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ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

Leading aviation service provider, ACC Aviation Group, has this week announced a commercial agreement with US-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical. Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organisation has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built… Read more »

Source: ACC Aviation, 28-May-20

Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

The air rescue station in Bad Saarow was founded 30 years ago , and 20 years ago the DRF air rescue took over. On the occasion of the milestone birthday, the crews of the rescue helicopter “Christoph 49” stationed at the station take a look back, but also a look at their current work. The… Read more »

27-May-20

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DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung has signed a further framework agreement with Bucher Leichtbau for the HEMS equipment for its helicopters of the types H135 and H145. The air rescue organization has brought its many years of experience and know-how into the configuration of the HEMS kits, especially in the development of the stretcher. DRF Luftrettung continues to rely… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 27-May-20

Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Rio Tinto has pledged A$500,000 to CareFlight Northern Operations to support emergency aeromedical care in the Northern Territory as part of a A$1.1 million commitment to support East Arnhem communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution underlines Rio Tinto’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the region and to provide resources to combat the… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 22-May-20

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital has opened its new, larger helipad thanks to the support of the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The entire construction costs of the new helipad and additional infrastructure around the Emergency Department, were covered by the HELP Appeal’s £100,000 donation. The new helipad has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-May-20

Bell Honoring Heroes During National EMS Week

Bell Honoring Heroes During National EMS Week

Somewhere, a dedicated team stands ready, waiting to launch a Bell aircraft, reach an emergency site and save a life. As the third week of May 2020 comes to a close, the U.S. celebrates emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and recognizes their unrelenting commitment to caring for patients – even in uncertain environments. Now, more… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-May-20

AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the critical care transport industry–both air and ground–encourages and supports standards of performance reflecting safe operations as well as efficient, high quality patient care. Yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board held a virtual public meeting on a fatal accident involving a Bell 407 helicopter air ambulance, operated by… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 21-May-20

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

We gratefully thank you for your unwavering support during the COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring our lifesaving service can continue to save those in need. A constant stream of donations and virtual fundraisers for the service has enabled a return to a 7-day operation from the 1st June 2020! As you know, the Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Irish Community Rapid Response, 21-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating a year of delivering its clinical service as an independent healthcare provider, a development that is helping patients across Devon. In the lead up to becoming successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission last April, Devon Air Ambulance established a new integrated Patient Services team which combined the core emergency… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-May-20

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Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

After years of planning, the City of Melfort is taking the next step towards building a heliport at the Melfort hospital.The hospital, which serves a referral population of over 12,000 people, currently relies on ground EMS and the Melfort airport for patient transfers. See Full Story. 

Source: Melfort Journal, 18-May-20

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Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) is pleased to announce the 10-year service anniversary of its Search and Rescue (“SAR”) program in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, the Company pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 18-May-20

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Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today it has reached an agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan to provide in-network coverage for its consumers in New Mexico. The agreement will protect Presbyterian Health Plan members in more than 500 communities around the state from unplanned financial liability for Air Methods’ services. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 18-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance is resuming air operations today after the successful implementation of several new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus. This is great news for Devon and reflects a huge amount of work that has been carried out by our Helicopter Services and Patient… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-May-20

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STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

The STARS Lottery Saskatchewan launched today across the province, offering ticket purchasers the opportunity to win life-changing prizes while also helping in the fight to save lives. The lottery is STARS’ largest fundraiser in Saskatchewan. The ninth edition offers more than 1,800 prizes, valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, electronics, appliances and two stunning,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-May-20

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PHI Air Medical establishes air ambulance bases in Meridian, Jackson

PHI Air Medical establishes air ambulance bases in Meridian, Jackson

PHI Air Medical has announced the official opening of two new bases of operations in Meridian and Jackson. See Full Story.

