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STARS announces first all-female lineup for 2019 Rescue in the Rockies

STARS announces first all-female lineup for 2019 Rescue in the Rockies

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS), a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization, is excited to announce Rescue in the Rockies for STARS, one of its flagship fundraisers in Alberta, has an all-female cast this year. This much-appreciated eighth annual fundraising event will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019. All funds raised from the women’s… Read more »

Source: SATRS, 23-May-19

Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

Sikorsky HH-60W Achieves First Flight

The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight today at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site, an important step toward bringing this all-new aircraft to service members to perform critical search and rescue operations. The aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) and based on the proven UH-60M Black Hawk, is… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 23-May-19

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Helicopter now stationed at Scotland Memorial Hospital

Helicopter now stationed at Scotland Memorial Hospital

In an effort to better serve our community and surrounding areas, Scotland Health Care System has partnered with Cape Fear LifeLink Air to station a helicopter on the Scotland Memorial Hospital campus starting May 10, 2019. Cape Fear LifeLink Air is an emergency air medical transportation service offered by Cape Fear Valley Regional Medical Center… Read more »

Source: Scotland Health, 22-May-19

Star Navigation Announces MEDEVAC Agreement

Star Navigation Announces MEDEVAC Agreement

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (CSE: SNA) (CSE: SNA.CN) (OTCQB: SNAVF) (“Star” or the “Company”) announces that the Company has entered into a long-term agreement with AMS Heli Design (“AMS”) of Denison, Texas. (www.amsheli.com) AMS is a Helicopter EMS Interior provider, specializing in Air Ambulance configuration through the use of new lightweight materials and new… Read more »

Source: Star Navigation Systems Group, 22-May-19

Bristow picks the weekend to file for Chapter 11

Bristow picks the weekend to file for Chapter 11

Bristow took the unusual step of announcing this on a Saturday:- Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) (“Bristow” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court” or “the Court”). Bristow intends to use the proceedings to restructure and… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 13-May-19

GNAAS charity staff move into new headquarters

GNAAS charity staff move into new headquarters

The move to Progress House in Urlay Nook, Eaglescliffe, has brought fundraising, lottery and admin teams together under the same roof for the first time. Office staff are excited to welcome the operational team based at Durham Tees Valley Airport to the new headquarters later in the year, while our Cumbrian base in Langwathby will… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 09-May-19

DRF Luftrettung performed 40,090 air rescue missions in 2018

DRF Luftrettung performed 40,090 air rescue missions in 2018

Medical air rescue as provided by DRF Luftrettung (German Air Rescue) is developing into an ever more important sector. The rapid evolving technology in air operations through to medical care is reflected in the increased number of air rescue missions in 2018. DRF Luftrettung crews were called out 40,090 times which corresponds to a 4%… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-May-19

New game to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising soar

New game to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising soar

Developers at OJO Solutions, based in Bradford on Avon, have donated £15,000 worth of studio time to build the app which launches this month. It takes £3.75 million per year to keep the Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying and saving lives – a key fact that inspired the team when they were designing the game. Competitors… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 09-May-19

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STARS receive $1 million gift

STARS receive $1 million gift

Carrying on a tradition that dates back to the Firm’s founding in 1857, James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies is providing support to the communities it serves with a major gift to STARS air ambulance. Richardson company representatives gathered today in Winnipeg, where the organization’s head office is located, to announce a $1 million contribution… Read more »

Source: STARS, 06-May-19

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Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

INVERNESS’ HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has welcomed two Leonardo AW189 helicopters, serving the Highlands and Islands and further afield as part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s airborne response. The aircraft replace two Sikorsky S92 helicopters, which have been in active service out of Inverness since 2015. Each £20 million AW189… Read more »

Source: Inverness Coast Guard, 03-May-19

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STARS receives donation of $1 Million

STARS receives donation of $1 Million

Carrying on a tradition that dates back to the Firm’s founding in 1857, James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies is providing support to the communities it serves with a major gift to STARS air ambulance. Richardson company representatives gathered today in Winnipeg, where the organization’s head office is located, to announce a $1… Read more »

Source: STARS, 02-May-19

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Devon Air Ambulance starts carrying freeze-dried plasma

