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ADAC Luftrettung’s Christoph 66 completes winch training course

ADAC Luftrettung’s Christoph 66 completes winch training course

23-Apr-2024Source: ADAC Luftrettung

Large-scale exercise for emergencies: The non-profit ADAC Luftrettung is training special operations with the rescue winch from Sunday, April 14th to Wednesday, April 17th. The four-day training takes place at Mainz Finthen airfield and on the Rhine at Bingen Hafen. The Flying Yellow Angels ask for your understanding regarding the additional flight movements. In addition... Read more

Smith Myers phone location system picked for European SAR contract

Smith Myers phone location system picked for European SAR contract

23-Apr-2024Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers , the global leader in cellular communications solutions, proudly announces the selection by Nova Systems of its ARTEMIS Mobile Phone Location and Communications system for integration into its airborne mission system contract for a European Coast Guard. ARTEMIS will be installed across a fleet of AW189 helicopters, playing a crucial role in supporting... Read more

HIOWAA celebrates 10 years since first transfusion

HIOWAA celebrates 10 years since first transfusion

22-Apr-2024Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has marked 10 years (17 April 2024) since its life-saving crew carried out the charity’s first blood transfusion. In 2014, the crew responded to a road traffic collision in the New Forest and administered blood before taking the critically unwell patient to hospital. In the last five years... Read more

ADAC Luftrettung’s Christoph 32 will operate for another ten years

ADAC Luftrettung’s Christoph 32 will operate for another ten years

22-Apr-2024Source: ADAC Luftrettung

The non-profit ADAC Luftrettung will remain the operator of the “Christoph 32” rescue helicopter for another ten years. The special purpose association for emergency services and fire brigade alerting (ZRF) for the Ingolstadt region has now announced this following an EU-wide tender. The new contract with a term from April 1, 2025 to March 31,... Read more

Air Methods of Kentucky Battle of the Bases Blood Drive Saves Lives

Air Methods of Kentucky Battle of the Bases Blood Drive Saves Lives

22-Apr-2024Source: Air Methods

For the third year in a row, the Air Methods of Kentucky program organized its Battle of the Bases blood drives across the state of Kentucky, including its base in Corydon, IN. This friendly “battle” among the six bases has garnered more than 300 blood-unit donations in the past two years, and this year, they... Read more

New Croatian HEMS service starts with four Airbus H145s

New Croatian HEMS service starts with four Airbus H145s

22-Apr-2024Source: EliFriulia

On April 2, we had the honour of participating in the official opening ceremony of the new Croatian Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), held in the city of Rijeka, that marked the beginning of a vital service that will save lives and enhance emergency response in Croatia. The event included a demonstration of a unique combined... Read more

ITC-AeroLeasing signs five new leases in the EMS sector

ITC-AeroLeasing signs five new leases in the EMS sector

22-Apr-2024Source: ITC-AeroLeasing

ITC-AeroLeasing is excited to step up its partnership with a major US EMS operator, Med-Trans Corporation (Med-Trans), with the lease of five Bell 407, bringing Med-Trans’ total helicopter fleet on lease from ITC to seven. The five Bell 407’s are configured for emergency medical services and will be deployed to Med-Trans bases in Texas, Iowa,... Read more

New helipad launches at Salisbury District Hospital

New helipad launches at Salisbury District Hospital

18-Apr-2024Source: HELP Appeal

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust officially opened its new upgraded hospital landing site for air ambulances today. The helipad was funded by a £321,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. Senior executives from the Trust, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the HELP Appeal and other stakeholders attended the... Read more

Air Ambulance submits planning application to relocate airbase

Air Ambulance submits planning application to relocate airbase

17-Apr-2024Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has taken a step forward in its pursuit to relocate its airbase and charity operations to new headquarters at a proposal site at George Curl Way in Eastleigh. The charity has submitted a planning application to make changes to the site, including a helipad, parking spaces including electric... Read more

