Following a successful inaugural display at last year’s Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, the “Heli-Center” will return to WAI’s 24th Annual Conference, to be held from March 14 to 16 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Air Medical Group Holdings placed an order for 30 Bell 206L4 and 407GX singles yesterday here at Heli-Expo. The company is the parent of helicopter EMS providers Air Evac Lifeteam, Med-Trans and EagleMed. No breakdown of the precise number of each type or the value of the order was provided by Air Medical Group. The three companies operate a fleet of Bell 206 LongRangers (Air Evac Lifeteam), Bell 407s and Eurocopter EC135s (Med-Trans) and Eurocopters and Beechcraft airplanes (EagleMed).
Helicopter EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam has entered the third level of the FAA’s safety management system (SMS) voluntary pilot project. Air Evac has 110 bases in 15 states and has been enrolled in the pilot project since February 2010. Dave Hardin, Air Evac’s director of safety, characterizes the company’s participation in the pilot project as a “challenging, but beneficial, process in the interest of safety.” Air Evac is only the third Part 135 operator to progress beyond Level 2, according to the FAA.
A Hospital Wing AS350B3 crashed on March 25 after delivering a patient near Brownsville, Tenn., in an area of thunderstorms. The pilot and the two-person medical crew on board were killed. Another HEMS provider, Air Evac Lifeteam, reported turning down missions in the area at the time of the crash due to weather concerns.
Bell 407, Decatur, Texas, Dec. 25, 2009–The medevac helicopter was departing on a Part 91 positioning flight to pick up a patient when it lost all engine power at a height of about 100 feet, according to the pilot, who autorotated the helicopter back to the original helipad. The 407 sustained structural damage to its lower fuselage as it landed hard in an upright position.
Bedford, Texas-based RebTech will install NVG panels in 32 more Air Evac Lifeteam EMS helicopters by the end of the year. The company has already modified 17 helicopters for Air Evac.
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.
On May 23 more than 50 FBI agents and employees of the FAA raided the headquarters of Air Evac Lifeteam in West Plains, Mo. The agents sent employees home and carted away boxes of records and equipment.
The patient was killed and the three crewmembers injured when their Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 crashed April 20 about 30 miles northeast of Evansville, Ind. According to an FAA preliminary report, the engine quit in flight. It was not immediately known if weather, described as good visibility under an overcast, was a factor in the accident. Air Evac Lifeteam is based in West Plains, Mo., and currently has 39 bases in 12 states.
EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam, founded in West Plains, Mo., in 1985, has new owners, including two private-equity firms. “The decision to sell was not an easy one,” said board chairman Bill Chritton. “Initially, we had no desire to sell. The company is strong, healthy and presents a bright and expanding future.”