Air Methods (Booth No. 1043) has delivered to Mayo Medical Transport of Rochester, Minn., a “comprehensively equipped” EC 145 EMS helicopter, the first of that model completed for an operator other than Air Methods’ own aeromedical transport divisions. The new EC 145 is the first of two for the Mayo Clinic. The air medical interior by Denver-based Air Methods can accommodate two critical care patients and three medical attendants.
Birmingham, Ala.-based Children’s Hospital took delivery last month of a 1995 Bell 206L4, the first helicopter in the state dedicated and equipped exclusively for the transport of sick infants and children. Before its arrival last month, the hospital’s Care Flight critical care transport team shared helicopter services with other area hospitals.
Cessna 560 Citation V, Carlsbad, Calif., Jan. 24, 2006–The NTSB attributed the fatal Citation V accident to the captain’s delayed decision to execute a go-around during the landing roll. Factors were his improper decision to land with a tailwind, excessive airspeed on final and his failure to touch down at the proper point.
Standard Aero has completed a $1.6 million transformation to improve Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine workflow at its MRO facility in Winnipeg, Canada.
Mayo Medical Transport took delivery of a new Eurocopter EC 145 in December. The helicopter, completed by Air Methods’ products division, is the first EC 145 Air Methods completed for an outside customer. The Mayo EC 145 is equipped with a seven-liter external liquid oxygen system to create more cabin space. The helicopter also features an NVIS-compatible dual-pilot IFR cockpit, satcom datalink and TCAS.
The New Jersey State Police (NJSP) aviation unit this spring reached a milestone of successfully flying 25,000 accident-free medevac flights since the program began in 1969. The current NJSP fleet includes four Sikorsky S-76B aeromedical critical-care configured helicopters, which in 2002 transported 1,400 patients, conducted 70 search-and-rescue flights and performed 60 first-responder educational demonstration sessions.
A study aimed at providing data on pilot fatigue during long flights has started in Australia. The three-year study, intended to help shape revised duty-time regulations, is a joint-effort project among Quantas Airlines pilots, the country’s sleep research branch of the University of South Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia. The first phase involves volunteer flight crews being monitored on their sleep patterns.
The FAA determined that the minimum percentage rate for substance abuse testing this year will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent for random alcohol testing. Data received in the last two years indicates that the positive rate for drug testing is less than 1 percent and the positive rate for alcohol testing has been less than 0.5 percent.
For the second year in a row, Western Aircraft’s facility in Boise, Idaho, has been recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and was awarded the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (Sharp) for its stellar safety and training program.
An FAA program to buy private airport development rights is targeting “troubled airports” that the agency believes could be at risk for sale to developers or other possible means of closure. According to AOPA, the federal pilot program is similar to one in New Jersey that has been successful in acquiring development rights and preserving airports there.