Source: NEWSCENTER ABC 11, 11-May-20

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Univ Mississippi moves into new hangar facility

Univ Mississippi moves into new hangar facility

The Mississippi Center for Emergency Services centralized its operations and moved into its new state-of-the-art facility just in time. The new home for the center has made it possible for all its services, including pediatric transport, neonatal transport, Mississippi MED-COM, public safety support and AirCare, the state’s most advanced medical helicopter transport, to be contained… Read more »

Source: The University of Mississippi, 11-May-20

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ITC-AeroLeasing Continues to Support Air Ambulance Operations

ITC-AeroLeasing Continues to Support Air Ambulance Operations

ITC-AeroLeasing, Inc. (“ITC”) announced the successful completion of a further air ambulance lease deal with a leading air medical transportation company in the United States. The delivery of an additional brand-new Airbus Helicopters H130 demonstrates ITC’s continued support and commitment to humanitarian, government and air ambulance missions in the U.S. and around the World. This… Read more »

Source: ITC-AeroLeasing, 06-May-20

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COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

Working in partnership with the NHS and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSS) will transfer patients requiring critical care by land, with aircraft being used for the rapid delivery and recovery of the team. See Full Story.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, 04-May-20

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London’s Air Ambulance welcomes four new Trustees

London’s Air Ambulance welcomes four new Trustees

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers a 24/7 advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has strengthened its Board with the appointment of four new Trustees. The new Trustees, Gemma Sherrington, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, Dr Margot Gosney, and James Thomas together bring a wealth of experience across the charity, military, technology and… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 04-May-20

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Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and future plans to open a new air medical helicopter base in Rush City, Minnesota in Summer 2020. Both of these initiatives are moving forward in support of Life Link III’s… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 04-May-20

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is delighted to announce that, effective from Saturday 25th April 2020 and in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust, one of their Air Ambulance helicopters will return to operational duty. The news follows an announcement at the beginning of April when their Doctors and Paramedics were redeployed back to the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 30-Apr-20

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Rendsburg station equipped with EpiShuttle

Rendsburg station equipped with EpiShuttle

As another helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung “Christoph 42” will be equipped with a so-called “EpiShuttle”, a special insulation stretcher, at the end of this week. The medical crews at the station are currently receiving instructions and training on how to use the system safely and practiced. To protect patients and crews, the “Christoph 42”,… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 29-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

Total UK Limited has announced that it will be supplying free jet fuel to both the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that both services are able to continue carrying out life-saving work. Jet fuel will be provided to the… Read more »

Source: Total UK, 24-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

As medical industries across the country continue to take the brunt of the covid-19 virus, there’s one specific part of the industry that has been affected that you may not be thinking about. See Full Story. 

Source: WTRF.com, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

[electronic translation]  Since the start of the corona pandemic, Rega’s helicopter crews have flown a total of 74 COVID-19 patients. Most of them were moved from one hospital to another. Rega also provided support abroad: For example, French COVID-19 patients were flown from Alsace to German hospitals. In general, since the pandemic began, Rega has recorded significantly lower… Read more »

Source: Rega, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

In Norway, Super Puma helicopter operator Lufttransport reacted fast to an urgent request from Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (Luftambulansetjenesten) to provide a solution to the challenge of transporting COVID-19 victims to hospital in the north of the country. Luftambulansetjenesten, like other such services, has turned to the EpiShuttle isolation and transportation system from EpiGuard of Oslo to carry patients to hospital… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

As hospitals in the region reach capacity treating Covid-19 patients, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be doing more to support the NHS by providing critical care transfer teams to assist the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) in moving Covid-19 patients between hospitals. The air ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic teams have… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-20

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Life Flight Network partners with Mountain Health CO-OP of Montana and Idaho

Life Flight Network partners with Mountain Health CO-OP of Montana and Idaho

Life Flight Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service, today announced a new partnership with Montana Health CO-OP and Idaho’s Mountain Health CO-OP. The agreement will provide members across both states with Life Flight Network’s critical care transportation services at a predictable, in-network rate. “This partnership will significantly lower costs, improve care, and… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 20-Apr-20

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The Christ Hospital Health Network Partners with Air Methods