Clínica Las Condes chooses Ecocopter as its Aerial Rescue Operator

Clínica Las Condes chooses Ecocopter as its Aerial Rescue Operator

15-Apr-2024Source: Ecocopter

In this new cycle CLC will have a complete solution based on an Airbus EC-135 helicopter, in addition to a highly trained and experienced crew, constant preventive maintenance service, availability of the helicopter every day of the year and at any time (based at the heliport of Clínica Las Condes) and a contract adapted to... Read more

CEO of The Air Ambulance Service embarks on 197km trek

CEO of The Air Ambulance Service embarks on 197km trek

12-Apr-2024Source: The Air Ambulance Service

The CEO of The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), Peta Wilkinson, is gearing up for an extraordinary challenge in honour of her late friend – whilst also raising vital funds for the lifesaving air ambulance charity. The Air Ambulance Service operates the local air ambulance services for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, as... Read more

North Flight Aero Med adds S76C++ to Its fleet

North Flight Aero Med adds S76C++ to Its fleet

12-Apr-2024Source: Corewell Health

North Flight Aero Med, a joint operation between Corewell HealthTM (formerly Spectrum Health) and Munson Healthcare, has added a Sikorsky S-76 C++ helicopter to its fleet. The aircraft will be available to the media on Tuesday, April 9, from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the North Flight Aero Med Hangar at 1840 Stultz Drive, Traverse City,... Read more

LifeFlight and RACQ close chapter on 30-year partnership

LifeFlight and RACQ close chapter on 30-year partnership

11-Apr-2024Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia CEO, Ashley van de Velde OAM, has thanked RACQ for its dedication to the network over the past 30 years. The RACQ naming rights sponsorship of LifeFlight Rescue will come to an end on 30 June after the State Government last year announced additional 10-year funding of $586.1 million to LifeFlight’s rescue service.... Read more

Campbeltown helipad celebrates 3rd anniversary with 330 landings

Campbeltown helipad celebrates 3rd anniversary with 330 landings

11-Apr-2024Source: HELP Appeal

Thanks to a £270,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, the only helipad charity in the country – which has this year already funded new funded emergency helipads on the Isle of Gigha and Mull – the construction of the Campbeltown Hospital helipad on the Kintyre peninsula in the west of Scotland, became complete and operational... Read more

Air Idaho rescue 2 and 5 now carry whole blood

Air Idaho rescue 2 and 5 now carry whole blood

9-Apr-2024Source: Air Idaho Rescue

The Air Idaho Rescue rotor wing and fixed wing bases in Idaho Falls are proud to announce they now carry and can administer whole blood onboard every air medical transport. Their bases in Driggs and Salmon already carry whole blood, so now the entire Air Idaho Rescue fleet can utilize this improved resource. Having whole... Read more

County of St. Paul continues partnership with STARS

County of St. Paul continues partnership with STARS

9-Apr-2024Source: Lakeland TODAY

County of St. Paul will continue its partnership with STARS Air Ambulance, increasing its annual contribution to a fixed rate of $14,000 for 2024 and 2025. The County previously had a $2 per capita agreement with STARS, which equalled an annual contribution of about $13,000. Over 90 per cent of Alberta municipalities are partnered with... Read more

AirLift Texas brings additional EMS helicopter for Solar Eclipse

AirLift Texas brings additional EMS helicopter for Solar Eclipse

5-Apr-2024Source: Air Methods

While Waco is expected to be an ideal place to view the coming eclipse, the AirLift Texas crew knows that 100,000 visitors in the city could cause problems in case of a medical emergency. When jammed streets make it difficult for ground ambulances to reach people injured in car accidents or suffering from heart attacks... Read more

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex launches £1M appeal to buy their leased AW169

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex launches £1M appeal to buy their leased AW169

4-Apr-2024Source: Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex we are launching an urgent £1 million fundraising appeal, ‘Buy it for Life’, to raise the final funds we need to secure the future of our lifesaving helicopter and enable us to reach more patients and save even more lives across Kent Surrey and Sussex. Until now we have... Read more

