and staff have... Read more

Canada approves MD902 for VFR flight

Canada approves MD902 for VFR flight

20-Feb-2012Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, is pleased to announce Transport Canada’s approval of the MD900) for day/night, VFR operation in Canada. With this Canadian approval, the MD900 has now been certified for operation in fifty countries, since its introduction in 1994. The certification t is a significant step... Read more

South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

15-Feb-2012Source: Yorkshire Post

South Yorkshire Police Authority’s chief executive Bill Wilkinson says they  “ considered in detail the business case provided last year and whilst not against the principle of a national police air service, decided to retain the current air provision in South Yorkshire.  Legal advice has also been sought surrounding the authority’s options to challenge the... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one step closer to RAF Topcliffe move

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one step closer to RAF Topcliffe move

9-Feb-2012Source: Royal Air Force

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance took one step closer today to the move to their new premises at RAF Topcliffe. Currently based at Bagby Airfield, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is due to relocate to RAF Topcliffe – which is parented by RAF Linton-on-Ouse – in the coming month. Today offered part of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance... Read more

Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

Aeromaritime participates with PW206/PW207 overhauls in US

8-Feb-2012Source: Aeromaritime

Aeromaritime America/ITP In Support Services is proud to announce our participation with Pratt & Whitney 200 Series engine repair and overhauls in the U.S. ITP in Support Services has been a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW200 Series engines at its Albacete, Spain facility since 2004. Now with its acquisition of AEROMARITIME AMERICA INC... Read more

Transport group launches annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance

Transport group launches annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance

5-Feb-2012Source: National Express

National Express Group, a leading bus, coach and rail transport provider, is delighted to have launched a £25,000 annual sponsorship of London’s Air Ambulance yesterday. Commenting on the sponsorship, Charity Director, David Oakley said: “London’s Air Ambulance relies heavily upon corporate support and donations from the public to ensure the continued provision of this life-saving service. ... Read more

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

31-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance makes appointment to lead financial sector fundraising

London’s Air Ambulance makes appointment to lead financial sector fundraising

30-Jan-2012Source: London's Air Ambulance

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Julian Thompson as an Executive Director of the Charity.  Julian previously worked as a doctor on London’s Air Ambulance in 2010 and has returned to lead an enhancement of the capacity and funding of the service in partnership with senior figures in the City of London.... Read more

Two UK EMS charities collaborate to extend summer hours

Two UK EMS charities collaborate to extend summer hours

29-Jan-2012Source: EAAA

A unique collaboration between the East of England’s two Air Ambulance Charities, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) and East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) to provide an extended service during the longer summer days has been shown to be successful with an additional 75 missions flown by the charities’ helicopters during the period. Our... Read more

CALSTAR closes two bases

CALSTAR closes two bases

19-Jan-2012Source: CALSTAR

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a not-for-profit air ambulance company serving northern and central California announced two changes today in its base operations. The organization has suspended operations of its helicopter base located in Jackson, Amador County (CALSTAR 10). The company will also relocate its helicopter base operations, formerly known as CALSTAR 11, from... Read more

UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

16-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

There is a long term plan for the UK Police air support units to rationalise, and originally there was a target date of April 2012 put on this (see story).  In September 2011 we published a story reporting South Yorkshire Police were unhappy with the plans as they would lose their MD Explorer and airborne... Read more

UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

6-Jan-2012Source: South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police has today released performance results for their Air Operations Unit providing an insight into the valuable work of the Force’s single most recognisable resource, the helicopter named SY99. In 2011, the South Yorkshire Police Air Operations Unit completed 4,832 separate tasks, made 319 arrests and assisted with the apprehension of a further... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance depends on Versapak bags

London’s Air Ambulance depends on Versapak bags

23-Dec-2011Source: Versapak

When it comes to saving lives, having the best preparation and equipment available is paramount to a successful rescue. For London’s Air Ambulance, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) charity that provides 24-hour specialist trauma care to the people of London, this understanding is what allows them to provide their patients with the best possible... Read more

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance finds new base to replace Bagby

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance finds new base to replace Bagby

20-Dec-2011Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) can confirm that they will be relocating one of their air ambulances in the North area of Yorkshire to RAF Topcliffe. RAF Topcliffe offers the YAA an established airfield and infrastructure in North Yorkshire, providing a stable and long term future for one of their air ambulances and crew members.... Read more

