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March 26, 2020
U.S. Army taps Sikorsky Raider X, Bell Invictus for FARA fly-off
Sikorsky's Raider X and Bell's 360 Invictus will continue into the competitive prototyping phase of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program.
Israel faults relay switch, Lockheed for CH-53 fireThe Israel Air Force faulted Lockheed Martin for failing to share information about a component defect that caused an IAF CH-53 to be destroyed by fire in November 2019.
Italy using HH-101A helicopters to transport coronavirus patientsThe Italian Air Force is using the Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter as a bio-containment transportation aircraft to assist in the country’s ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus.
Maryland State Police marks half-century of helicopter EMSA successful air ambulance mission completed by the Maryland State Police 50 years ago marked its formal expansion into emergency medical services, with the unit having now completed at least 180,000 missions.
Omni Táxi Aéreo adapts 4 aircraft to transport ill patients & suspected cases of COVID-19Omni adapted AW139 and S-76C+ helicopters as sanitary aircraft to transport passengers with suspected flu or cold, and will use an S-76C++ aeromedical aircraft to transport suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Bristow Americas transports potential COVID-19 and other infectious disease patientsBristow search-and-rescue teams are using specially-configured and equipped aircraft to transport offshore oil-and-gas workers with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus.
S.A.F.E. to distribute M2 ERFS tank shoring system for CH-47 ChinookS.A.F.E. Structure Designs will manufacture and distribute M2 Concepts & Design's proprietary shoring system designed to provide a durable platform for extended range fuel system (ERFS) tanks while loading/unloading on the S.A.F.E. roller system.
Air medical associations ask for relief for members during COVID-19 pandemicThe Association of Air Medical Services and Air Medical Operators Association are requesting specific forms of relief for their members as the critical care transport industry responds to COVID-19.
Human factors, meteorological conditions contributed to Belize Defence Force Huey crashPreliminary reports released by the Belize Ministry of National Security indicate that meteorological conditions and human factors contributed to the Feb. 27 crash of a Belize Defence Force UH-1H Huey.
UT Health East Texas welcomes third rebranded EC135Metro Aviation has delivered the final Airbus EC135 aircraft for the UT Health East Texas Air 1 air medical program.
Alaska Army Guard helps rescue Iditarod mushersAircrew with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, flew three Iditarod mushers to safety after they and their sled dog teams went through floodwaters.
Former crew of Wiltshire Air Ambulance pay special visit to the charity's airbaseThe visit was arranged as part of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary, and many of the pilots, police officers and paramedics who attended were part of the early, pioneering aircrew.
Air Methods outfits EC145 fleet with AKV engine cycle countersAir Methods Corporation will outfit its fleet of EC145 medevac helicopters with AKV's Safran-validated Dual Engine Cycle Counter.
CAMTS reiterates position on medical transports for COVID-19 patientsThe Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) released a statement this week regarding medical transports of patients with suspected or diagnosed coronavirus.
News From The Web
Apache and Kiowa helicopters land at Taipei university campus for quarterly drill Source: taiwannews.com.tw
Boeing shuts Seattle jet plants but keeps Philly helicopter work going Source: inquirer.com
Coast Guard helicopter rescues man who suffered cuts aboard cruise ship Source: tampabay.com
Virginia Beach to buy $4.7 million police helicopter Source: pilotonline.com
Young hiker rescued by sheriff's helicopter crew in Walnut Creek Source: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
Mexican navy helicopter down in police operation: 1 dead, 10 injured Source: theyucatantimes.com
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