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As coalition forces pulled out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 26 October, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) reflected on the work carried out by its medics in support of troops.

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Many oil rigs and gas platforms are far from shore and transporting workers and equipment by air or sea over these distances carries inherent risks. Taissa Csáky looks at some recent developments in the provision of civilian SAR in this challenging setting

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On 8 October, Queensland Government Air personnel attended to an incident on Mount Cook, as senior pilot Mark Hempton reports

The Massachusetts State Police were able to locate and retrieve a woman who had become lost while hiking in Western Massachusetts on 10 October, with the use of a police helicopter and its thermal imaging camera.

Fixed wing

Private aviation company Wheels Up has announced its relationship with Corporate Angel Network (CAN), a not-for-profit organisation that arranges free transportation for cancer patients and their families travelling to and from life-saving treatment centres by utilising unoccupied seats on corporate aircraft

LifeTeam, a critical care ground and air transport company, has announced a new partnership with St Catherine Hospital in Kansas to begin operations of a new air medical transport base, wherein LifeTeam will provide a King Air C90 turboprop based at the nearby Garden City Airport

Equipment

Guardian Flight, which provides air medical services in Alaska, US, has inked a deal for six Hawker 400XPR upgrade packages

Military/coast guard

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced in October that it has awarded a new contract to Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd.

On 19 October, the US Coast Guard Station at Port Aransas, Texas, received a call from a woman who had been sailing with her boyfriend, letting them know that he had entered the water to retrieve the vessel’s detached front bow hatch cover and drifted away.

Medical crew

As coalition forces pulled out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on 26 October, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) reflected on the work carried out by its medics in support of troops.

Pilots

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST), working in partnership with the Amsterdam-based National Aerospace Laboratory, has been studying the potential of technology to reduce the number of accidents suffered by helicopters.

Aerial firefighting

A DynCorp International pilot killed while battling a fire in Yosemite National Park under a contract with CAL FIRE has been identified as Geoffrey ‘Craig’ Hunt.