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

20-Dec-2011Source: Police Aviation News

The MD900 fleet operated by the Belgian Federal Police has now reached 20,000 hours. Originally acquired by what was then the Gendarmerie in 1997 the fleet now consists of four airframes. The first two G-10 c/n 900-00034 and G-11 c/n 900-00045 were delivered new in 1997, the third to arrive was G12 c/n 900-00038 in... Read more

UK: 900 mission milestone for Herts Air Ambulance

UK: 900 mission milestone for Herts Air Ambulance

20-Dec-2011Source: Herts Air Ambulance

More lives are being saved in Hertfordshire thanks to the Herts Air Ambulance (HAA). Since its launch in November 2008 this vital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has flown over 900 life-saving missions. The landmark call-out was on Tuesday 13th December to a road traffic collision involving three vehicles on the QE2 Bridge in Thurrock. The... Read more

Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

Foundation donates $25,000 to CALSTAR base at Ukiah

15-Dec-2011Source: CALSTAR

The Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation has donated $25,000 to the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Ukiah. It is the ninth year in a row that the foundation has made a substantial donation to the base, known as CALSTAR 4. According to Deborah Pardee, R.N., M.S., North Bay Regional Director for CALSTAR, the donations... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance moves to new rooftop helipad

London’s Air Ambulance moves to new rooftop helipad

15-Dec-2011Source: London's Air Ambulance

Today marked a moment in history when London’s Air Ambulance, the world’s leading air ambulance, began operating from its new home on top of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.  The helicopter landed at 8.05am for service.  At 284ft high, the helipad is one of the highest in Europe and is almost the same... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

18-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In an incredulous decision, Hambleton District Council has served an enforcement notice on Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to move off Bagby Airfield due to noise issues – hands up those who genuinely think MD Explorers are noisy…  YAA has also been served with a notice to dismantle its flight crew room, toilet and shower block.... Read more

FAA AD 2011-22-08 – MD Helicopters MD902

FAA AD 2011-22-08 – MD Helicopters MD902

18-Oct-2011Source: FAA

Vertical Stabilizer Control System tube adaptors... Read more

Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

13-Oct-2011Source: HMC

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rolled out the first phase of its night operations on October 1, enabling it to be ready to respond to emergencies in the outlying parts of Qatar from 6am until midnight. “When we started four years ago, we only operated during the daylight hours of 6am to 6pm.... Read more

Concorde Battery adds STC for MD Explorer

Concorde Battery adds STC for MD Explorer

11-Oct-2011Source: Concorde Battery

Concorde has received STC and PMA approvals for ATR 42/72 Series, Boeing 737-600, -700, -800, -900 Series, Bombardier DHC-8-100, -200, -300, -400 Series, Embraer EMB-500 (Phenom 100), MD Helicopters MD-900, and FAA-PMA approval for Learjet 40/45 emergency battery. Concorde is pleased to offer a “Premium Option” of batteries that have passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing... Read more

Humberside Police helicopter averts rail crash

Humberside Police helicopter averts rail crash

8-Oct-2011Source: Humberside Police

A potential disaster was averted by Humberside Police after a vehicle was left abandoned on a railway line in Hull. The incident happened on the afternoon of Monday 03 October at when a car was requested to stop on Witty Street in the city by a police patrol on the ground and failed to do... Read more

Starflight celebrates 25 years

Starflight celebrates 25 years

7-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Starflight operates in a 75 nautical-mile radius of Jamestown in the northern reaches of New York state, and flies patients to specialty centers in Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland.  They are celebrating their 25th anniversary.  The service is provided by WCA Hospital, working together with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.  The program operates two... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

22-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance has featured in a number of local press stories in recent days.  The story focuses on Bagby Airfield in a battle with its neighbours over noise, most stories often omitting to point out that the vast majority of local residients moved in with the airfield already in place, and thus in... Read more

Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

Laser forces EMS pilot to abort landing; Patient dies

12-Sep-2011Source: BBC

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was stopped from taking a dying man to hospital after laser pens were shone at the pilot as he tried to land.  The man later died on the way to hospital in a road ambulance, although there are no details on the medical state of the patient to know whether or... Read more

South Yorkshire Police annouces helicopter unit close date

South Yorkshire Police annouces helicopter unit close date

7-Sep-2011Source: The Star

South Yorkshire is to lose its own dedicated police helicopter, it has been announced.  The county will be served by helicopters based in West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Humberside instead, with effect from January 2013 (full story)... Read more

Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

21-Aug-2011Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has awarded its new contract for maintenance of their helicopters to Yorkshire based aviation management company, Multiflight. The contract, which will commence on 20th August, will see Multiflight take control of all the maintenance of the two MD902 Explorer helicopters the YAA operate.  Ironically, the YAA has been based on Multiflight’s... Read more

London Air Ambulance pilot and doctor to run 8 marathons in 6 days

London Air Ambulance pilot and doctor to run 8 marathons in 6 days

25-Jul-2011Source: London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance pilot, Captain Neil Jeffers, and doctor, Dr. Tom Konig, are soon to complete the ultimate endurance test, seeing them run 8 marathons in 6 days through the deserts of Jordan, in a bid to raise money for the charity. On 3rd September 2011 the London’s Air Ambulance duo will be running 200... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance seeks Chief Pilot as contract approaches end

Yorkshire Air Ambulance seeks Chief Pilot as contract approaches end

20-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is looking ahead to the late summer when its current contracts for both pilotage and maintenance expire.  Both aspects are currently provided by Medical Aviation Services, but YAA has decided to “do its own thing” and will employ their own Chief Pilot and are working towards their own Air Operators Certificate.  Further... Read more

UK: Dorset Police put MD902 operation up for review in budget cut proposals

UK: Dorset Police put MD902 operation up for review in budget cut proposals

4-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Dorset Police have reportedly put their aviation and maritime units on the block in budget cut proposals, citing a need to reduce spending by 20% by 2014.  The local Daily Echo newspaper notes that  these are two of a number of proposals under consideration (see their article) The October 2010 announcement by the Association... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance launches new hard-to-find website

London’s Air Ambulance launches new hard-to-find website

3-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

London’s Air Ambulance launched a visually appealing new website on 1st July, but you cannot find it on Google!  Try looking for it and the old URL LondonsAirAmbulance.com comes up, but that fails.  Some careful detective work by HeliHub.com found it at LondonsAirAmbulance.co.uk – and it’s worth checking out.  However, we would have expected that... Read more

UK: Cambridgeshire Police propose ditching MD902 to join Chiltern ASU

UK: Cambridgeshire Police propose ditching MD902 to join Chiltern ASU

29-Jun-2011Source: Cambridgeshire Police

The way in which police air support is provided in Cambridgeshire is changing. In a move which will save money the force is looking to enter into a consortium with Chiltern Air Support Unit which will be backed up with existing arrangements with Suffolk and Essex police forces. The Chiltern Air Support Unit, which has... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance launch Twitter stream

Yorkshire Air Ambulance launch Twitter stream

22-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the British EMS operator with two MD Explorers, have recently joined Twitter.  In a growing trend among UK emergency services – both air ambulance and law enforcement – one by one all units are launching their presence on Twitter.  Yorkshire Air Ambulance can be found @YorkshireAirAmb The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an... Read more

MAS launches new MD902 EMS interior

MAS launches new MD902 EMS interior

15-Jun-2011Source: Medical Aviation Services

Medical Aviation Services displayed its latest medical interior at the recent AirMed 2011 Air Day at Dunsfold Park, UK. Fitted to an MD 902 Explorer, the new interior is aimed at the UK air ambulance market and features items from a range of different manufacturers including the floor, stretcher, seats and medical equipment stowage. MAS... Read more

11-Jun-11 G-SASH MD Helicopters MD902 Leeds-Bradford, UK

11-Jun-11 G-SASH MD Helicopters MD902 Leeds-Bradford, UK

11-Jun-2011

On lifting to the hover, the downwash from the helicopter pushed one parked light aircraft into another.... Read more

Brandywine Hospital eliminates SkyFlightCare

Brandywine Hospital eliminates SkyFlightCare

3-Jun-2011Source: Daily Local

Brandywine Hospital spokeswoman Patti Jackson-Gehris said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the helicopter service is no longer needed due to a new flight service in the region and due to the county’s new trauma center at Paoli Hospital, which opened last year.... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance raises £1M in five years from recycling clothes

Yorkshire Air Ambulance raises £1M in five years from recycling clothes

1-Jun-2011Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) want to say a huge thank you to all their supporters who have helped them raise a massive £1million through their recycling scheme over the last 5 years. The life-saving Charity has been operating their successful recycling campaign since 2005, which is managed by their recycling partners Bag It Up... Read more

Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

13-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In the last few days, the coroner at a London hearing has been summing up her findings of the inquest into the terrorist attacks in London on 7th July 2005, involving explosions on three underground trains and one of London’s iconic red buses.  The last of nine recommendations states “The Department of Health, the mayor... Read more

10-May-11 D-HBWG MD Helicopters MD902 Engelsbrand, Germany

10-May-11 D-HBWG MD Helicopters MD902 Engelsbrand, Germany

10-May-2011

Clipped a tree during a search for a missing elderly woman at night.  Crashed into dense woodland, boom separated from cabin.  Three serious injuries... Read more

MD Helicopters announces new Service Center in Germany

MD Helicopters announces new Service Center in Germany

3-May-2011Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, has been approved as an Authorized MD Helicopters Service Center.  ADAC is now approved to provide airframe maintenance, component overhaul, and part and accessory sales to the operators of the MD 900 /902... Read more

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance deny maintenance move to Multiflight

UK: Yorkshire Air Ambulance deny maintenance move to Multiflight

14-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Following suggestions in an online forum, HeliHub.com checked with Yorkshire Air Ambulance on the current situation regarding the maintenance contract for their two MD Explorers, registered G-CEMS and G-SASH.  The suggestion has been floated that YAA are to move from their current provider Medical Aviation Services (part of the Specialist Aviation Group) to Multiflight, based... Read more

Royal Air Force supports Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Royal Air Force supports Yorkshire Air Ambulance

7-Apr-2011Source: Royal Air Force

RAF Linton-on-Ouse hosted the Yorkshire Air Ambulance recently when they dropped by to thank the station for their on-going support to the life-saving charity. Group Captain Terry Jones, station commander, welcomed the 160 mph MD902 Explorer helicopter and it’s crew, which was flanked in a unique photograph by a Grob Tutor trainer aircraft of 85... Read more

London and Norwegian Air Ambulances collaborate on pre-hospital care R&D

London and Norwegian Air Ambulances collaborate on pre-hospital care R&D

6-Apr-2011Source: London’s Air Ambulance

This agreement formalises the existing strong links between two long established providers of physician-led pre-hospital care. Both organisations are committed leaders in the field of quality improvement in pre-hospital care and place research and development high on their agendas. London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and has trained the majority of... Read more

Essex Air Ambulance moves to new base at Earls Colne

Essex Air Ambulance moves to new base at Earls Colne

5-Apr-2011Source: MD902

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to confirm that the Essex Air Ambulance has relocated from Boreham airfield to Earls Colne airfield with a brand new visitor area due to be launched in July 2011. Over the last 12 months, having secured planning consent and an affordable building design, TJ Evers the appointed... Read more

UK: South East Air Support Unit officially launched

UK: South East Air Support Unit officially launched

4-Apr-2011Source: Sussex Police

A collaboration to share air support across the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire was officially launched Friday at Shoreham Airport. Although the South East Air Support Unit (SEASU) has been operational since October, today marked the start of operations under a single Police Air Operator’s Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Under the... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance reaches 25,000 missions by helicopter and car

London’s Air Ambulance reaches 25,000 missions by helicopter and car

22-Mar-2011Source: London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s only air ambulance has today attended its 25,000th mission.  The service, which has been in operation for 23 years, also celebrates a year of being a 24hr operation next month, in April 2011, thanks to the continued support of its sponsors and the London community. London’s Air... Read more

West Yorkshire Police MD Explorer passes 13,000 Hours

West Yorkshire Police MD Explorer passes 13,000 Hours

15-Mar-2011Source: MD Helicopters

[Editor note – This is one in a long series MD Helicopters puts out every time this airframe passes the next 1000 figure – see here] Aircraft Number 078 Surpasses All Other MD Explorers in the Fleet MESA, AZ, March 6, 2011 – MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters,... Read more

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ LED exterior lighting

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ LED exterior lighting

15-Mar-2011Source: EMTEQ

EMTEQ will begin delivery of FC Exterior Lighting to be installed on MD Helicopters’ MD 900 and MD 500 series helicopter production programs in 2Q2011.  Lighting for the MD 600 series helicopter will follow later this year.  MD Helicopters selected EMTEQ to design and manufacture LED exterior lighting provisions including dual mode anti-collision, position and... Read more

