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July 14, 2014
Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the booming offshore oil and gas industry off the coast of North West Australia. The SAR service is believed to be the first of its kind dedicated to the country’s offshore resources sector. Initially an Airbus Helicopters EC225 is based at Broome International Airport in Western Australia for operation...
July 9, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new EC145 to Boston MedFlight, a critical care transport service in New England. This is the second EC145 that Metro has completed for Boston MedFlight.   Boston MedFlight’s EC145...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
June 26, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the sixth AW119Kx to Life Link III of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The helicopter, which features advanced life-saving equipment and a customized EMS interior...
June 25, 2014
Geisinger Health System has introduced a new twin-engine Airbus Helicopter EC145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing...
June 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand is now supplying North Flight Data Systems’ voice, video and flight data recorders. The system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet requirements of the omnibus helicopter safety rule issued by FAA earlier this year. FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate...
June 24, 2014
Aerolite has delivered four Bell 429 EMS/SAR interiors so far this year, with four more expected for delivery by October. The EMS-configured interiors are already in operation in several European countries. The next batch...
June 19, 2014
EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots. EagleMed...
June 18, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 to Northwest MedStar. This is the third delivery by Metro Aviation in the past year, making a total of seven rotorcraft in the Spokane, Wash...
June 13, 2014
Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin configured for emergency medical service (EMS) missions. The GrandNew will be based at the Hakodate Airport and will serve Hakodate...
June 11, 2014
An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is simply a device that, when activated in the event of an unplanned landing or accident, sends out a distress signal pinpointing your location. It’s the one device that you hope you never need, but in the event that you do you want it to work perfectly. There are several things to consider when looking at ELTs. Most older ELTs, which were notoriously...
June 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered a new EC155 to ShandsCair Flight Program, the air medical transport service of UF Health. The helicopter is customized for transporting critically ill patients and will be operated by Med-Trans Corp. The new helicopter was recently delivered from Metro Aviation in Shreveport, which designed and...
June 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Prague, Czech Republic facility has delivered two commercially registered Bell 429 aircraft to Turkey. The aircraft were delivered to Saran Aviation and were customized in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) configuration. The modification also included...
June 4, 2014
Australia Helicopters’ Ambulance Victoria operation. Photo courtesy Australian Helicopters Australian Helicopters has won a 10-year contract from the Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria to supply and operate a new fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s for the state’s ambulance service from January 2016. Australian Helicopters currently operates two of the five helicopters used by...
June 3, 2014
The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) uses AgustaWestland AW139s for search and rescue operations. Photo courtesy of SMA, by Patrik Nilsson Back in November 2011, the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) decided that it would replace its Sikorsky S-76 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with new AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Furthermore, at a time when it seems that SAR provision is...
June 3, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has updated its EC145 T2 in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. Airbus Helicopters has also developed an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions for this 4-metricton-category...
June 2, 2014
AHS International has given its Capt. William J. Kossler USCG Award to the Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators. The award was presented during the AHS International 70th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The awardee selection had been previously announced. The pilots and crews were recognized for their efforts delivering lifesaving supplies and...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 19, 2014
Life Flight Network (LFN) is planning to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. LFN provides critical care transportation for seriously ill or injured patients throughout the Pacific...
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