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service appoints New CEO

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service appoints New CEO

3-Apr-2024Source: Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has welcomed a new leadership team with the appointment of a new Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr John Fenwick and new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Steven Underwood. Steven Underwood served for 25 years in the Royal Air Force (UK) as a pilot, flying multiple Helicopter and Fast Jet aircraft, and has... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance wins film award

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance wins film award

2-Apr-2024Source: Hampshire IOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Millstream Productions have thanked its “remarkable supporters” for crowning them the People’s Choice Award at the Smiley Charity Film Awards on Wednesday 20 March 2024.       The life-saving charity received enough votes from the public to ensure it took Gold ahead of Havens Hospice and Born Free, who... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance marks first decade

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance marks first decade

28-Mar-2024Source: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s first decade of life-saving service was marked at a special Scottish Parliamentary Reception at Holyrood this week. Hosted by John Swinney MSP, the reception brought together major funders, supporters, trustees, charity staff, helicopter crew, volunteers and former patients who have all played a part in helping SCAA raise over £50 million... Read more

LifeFlight launches behind-the-scenes tourist attraction

LifeFlight launches behind-the-scenes tourist attraction

26-Mar-2024Source: LifeFlight

The Maranoa region is now home to a brand-new interactive attraction, giving visitors and locals not only a taste of the Queensland Outback, but a behind-the-scenes experience of what it takes to run LifeFlight – Queensland’s leading aeromedical organisation. Guests can wander through the exhibit, interact, explore and learn about the world of aviation and medicine... Read more

EMS Helipad opens on the Isle of Mull

EMS Helipad opens on the Isle of Mull

25-Mar-2024Source: HELP Appeal

On March 19 a new, lifesaving helipad opens on the Isle of Mull – adjacent to the Mull and Iona Community Hospital – after the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, donated £418,000 to cover the entire cost of its construction and lighting installation. The news comes hard... Read more

TD Bank Group commits $600,000 to update STARS’ emergency dispatch technology

TD Bank Group commits $600,000 to update STARS’ emergency dispatch technology

20-Mar-2024Source: STARS

STARS announced that TD Bank Group has committed $600,000 over the next three years to support the replacement of its Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD). TD’s generosity will help STARS reach, treat, and transport more patients as safely and quickly as possible. Thanks to TD’s donation, funded through the TD Ready Commitment, STARS will move... Read more

STARS launches virtual critical care trial across Saskatchewan

STARS launches virtual critical care trial across Saskatchewan

14-Mar-2024Source: STARS

Critical patients can now receive care quicker than ever before, with the launch of a virtual care trial by STARS in partnership with Saskatchewan Health Authority. STARS Virtual Care allows Transport Physicians to be connected to local providers during active missions via a secure video connection. The trial is underway across the province of Saskatchewan.... Read more

Ambulance Victoria extends Babcock contract

Ambulance Victoria extends Babcock contract

13-Mar-2024Source: Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria (AV) has extended its contract with Babcock Australasia (Babcock) to continue providing air ambulance operations to support paramedics in providing Best Care to patients across Victoria. The five-year extension of the existing arrangement for the Air Ambulance helicopter fleet, valued at more than $370 million, will come into effect from 1 January 2026.... Read more

UK CAA issues updated hospital landing standards document

UK CAA issues updated hospital landing standards document

13-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

A new edition of CAP1264 ‘Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas at Hospitals’ has been published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority As well as setting out detailed design requirements for hospital heliports, the document also provides guidance on their operation and management, covering approach and departure paths, obstacle clearance, lighting, signage, and communication protocols. The CAP... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance wins Exeter Living Award for services to local communities

Devon Air Ambulance wins Exeter Living Award for services to local communities

13-Mar-2024Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Members of the Devon Air Ambulance fundraising team were delighted to receive the Exeter Living Award for local charities on behalf of the organisation on Thursday evening. The team was up against some worthy competitors locally and were thrilled to have been awarded the accolade. Jo Rigby, Head of Fundraising at Devon Air Ambulance said:... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance addresses CPR inequalities this International Women’s Day