Starflight certified by FAA

Starflight certified by FAA

10-Mar-2011Source: Post-Journal

WCA Hospital and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department celebrated a milestone with the Starflight program when it received certification to be considered an air carrier Thursday.... Read more

Coroner at 7/7 terrorism inquest says London Air Ambulance needs “proper funding”

Coroner at 7/7 terrorism inquest says London Air Ambulance needs “proper funding”

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On 7th July 2005, the city of London was rocked by a series of terrorist blasts during the morning rush hour, targetting three underground trains and one iconic red London bus.  A total of 56 people died, including four suicide bombers. There is currently an inquest in London into the tragic events of that day. ... Read more

New Zealand style fundraising for Kent Air Ambulance

New Zealand style fundraising for Kent Air Ambulance

1-Mar-2011Source: BBC

Kent Air Ambulance has received a cheque thanks to a style of fundraising widely used in New Zealand.... Read more

Corruption investigation at Belgian Police Air Support unit

Corruption investigation at Belgian Police Air Support unit

14-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Thursday 27th January, the Air Support Unit at Melsbroek Airport was raided by up to 30 investigations after allegations of corruption. Investigators took computers, office records, accounts and flight log books.  Allegations include private use of police helicopters, failure to comply with official procurement procedures and irregularities when entering into contacts with private companies. ... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

London’s Air Ambulance rescued by Banco Santander?

8-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

London’s Air Ambulance (“LAA”) has announced that it has secured financing on its MD Explorer helicopter for the next seven years.  The deal, financed through Santander Corporate Banking, and with the support of Virgin Group, will enable the Charity to concentrate its efforts on continuing to develop its service.  It has also appointed Banco Santander... Read more

Work starts on new base for Essex Air Ambulance

Work starts on new base for Essex Air Ambulance

29-Jan-2011Source: Essex Air Ambulance

We are delighted to announce that building work is now underway to bring the Essex operational airbase to Earls Colne Airfield! Over the last 9 months, having secured planning consent and an affordable building design, TJ Evers the appointed building contractor arrived on site in January to begin this exciting new chapter in the history of... Read more

£250 fine for laser pen on Greater Manchester Police helicopter

£250 fine for laser pen on Greater Manchester Police helicopter

24-Jan-2011Source: Manchester Evening News

Mobisir Ali, 23, fired the green-coloured light beam from a hotel window as the Greater Manchester Police helicopter was flying at 1,000ft over Oldham. Magistrates in the town were told the pilot lost his night vision and he was unable to see his instruments or the skyline for several seconds.... Read more

MD’s Lynn Tilton to be honored as Living Legend of Aviation

MD’s Lynn Tilton to be honored as Living Legend of Aviation

19-Jan-2011Source: Living Legends of Aviation

Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of private equity firm Patriarch Partners, LLC (“Patriarch”) and industrialist will be honored as “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year” at the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Ms. Tilton is being recognized for her leadership in the... Read more

MD produced 12 helicopters in 2010, not 50

MD produced 12 helicopters in 2010, not 50

19-Jan-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Around Christmas, the Living Legends of Aviation® organistion put out an invitation to this year’s event, and announcing some of the winners.  In a quote from this press release they said: – “The “Legends” invite you to join them as they honor Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters as  “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year”.  Ms.... Read more

Man charged over laser shone at Greater Manchester Police helicopter

Man charged over laser shone at Greater Manchester Police helicopter

10-Jan-2011Source: Manchester Evening News

Mobosir Ali, 23, of Newport Street, Oldham, has been charged with shining a light at an aircraft so as to endanger or distract the pilot.... Read more

Leeds man in court after laser light shone on police helicopter

Leeds man in court after laser light shone on police helicopter

6-Jan-2011Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

At about 5.55am last Saturday the pilot of the force chopper reported a laser being shone at the aircraft as it was flying over the Bramley area of Leeds.... Read more

03-Jan-11 N902SL MD Helicopters MD900 Boise, US-Idaho

03-Jan-11 N902SL MD Helicopters MD900 Boise, US-Idaho

3-Jan-2011

Flashlight unintentionally left in NOTAR drive cowling during maintannce caused inflight out-of-balance indication... Read more

CALSTAR adds 11th helicopter base

CALSTAR adds 11th helicopter base

22-Dec-2010Source: Sacramento Bee

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue on Wednesday began providing emergency helicopter transport service to the Sacramento Valley from its headquarters at McClellan Park.... Read more