The Christ Hospital Health Network Partners with Air Methods

The Christ Hospital Health Network today announced that it will partner with Christ LifeFlight, a subsidiary of Air Methods, to add a new dedicated rotor wing helicopter for the Christ Hospital. The new base will support the care and transportation of critically ill and injured patients throughout the region. Along with the key medical personnel,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-20

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AAMS Requests $363.5M In Emergency Funding To Support Air Ambulances

AAMS Requests $363.5M In Emergency Funding To Support Air Ambulances

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the air medical transport industry submitted a letter this week to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar with an urgent request to rapidly distribute money to emergency air medical providers from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. In order to ensure the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

COVID-19 – Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance collaborates with Royal Air Force

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) are amongst the first Air Ambulance services to collaborate with the Royal Air Force (RAF) to carry critically ill patients from more remote areas to major trauma centres with increased intensive care capacity. On Tuesday 7th April the Charity undertook the first time-critical transfer of a patient… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

As of Friday 10th April, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) are supplying Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care to assist in transferring critically ill COVID-19 patients between hospitals in the region, supporting the NHS in the fight against the virus. Members of their crew will be joining part of a multi-disciplinary team carrying out inter-hospital… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 14-Apr-20

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Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter GmbH has won a contract to provide rescue services for the Riffgat and Alpha Ventus offshore wind farms in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 09-Apr-20

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First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

The Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter, which is primarily provided for the transport of COVID-19 patients, has been in use for a good week. Last week, the helicopter was the first in the DRF fleet to be equipped with an EpiShuttle and has already completed its first operation with the special insulating stretcher:… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-Apr-20

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STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

Some lucky Albertans received a congratulatory call today informing them they had a grand prize-winning ticket in the 2020 STARS lottery. The draws were held in Calgary and witnessed by STARS and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis officials in accordance with provincial regulations. “When STARS flies, you know it’s for the worst of the worst,”… Read more »

Source: STARS, 08-Apr-20

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RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

A helicopter from the same era as the Apollo space craft did its most valuable work in Northland Before the Northland Rescue Helicopter chopper known as Helimed1 flew thousands of kilometres saving lives in New Zealand, she visited 41 countries on a 73,000 km circumnavigation of the world. The 40-year-old helicopter – an iconic Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Northland Rescue Helicopter, 03-Apr-20

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NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

The North Central Health Care Foundation (NCHCF) continues to accept donations to the Melfort Heliport project. See Full Story.

Source: northeastNOW, 30-Mar-20

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DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

From next week on, two HEMS bases of DRF Luftrettung in Germany will operate with “EpiShuttles”, special isolation stretchers. Another eight HEMS bases will soon follow suit. DRF Luftrettung is investing in the protection of patients and its crews to ensure that, in these times of the coronavirus, people in medical emergencies can still be… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Mar-20

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Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

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 »

Source: Maryland Government, 23-Mar-20

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Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove’s airport, owned by Rogue Air, Inc., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon for a new helicopter pad. See Full Story. 

Source: Fox 26, 19-Mar-20

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DRF Air Rescue initiates the “Day of Air Rescuers” on March 19th

DRF Air Rescue initiates the “Day of Air Rescuers” on March 19th

Who actually sits in a rescue helicopter? When is it used? As a patient, do I have to pay for this if I am taken to a hospital with it? Three of many questions from the population with which air rescue is repeatedly confronted. To clarify and inform about the important work of all air… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Mar-20

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Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Hawaiian Maui Hospital announced that from April, air ambulance helicopters can land at Maui Memorial Medical Center’s (MMMC) helipad at night. See Full Story.  

