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March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | GOVENMENT AGENCIES On February 15, 2009, a helicopter crew of two had retrieved 12 firefighters who were battling a...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Maryland’s new air ambulances will have terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), according to Maryland State Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley. (The MSP operates the state’s air ambulance service.) Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing, Shipley said that although the RFP for the new helicopters had not been made public, "I have it on good authority that...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Despite repeated requests, CHC Helicopters will not comment on reports that Australian air medics flying in CHC aircraft are suffering from heat stroke. According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper (Australia), "Air ambulance...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS After a four month bureaucratic delay, Baptist LifeFlight has been licensed to serve Pearl River and nine other counties in the southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District. The service is now flying two EC 135s as air ambulances regionally. It doubles the...
March 1, 2009
In response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s spate of fatalities last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a four-day public hearing last month to delve into all aspects of the industry. While the proceeding was billed as a purely fact-finding exercise, NTSB members repeatedly pummeled regulators for their failure to adopt some of the safety...
February 25, 2009
Several attempts were made to rescue a South Korean mountain climber who broke his leg during...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
February 17, 2009
Twelve firefighters and their pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed in dense fog Sunday afternoon near Chanco, Chile. Cmdr. Eduardo Canala...
February 16, 2009
The Teamster’s union that represents Sikorsky’s 5,100 employees at its plants in Connecticut and Florida, reports that its members...
February 12, 2009
Members of the Teamsters union who work for helicopter giant Sikorsky will gather on Sunday, Feb. 15 to vote on a new labor contract...
February 9, 2009
Helicopters have been called in to fight the raging brushfires that have devastated the landscape and several entire towns northwest of...
February 6, 2009
Fargo, S.D.- based Appareo Systems is one of only three companies that has been invited to testify before the National Transportation Safety Board’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
February 5, 2009
For the first time, the four Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station San Francisco that patrol San Francisco’s shoreline will be replaced with choppers that can be...
February 4, 2009
Tuesday was the opening day of the National Transportation Safety Board’s public hearing on airborne helicopter emergency medical...
February 2, 2009
A Bell 206B Jet Ranger carrying Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was ordered to land at Van Nuys Airport when it allegedly encroached a Los Angeles...
February 2, 2009
The National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing into the alarming number of emergency medical service helicopter accidents will commence on Tuesday, Feb...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE Maryland is the only jurisdiction in the country where the police run a statewide medevac system. The budget for the program is about $20 million a year. But, operations have been under fire following a fatal crash and critical audit in September. The Federal Aviation Administration began investigating the helicopter operations of the Maryland State Police late in November. Initial...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE A North Carolina man has been arrested for shining a laser light at a police aircrew on the evening of January 3. Nicholas Wheeler now faces federal charges of...
February 1, 2009
Human Factors in Airborne Law Enforcement When we examine human factors, we study anatomical, physiological and psychological aspects of our working environment in an effort to minimize error and optimize safety, comfort and efficiency. The use of a helicopter for public safety provides a special circumstance. At any given time, one may find a pilot, a policeman, a paramedic or even a fireman working...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Airborne emergency medical service operators in New Zealand who fly in the vicinity of Wellington are trying to fight a long-standing ban on single-engine helicopters flights above densely populated areas. The ban, imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority, was designed to...
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