In many respects, the August/September 2021 issue of AirMed&Rescue is as defined by what we don’t have then what we do. Safety and testing are admittedly subjects that lack the immediate dynamism of our police and military special issues, but they are an integral and essential element of airborne special missions – both in enabling crews to perform their tasks with peak efficiency and ensure their protection in the meanwhile.
Robin Gauldie discusses the benefits of the quiet revolution in aviation construction, brought about by innovative materials and technologies, with the challenges they bring to certification – and the pilots key to the certification process, while Kathleen Flarity presents an edited research paper outlining the importance of line operations safety audits, particularly their use during live aeromedical evacuation operations.
Amy Gallagher brings us the very personal story of the Frisco Three – Karen Maheny and Dave and Amanda Repsher – and their journey to challenge Federal Aviation Authority regulation following the July 2015 crash in Frisco, Colarado, US in which Patrick Maheny lost his life. AirMed&Rescue wanted to do something a little more unusual with this extensive deep-dive, so you can catch the second part of this feature in October 2021 issue of AirMed&Rescue. The wait will be worth it.
Beyond testing and safety, Barry Smith outlines how necessity breeds innovation in US SAR teams, overcoming budget, equipment, and manpower restrictions in creating safe and effective helicopter rescue assets, and Mike Biasatti trawls his extensive experience for his choices of recent cockpit technology that have made the biggest difference to HEMS operations.
Plus, we have an interview with London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s Mike Christian on the transition to electronic flight bags, an in-depth retelling of an urgent air transport mission between Cyprus and Greece from Gamma Air, and a Provider Profile of Babcock Australasia’s collaboration with Ambulance Victoria.
It is a hefty issue. Don’t miss it.