Victoria

Third Aircrane to fight bushfires Victoria, Australia

Third Aircrane to fight bushfires Victoria, Australia

13-Jan-2016Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted through Australian partner Kestrel Aviation, for a third S64E Aircrane heli-tanker to support firefighting efforts in the State of Victoria, Australia. In total, Erickson has six Aircranes currently working in the country. “We are proud to help protect the lives and homes... Read more

Safe Flight Powerline Detection System fitted to Australian Helicopters’ AW139s

Safe Flight Powerline Detection System fitted to Australian Helicopters’ AW139s

1-Mar-2015Source: Safe Flight

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced that Australian Helicopters will operate Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) in six AgustaAW-139 aircraft as part of the Ambulance Victoria Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) contract awarded in 2014. Safe Flight’s PDS is European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified under... Read more

Victoria’s New Heli-Hangar: A Building to Die for?

Victoria’s New Heli-Hangar: A Building to Die for?

8-Dec-2014Source: The Tyee

Recent visitors to Victoria International Airport will have noticed a massive silver-and-blue hangar on the west side of the airfield. At 215,280 square feet, the new building’s floor area is larger than three soccer fields. See Full Story... Read more

Australian Helicopters signs for six AW139s on EMS mission

Australian Helicopters signs for six AW139s on EMS mission

8-Jul-2014Source: AgustaWestland

This order follows Australian Helicopters announcement in late April of the contract win.  Five AW139s are needed, the sixth is assumed for maintenance cover. AgustaWestland and Australian Helicopters are pleased to announce the signature of a contract for AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters that will be operated for Ambulance Victoria under a 10 year agreement to... Read more

Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

Australian Helicopters wins 10 year EMS contract with five AW139s

28-Apr-2014Source: Australian Helicopters

Following a competitive tender process, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters, has been awarded a 10-year contract with the Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria. The agreement will see the supply of new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland AW-139 twin engine helicopters and includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft... Read more

Fresh blood for Victoria’s air ambulances

Fresh blood for Victoria’s air ambulances

7-May-2013Source: Latrobe Valley Express

Flight paramedics based in the Latrobe Valley will be able to source vital blood stores quicker following a partnership with Gippsland Pathology. (See Full Story)... Read more

Air Ambulance Victoria celebrates 50 years

Air Ambulance Victoria celebrates 50 years

28-Nov-2012Source: Air Ambulance Victoria

Air Ambulance Victoria has marked its 50th year of flying patients in critical life-threatening emergencies with a special celebration at Essendon Airport. Over 100 people attended, including Minister for Health David Davis, Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella, past patients and their families, past and current staff including flight paramedics, pilots, navigators and members from emergency... Read more

Victoria Government angers residents by reducing aerial fire cover

Victoria Government angers residents by reducing aerial fire cover

17-Nov-2011Source: Herald Sun

Victoria State Government will save $3 million by dumping a giant firefighting helicopter in a move the firefighters’ union slammed as the most irresponsible decision in two decades.  (see full story)... Read more

Victoria State to ease tourism flight hours?

Victoria State to ease tourism flight hours?

26-Aug-2011Source: Standard

A Department of Planning and Community Development review of helicopter landing sites wants to ease the requirements for operators. The review suggests a permit should not be required where the hours of helicopter operation and frequency are limited and where there is a one-kilometre setback from a sensitive use.  (Full story)  Photo shows the Twelve... Read more

Victoria Police simulator is a big hit

Victoria Police simulator is a big hit

26-Jan-2011Source: Moonee Valley Leader

The technology was introduced to the Air Wing in August last year and has already helped 14 police pilots acquire extensive training.  Constable Steven Potter said pilots were required to undergo a three-hour training session every 28 days.... Read more

New government in Australia’s state of Victoria allows EMS helipad approval

New government in Australia’s state of Victoria allows EMS helipad approval

20-Dec-2010Source: ABC

Planning Minister Matthew Guy says the Government has amended the Glenelg Shire planning scheme to allow the plans to go ahead.... Read more

Helipad approved for Ballarat Base Hospital

Helipad approved for Ballarat Base Hospital

1-Nov-2010Source: Victoria State Government

Ballarat residents will have better access to air ambulance services under a re-elected Brumby Labor Government, with Health Minister Daniel Andrews today announcing plans to provide $10 million to establish a helipad on top of a new carpark at Ballarat Base Hospital. “Each week, 1000 more Victorians turn 65, that’s why the Brumby Labor Government... Read more

State of Victoria decides on third Skycrane instead of DC-10

State of Victoria decides on third Skycrane instead of DC-10

13-Sep-2010Source: Mail Tribune

After spending Au$10.5 million on a 10-week trial of the DC-10, the Australians decided to take a different tack, apparently seeking a third Erickson helicopter.... Read more

Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

9-Sep-2010Source: Weekly Times

The Victorian Government has launched a rapid-fire review of restrictive planning laws limiting the use of helicopters on farms.... Read more

Helicopter operations to be moved away from Moorabbin?

Helicopter operations to be moved away from Moorabbin?

7-Jul-2010Source: Aviation Business

The Minister of Transport has demanded that airport management “take immediate steps to improve the way it engages nearby communities and responds to their concerns about safety and noise”.  Helo ops look threatened, which would be high impact to the industry as many are based here.... Read more

Victoria Celebrates South West Air Ambulance 1st Anniversary

Victoria Celebrates South West Air Ambulance 1st Anniversary

29-Jun-2010Source: Premier of Victoria

South-west Victoria’s emergency air ambulance has responded to over 160 critical medical emergencies, hospital transfers and rescues in its first year, Premier John Brumby said today. At the south-west helicopter’s hanger in Warrnambool, Mr Brumby was joined by Health Minister Daniel Andrews for the first anniversary of its service, cutting a cake to mark the... Read more

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