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May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
May 28, 2015
Metro Aviation and Air Methods will launch the cross-country Great American Safety Drive next month, raising money for MedEvac Foundation International efforts to promote safety within medical transport programs and their partner organizations and underwrite safety-related...
May 20, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services has announced its planned acquisition of Summit Air Ambulance from Texas Next Capital, based in San Antonio, Texas. Summit is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, and uses medically configured helicopters and airplanes to transport injured patients from accident scenes and community hospitals to higher levels of care. Flight medics and nurses provide an ICU...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
March 6, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015. This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today it has entered into an agreement with Life Flight Network, the United States’ largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, for up to ten additional aircraft. The agreement includes four firm orders and two options for AW119Kx EMS-configured helicopters and preliminary agreements for up to five AW109...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan announced today that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015.  This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system programme...
February 18, 2015
Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, Fla., and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center who were chosen by the...
February 2, 2015
In 2014, European air ambulance company DRF Luftrettung achieved a total of 37,811 missions from its 30 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, including worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircraft. Within Germany, DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 35,368 HEMS missions. Apart from heart attacks, strokes and accidents were the most frequent reasons for alerts. Fourteen percent of the emergency helicopter...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
January 23, 2015
Metro Aviation subsidiary PAC International completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter, and also received certification for the...
January 22, 2015
Med-Trans Corporation, an air ambulance provider based in Dallas, Texas, has acquired the MidAtlantic MedEvac air medical program headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. MidAtlantic MedEvac began in 1987 as a traditional hospital based program of Hahnemann Hospital, providing emergency care for scene transports as well as inter-hospital transports. The geographical coverage area...
January 22, 2015
The MedEvac Foundation International has approved grant funding for Dr. Daniel Patterson to investigate sleep-wake patterns and real-time fatigue reduction in emergency medical service (EMS) clinicians. The medical transportation community requires that emergency care be available 24 hours per day. Shift work requires the prehospital emergency clinician to diverge from normal circadian sleep cycles and be...
December 22, 2014
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has revealed plans to carry blood starting Jan. 2015, making roadside blood transfusions available for the first time ever in its service area. GNAAS will become one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform the life-saving procedure after forging links with another charity and one of the North East’s leading hospitals. The air...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
November 4, 2014
EC135. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first helicopter to China dedicated for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). China is one of the world’s fastest-growing helicopter markets and continued growth is expected following the relaxation of airspace regulations. Airbus is already well-established in the country, with customers in the utility, police and...
October 24, 2014
Summit Air Ambulance has taken delivery of the first of two EMS-equipped AgustaWestland AW119Kx. Summit already has a number of twin AW109E Power helicopters in addition to its fixed wing fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Both of...
October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering prototype helicopter that will be the conforming article for FAA ground and flight testing is currently undergoing...
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