Source: AirMed&Rescue, 17-Mar-20

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Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

A new helipad is now in use on Phoebe’s main campus to provide more efficient and effective transport of emergency patients. Members of Phoebe’s emergency center team joined health system leaders and representatives from Air Evac Lifeteam to cut the ribbon on the helipad Friday. “The location on top of our employee parking garage will… Read more »

Source: Phoebe Putney Health System, 17-Mar-20

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Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight, a Global Medical Response (GMR) critical care air transport company, will open its first rotor wing base in Alaska at Kenai Municipal Airport this spring. The Airbus H125 helicopter will serve Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward…. Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 17-Mar-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

The Children’s Air Ambulance – the first and only dedicated neonatal and paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country – has flown its 500th mission. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, it receives no government funding and relies totally on public donations to remain operational. Two helicopters fly out of… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 17-Mar-20

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Duke of Cambridge becomes Patron of London’s Air Ambulance

Duke of Cambridge becomes Patron of London’s Air Ambulance

We are honoured to announce that His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity. The Duke has made the decision after supporting the charity’s yearlong 30th anniversary campaign in 2019, during which he flew with the crew and met staff and patients from the service. Through this… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 16-Mar-20

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Metlifecare sponsors Auckland EMS helicopter for 10th year running

Metlifecare sponsors Auckland EMS helicopter for 10th year running

Metlifecare is delighted to be sponsoring the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust for the tenth year running. The Trust owns and operates the Auckland-based Westpac Rescue Helicopters, servicing around 1.5 million residents and visitors. 2020 brings additional challenges for the Trust as it continues to raise funds to deliver two new state of the art helicopters… Read more »

Source: Metlifecare, 12-Mar-20

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UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

The National Search and Rescue Centre, NSRC, launched a smartphone application at the Search and Rescue conference in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as part of the UAE efforts to provide speedier emergency responses. Through the app, the first of its kind in the Arab World, people can request help to anywhere in the country. The… Read more »

Source: Emirates News Agency, 10-Mar-20

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Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

THE SUMBURGH based Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters have just completed their 1,000th mission since Bristow Helicopters took over the coastguard search and rescue contract from Canadian firm CHC in June 2013. See Full Story.

Source: Shetland News, 04-Mar-20

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Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer, Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

At the Helicopter Investor conference in London yesterday, Russ Torbet – the Director of UK SAR at Bristow Helicopters – gave an interesting presentation on how their long-term UK SAR contract was working in practice, and provided an insight of what lies ahead. The contract was launched in a ceremony on 26th February 2015, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-20

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HeliSpeed Signs SAR Support Agreement with Cobham

HeliSpeed Signs SAR Support Agreement with Cobham

Through the agreement, global aviation business, HeliSpeed, will provide Cobham with pilots from its HeliTrax database of over 1,200 highly-trained helicopter pilots, offering dedicated support to the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. Cobham Aviation Services is a leading provider of operational readiness, special mission training and operational delivery solutions to military and government agencies worldwide.  In… Read more »

Source: Helispeed, 17-Feb-20

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STARS receives $1 Million gift

STARS receives $1 Million gift

STARS is another step nearer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a $1 million gift from Capital Power. Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO of Capital Power, made the announcement today in the STARS air ambulance base at the Edmonton International Airport. In June 2018, STARS unveiled a multi-year plan to replace its fleet of… Read more »

Source: STARS, 10-Feb-20

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STARS to introduce H145 in Manitoba this spring

STARS to introduce H145 in Manitoba this spring

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is nearing its goal of $13 million for an upgraded helicopter that will serve Manitoba. See Full Story. 

Source: CHVN95.1FM, 07-Feb-20

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Gozo EMS operation upgrading to EC135

Gozo EMS operation upgrading to EC135

Steward Health Care Malta announced further improvements to the air-ambulance service which is used to transport patients from Gozo to Malta, through the upgrading of the air-ambulance helicopter and the introduction of an additional aircraft to be used as a stand-by back up option. The new air-ambulance being brought in is an Airbus Helicopter EC135… Read more »

Source: Steward Health Care Malta, 05-Feb-20

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2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has just completed another record year of saving lives throughout Queensland and around the world, with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance jets, community helicopters and critical care doctors coming to the aid of 6,508 people in 2019. LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care, with a fleet including three fixed wing aircraft… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 04-Feb-20

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Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed to improve crew… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 03-Feb-20

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 2,262 call-outs in 2019, compared to 1,429 in 2018; an increase of 58%. The life-saving Charity ended the decade with their busiest year on record, having experienced their busiest month ever in July 2019, when they responded to 244 call-outs. The Charity has revealed that… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 03-Feb-20