Magpas Air Ambulance addresses CPR inequalities this International Women’s Day

8-Mar-2024Source: Magpas

Bystander CPR can double a person’s chances of survival if they suffer a cardiac arrest. However, in recent years studies have revealed a worrying picture: In the event of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, women are less likely to receive bystander CPR compared to men. This discrepancy has been attributed to people not recognising the signs... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance appoints new Medical Director

Yorkshire Air Ambulance appoints new Medical Director

8-Mar-2024Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Dr Reid, a highly regarded Consultant in Emergency Medicine joins YAA taking up a brand-new role, with emphasis on clinical care delivery, evaluation and clinical governance.  His responsibilities will umbrella patient safety and clinical quality provided by YAA clinical crew alongside leading the strategy for medical innovation and development. Mike Harrop, YAA Chairman commented on... Read more

AdventHealth West Florida Division launches AirStar 1

AdventHealth West Florida Division launches AirStar 1

8-Mar-2024Source: AdventHealth West Florida Division

The AdventHealth West Florida Division has officially launched AdventHealth AirStar 1, a medical helicopter set to redefine the landscape of patient transfers within the Tampa Bay region. AdventHealth AirStar 1 is a significant investment and commitment by AdventHealth to enhance the efficiency and safety of hospital-to-hospital transfers, minimizing delays in critical care transport. This state-of-the-art twin-engine... Read more

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded 5-Year USAF MH-139A SAR/Mission training contract

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded 5-Year USAF MH-139A SAR/Mission training contract

7-Mar-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in providing full spectrum mission training and operational services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 5-year training contract with Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to provide instructor-led basic aircraft systems training, hoist search and rescue (SAR), helicopter external sling load operations (HESLO), fast-rope/rappelling,... Read more

MMEA selects AW189 for SAR

MMEA selects AW189 for SAR

7-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter’s success grows stronger in Malaysia and Asia. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the type for its long range search and rescue requirement. Four aircraft will be delivered under a contract signed with Galaxy Aerospace Malaysia Sdn Bhd between 2025 and 2026, adding to a fleet of... Read more

Priority 1 Air Rescue celebrates 25th Anniversary with expansion activities

Priority 1 Air Rescue celebrates 25th Anniversary with expansion activities

7-Mar-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) is celebrating its 25th anniversary dedicated to providing rear-crew centric mission training and operations with the expansion of its Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Mesa, Arizona by building and implementing a second Hoist Procedural Tower (HPT) that is currently employed with two Advanced Aircrew Mission Simulators... Read more

Heli Austria picks TracPlus for tracking and data insights

Heli Austria picks TracPlus for tracking and data insights

4-Mar-2024Source: Heli Austria

Heli Austria, a leading operator in mission-critical helicopter services across Europe, has announced a strategic partnership with TracPlus, equipping their entire fleet of 37 aircraft with the advanced tracking, communications, and fleet management solutions. This collaboration marks a significant advancement in operational safety, efficiency, and responsiveness for Heli Austria’s wide array of services, including heavy... Read more

Royal Engineers and charity join to build EMS helipad

Royal Engineers and charity join to build EMS helipad

4-Mar-2024Source: HELP Appeal

For the first time, the Corps of Royal Engineers, and the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, the only helipad charity in the country, will be working together to build a much-needed emergency helipad on the community owned Isle of Gigha. Gigha is located on the most southerly Hebridean Islands, three miles west of the... Read more

LifeNet of New York Relocates to Westernville

LifeNet of New York Relocates to Westernville

1-Mar-2024Source: Air Methods

LifeNet 7-14 announced its official relocation from its sister location in Watertown, NY to Westernville, NY—where life-saving service continues to the Mohawk Valley region and beyond. The LifeNet team partnered with the Town of Western and the Fire Company to break ground on the new location in October 2023. The newly built helicopter pad, hangar,... Read more

