Air ambulance

March 30, 2010 - 11:25am

Prompt access to air ambulances can significantly improve the survival odds of stroke patients, according to a recently released University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study. The research found that 45 percent of Americans–135 million people–are more than an hour away from primary stroke centers, the facilities best equipped to care for them if they are stricken by the condition. Less than a quarter of U.S.

February 22, 2010 - 3:09pm

S.E.I. Creates Quieter Cabin

February 19, 2010 - 9:30am

Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd said the company posted a “good, strong profitable year” in 2009 thanks to a partial rebound in flight hours and lower operating expenses for maintenance and fuel.

November 24, 2009 - 3:51am

The NTSB issued another set of recommendations regarding helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) operations, this time highlighting concerns with FAA oversight of public aircraft operators. These recommendations stem from a fatal accident on September 27 last year involving a Maryland State Police Eurocopter AS 365N1 operated as a public medical evacuation (see page 56).

November 17, 2009 - 8:57am

The NTSB has issued another set of recommendations regarding helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) operations, this time highlighting concerns with FAA oversight of public aircraft operators. The recommendations stem from an accident on September 27 last year involving a Maryland State Police Eurocopter AS 365N1 operated as a public medical evacuation.

October 30, 2009 - 8:10am

The reformed European Helicopter Association–operating under the acronym newEHA–publicly touched down for the first time at the 2009 Helitech show at Duxford, UK, albeit having had to adopt a slightly revised flight plan. At the 11th hour, the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC) opted not to merge with newEHA.

October 1, 2009 - 6:25am

Responding to a sharp increase in fatal helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations in 2008, the NTSB on September 1 issued 19 safety recommendations to the FAA, two other federal agencies and 40 government-operated public HEMS operators.

September 3, 2009 - 1:35pm

On Tuesday, the NTSB issued 19 recommendations for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), addressing pilot training; safety management systems; collection and analysis of flight, weather and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low-altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots and night vision goggles.

August 28, 2009 - 6:55am

An exemption that allows helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operators to conduct Part 135 EMS departures under IFR rules in VFR conditions and in the absence of approved weather-reporting sources has been extended to Sept. 30, 2011. To qualify to fly under Exemption 6175, an operator must be a member of both the Helicopter Association International and the Association of Air Medical Services.

August 28, 2009 - 6:54am

Comprehensive changes for the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry are contained in the U.S. Senate’s proposed FAA authorization legislation. Under the bill, HEMS operators would be required to comply with Part 135 for all flights; however, destination weather reporting would apply only after the FAA determined that reliable and portable technology was available.

 
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