Devon Air Ambulance starts carrying freeze-dried plasma

From this week, Devon Air Ambulance can provide its patients with an additional life-saving treatment. This wasn’t previously available in Devon until the patient arrives at a hospital’s Emergency Department; the administration of blood plasma. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance explains “In simple terms, blood is made up of red blood cells… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 30-Apr-19

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Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

One of the people credited with bringing STARS to Saskatchewan is stepping up once again to help the non-profit fundraise for its future. Former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, announced via video message that he is volunteering his time to chair the air ambulance’s capital campaign, raising funds to replace its fleet and to continue… Read more »

Source: STARS, 30-Apr-19

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STARS welcomes first two Airbus H145s at Calgary base

STARS welcomes first two Airbus H145s at Calgary base

Together with former patients, crew and community allies, STARS officially welcomed to the Calgary base today two new Airbus H145 aircraft.  The helicopters are the first part of a plan to replace the non-profit air ambulance’s entire fleet across Western Canada. “Today is about bringing us one step closer to making our fleet renewal program… Read more »

Source: STARS, 29-Apr-19

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Helijet renews British Columbia EMS contract

Helijet renews British Columbia EMS contract

Helijet is pleased to announce that it has renewed its dedicated air medical contract with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an additional four years, effective April 1, 2019. Helijet will continue to supply four Sikorsky S-76 model helicopters for the B.C. Ambulance Service which is operated by BCEHS. Under the new agreement, a… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 25-Apr-19

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AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading air medical transport company, has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Seven Bar Aviation, LLC, a privately-held air medical operator offering fixed and rotor wing services to a broad array of leading healthcare organizations throughout the nation. SevenBar Aviation will closely align with Med-Trans Corporation and the transaction… Read more »

Source: Air Medical Group Holdings, 08-Apr-19

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Group announced that the Australian business unit has completed the roll out of six new generation Leonardo AW139 aircraft to replace the S-76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The final AW139 will be on base in East Sale by mid-March after the first aircraft was introduced in Victoria… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-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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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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Chinese Ministry of Transport selects the H175 for SAR

Chinese Ministry of Transport selects the 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, 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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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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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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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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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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Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial Search & Rescue Asia Pacific 2019, Australia’s inaugural aerial search and rescue event, expands its reach after Tangent Link’s successful series in Europe over the past six years. Supported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), whose search and rescue region covers 53 million square kilometres including the Australian continent, large areas of the… Read more »

11-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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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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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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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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LifeFlight of Maine Creates Remote Access Project

LifeFlight of Maine Creates Remote Access Project

LifeFlight of Maine has created a new program to help them improve service to remote areas. The Remote Access Project has over 120 remote access landing zones, these are on private land, with permission. At each site there is a large yellow marker showing a LifeFlight helicopters, as well as grid coordinates, location name and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 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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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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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 Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London 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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Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

In October of last year, Gander’s 103 SAR Squadron was removed from their Hangar 1 at 9 Wing Gander after the discovery of a large concentration of asbestos in dust. They are still unsure of where the source is, but cleaning began on December 4. They have cleaned in sections, sealing off the safe areas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-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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29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

SAR helicopter hit zipwire, causing loss of control and immediate fall to the ground.  Post crash fire.  All four on board suffered fatal injuries. This report names the deceased as Pilots Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah Al Yamahi and Hameed Mohamed Obaid Al Zaabi, Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji Paramedic Mark Roxburgh

29-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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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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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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Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period. These helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 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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Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

The Canadian Department of National Defence is considering using the private sector to fill the gap in their SAR operations when their CH-149 Cormorants undergo a mid-life overhaul. President of the Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council; Eugene O’Leary, has stated that he has concerns over using a private… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has reaccredited eleven Med-Trans air medical transport bases in the United States. “This recognition is a result of the hard work and professionalism of every employee to become the best at their positions of tremendous responsibility in transporting and caring for patients,” said Med-Trans Corporation President… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 05-Dec-18

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UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

To enhance emergency services in the region, a second regional Med Flight helicopter base will be set up in Portage at Divine Savior Healthcare. “We decided to create another regional base to cut response times for people in north- central Wisconsin,” said Frank Erdman, manager of critical care transport for UW Health. With the addition of the Portage… Read more »

Source: UW Health, 27-Nov-18

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Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite announced that they received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an AW169 air medical interior. This STC is for various lightweight medical interior configurations that were previously certified through EASA. “The FAA STC will allow us to offer our medical interiors also in the US. We are excited to have received this STC…. Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 26-Nov-18

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