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On 17 at approximately 07:00 hours, the crew of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Golden Gate Division Air Operations Airplane-37 (A-37) was preparing for the first flight of the day when an inflated, but grounded, hot air balloon was observed three miles (five kilometres) south of the Napa County Airport.

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On 17 at approximately 07:00 hours, the crew of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Golden Gate Division Air Operations Airplane-37 (A-37) was preparing for the first flight of the day when an inflated, but grounded, hot air balloon was observed three miles (five kilometres) south of the Napa County Airport.

The UK’s Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) has announced a new format for this year’s National Conference.

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Germany’s Air Alliance Medflight has announced the creation of a UK-based aeromedical team located in Birmingham.

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A new helipad lighting system has been unveiled for rapid deployment advancing military forces in temporary and emergency situations.

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The New Zealand Defence Force reports that one of its P-3K2 Orion plane crews found three Kiribati fishermen who had been missing since 7 May.

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