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January 1, 2010
Products | Night Vision Goggles Want to improve air ambulance safety? Then adopt two-pilot crews, and make sure that they are equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs). That was the message from Night Vision and Electro Optical Conference 2009 (NVEO 2009), a two-day event held Nov. 16–17 in Ottawa, Canada. It featured presentations from military and civil agencies that use NVGs, plus government...
January 1, 2010
The world recession affected the helicopter industry. However, Eurocopter’s strong product line, solid after-sales service and loyal customer base helped the company retain its position as a world-leading helicopter manufacturer. Eurocopter reinforced its worldwide commitment to training by deploying simulators and training devices for the EC225, AS365 Dauphin, AS350 AStar, EC135/145 and the NH90 in...
January 1, 2010
During the past 15 years, Aero Dynamix (ADI) has become a leader in the night vision modification industry. Currently the company employs more than 60 night vision professionals and is growing rapidly. As an FAA-certified Repair Station (C73R723N), Aero Dynamix offers a full line of services in the instrument/avionics repair field. They have 15 FAA-certified repair technicians on staff to meet customer...
January 1, 2010
Enstrom proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. From humble beginnings in northern Michigan, Enstrom has grown into a world-renowned aerospace company, with sales of more than 1,100 aircraft in 50 countries. Still, the economic difficulties of 2009 required even more focus on Enstrom’s customers and products. In an era of volatile fuel prices, spiraling maintenance costs, and ever-shrinking...
January 1, 2010
I recently bumped into a few officers that I knew from my days of driving a police car, who asked about life in the aviation section. I was disheartened to hear that they were unaware of the size and location of our helicopter fleet, and even more disturbed to hear that they did not know we operated on a full 24-hour schedule, especially since that has been standard since 1994! How could these people work...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | EMS/SAR Two SEACOR Holdings subsidiaries, Era Helicopters and SEACOR Environmental Services, conducted a joint search and rescue (SAR) and EMS demonstration with Priority 1 Air Rescue on Oct. 28 in Sabine Pass, Texas. The presentation was part of a teaming agreement between Era and Priority 1, which is based in Mesa, Ariz. The two companies are offering FAA-approved SAR and EMS training to...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | EMS Eurocopter delivered another AS350B3 to the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit on Oct. 22. American Eurocopter handed over an EC135 and an EC145 to Charleston, W.V.-based HealthNet Aeromedical Services on November 6. The EMS-configured helicopters, set to...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | SAR U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Sara FrancisAET2 Tito Sabangan and AST1 Chuck Ferrante scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers during a search and rescue mission. Ferrante assisted the kayakers in the water. A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk teamed with a fishing vessel on a recent mission to rescue two lost kayakers that were discovered near Gore Point, around 40 miles southeast of Homer...
December 1, 2009
February 20–23: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston, Texas. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.heli-expo.com March 17–19: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Contact AAMS, phone 1-703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org March 23–28: FIDAE 2010, Santiago, Chile. Contact FIDAE, phone 56 2 873 9752 or visit...
December 1, 2009
Two Pilots Needed In regards to an article that appeared on Aviation Today [www.aviationtoday.com] on Oct. 16, “Prelim on Fatal HEMS Crash,” which discusses the NTSB report on the Sept. 25 helicopter EMS crash in South Carolina, I’d like to note that all night HEMS operations [should] be conducted under IFR with a two pilot crew. This recommendation was made several years ago to the FAA...
November 1, 2009
In this issue you will find the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Awards. Being new to the rotor world, I have to say that reading these submissions and learning about the events for which our winners were chosen, left me awestruck. The skills to complete the rescues we chose are at a level few will ever experience. Two groups and one individual were chosen among many entries. First...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/ACCIDENT PREVENTION U.S. helicopter accidents can be drastically reduced, and we have the fact-based recommendations to do it: That was the message at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)—the global industry-government group committed to reducing accident rates by 80 percent by...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Medical Center has ordered three EC135s from American Eurocopter. The helicopters, which...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/EMS A MedEvac Foundation International study has found that five percent of urgent care patients experience a life-threatening event or, in rare cases, death while on air medical transport flights. Dr. Jeff Singh and co-author Dr. Russell MacDonald of...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Omniflight Helicopters of Addison, Texas has selected MissionMode Solutions software to help with...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR Two separate search and rescue (SAR) helicopter crews have been given awards in recent weeks. Sikorsky Aircraft has named an S-92 helicopter crew operating on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) the winner of its Winged S Rescue Award. The...
November 1, 2009
November 15–19: Dubai Airshow, Dubai, UAE. Contact Fairs & Exhibitions, phone +9714-286-7755 or visit http://www.dubaiairshow.aero November 30–December 1: Human Factors in Aviation Safety, Los Angeles, Calif. Contact USC Viterbi School of Engineering, phone 1-310-342-1345 or visit http://www.viterbi.usc.edu November 30–December 3: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and...
November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve Bonn - Lt. Robert DeBolt - AMT2 O’Brien Hollow - AST2 At 3:00 am on March 23, 2008, a fishing vessel...
October 1, 2009
I hadn’t wanted to write such a serious piece on my second month as editor. But the Washington Post series called "Fatal Flights" that was published at the end of August and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on September 1 left me no choice. If you are at all involved in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), you have probably already reviewed the NTSB...
October 1, 2009
NEWS In its latest response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s flight record, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added a new arrow to its quiver. The agency has ventured into the public insurance reimbursement arena with the idea of using financial pressure to change industry culture. It has recommended tying operator reimbursement to an as-yet undefined...
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