December edition out now
From international coordination of search and rescue missions, to flying patients on commercial airliners, and best practice for preventing accidents in helicopter rescue scenarios, there’s plenty for everyone in this issue
Rescue Swimmer Kim Germishuys looks in detail at the April 2017 MV Tamar disaster and considers the intricacies involved in planning and executing a multinational SAR mission; Oliver Cuenca talks to repatriation experts about the benefits and challenges of transporting patients on commercial flights, building relationships with airlines and managing kit in small cabin spaces; and Lauren Haigh reports on multiple-patient transport capacity. This is an important consideration for modern air ambulances, providing the right criteria is present and aligned. Getting value for money from your aircraft is becoming increasingly vital as resources are stretched and expenses mount – from MRO, to staff and fuel. MRO is also the focus of an article looking at challenges for suppliers – from staffing, to supply chain disruption and using part exchange pools, we find out how challenges are being overcome.
Rick London, a veteran emergency services pilot from the UK, discusses the importance of mental health for first responders, whether they are in the cockpit or the cabin, and we spoke to CHC Helikopter Service in Svalbard, Norway, about their operations.