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A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Hercules turned 50 this March, as it was delivering aid in the Pacific.

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The US Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $1.54 million civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. for allegedly operating helicopters on flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has issued a final report into a fatal 2013 accident that saw a patient fall to his death as he was being winched into a rescue helicopter.

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CareFlight teams flew through Cyclone Nathan to bring four patients to Darwin as strong winds and rain lashed the Northern Territory in March

In early March, European Air Ambulance (EAA) reported on a mission it completed to fly a patient from Abuja in Nigeria to Leipzig in Germany. The following account is based on information provided by EAA flight physician Dr Mark Schorr.

During the West African Ebola outbreak, EAA was contacted by a German company with business activities in Nigeria requesting the transport of an expatriate a specialised hospital in Germany.

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US-based REACH Air Medical Services, in partnership with Outerlink Global Solutions and Metro Aviation, has announced that it will be launching its new Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

Military/coast guard

On 6 April, a ceremony took place at US Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

On 25 March, the US Army Alaska Aviation Task Force’s Charlie Company, 1/52 Aviation Regiment, along with Alaska State Troopers, Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) personnel and village public safety officers, engaged in a simulated emergency situation.

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INAER-owned emergency medical helicopters in Castilla La Mancha, central Spain, now carry blood onboard for medics to administer to seriously injured patients under a pilot scheme announced by the Minister for Health and Social Affairs Jose Ignacio Echaniz

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The first air ambulance aircraft, a Scottish Ambulance Service EC135, landed on the state-of-the-art helipad on the roof of the new Southern General hospital building in Glasgow, Scotland recently.

Aerial firefighting

Growing numbers of people have signed a petition to rename a road in Cape Town after a late firefighting helicopter pilot.