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UK Air Ambulance Charity Impersonators Shut Down (Finally)

UK Air Ambulance Charity Impersonators Shut Down (Finally)

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog here at Air Ambulance Weekly for a while, you’re most likely familiar with the saga of air ambulance operators in England and their seemingly uphill struggle against numerous fraudulent companies impersonating their charity operations.

Well, things have changed. Finally, after many months, some positive air ambulance news has emerged from our friendly neighbors across the pond.

Scammers, scam no more: the High Court of Justice (think Supreme Court but with more powdered wigs) has come down hard on the three primary companies – all closely connected – who were not only defrauding air ambulance companies and siphoning off the middling funds they rely upon, but were exploiting the selflessness of well-intentioned people by posing as air ambulance charities.

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Are Subscriber-Based Air Ambulance Services Always Feasible?

Are Subscriber-Based Air Ambulance Services Always Feasible?

Aviation Concepts, a jet management and charter company headquartered in Guam (not to be confused with Aviation Concepts Inc., a South Florida aviation parts and distribution company) has reportedly halted its membership-based “CareJet” air ambulance service to the Mariana Islands.

For some background, the Mariana Islands are a U.S.-controlled archipelago formed by a chain of volcanic mountains in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, just East of the deepest point on earth, the Mariana Trench.

Like many geographical regions composed of relatively isolated islands, air ambulance services are especially useful for transporting critical-care patients to advanced healthcare facilities.

AC had offered a subscription program which provided low-cost air ambulance coverage for residents of the Islands. However, it was discontinued when not enough residents of the Marianas signed up for the coverage.

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Missouri Senator’s Private Plane Becomes a Montana Air Ambulance

Missouri Senator’s Private Plane Becomes a Montana Air Ambulance

We at AAW don’t usually report on political matters (other than, say, that shutdown of the FAA a few short months ago), but, as you can tell from the blog title, this particular current event has a unique twist that ties it to the air ambulance world. Claire McCaskill, the senior senator from Missouri (D), has finally sold a private plane co-owned by her, her husband, and their friends following a recent political quagmire centered around the plane.

McCaskill and her husband had reportedly failed to pay Missouri’s notorious personal property tax on the plane (which, technically, is registered in Delaware), drawing strong criticism from political opponents. In addition, a government audit showed that the Senator used the plane for over 90 reimbursed official and political business flights between Washington D.C., St. Louis, and other sites in Missouri.

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Air Ambulance Battles Extreme Winds to Reach Hit-and-Run Victim

Air Ambulance Battles Extreme Winds to Reach Hit-and-Run Victim

Extremely poor weather conditions nearly prevented an air ambulance from reaching a young trauma patient. Andy Hughes from The Journal reported that a medical helicopter was recently summoned to the scene of a hit-and-run involving a young girl in Throckley, a village in North East England. The ambulance had to battle voracious wind gusts to reach the scene of the accident. Luckily, the helicopter was able to reach her in time.

The girl had reportedly just been walking on the sidewalk when the driver of the vehicle hit her and continued on his or her way. As the girl had experienced injury to her head as a result of the accident, an air ambulance was called to get her to the hospital as soon as possible.

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What is the Golden Hour?

What is the Golden Hour?

If you’re someone who regularly reads about the latest air ambulance and air medical news, one idea you’ve no doubt come across more than a few times is the storied “golden hour.” This term appears on the web sites of many operators in countries around the world, where the idea is presented to the public in a variety of ways. An online search for golden hour produces gripping, true tales of trained air medical professionals saving lives when time is of the essence.

Yet, judging by the comments we sometimes see on articles related to this subject, some confusion – even contention – remains about the concept. So, what exactly is meant, in air medical terms, when we refer to the existence of a golden hour?

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