Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) announced today they have launched a joint Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Training School â€“ the first ever established in North America solely dedicated to train commercial, law enforcement and foreign military aviation professionals and their aircrews in performing Helicopter SAR and HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Service). The… Read more »
Era Helicopters LLC (Era) announced today the launch of a Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (SAR/EMS) operation from its base located in Fourchon, Louisiana. Together, Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will offer FAA-approved, full-service SAR/EMS capability and turnkey solutions to offshore Oil & Gas companies located in the Gulf of Mexico… Read more »
The crew of an emergency search and rescue helicopter has been awarded the Best of Irish Award for rescuing a stricken pilot when his light aircraft crashed into the Irish Sea. The six-strong crew of R117, employed by CHC Helicopter and based at Waterford, was presented with the accolade at the awards which took place… Read more »
On June 11, 2010, the flight crew from the Kern County Sheriff rescue helicopter, Air-5, were recognized with top-honors at the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation’s annual awards dinner. Pilot Berto Penaloza and Deputy Tim Caughron were awarded Exceptional Officer of the Year awards, and Deputy Jason Nelson received the Medal of Valor award. The… Read more »
A Dutch Bell 412 rescue helicopter was targeted on Tuesday evening by a laser pen.Â This follows a smiilar incident a week earlier.Â The Royal Military Police is investigating into both incidents.Â The crew of the Search and Rescue helicopter conducted a training flight over Leeuwarden when the helicopter shone a laser pen.
A record-breaking aerial rescue on Nepalâ€™s Mount Annapurna has underscored the performance capabilities of Eurocopterâ€™s AS350 Ecureuil helicopter in extreme conditions â€“ including the most challenging high-altitude operations. Three Spanish mountain climbers were successfully airlifted by the Fishtail Air AS350 B3 from a 6,900 meter-high location using the â€œlonglineâ€ technique, in which a rescuer is… Read more »
In the mist and drizzle of a shrouded West Coast of Scotland the Royal Navy’s helicopter search and rescue duty crew of HMS Gannet have had their busiest 24-hour period of the year so far with no less than five call-outs. Going on call at 0900hrs on the morning of Wednesday 19 May, the crew… Read more »
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestlandâ€™s Vergiate plant in Italy. The AW139 will perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services. Three more… Read more »
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Four members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron here were named the 2009 MacKay Trophy winners. Capt. Robert Rosebrough, 1st Lt. Lucas Will, Master Sgt. Dustin Thomas and Staff Sgt. Tim Philpott, the crew of an HH-60G Pavehawk combat search and rescue helicopter “Pedro 16”, have been recognized for their… Read more »
This press story shows German operator ADAC Luftrettung carrying out some training for over-water rescue operations with their “Christop 33” Eurocopter EC135.Â However, HeliHub.com notes the complete absence of a winch, relying instead on a fixed rope with a padded loop on the end.Â In come countries, we guess that could generate some “health and… Read more »
Ukraine’s Minister of Emergency Situations Nestor Shufrych has announced that a Mil Mi-2 helicopter has been allocated to a summer SAR role for the Sea of Azov.Â This 14,500 square mile sea is bordered by Ukraine to the north and Russia to the south and south-east. The helicopter will fly in daylight hours only from… Read more »
A four-strong team from the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust who plucked a fisherman to safety, after he was trapped at the base of a cliff, have received with a top rescue award at Parliament tonight.
A press report of the situation at Waterford appeared in many Irish news sources this week, here is how RTE reported it. The Facebook group “Save 24hr Search & Rescue Helicopter Cover in South-East” describes itself thus:- SIGN THE PETITION NOW! http://www.petitiononline.com/sar01/ On 15th March 2010, the Irish Government put a price on peoples heads……. Read more »
Now rescuers can scour avalanche debris fields from SnoHawk 10, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue helicopter. The new devices tap radio transmitters to quickly locate people buried by snow
Priority 1 Air Rescue and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited successfully completed the design engineering and Human External Cargo (HEC) load flight testing on Bell Helicopterâ€™s new 429 in a search-and-rescue (SAR) configuration. The 429 used in the testing was configured with specialized SAR equipment, including the 600-lb two- person-rated Goodrich hoist.Â Completing this joint… Read more »
The North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service was operating a search and rescue service in the region, but in November last year it relinquished its aircraft because it failed to meet State Government guidelines.