DRF Luftrettung Mission Statistics 2023

DRF Luftrettung Mission Statistics 2023

29-Feb-2024Source: DRF Luftrettung

In 2023, numerous patients benefited from rapid rescue from the air: DRF Luftrettung helicopters and aircraft were alerted a total of 36,413 times to provide seriously ill or injured people with highly professional medical assistance as quickly as possible. Last year, DRF Luftrettung helicopters were called out on 28,191 emergency missions and 7,857 intensive care... Read more

DRF Luftrettung becomes H145 Fleet Leader and Distributor of HeliMods

DRF Luftrettung becomes H145 Fleet Leader and Distributor of HeliMods

28-Feb-2024

As the first HEMS operator in Europe, DRF Luftrettung plans to introduce the “Powered Aero Loader” (PAL)™ developed by HeliMods on its H145 helicopters. The PAL™ is an electro-hydraulic stretcher loading system operated at the push of a button, which allows rapid loading and unloading of ambulance stretchers into rescue helicopters. Furthermore, both parties are... Read more

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

28-Feb-2024Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has expanded its fleet of helicopters to meet increasing demand and to provide more emergency aeromedical care to Queenslanders. Leonardo and LifeFlight announced three new AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters this week at HAI Heli-Expo in California. The helicopters, expected to arrive later in the year, will provide emergency medical services and search and rescue response... Read more

HealthNet Aeromedical Services orders four Airbus H135s

HealthNet Aeromedical Services orders four Airbus H135s

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, will soon expand its all-Airbus fleet with the addition of four H135 helicopters. As one of the largest hospital-based air medical programmes in the country, the helicopters will be used to serve adult, pediatric and neonatal patients across the state of West Virginia. “HealthNet has been a... Read more

THC signs historic framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters

THC signs historic framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

The Helicopter Company (THC), Saudi Arabia’s premier provider of commercial helicopter services and fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, has signed a historic framework agreement with Airbus at the HAI Heli-Expo, currently taking place at Anaheim Convention Center, California. The framework agreement will include up to 120 Airbus helicopters of various types set to... Read more

DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 more H145s

DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 more H145s

28-Feb-2024Source: Airbus

German helicopter emergency medical services operator DRF Luftrettung and Airbus Helicopters have announced orders for up to ten H145 helicopters (seven firm orders, three options). “It is the mission of DRF Luftrettung to continuously improve medical care for people in need. With the new order of ten additional H145s, we continue to ensure the optimal service for our patients by... Read more

Hughes launches ZK Routes – low-level IFR airways for heli ops

Hughes launches ZK Routes – low-level IFR airways for heli ops

26-Feb-2024

Hughes Aerospace, a leading innovator in aviation navigation technology, is proud to announce the successful development and implementation of ZK routes, the first-of-its-kind low-level IFR airways designed specifically for helicopter operations. In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hughes has spearheaded the creation of these routes to enhance safety and efficiency for helicopter pilots... Read more

National EMS Pilot Association celebrates 40 years of service

National EMS Pilot Association celebrates 40 years of service

26-Feb-2024Source: NEMSPA

The National EMS Pilot Association (NEMSPA) proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of dedication to advancing the professionalism, safety, and advocacy of Air Medical Pilots nationwide. Founded in 1984, NEMSPA has played a pivotal role in shaping the Air Medical Transport industry, championing excellence and ensuring the highest standards of patient care for... Read more

Metro returns to Anaheim with EC145C2e from Benefis Mercy Flight

Metro returns to Anaheim with EC145C2e from Benefis Mercy Flight

26-Feb-2024Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation will be at the HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim on February 27-29 at Booth #2922. This year’s booth will feature an EC145C2e from Benefis Mercy Flight. The aircraft marks the first EMS aircraft in Metro’s fleet to be outfitted with the Axnes PNG Wireless Intercom Extension system, allowing flight crews to maintain continuous communication even when... Read more

