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Nov
03
2010

FAA Proposes New Safety Rules for EMS

Posted by jhadmin

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Oct 7, 2010, via a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), sweeping new equipment and regulation changes in an effort to enhance the safety of all helicopter operations. While this action has been expected for many months, there will no doubt be a great deal of debate and political wrangling before any changes are actually put into place. [Read More...]

Tags: ems FAA nprm
Categories: categoryRegulatory categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
02
2010

The Hot Load, Time Saver or Time Waster?

Posted by jhadmin

By Rex Alexander - There are few things in our industry that will generate more emotion and controversy or have people taking sides faster than the topic of hot loading patients. Having been a pilot in the air medical business for 14 years, I have had the opportunity to see the good, the bad, and the ugly from both sides of this issue several hundred times over. [Read More...]

Tags: ems Helicopters hotloading
Categories: categorySafety



Apr
20
2010

Getting the Maximum from VFR Minimums

Posted by jhadmin

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Tags: ems minimums Weather
Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
23
2010

NEMSPA - It's Your Association

Posted by jhadmin

While a number of members of the National EMS Pilots Association have been involved and have made contributions to NEMSPA’s activities through years, the strength of numbers continues to be a challenge for this EMS pilot’s professional organization.Regardless of the number of awards obtained, initiatives launched and regulatory actions influenced, we believe we that our effectiveness will not rise to the level that we all need and desire so long as there are so many EMS pilots who choose not to be involved, in some way or another, with the workings of the association that represents them on a daily basis. [Read More...]

Tags: ems nemspa
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jan
30
2010

Haiti - A Little Perspective

Posted by jhadmin

By Dave Hardin - If you walk into the AeroAmbulancia hangar at the La Isabella Airport you’ll meet up with the first HEMS company to be certified to operate in the Dominican Republic (DR). If they’re not out on a flight, you’ll shake hands with some of the finest professionals in the business. Such was my honor over the past year as I’ve watched these folks get their Helicopter EMS (HEMS) operation up and running. AeroAmbulancia is a part of the Helidosa Aviation Group who has been in the helicopter tour business for quite a few years. Their country has adopted the U.S. FAA standards for operations conducted under Part 135. AeroAmbulancia was the first in the history of the DR to receive Operations Specifications for Helicopter EMS Operations. [Read More...]

Tags: ems haiti
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHuman Interest


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