Poachers turn dazzling spotlights on Humberside Police helicopter

Poachers turn dazzling spotlights on Humberside Police helicopter

17-Dec-2010Source: This is Hull & East Riding

Sgt Jenkins said the attempt to dazzle the helicopter pilot had serious implications. “Endangering an aircraft is an offence and carries a five-year prison sentence,” he added. “Unfortunately for us, their night vision equipment is often better than ours.”... Read more

Dutch Police still in dispute with MD Helicopters

Dutch Police still in dispute with MD Helicopters

22-Nov-2010Source: HeliHub.com

At the Dutch Police fleet of Bo105 helicopters and BN-2 fixed wing grew older, so they started looking at replacing them with a single newer and more capable type. After a tendering process, they selected the MD Explorer, placing an order for eight in early 2001, with MD using the annual Heli-Expo convention to announce... Read more

Teenager who dazzled Humberside Police pilot with laser beam is fined

Teenager who dazzled Humberside Police pilot with laser beam is fined

19-Nov-2010

The number of cases of pilots being dazzled by laser pens increased across the UK to 737 in 2009 compared with just 29 in 2007.... Read more

Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to launch new MD902 on Thursday

Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to launch new MD902 on Thursday

16-Nov-2010Source: This is Grimsby

Advances over their earlier MD Explorer include bigger fuel tank, Nightsun, Night Vision Goggles, and others.... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move from Sheffield base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move from Sheffield base

2-Nov-2010

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to move one of their MD Explorers from Sheffield to Bagby following a strategic review... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrates 10th anniversary

Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrates 10th anniversary

29-Oct-2010

From a humble start with one 15 year old Bo105, Yorkshire Air Ambulance now operate two MD Explorers... Read more

UK: New Lincs & Notts Explorer fitted with NVG for night ops

UK: New Lincs & Notts Explorer fitted with NVG for night ops

26-Oct-2010Source: Thsi is Scunthorpe

It is fully equipped with night vision goggle capability, the MD 902 Explorer would be able to fly in the dark – something the current model is unable to do.... Read more

UK: Concern South Yorkshire Police helicopter ‘could be scrapped’

UK: Concern South Yorkshire Police helicopter ‘could be scrapped’

22-Oct-2010Source: BBC

The detailed plans would take away the air base which we currently have at Sheffield, and they would then get our service from bases in West Yorkshire, Humberside or Derbyshire.... Read more

UK: Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance get planning approval for 24 hour operations

UK: Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance get planning approval for 24 hour operations

21-Oct-2010Source: BBC

The air ambulance service covering Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex has been given the go-ahead to operate 24 hours a day.... Read more

MD Helicopters and Allegheny LifeFlight at AMTC 2010

MD Helicopters and Allegheny LifeFlight at AMTC 2010

20-Oct-2010Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) joined with Allegheny General Hospital’s LifeFlight at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Allegheny General Hospital’s LifeFlight had on display its MD Explorer which they use to provide regional emergency helicopter and critical care ground transportation services for critically ill and injured patients who need immediate... Read more

Fourth Belgian Police Explorer now delivered

Fourth Belgian Police Explorer now delivered

12-Oct-2010Source: HeliHub.com

Further to our recent report of the Belgian Police air unit purchasing an MD902 Explorer to add to their existing fleet of three MD900s, we can now report it has been delivered. Dutch website Avia DejaVu reports it stopping at Groningen Airport yesteday en its delivery route from Odense to Melsbroek airport in Brussels. This... Read more

Humberside Police MD Explorer® becomes second of type to reach 10,000 hours

Humberside Police MD Explorer® becomes second of type to reach 10,000 hours

8-Oct-2010Source: MD Helicopters

Mesa, Arizona, October 8, 2010 … MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) and the Humberside Police Authority have announced that an MD Explorer has just been returned to service after its 10,000 hour inspection conducted by Police Aviation Services Ltd (PAS) in Gloucestershire UK. The helicopter is one of the busiest MD 902 Explorers in service and... Read more

Fleet lead MD Explorer now at 12,600 airframe hours

Fleet lead MD Explorer now at 12,600 airframe hours

8-Oct-2010Source: MD Helicopters

Mesa, Arizona, October 8, 2010… MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) and the Air Operations Unit of the West Yorkshire Police have announced that MD Explorer, helicopter serial number 078 has extended its record for flight hours, reaching 12,600 hours as of mid-September of this year. The flight hours exceed any other MD Explorer in the fleet,... Read more

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