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April 1, 2009
TRAINING Shandscair EMS pilot Don Irving didn’t just survive a bird strike that obliterated his AW109 windscreen and injured him in flight. He managed to finish the mission and get everyone safely back on ground. "I’ve been a flight instructor," Irving said. "So I just talked myself through the problem, like any flight instructor would." The problem occurred on the night of...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS The U.K.’s Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance flew its 7,000th mission on February 26, 2009. The service, which has relied on a single AgustaWestland AW109 since being launched in October 2003, transported a 70-year-old heart attack victim from Coventry’s Cotswick Grange Golf Club to Walsgrave...
March 31, 2009
Beginning in April, government-run Airports of Thailand (AoT) will provide support facilities for helicopters at Suvarnabhumi Airport. In a statement released by...
March 27, 2009
The Winnebago County area of Illinois is referred to as the Stateline, because it borders Wisconsin. The Stateline area...
March 23, 2009
Questions still surround the death of a well-known Broadway actress, who died as a result of head injuries sustained in an accident last week. Ambulance operators report that it took four hours to get Natasha...
March 9, 2009
A set of recommendations was created for the state-run EMS helicopter program. This comes on the heels of the four deaths, late last year, from a helicopter crash in Prince...
March 3, 2009
An Aug. 5, 2008 crash of a Carson Helicopters S-61N killed nine firefighters. Four of 13 aboard survived. Now, a California woman has joined the relatives of those that died in another way; she is suing Carson (and its parent United Technologies Corp), engine maker GE and a maintenance company, Columbia...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Maryland’s new air ambulances will have terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), according to Maryland State Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley. (The MSP operates the state’s air ambulance service.) Speaking in an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing, Shipley said that although the RFP for the new helicopters had not been made public, "I have it on good authority that...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Despite repeated requests, CHC Helicopters will not comment on reports that Australian air medics flying in CHC aircraft are suffering from heat stroke. According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper (Australia), "Air ambulance...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS After a four month bureaucratic delay, Baptist LifeFlight has been licensed to serve Pearl River and nine other counties in the southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District. The service is now flying two EC 135s as air ambulances regionally. It doubles the...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE Since being delivered in late 2008, the Bell Huey II medium-lift helicopter purchased by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in Calif. has been busy. In January, the Huey II rescued three motorcyclists who became lost in the frigid southern Sierra...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
March 1, 2009
In response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s spate of fatalities last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a four-day public hearing last month to delve into all aspects of the industry. While the proceeding was billed as a purely fact-finding exercise, NTSB members repeatedly pummeled regulators for their failure to adopt some of the safety...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
February 25, 2009
Several attempts were made to rescue a South Korean mountain climber who broke his leg during...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
February 16, 2009
The Teamster’s union that represents Sikorsky’s 5,100 employees at its plants in Connecticut and Florida, reports that its members...
February 12, 2009
Members of the Teamsters union who work for helicopter giant Sikorsky will gather on Sunday, Feb. 15 to vote on a new labor contract...
February 6, 2009
Fargo, S.D.- based Appareo Systems is one of only three companies that has been invited to testify before the National Transportation Safety Board’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
February 4, 2009
Tuesday was the opening day of the National Transportation Safety Board’s public hearing on airborne helicopter emergency medical...
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