Letter from the Editor
Since the HAI Heli-Expo came to an end, life is beginning to return to normality for the helicopter missions’ sector:
In March, people around the world watched on as CHC and Norwegian Coast Guard crews carried out helicopter evacuations of almost 500 people when a cruise ship became stranded in bad weather with no power off the coast of Norway. Non-stop helicopter airlifts were carried out for hours, overnight, showing the dedication and professionalism of all of those involved. It did put me in mind, though, of options being developed for hoist devices that can carry more than one person at a time - somehting that we covered in the last issue of AirMed&Rescue, and the development of which may gain further ground given the media coverage of the cruise ship evacuations.
In this issue, the focus for SAR tools moves onto hoists, hooks and winches - and everything you need to know about these vital pieces of kit.
The German Air Force reports on its conversion of an A400 into a medevac-configured aircraft. There’s also a special report on the CL-415 Level D Full Flight simulator, which will be used to assist operations in the aerial firefighting community. And , we hear from Stuart McOnie on helicopter maintenance safety, and Colin Gunn details the latest developments in eye- and face-tracking technology.
Also in this issue:
- Interview with Tina Giangrasso, Vice-President of Clinical Services at Air Methods
- Flight suits – what’s in your pocket?
- SAR products – the necessary skills, training and products for effectively getting a patient into a helicopter
- Semmco’s Stuart McOnie details the integral points of helicopter maintenance
- Special Report on the CL-415 Full Flight Simulator
- Gallery of Patriot South 19’s training exercise that took place in March
Plus, interviews, provider profiles and special reports from experts in the field.
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Mandy Langfield - Editor