US-South Dakota

04-Apr-21 N145SD Airbus EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

04-Apr-21 N145SD Airbus EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

4-Apr-2021

During positioning flight back to base, VFR at night, the co-pilot’s door sliding window fell out.  Pilot diverted from intended route and landed at Sioux Falls Regional Airport without further incident.... Read more

Cal-Ore Life Flight to open new base in December

Cal-Ore Life Flight to open new base in December

14-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Cal-Ore Life Flight will soon be able to open their new base at Brookings Airport this December. They are working with their sister company REACH Air Medical Services. REACH will be supplying a new Bell 407 helicopter for the base, reports Curry Pilot.... Read more

Black Hills Life Flight First Anniversary

Black Hills Life Flight First Anniversary

4-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Black Hills Life Flight celebrated their first year of service this past Saturday. Air Methods, Black Hills Life Flight’s parent company, ensures that there are four pilots, four paramedics and four nurses available around the clock. They have been operating since 1980 and are researching options of regional coverage for the Black Hills and Nebraska... Read more

Prairie Lakes Hospital Helipad Closed

Prairie Lakes Hospital Helipad Closed

28-Oct-2016Source: Helihub.com

The Watertown City Council has decided that the Watertown Fire Rescue will have to transport medical emergency patients to and from the Watertown Regional Airport helipad as the helipad at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has been closed. The helipad is out of commission due to the hospital’s expansion project, which will take roughly 20 months... Read more

Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

29-Oct-2015Source: Baldwin Aviation

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center’s air ambulance service serves a widely-dispersed population in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota from its Sioux Falls location and, as with any emergency response organization, timeliness and precise information are critical components to its success.  That’s why Avera McKennan’s aviation operation has chosen to team... Read more

05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

5-Oct-2015

R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical... Read more

01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

1-Jul-2015

Clipped a power line on climb-out at 9.30pm, landed and skidded on a highway and came to a stop in a ditch... Read more

Black Hills Life Flight readies new helicopter for service

Black Hills Life Flight readies new helicopter for service

3-Nov-2014Source: Black Hills Fox

They’re the ones called to emergencies when a matter of minutes can mean the difference between life and death. See Full Story... Read more

04-Jul-13 Badlands National Park, US-South Dakota

04-Jul-13 Badlands National Park, US-South Dakota

4-Jul-2013

Precautionary landing – pilot and two tour passengers flown out in another helicopter... Read more

12-Apr-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

12-Apr-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

12-Apr-2013

Precautionary landing after  left transmission oil indication below normal limits.  Later traced to faulty transmission oil pressure transmitter... Read more

16-Dec-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Winner, US-South Dakota

16-Dec-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Winner, US-South Dakota

16-Dec-2012

Main rotor blade struck an airport hangar while taxing.... Read more

14-Aug-12 N444EH Bell 47G2 Flandreau, US-South Dakota

14-Aug-12 N444EH Bell 47G2 Flandreau, US-South Dakota

14-Aug-2012

Force landed and tipped over... Read more

Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

Sanford Health officially launches EC145 fleet

2-Jul-2012Source: Sanford Health

Sanford Health Air Ambulance completed upgrades to its fleet with three new helicopters that went into service on July 1, 2012. The entire fleet includes three EC-145 helicopters, one Bell 230 and four King Air B200 fixed-wing airplanes. The aircraft are based out of Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND and Bemidji, MN and serve patients... Read more

14-Apr-12 N509MT Bell 407 Aberdeen, US-South Dakota

14-Apr-12 N509MT Bell 407 Aberdeen, US-South Dakota

14-Apr-2012

Substantially damaged landing on gravel road around 3am local time after experiencing engine trouble on positioning flight after refuelling.  Sole occupant pilot not injured.... Read more

05-Apr-12 N104MH Robinson R22 Isabel, US-South Dakota

05-Apr-12 N104MH Robinson R22 Isabel, US-South Dakota

5-Apr-2012

Unspecified crash, pilot airlifted to hospital.  Registration/type assumed as pilot was quoted in the press report as “Duane Jake Kraft” and N104MH is owned by Duane J Kraft at a local address... Read more

NTSB issues prelim report for fatal R66 crash N266CY

NTSB issues prelim report for fatal R66 crash N266CY

24-Oct-2011Source: NTSB

On October 1, 2011, about 1255 mountain daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter, R66, N266CY, was substantially damaged during an in-flight breakup while in cruise flight near Philip, South Dakota. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by P P & J LLC., of Gillette, Wyoming. Visual... Read more

Sanford Health purchases three EC145s

Sanford Health purchases three EC145s

17-Oct-2011Source: American Eurocopter

From its booth number 321 at the 2011 Air Medical Transport Conference, American Eurocopter announced today that Sanford Health has purchased three EC145s. The aircraft were chosen after a very thorough evaluation process and will be part of an initiative to expand Sanford’s coverage area and its services to patients. Sanford Health is, geographically, the... Read more

Second fatal Robinson R66 accident reported

Second fatal Robinson R66 accident reported

3-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A second fatal accident has been reported to a Robinson R66.  User “kylesampson” posted the following message on an online forum – “I’m not a pilot I just wanted to get this out there. My wifes uncle just died in a R66 in South Dakota. Anyone who has one better wait and see what happens... Read more

01-Oct-11 N266CY Robinson R66 Philip, US-South Dakota (1F)

01-Oct-11 N266CY Robinson R66 Philip, US-South Dakota (1F)

1-Oct-2011

Haakon County Sheriff Mel Smith told local radio station that the helicopter crashed in a pasture a mile south of Philip. Sole occupant 64-year-old pilot James Hladky was pronounced dead at the scene.... Read more

Avera McKennan Careflight celebrates 25th anniversary

Avera McKennan Careflight celebrates 25th anniversary

10-Aug-2011Source: Avera McKennan

The Careflight air transport program at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is celebrating its 25th year in service. In honor of the occasion, Aug. 12 has been proclaimed “Careflight Day” in South Dakota by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Francie Miller, assistant vice president for Emergency Services at Avera McKennan, was instrumental in developing the... Read more

South Dakota NG and Lakota Nation join to welcome UH-72

South Dakota NG and Lakota Nation join to welcome UH-72

17-May-2011Source: South Dakota National Guard

CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard as well as members of the Lakota Nation gathered to welcome one of their very own. It was a day of celebration, blessings and unveiling for those who came together to observe and participate in the day’s events. With the stage set to... Read more

Rushmore Helicopters gets approval to rezone land

Rushmore Helicopters gets approval to rezone land

28-Mar-2011Source: Rapid City Journal

Rushmore Helicopters wants to build a new helipad on 6 acres along U.S. Highway 16 near the intersection with Boulder Hill Road and Silver Mountain Road, 2 miles west of Rockerville.  The company operates a range of aerial tours, including one over the famous Mount Rushmore, pictured here.  See also http://www.coptertours.com/... Read more

South Dakota National Guard to celebrate UH-72A arrival with Lakota Nation

South Dakota National Guard to celebrate UH-72A arrival with Lakota Nation

25-Feb-2011Source: South Dakota National Guard

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard’s aviation community and members of the Lakota Nation will be celebrating the arrival of the state’s newest helicopter, named “Lakota” by the U.S. Army, at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the Crazy Horse Monument near Custer on May 14, 2011. Several... Read more

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