Bideford mayor Andy Powell said: “There’s a huge surfing population here, so what happens when [the helicopters] clock off at 6pm and somebody goes out at 6.01pm and gets into trouble? Does that mean another life is lost?”
CHC Helicopters, through its membership in the Soteria* consortium, has won preferred bidder status on a 25-year contract to provide comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) services and military aircrew SAR training to the UK government, securing CHC’s place as the largest supplier of civilian SAR services in the world. “We are honoured to be chosen… Read more »
HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award recipient, Crew of CGNR 6573; U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. At approximately 6:00 a.m. on January 30, 2009, it was reported that a crewman on a fishing vessel south of Sanak Island in Alaska was suffering a severe head injury…. Read more »
The bitter cold and freezing Atlantic waters did not stop the search and rescue team of Marine Transport Squadron 1 from diving in during SAR training missions just off the coast of eastern North Carolina, Jan. 12. With the HH-46E helicopter, affectionately known as Pedro, in full flight, VMR-1â€™s SAR non commissioned officer in charge,… Read more »
RACQ-CQ Rescue welcomed a new team member yesterday â€“ a second Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopter, which landed at its new base at 2.30pm, will replace the single-engine SA360 Dauphin that has been with the service since April, 2004.
HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award recipient, Crew of CGNR 6033; U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida. On September 7, 2008, the crew of U.S. Coast Guard CGNR 6033 launched from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to respond to a stricken fishing vessel with four people aboard, 50… Read more »
Highest ever recorded number of missions undertaken by Stornoway team The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) helicopter search and rescue bases at Stornoway, Sumburgh, Lee On Solent and Portland completed 747 missions throughout 2009, according to figures released today. With 183 missions undertaken across 12 months, the Stornoway team had their busiest year since search… Read more »
Historically, no helicopter search and rescue unit has achieved 400 call outs in a year and passing this milestone is a tangible illustration of the high tempo under which the Prestwick-based unit operates.
Priority 1 Air Rescue has completed Inland SAR training with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) which included initial Class B External Rotorcraft Load and Helicopter Short-Haul Rescue in their recently acquired Bell 407.
SUNSHINE Coast beaches will be safer this summer thanks to Surf Life Saving Queenslandâ€™s newest piece of equipment â€“ a twin engine helicopter.Â The EC135 chopperâ€™s keys were handed over to SLSQ by Queensland emergency services minister Neil Roberts.
Life-saving search and rescue helicopter crews from RAF Valley will halt night time rescues while new crews are trained up.Â The Ministry of Defence has announced a six week suspension to night shifts by 22 Squadron, with cover provided by neighbouring basesÂ RAF Valley will close overnight from 15 November until 31 December.
The MOD had decided in principle to reduce SAR helicopter crews from 28 to 24 in 2008. But it subsequently became clear that the implementation of this would present an unmanageable risk and, as soon as this was identified, Ministers decided to revert to 28 crews.
AgustaWestland announces that the Korea Coast Guard has taken delivery of two AW139 helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy). The AW139s will be used for maritime patrol, search and rescue and emergency medical service purposes
There was uproar and near confusion as audience at a stakeholders meeting with the management of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA could not accept claims by NIMASA management that their regional search and rescue helicopter was not missing as reported by some members of the audience.
The new search and rescue helicopters at the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) base in Stornoway in the Western Isles have completed nearly 350 missions and rescued over 260 people since they were introduced to service two years ago.
AgustaWestland congratulates the crew of the Canadian Forces 442 Search and Rescue Squadron, based at CFB Comox, on winning the 2009 Cormorant Trophy for the skilful night rescue of a skier who had fallen 30 m down a crevasse on Hamathko Glacier, 8700 ft above sea level.
Sikorsky presented its Winged S Rescue Award to a UK helicopter rescue crew and the base it operates from in recognition of their outstanding bravery and performance in an extraordinary rescue of 14 fishermen stranded aground at St. Kilda in 2008.
As of mid-August 2009, the four S-92 SAR aircraft operating in the U.K. had executed a total of 510 missions – 331 from the base at Stornoway in the Western Isles and 179 from Sumburgh in Shetland – since being introduced in 2007