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November 1, 2013
The 2nd annual ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy networking event for EC145 and EC145 T2 operators took place September 5-6 at the Bonn-Hangelar airfield near the city of Bonn in northern Germany. The ADAC HEMS Academy, established in July 2009, was formed to help integrate the training of aircrew and medical specialists who fly together on HEMS missions. The training center...
October 30, 2013
Russian Helicopters has returned the first of two Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters to the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry after undergoing overhaul and modification from their previous M-26...
October 28, 2013
Boston MedFlight has received the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, presented by American Eurocopter during the AMTC annual Community Awards banquet on October 21. The non-profit air medical transport provider was selected for the award out of a...
October 2, 2013
Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens traveled to Knoxville for a profile on the University of Tennessee Medical Center's LIFESTAR program. Below are a handful of photos that didn't make it into...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter has opened a new maintenance center in Kent, England with the signing of a purchase agreement by Heli-Charter to acquire the first Bell 429 configured for helicopter air...
September 16, 2013
Eurocopter’s UK subsidiary has delivered an EC135 in the P2i variation to Devon Air Ambulance, a HEMS charity...
September 16, 2013
Transport Canada has approved Aerolite's EMS cabin configuration for AgustaWestland AW109S and SP models.      AW109SP EMS interior. Photo...
September 11, 2013
Dallas, Texas-based Med-Trans Corp. has added a second location to its Life Air Rescue program in Natchitoches, La. The 24-hour helicopter EMS program will...
September 1, 2013
UK Royal Air Force SAR Sea King. Annually involved with more than 4,000 calls for help then backing that up with the deployment of assistance on average around 2,500 times, the United Kingdom’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC) and conjoined Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Center (UKMCC) support not only UK requests for aeronautical emergency help, but also monitor distress calls...
August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
August 21, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over five EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation and on AS365 N3 to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA). The EC135s, which entered service in August...
August 19, 2013
Non-profit critical care transport service Boston MedFlight has taken delivery of a new medium twin-engine Eurocopter EC145.      Charles Blathras, chief operations manager and critical care transport specialist for Boston MedFlight, and Ed Jerin, maintenance...
August 14, 2013
If Turbomeca can work with Bell Helicopter, why not Metro Aviation? Following in the footsteps of another longtime Eurocopter partner – Turbomeca reached its first-ever agreement with Bell to power the short light single (SLS) during the Paris Air Show in June – Metro is rejoining the ranks of Bell operators with the...
August 7, 2013
Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods has purchased 150 Vision 1000 flight data monitoring (FDM) devices from Appareo Systems of Fargo, N.D. The helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) supplier will...
August 1, 2013
As this column is started, news reports of one more fatal EMS helicopter accident are being released, and the early details of yet another tragedy already seem uncomfortably familiar. Many will remember Bill Murray’s 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” which told the story of a comical television weatherman who somehow found himself imprisoned in an odd pattern of time/event repetition, from...
July 30, 2013
Pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios, Salobrar Sanchez and Rocio Ramos make up Spain’s first all-female medical helicopter...
July 30, 2013
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for...
July 11, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has incorporated an AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew into its emergency medical services (EMS) fleet. The GrandNew features a synthetic vision...
July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
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