Two AW119Kx multirole helicopters have been delivered to Portugal’s Air Force at the Beja Air Base.
Stand-off over rescue services in California
The California Office of Emergency Services is to settle a dispute between the Orange County Fire Authority and the Sheriff’s Department, both of which are responding to calls for emergency medical assistance and evacuation in the region. Although there has been as many as 40 meetings between the two organisations in an effort to mediate the dispute and come up with a resolution as to which one responds to calls for air rescue services, these have been unsuccessful, hence the move to call in the Office of Emergency Services.
Helicopter teams from both the Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Authority have been responding to rescue scenes, and arguments over which one has jurisdiction have occurred both over the radio and face to face – at times, allege certain reports, while patients were left unattended, and in one case, where officers from one organisation attempted to ‘snatch’ a patient on a stretcher from members of another team. Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson is quoted as saying that recent incidents in which helicopters from the Fire Authority and Sheriff’s Department flew very close to one another were ‘so far outside of the realm of acceptable that somebody needs their licence taken now’, adding that it was not unlike a ‘game of airborne chicken’.
Coast Guard and emergency services conduct two joint medical evacuations in two days throughout Main Hawaiian Islands.
The Coast Guard is completing the first phase of production and moving to full-rate production on concurrent Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) and avionics upgrades of...
The US-based International Helicopter Safety Foundation has published eight golden rules about weather and helicopter flights, the purpose of which is to re-emphasise to...
An amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved for the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System