Metro to attend Mil2Civ Workshop, Career Fair

Metro to attend Mil2Civ Workshop, Career Fair

23-Feb-2024Source: Metro Aviation

According to The Washington Post, 77 percent of job seekers consider a company’s culture when applying, and employee retention is more challenging than ever.  Lucky for Metro Aviation, they have several employees with 20 to 30 years at the company and new applications every day. Director of HR Britney Ratcliff contributes much of Metro’s hiring success... Read more

Southwest Technical College selects Air Methods online programs

Southwest Technical College selects Air Methods online programs

22-Feb-2024Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today that Southwest Technical College has selected Air Methods Ascend’s Critical Care Review and EMS Review online programs to integrate into the curriculum for students in their public safety programs. Located in Cedar City, UT, Southwest Technical College is a local, accredited technical college that... Read more

PHI celebrates 75 years

PHI celebrates 75 years

21-Feb-2024Source: PHI

PHI, a leader in global helicopter services, is proud and honored to celebrate its 75-year anniversary in 2024. Founded in Lafayette, La., in 1949, Petroleum Bell Helicopters—later to be renamed Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. and known today as PHI Group, Inc.—established itself as a leader in helicopter transportation for seismic crews exploring for oil and gas... Read more

Rotor-Lift to partner Toll Group on Tasmanian EMS tender

Rotor-Lift to partner Toll Group on Tasmanian EMS tender

21-Feb-2024Source: Rotor-Lift

Tasmanian helicopter company Rotor-Lift will partner with Toll Group as part of its tender to continue supplying emergency helicopter services to the Tasmanian Government. Rotor-Lift Chief Executive Officer Susan Stanley said the business was proud to be working with Toll Aviation, an experienced emergency helicopter service operator, to complement and strengthen Rotor-Lift’s local expertise and... Read more

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

NAS Key West recognized with SAR award

19-Feb-2024Source: Naval Air Station

Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West was recognized as the 2023 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager Aviation Unit of the Year during a SAR Symposium held aboard Naval Base Coronado. The Marlin SAR team at NAS Key West consists of 57 personnel: eleven officers, ten enlisted aircrew and corpsmen,... Read more

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

16-Feb-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Tactical mission operational training and support, is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract by French Ministry of Armed Forces Command to provide virtual SAR, Tactical, Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery , and NVIS simulation and training support services... Read more

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

106th Rescue Wing Takes Top Prize at Air Force Rescue Competition

15-Feb-2024Source: US Air Force

The 101st Rescue Squadron, assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard, won the Top Squadron award at a competition for combat search and rescue, also known as CSAR, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida, November 2023. The 101st Rescue Squadron competed against six other squadrons from across the... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue welcomes 26 new doctors

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue welcomes 26 new doctors

15-Feb-2024Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

They have been flipped upside down, blindfolded and experienced a simulated crash in the middle of the night – all to become an RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctor. There are 26 new graduates from LifeFlight Australia’s specialist training academy in Brisbane, set to join aeromedical crews across the state. While some of the latest... Read more

CareFlight 5 Flight Paramedic celebrates two big milestones

CareFlight 5 Flight Paramedic celebrates two big milestones

14-Feb-2024Source: Air Methods

While the new year is a time for looking forward, the emergency air medical team at CareFlight 5 in Santa Fe is reflecting on the accomplishments of one of their own. Flight Paramedic Cory Myers recently celebrated two important milestones—15 years in the profession and 1,400 air medical transport flights. “I look back at that... Read more

Yates County EMS selects Air Methods Ascend’s online programs

Yates County EMS selects Air Methods Ascend’s online programs

13-Feb-2024Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today that Yates County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has selected Air Methods Ascend’s online programs to provide additional training for its emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and medics. Located in the Finger Lakes Region of the State of New York, midway between Pennsylvania and Lake Ontario,... Read more

Cambridge Design Technology help promote Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Cambridge Design Technology help promote Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

