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September 1, 2009
It’s a big deal when a manufacturer introduces a new helicopter model. It’s the culmination of years of designing, engineering, testing and tweaking, interspersed with artist conception drawings, full-scale mock-ups, flying prototypes and then a number of fully-functioning machines that are available for aviation journalists and a few potential customers to fly. It’s during the early...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
September 1, 2009
Current EMS helicopter operational safety statistics, as we know all too well, continue to echo the early 1980s, when medical transport activities grimly persevered to survive a high-risk professional infancy. In those early days, it was relatively easy to identify that helicopter operators were creating many of their own safety problems by trying to sell their product in an unfamiliar market arena...
September 1, 2009
Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) introduced the Air Medical Safety Act, HR 1201, to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 25, 2009. The bill requires, in part, "a pilot of an aircraft providing emergency medical services, whenever there is a crew on board, regardless of whether there is a patient on board, to comply with federal safety operating requirements governing commuter and on demand operations." At a...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE An EMS helicopter operated by Air Evac EMS unintentionally shut down traffic on Route 50 in Greenwood, W.V. on June 17, 2009, after clipping some power lines. The Bell 206B helicopter, transporting a six year-old...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
June 1, 2009
NEWS Want to understand why the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector is running into safety and operational issues? One logical starting point is the HEMS Industry Risk Profile (IRP) just released by the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). It identifies 26 different risk factors affecting HEMS safety in the U.S. today. According to the HEMS IRP, the most serious risks faced by the...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Mayo Clinic’s Mayo One HEMS program has added a second American Eurocopter EC145 to its fleet. Mayo One’s first EC145 was received in February 2008. The two EC145s are replacing two Eurocopter BK117 B-2s. Using the two EC145s, a Eurocopter BK117 C-1 and a backup BK117 B-2, the clinic serves three helicopter bases in Rochester, Minn., Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wis...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has launched a public education campaign regarding the importance of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS); particularly in rural and other under-served areas. But AAMS Executive Director Dawn Mancuso denies that the campaign is taking advantage of actress Natasha Richardson’s death by launching the campaign now. The...
May 19, 2009
An EMS helicopter transporting a patient to a Denver area hospital was forced to abort the mission and land at an airport instead of its intended...
May 13, 2009
The Lufkin Daily News is reporting that a medical helicopter at Pineywoods Hospital in Lufkin, Texas, was struck by a paintball on March 11. Paintballs are .68 caliber-size, paint-filled plastic membranes fired from gas-powered...
May 12, 2009
The University of North Dakota's Department of Aviation has won a $17 million contract to immediately train 27 Saudi pilots to fly helicopters, plus train 48 more within the next few years. The...
April 24, 2009
During an April 22 House Aviation Subcommittee hearing, participants provided testimony regarding the oversight of helicopter medical services as they relate to the safety of...
April 24, 2009
According to a plan approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the helipad will rest atop of the new Children's...
April 23, 2009
At an April 22 Congressional hearing about the alarming rate of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) accidents, John Allen, the FAA’s director of flight standards, testified that...
April 22, 2009
Helicopter Association International president Matt Zucarro is schedule to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Transportation and...
April 10, 2009
It can never be proved that a helicopter ride to the hospital could have saved actress Natasha Richardson's life. But, it did bring to light that very few...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS The Foundation for Air-Medical Research & Education (FARE) has established a scholarship fund for children who have lost a parent in an air medical accident. Known as the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the program will award two...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL With its rotorcraft dominating a large piece of show floor in Anaheim, Sikorsky was out in full force at Heli-Expo 2009. At the same time, the company used the show as a backdrop for a number of announcements. Key among these was the rebranding of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH). The new company also includes...
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