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At the end of 2014, Swiss air rescue agency Rega successfully completed instrument flight rules (IFR) certification for its mountain helicopter.

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REACH Air Medical Services recently offered an acknowledgement of ‘the dedication and accomplishments of its long-term employees’.

The Queensland Government has announced a new long-term funding agreement with helicopter rescue services.

Fixed wing

German air rescue provider DRF Luftrettung has decided to cease carrying out fixed-wing flights for third-party clients including travel insurers.

Pilots of the Ottawa Air Section (OAS) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Air Services Branch (ASB) have made false entries in Aircraft Journey log books and flown overweight, in contravention of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, according to a report by the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.

Equipment

Police officers in Delhi, India, are set to use unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for missions including night-time surveillance.

Military/coast guard

Malta’s Missione Italiana di Collaborazione nel Campo della Difesa (MICCD), in partnership with the Italian Air Force (IAF), recently engaged in the rescue of two climbers.

Aviation crews from the South Carlina Army National Guard conducted recovery operations on 7 December after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Det. 2, F Company, 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion, made an emergency landing in a corn field just outside of Columbia, South Carolina on 3 December.

Medical crew

Roadside blood transfusions will be available in the north of England for the first time, after the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) revealed plans to carry blood from January 2015

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At the end of 2014, Swiss air rescue agency Rega successfully completed instrument flight rules (IFR) certification for its mountain helicopter.

Aerial firefighting

Aerial firefighting plane operator 10 Tanker Air Carrier recently moved a donated jet engine from hangars at its Albuquerque headquarters to Central New Mexico Community College, School of Applied Technologies.

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