Nearly since the first U.S.-based emergency medical services (EMS) flight operation was performed in the early 1970s, controversy has swirled around the practice. In battlefield conditions, where the dangers were more clear cut and the issue nearly always one of life and death, questions on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of EMS flights are rarely raised.
Hawker Beechcraft has donated $50,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the White Plains, N.Y.-based organization that arranges free flights aboard business aircraft for cancer patients. To date, the Wichita-based company has donated more than $200,000. Jim Schuster, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft and a member of the CAN board of directors, said his company will continue to help CAN deliver transport to cancer patients in need.
The FAA recently suspended the repair station certificate of Weco Aerospace Systems of Burbank, Calif. Weco, acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace a year ago, was an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station with Class 1, 2 and 3 accessory and Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 instrument ratings.
Since 1992 Medic’Air International of Paris has been providing medical assistance with air-ambulance flights and medical escorts on airlines worldwide. The company is an independent medical provider created by emergency physicians.
Most business jet operators haven’t even given a second thought to a medical emergency away from home base. If they have, chances are they shrugged it off thinking they’d simply get back home via the company aircraft.
Blackhawk Modifications acquired a new product development facility in Elizabethtown, N.C. The new hangar on Curtis Brown Field will host a team of experts to expand Blackhawk’s portfolio of FAA-approved STCs.
CRS Jet Spares’ quality management system has been recertified to the ISO 9001:2000 and AS9120 standards as a result of a recent audit by its registrar, Bureau Veritas Certification of North America.
Grey Owl Aviation Consultants has joined forces with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Jet Repair Anywhere (JRA) to increase aviation safety awareness.
According to the companies’ agreement, any repair station that signs up for JRA’s Wrench program is eligible for a 20-percent discount on Grey Owl’s regular $560-per-person rate for a two-day workshop: “Human Factors for Aviation Managers and Technicians.”
TSS Aviation, based in Cincinnati, and Standard Aero’s Maryville, Tenn. MRO facility have earned AS9100 and AS9110 certification, respectively. These certifications are the first received for the newly combined companies of Standard Aero, Landmark, TSS and Associated Air Center under the DAE Engineering Companies banner.
It is the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to block the introduction of communicable diseases into the U.S. from abroad. What is less well known is that the commander of any aircraft destined for a U.S. port of entry has the same legal obligation.