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RAMS celebrates two years of flight

RAMS celebrates two years of flight

Regional Air Medical Services (RAMS) took flight two years ago. RAMS, which is operated by Regional Paramedical Services, has handled nearly 800 patient transports since January 2018, according to Katrina Key, clinical services director. RAMS is currently transporting approximately 40 patients a month — double the number transported after the initial launch. Each flight includes… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 31-Jan-20

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HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

Donors who supported the appeal to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) attended a ‘breaking of the ground’ celebration to mark construction work progress. Funding for the Helipad was raised by MFT Charity’s Time Save Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jan-20

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Air Methods lowers costs to patients

Air Methods lowers costs to patients

A popular air medical helicopter company believes they have the answer to lowering the cost for patients who need emergency care. See Full Story.

Source: Air Methods, 27-Jan-20

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Elbit Systems Successfully Demonstrates High-Altitude High-Precision Aerial Firefighting Solution

Elbit Systems Successfully Demonstrates High-Altitude High-Precision Aerial Firefighting Solution

Elbit Systems completed a successful field demonstration of its patented Hydrop system, an innovative solution enabling high-altitude high-precision aerial firefighting. The field demonstration took place recently as part of an exercise led by the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority. During the exercise two Air Tractor aircraft from the Israeli Fire Fighting Squadron were directed to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 22-Jan-20

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DRF Foundation to fund external air medical R&D projects

DRF Foundation to fund external air medical R&D projects

From 2020, the DRF Foundation for Air Rescue will fund larger projects than before that deal with the research and development of innovative methods, new concepts and systems in the field of preclinical emergency and rescue medicine, especially in air rescue. Those interested in funding can now submit their project. “Since every human life is… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 22-Jan-20

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22-Jan-20 C-GSQA Bell B206L Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances whilst part of a search and rescue operation for missing snowmobilers in the Île Beemer area of Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec. The solo pilot received non life threatening injuries.

22-Jan-20

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2019 mission statistics of the DRF Group

2019 mission statistics of the DRF Group

In a total of 40,738 missions, the crews of the 35 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein as well as the ambulance flight operations were alerted to provide immediate, highly professional medical assistance to seriously ill or injured people. After all: when a life is at stake, every minute counts. With 40,738 missions in… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Jan-20

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Erickson is flying six firefighting S64s in Australia

Erickson is flying six firefighting S64s in Australia

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, is continuing to fight the devastating Australian bushfires into the new year armed with Six Air Crane® helicopters. As of Thursday, January 2nd, New South Wales declared a 7-day state of emergency as Australia’s deadly bushfires rage. This is the third time in… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Jan-20

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Changes in UK air ambulance sector

Changes in UK air ambulance sector

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) trade membership body and national charity, Air Ambulances UK, are proud to announce a successful merger, taking effect from 1st January 2020. The new single nationwide organisation will support the UK’s air ambulance sector and will provide a national voice and platform on behalf of the air ambulance community…. Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 07-Jan-20

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Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Jan-20

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AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), a nonprofit trade association that represents over 90% of the air ambulance industry in the United States, released the following statement today on the new Surprise Medical Billing proposal, announced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and House Energy and Commerce Committee… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 19-Dec-19

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Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of the HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung will present their new pilot training and further training program at the HAI Heli-Expo from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. From August 2020, a state-of-the-art full flight simulator level D will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training center… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Dec-19

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New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday (11 December 2019) to officially open its new helipad. The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, donated £300,000 to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to build the all-weather pad at the rear of the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Dec-19

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Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

University Hospitals of North Midlands Major Trauma Centre is the first in the UK to benefit from a weather station which provides certainty and real time information for emergency helicopter pilots about weather conditions, ensuring that its patients are seen quicker and with more efficiency. The weather station, called “Skyview”, which has been donated by… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Dec-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has enhanced the blood products it can give to critically injured or unwell people by carrying plasma.   The charity is now carrying two units of plasma onboard and this will be used with two units of O negative blood (packed red blood cells).   Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been carrying packed… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 09-Dec-19

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