Eurocopter AS350, Tucson, Ariz., July 28, 2010–The NTSB is investigating what caused the Air Methods medevac helicopter to crash on a residential street during a Part 91 positioning flight, killing the pilot, paramedic and flight nurse. According to witnesses, the helicopter was quiet as it descended. Radar data indicate that it fell 600 feet in the final eight seconds before crashing and bursting into flames.
Eurocopter AS 350, Georgetown, S.C., Sept. 25, 2009–N417AE, operated as a medical transport by Omniflight Helicopters, was substantially damaged when it crashed near Georgetown County Airport. The helicopter was operating on a VFR flight plan for a positioning flight to Conway-Horry County Airport in South Carolina. A review of preliminary radar data revealed that the helicopter had entered an area of convective activity and precipitation.
Neither of the two medevac Bell 407s that collided in midair June 29 over Flagstaff, Ariz., was equipped with TCAS or any kind of cockpit voice or data recorder, an NTSB spokesman told AIN.
Date and time of birth was April 2, 2002, at 4:54 a.m. Place of birth was somewhat unusual: inside a Eurocopter BK 117 approximately 1,000 ft above the rural countryside of Maryland’s eastern shore. That’s when little six-pound Benjamin Crittenden entered the world aboard a STAT Medevac helicopter en route from St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardstown on Maryland’s eastern shore to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Fidelity Flight Simulation, a Pittsburgh maker of full-motion flight-training devices (FTDs) for fixed-wing aircraft, this month plans to deliver the company’s first-ever helicopter simulator. Based on the medium-twin Eurocopter EC 135, the device is scheduled for late-May delivery to its new owner, EMS operator Stat Medevac.
Commercial aeromed helicopter operators are claiming that Maryland state officials are overstepping their authority in a bid to impose additional rules restricting emergency air-transport operations in that middle Atlantic state. Maryland’s statewide EMS system is run by its state police.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air E90B, Ruidoso, N.M., Aug. 5, 2007–The Southwest MedEvac King Air was destroyed when it crashed while maneuvering four miles southeast of the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport in Ruidoso. All five people on board–the ATP-rated pilot, the flight nurse, the flight medic, the patient and the patient’s mother–were killed. The airplane was en route to Albuquerque in VMC with the patient, a 15-month-old.
Satellite Technology International (Booth No. 1829), via its approach development team (ADT), has consulted on 95 percent of all helicopter GPS approaches in the U.S. in the past nine years. At Heli-Expo, STI announced new development projects and expanded networks for current clients.