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Many EC135 Air Ambulances Cleared to Fly Again After Safety Checks

Many EC135 Air Ambulances Cleared to Fly Again After Safety Checks

During the time that we were waiting to post last week’s blog (regarding the sudden grounding of many EC135 helicopters after a crack found in the rotor hub of a single helicopter), we received news that the previously grounded EC135 air ambulances we discussed in a recent article have been officially cleared to fly again by many air ambulance services across the United Kingdom.

Following the conclusion of thorough safety inspections across the entire Eurocopter EC135 fleet, vital air ambulances in Scotland, Wales, and areas of Great Britain can now return to the skies and resume providing life-saving services.

We at Air Ambulance Weekly are glad to hear of this new development, and are especially glad that these air ambulance crews are able to the skies in these high-tech aircraft once again. For more information on the prior safety concern with this specific helicopter model, the original blog post follows below:

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Bermuda to Lose Its Only Air Ambulance Company?

Bermuda to Lose Its Only Air Ambulance Company?

Story: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120514/NEWS/705149955

As I was sipping a white chocolate mocha and checking up on the latest aeromedical news this Monday evening, I noticed that trusted Bermudan news source The Royal Gazette published a story forecasting a troubled future for Bermuda’s only air ambulance service (at least, the only ambulance actually based in bermuda). Not a very upbeat way to start the week in air medical news, but a very important story to blog about nonetheless.

According to the article, Bermuda is at risk of losing their sole on-island air ambulance service unless an investor comes forward to save it by purchasing it. The cost of purchasing the Bermuda air ambulance? $2 million.

Bermuda could have to rely solely upon overseas operators unless an investor purchases the company.

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Air Ambulance Live-Tweets Activities for a Day

Air Ambulance Live-Tweets Activities for a Day

Today, crewmembers from an air ambulance service located near Wirral in Northwest England held their first ever “tweet day.”

The purpose of the social networking event was to give local residents a look at what the men and women who make up air ambulance crews do every day. Throughout the day, Northwest England residents got a valuable glimpse into the day-in-day-out activities of the emergency air ambulance service that relies on their contributions to keep it flying.

The innovative event the air ambulance service came up with to engage the community appears by all measures to have been a considerable success. Throughout “tweet day,” North West Air Ambulance gained a huge influx of Twitter followers, with their twitter briskly overtaking the 4,000 follower milestone just hours ago (and, at the time of this blog, they are nearing 4,060 followers).

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London Air Ambulance Launches Online Interactive Mission Map

London Air Ambulance Launches Online Interactive Mission Map

Coming soon to a laptop near you: A London-based air ambulance service has just launched a novel new feature on their web site. The air ambulance’s Interactive Mission Map (which just seems like something that should have an acronym — we’ll say IMM for now) is a way for the charity-funded air medical organization to not only raise vital awareness of its activities, but remind computer-savvy Londoners of the critical service that they provide to the M25.

The online map displays the locations of emergency air ambulance missions carried out by London’s Air Ambulance. Currently, the interactive map displays missions going all the way back to January 1 of this year.

Via the Google Maps API integration, internet visitors to the web site can use their mouse to zero in on particular regions — large or small — and see exactly how often the air ambulance has been responding to transport calls in that area. By clicking on the individual markers or “pins” on the screen, you can even see more details about the particular missions: the incidents involved (such as falls, stabbings, car accidents, rail accidents, and so on) and the time the marker was last updated; talk about an innovative way to remind computer users how much we depend on air ambulance services.

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Safety Alert for EC135 Eurocopter after Crack Found in Rotor Hub

Safety Alert for EC135 Eurocopter after Crack Found in Rotor Hub

Across the pond last week, the European Aviation Safety Agency reportedly ordered a slew of safety checks on a type of rotor-wing aircraft that is currently utilized by various air ambulance services based in the United Kingdom.A fault in the body of the helicopter — one that could potentially lead to crashes if not addressed– was recently discovered in a specific helicopter used by a Scottish air ambulance.

The initial find by Bond Air Services consisted of a crack located on the main rotor hub of an EC135 Eurocopter. Upon learning of the anomaly, the EASA has mandated pre-flight checks for related safety issues on all EC135 until their full investigation into the problem is concluded.

The EASA claims that the underlying condition, if not corrected early on, could lead to advanced crack propagation, “possibly resulting in main rotor hub failure and consequent loss of the helicopter.”

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