12-Feb-2024Source: Cambridge Design Technology

Cambridge– and Suffolk-based CAD and product design specialists Cambridge Design Technology (CDT) have just delivered their latest pro bono charitable project. The project involved the creation of large, detailed, scale replica models of the new fleet aircraft to be used by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT), the Augusta Westland AW169, twin-engine helicopter. To create... Read more

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

eVTOL carries out casualty evacuation

12-Feb-2024

The BETA Technologies ALIA team waited and watched as an HH-60W Jolly Green II dropped in fast to the clearing beside them deep within the Eglin range Jan. 11, 2023. As soon as it touched down, Air Force special mission aviators were out the helicopter’s side door carrying a casualty on a stretcher. The BETA... Read more

Bristow Takes Step Towards Next Generation of SAR Services in Ireland

Bristow Takes Step Towards Next Generation of SAR Services in Ireland

8-Feb-2024Source: Bristow

Bristow Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), marking a significant step towards the next generation of Coast Guard search and rescue aviation services in Ireland. “Gaining an... Read more

STARS completes first ever neonatal transport in Saskatchewan

STARS completes first ever neonatal transport in Saskatchewan

7-Feb-2024Source: STARS

A Saskatchewan newborn baby needing critical care was recently helped by STARS as the organization completed its first ever helicopter neonatal intensive care transport in Saskatchewan. A major accomplishment for STARS, the new equipment used in the mission received approval late last year, and when the need arose in December 2023, STARS crews were able... Read more

GoAERO Launches $2M+ emergency response aerial technology competition

GoAERO Launches $2M+ emergency response aerial technology competition

7-Feb-2024Source: GoAERO

Today, at the Vertical Flight Society’s 2024 Transformative Vertical Flight conference, GoAERO announced the launch of its three-year, global competition – the GoAERO Prize, which aims to inspire the creation of portable, versatile and autonomy-enabled Emergency Response Flyers. Throughout the competition, teams will compete for more than $2 million in total prizes. The competition is a global call to... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance Celebrates Launch of 200th Landing Site

Devon Air Ambulance Celebrates Launch of 200th Landing Site

6-Feb-2024Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) Community Landing Site Network has achieved a major milestone launching its 200th Community Landing Site at Tews Lane Playing Field, Fremington. DAA’s extensive network of 200 surveyed landing sites have allowed their aircraft to land in many towns and villages across Devon during the ‘hours of darkness’ enabling their specialist medical crew to... Read more

Dial Partners advises Gama Aviation on SAS acquisition

Dial Partners advises Gama Aviation on SAS acquisition

5-Feb-2024Source: Dial Partners

Dial Partners, Clairfield International’s partner office in London, has advised Gama Aviation Plc on the acquisition of Specialist Aviation Services. The transaction significantly increases the scale of Gama Aviation Plc’s Special Mission strategic business unit. Specialist Aviation Services is one of the leading helicopter special mission operators in the UK, operating and maintaining six Leonardo... Read more

First of eight EMS helipads approved in Bulgaria

First of eight EMS helipads approved in Bulgaria

5-Feb-2024Source: Bulgarian Government

[electronic translation] The first hospital heliport in Sofia is already registered according to the requirements for HEMS. It is located at St. Anne’s UMBAL and will be included in the air medical emergency system. This was announced by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Georgi Gvozdeikov, during the presentation of the registration documents at the... Read more

FAA Renews LOX exemption For HAI members flying in EMS

FAA Renews LOX exemption For HAI members flying in EMS

5-Feb-2024Source: FAA

In response to a biennial request from Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA has issued a two-year extension of Exemption 6002, permitting properly trained air ambulance/medical evacuation pilots employed by HAI member companies to remove and reinstall liquid oxygen (LOX) system containers under certain conditions. This extension, titled 6002O, is effective 01 February 2024 and,... Read more

