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November 1, 2010
AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has sold another AW119Ke and an AW109 Grand to South Africa’s...
October 7, 2010
Extensive changes are in store for the regulations that guide helicopter EMS operations, under an FAA Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released Thursday. The agency is moving to tighten flight rules and...
October 1, 2010
Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) is a $2.5-billion business annually in the U.S., but extremely diverse. Some of the top civil operators are privately held, making financial data scarce. And, however similar the aircraft appear to the patients inside them, no two companies are alike. The only statistic that is usually available is the number of aircraft per provider, although this figure is...
October 1, 2010
A group of government and industry organizations has completed certification of the first Bell 429 to conduct steep approaches using wide area augmentation system (WAAS) capability. Involved in the collaborative effort are Bell Helicopter, Air Methods, FAA (including its Global Navigation Satellite System Program Office and Flight Standards Organization), Hickock & Associates, and Des Moines...
October 1, 2010
Using three Eurocopter EC145s—including a new one that entered service in June—Austin, Texas-based...
September 14, 2010
Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has finished night vision goggle maintenance training courses for California Shock...
September 13, 2010
Using its three Eurocopter EC145s, Austin/Travis County STAR Flight rescued 13 people from floods related to...
September 8, 2010
A government/industry partnership including Bell Helicopter, FAA, Air Methods and Des Moines, Iowa-based Mercy One have certified the first Bell 429 for steep approaches using...
September 1, 2010
Over the years, lessons learned have yielded excellent procedures for safe and effective hoist rescues. In my experience, though, many good techniques fail to be shared across user domains. Many of these techniques are codified in written checklists and manuals—you may consider incorporating them into yours and offer concepts missed here in a letter to the editor or e-mail me at...
September 1, 2010
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA investigators are looking into various scenarios—including...
August 31, 2010
An Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 went down near Scotland, Ark. shortly after 4:00 a.m. last night, according to reports. The...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 20, 2010
Don Wilson, flight paramedic for Addison, Texas-based Omniflight, has received the Paramedic...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 1, 2010
1,000-Words Plus My compliments on your editorial point of view regarding the March 2010 crash of an EMS helicopter in Brownsville, Tenn. (See Editor’s Notebook, June 2010.) Your use of the radar picture was indeed worth “1,000 words,” and was an effective way of highlighting your written point of view. I have no personal connection with the aircraft owner/operator, the hospital or the...
August 1, 2010
Eurocopter is reporting that the Czech Police Aviation Department (CPAD) has amassed a total of more than 10,000 flight hours of operations. The fleet consists of eight EC135s...
August 1, 2010
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters is planning to introduce a new search and rescue/EMS operation with Priority 1 Air Rescue. The...
August 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has agreed to purchase Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort Inc., an aircraft accessories...
August 1, 2010
On a clear day, eastern South Dakota appears to be a benevolent setting for helicopter flight. The landscape is as flat as a hospital bed, and it appears covered by a giant patchwork quilt, created by the checkerboard design of farm fields. The razor-edge horizon allows a view of blue skies as far as the eye can see. The two HEMS operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. are Avera McKennan Hospital and University...
August 1, 2010
With the continued uptick in EMS accidents over the last few years, there is greater scrutiny on the pilots than ever before. A majority of EMS fatal accidents occur at night. Obviously, it is harder to see at night, but another factor is that pilots don’t always come to work fully rested. EMS has never been a time building job. It has rightfully earned the name “Earn Money Sleeping.”...
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