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Stroke Patient Who Received $58K Transport Last Year Gets Bill Lowered, Paid For

Stroke Patient Who Received $58K Transport Last Year Gets Bill Lowered, Paid For

This article is a follow-up on a story we blogged about on Air Ambulance Weekly back in September 2011.

That month, a stroke patient in South Carolina received a bill for $58,477 for an air ambulance transport in a widely-talked about story that made national headlines.

After arriving at the nearest medical center by ambulance, a specialist spoke to the patient over a video link explaining that he should get to a stroke specialist in Charlotte as quickly as possible – or he could potentially develop a “brain bleed” and die.

Furthermore, the hospital called upon a helicopter company from Conway – essentially on the other side of the state – to transport the man, when there were other air ambulance companies much closer.

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Green Laser Aimed at Aircraft Injures Pilot’s Eye; How Can We Stop These Kind Of Incidents?

Green Laser Aimed at Aircraft Injures Pilot’s Eye; How Can We Stop These Kind Of Incidents?

Last week, a pilot for the American airline JetBlue suffered injuries to one eye as a result of a green laser being shone into the cockpit. Authorities have yet to find the person responsible for the senseless act. The FAA and the FBI are both investigating the incident.

According to an FAA report, the incident occurred on a Sunday when Flight 657, carrying 84 people, was flying to NYC’s JFK airport from Syracuse, NY.

The green beam shot into the cockpit through the windshield of the Embraer E190 and hit the first officer in the eye. On the ground, the control tower received immediate notification of the incident.

According to a live tape of the incident, the pilot who contacted the tower told the tower, “We just got lasered up here. Two green flashes into the cockpit,” adding that the flashes “caught the first officer in his eye.”

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Iowa National Guard 211th Air Ambulance Unit Preparing to Deploy

Iowa National Guard 211th Air Ambulance Unit Preparing to Deploy

In Waterloo, a small town about 50 miles from Cedar Falls, the Iowa Army National Guard’s 211th Air Ambulance Unit is preparing to deploy. Soldiers in the unit, including some who have already been deployed overseas several times over the last decade, are being called to active duty in a currently undisclosed location in the Middle East theatre.

While the Iowa Army National Guard has yet to officially release the deployment orders, Iowa support groups are already preparing a sendoff ceremony for their soldiers.

At this time, it’s still reportedly unknown (or, more appropriately, it hasn’t yet been disclosed to the public) exactly how many Army National Guard soldiers will be deploying as part of the Iowa-based Air Ambulance Unit.

What also hasn’t been disclosed is how long their deployment will last.

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Flying Car PAL-V One Taking Off, “Hybrid” Air Ambulances in Our Future?

Flying Car PAL-V One Taking Off, “Hybrid” Air Ambulances in Our Future?

Forget about flying “spy drones” for a moment – what do you think about looking up and seeing these flying around?

Bringing new, smirking meaning to the word “convertible,” a company in the Netherlands recently completed the successful maiden flight of what may turn out to be the first flying car viable to be produced and sold commercially.

The PAL-V One is a two-seat personal flying vehicle (essentially a “flying car”) that allows the user to drive on the road, take off into the air, and, of course, land back on terra firma. It’s essentially a hybrid between a futuristic passenger car and a gyroplane. The PAL-V company appears determined to get their design past the prototype stage into a design customers around the world can buy and operate within their country’s aviation laws.

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Failure of Both Engines Possible Cause of Flight 992 Crash as Investigation Continues

Failure of Both Engines Possible Cause of Flight 992 Crash as Investigation Continues

We at Air Ambulance Weekly are saddened over the news of the Nigerian airliner crash Sunday that resulted in a reported 193 deaths.

The crash of Flight 992 had the highest death toll of any aircraft incident in Nigeria in twenty years. It also has the highest fatalities of any accident involving the MD-80 airliner.

Reports still vary, but at least 40 people on the ground were killed as a result of the crash into a built-up area near the airport; all 153 passengers and crew members on board the airliner perished from the impact.

Fires were still burning yesterday amidst the building rubble created by the crashed airliner. Photos from Reuters and the Associated Press showed the charred aircraft wreckage amid a colossal amount of smoking debris, with the contorted metal skeletons of destroyed buildings forming a backdrop. Nearby rooftops of concrete buildings were packed with people watching the search for bodies in the debris.

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