Bulgaria takes delivery of the first of eight A109S Trekkers

Bulgaria takes delivery of the first of eight A109S Trekkers

4-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The Government of Bulgaria has taken delivery of their first A109S Trekker from Leonardo for a new national air ambulance operation, with the aircraft landing in Sofia on 1st February. The helicopter was then the subject of an official presentation on February 2 in the presence of Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, Health Minister Hristo Hinkov,... Read more

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

1-Feb-2024Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc (the “Company”) today announces that it has agreed to purchase (the “Purchase”) the business of Specialist Aviation Services Limited (“Specialist”), a helicopter special mission business, as part of a pre-pack acquisition from its appointed administrators. Deal highlights Adds further scale and strength to Gama’s Special Mission strategic business unit (“SBU”) with some... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance announces busiest year

Children’s Air Ambulance announces busiest year

31-Jan-2024Source: Children’s Air Ambulance

The national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has announced 2023 as its busiest year since the vital service started over a decade ago. The Children’s Air Ambulance is a pioneering service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to... Read more

2023 was second busiest year ever for The Air Ambulance Service

2023 was second busiest year ever for The Air Ambulance Service

31-Jan-2024Source: The Air Ambulance Service

Your local air ambulance has announced its second busiest year in 20 years as it responded to 3,803 potentially lifesaving missions throughout 2023. The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) along with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), have worked tirelessly around the clock over the past year, and despite the continued impact... Read more

Westpac funding retained as Tasmanian Gov takes over air ambulance provision

Westpac funding retained as Tasmanian Gov takes over air ambulance provision

31-Jan-2024Source: Rockliff Liberal Government

The Rockliff Liberal Government has welcomed a new funding agreement with Westpac Banking Corporation to enhance emergency helicopter services that provide life-saving care to the Tasmanian community. The agreement is for an initial term of two years to 2026 and will enable the purchase of specialist equipment, training, and other service enhancing measures to ensure... Read more

Maldives President announces EMS and SAR heli services

Maldives President announces EMS and SAR heli services

30-Jan-2024

President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has decided to introduce safe helicopter flight services in the Maldives. The President made this decision following the Cabinet’s deliberations on a paper submitted by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. The President has decided to mandate ‘Medivac’ and ‘Search and Rescue’ services, utilising twin-engine helicopters to initiate helicopter operations.... Read more

Lufttransport wins Equinor offshore SAR contract with AW139

Lufttransport wins Equinor offshore SAR contract with AW139

25-Jan-2024Source: Lufttransport

Lufttransport RW AS is excited to announce a favourable outcome after a thorough tender process for the SAR AW139 Troll-Oseberg area with Equinor, with operations out from Bergen Airport Flesland. “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Equinor for this service, one of the pillars for emergency preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).... Read more

LCI launches LCI Analytics

LCI launches LCI Analytics

24-Jan-2024Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, has launched a new independent division dedicated to high quality advisory, consultancy and research services. LCI Analytics will initially cover mission critical rotorcraft and advanced air mobility operations across sectors including energy, emergency medical services (EMS), and search and rescue (SAR). It will publish regular, in-depth research and forecasts, and... Read more

Gama Aviation acquisition of Specialist Aviation Services making good progress

Gama Aviation acquisition of Specialist Aviation Services making good progress

22-Jan-2024Source: Jeremy Parkin

The CEOs of Gama Aviation and Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) gave an exclusive update with HeliHub.com late yesterday.  Marwan Khalek of Gama Aviation and Luke Farajallah of SAS advised that the process of Gama Aviation acquiring the SAS business is progressing well, and their expectation is that it will be concluded shortly via a pre-pack process. ... Read more

Heli-Expo 2024 Adds Training Course for Air Medical Teams

Heli-Expo 2024 Adds Training Course for Air Medical Teams

22-Jan-2024Source: HAI

As part of a continuous program to improve Professional Education Courses offered at HAI HELI-EXPO®, Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the addition of the Air Methods Ascend Advanced Airway Training class with Cadaver Lab at the upcoming show in Anaheim, California. “The air medical crew is a team, and it’s important for... Read more

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