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New FAA Rules for 2014 Address Air Medical Helicopter Safety Issues

New FAA Rules for 2014 Address Air Medical Helicopter Safety Issues

The Federal Aviation Administration has created some new operational procedural rules intended to address certain safety issues specific to the rotor air ambulance industry.

The new FAA rules require helicopter operators, including helicopter air ambulance operators, to utilize tighter flight rules better communication, better training, and new on-board safety equipment.

The rules also address flying procedures in bad weather conditions. Rick Sherlock, CEO of AAMS (Association of Air Medical Services), said that many air medical helicopter operators have already invested in safety upgrades and will continue to do so.

You can read the full article here.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Air Medical Net

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Air Medical Net

Air Medical Net would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a Festive Festivus, a Jubilant Saturalia, a Gleðileg Yule, and the very happiest of any other holiday that you celebrate.

This is the time of year, more than any other, when we should all get along. It’s a shame we can’t all get along year-round, but maybe we can try to do so just for the end of December.

Most importantly, those of us in the United States should not provocatively, boisterously, and constantly shout out our unique spins on whether you should say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” at Starbucks, because I’m there, and I’m just trying to work on some things.

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New Docu-Drama Brings Life of Air Ambulance Team to the Small Screen

New Docu-Drama Brings Life of Air Ambulance Team to the Small Screen

The television network TNT (who, by their own admission, “know drama”) has ordered a new docu-drama show centered on the life and times of an air ambulance crew.

The unscripted series will focus on air medical teams at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Cameras will follow air medical pilots, flight paramedics, flight nurses, and flight physicians as they perform their usual duties, including life-saving procedures both in the air and on the ground.

It will also give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on behind various doors at the medical center. Cameras will record the efforts of emergency room staff and trauma surgeons as they race against the clock to save the lives of patients brought in by the air ambulance crew.

Being shot documentary-style, we expect the new show to depict real incidents of trauma, life-saving, and other things air medical teams deal with on a day-to-day basis.

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787 Electrical Fires, Fuel Leaks Lead to More Groundings

787 Electrical Fires, Fuel Leaks Lead to More Groundings

The outlook for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is looking bleaker by the day.

Most recently, all 787s in Japan were grounded after another incident involving one of the aircraft led to an emergency landing.

Smoke was detected on-board by the aircraft’s computer systems, and a burning smell in the cockpit was reported by the 787 crew, leading to an emergency landing. The incident led to the grounding of all 787s operated by Japan’s two largest airlines.

It has been speculated that the incident may have been related to the high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that are used in the new aircraft. These can store much higher amounts of energy, can be recharged much more quickly, and are even much more lightweight than other types of batteries.

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Concerned US Senators Form Aerial Drone Caucus

Concerned US Senators Form Aerial Drone Caucus

United States senators Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, and Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, have put politics aside and crossed party lines over their concern for the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also commonly referred to as drones).

According to the Washington Times, they’ve formed a drone caucus (a Congressional caucus is a sub-grouping of officials with shared views).

Flying drones have proven their utility in air medical rescue by sweeping areas to locate patients in search and rescue maneuvers.

Interestingly, the House of Representatives already had its own drone caucus. They formed one three years ago. The Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems Caucus is an independent group, but will probably end up working closely with the House drone caucus to influence drone legislation as the technology (and proliferation among civilians) continues to grow.

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