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C-17 Jets Converted to Air Ambulances Transport Soldiers Back Home for Treatment

C-17 Jets Converted to Air Ambulances Transport Soldiers Back Home for Treatment

Over the past few years, the US Army has been converting some of its Boeing C-17 Globemaster cargo jets into massive, flying intensive care units, meant to transport the war zone’s most seriously wounded soldiers. These patients travel in the arms of the Air National Guard Critical Care Air Transport Teams, with up to eight team members loading each patient, as well as over 100 pounds of connected medical equipment, onto the aircraft before a transport. The hulking C-17 has been described by one military officer as “the cadillac of medical evacuation aircraft.”

These critical care air medical flights are just a small part of evolutionary changes the U.S. military is making to speed the transport of wounded soldiers back to the United States for treatment. In the Vietnam War conflict, this process took an average of three weeks or more – a long time for any patient to wait for proper medical care. Today, with improvements to the air medical system such as the C-17 “flying hospitals,” soldiers requiring critical care can now be air transported home in as little as three days.

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Thieves Break into Air Ambulance Office; Take Hostages and Steal Donations

Thieves Break into Air Ambulance Office; Take Hostages and Steal Donations

Just a week after we reported on the fake air ambulance charity scammers operating in the UK, diverting life-saving funds away from real air ambulance charities like Midlands Air Ambulance, there is more unfortunate news. The Midlands Air Ambulance charity has now been the victim of a heartless heist. Yesterday morning, three armed, masked men burst into the offices of Midlands Air Ambulance and threatened employees with a taser gun, before making off with several money bags filled with thousands of GBP of donations. (1 GBP =$1.61 USD)

It happened just before 9 in the morning. The three men forced their way into the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Brierly Hill, UK and held twenty members of the staff hostage for approximately half an hour as they stole a large sum of cash from the air ambulance. The workers had their phones taken to prevent them from calling authorities. The intruders then stole a worker’s car to get away with the stolen donations.

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Air Ambulance Charity Scammers Nabbed, Released without Charges

Air Ambulance Charity Scammers Nabbed, Released without Charges

For over a year now, air ambulance operators in Britain have struggled to warn the public about a misleading company that claims it is collecting “desperately needed” funds on behalf of local air ambulance services.

The real air ambulance charities and supporters have tried everything in their power to warn people not to donate to the fake charity, but people have continued to give, thinking they are helping keep their much-needed local air ambulances flying. The company seems to be operating all over the country, and no air ambulance services have ever received any funds from them.

The fake charity Air Ambulance Service (AAS), also operating as Air Ambulance Service Trading Company Ltd., misleads well-meaning people by distributing leaflets and collection bags door-to-door. Donators are instructed to leave their unwanted “clean, good quality, reusable” clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags, belts, and mobile phones in the collection bags for pickup on specified days.

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Investigators Say Indian Air Ambulance Crashed After Hitting Wall of Air

Investigators Say Indian Air Ambulance Crashed After Hitting Wall of Air

It has been a bad year for India’s burgeoning aviation industry. Between April 19th and May 25th, the country suffered 5 air crashes in which a total of 37 people have tragically lost their lives.A commander in India’s aviation ministry noted that while a single large plane crash could have meant a much higher number of casualties – such as the crash of an Indian 737 a year ago that resulted in 158 people perishing – the regularity of aircraft crashes in India over the last month is “alarming.”

The alarm has caused the aviation industry to call for a strengthening of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the regulatory mechanism that India has recently made plans to bolster to avoid downgrading by the U.S. FAA. According to the India Times, the DGCA is in such weak form that unless a strong civil aviation authority takes its place soon, there’s not much hope for the situation.

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Boston’s BHCA Complains to FAA about Medical Helicopters Flying Overhead to MGH

Boston’s BHCA Complains to FAA about Medical Helicopters Flying Overhead to MGH

According to an article that recently appeared in The Boston Herald, many residents of Boston’s historic, upscale Beacon Hill district are fuming over “noisy” helicopters they feel are invading their airspace. FAA officials have been called to investigate what some residents call the “dangerous practices” of medical and news helicopters.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association wrote a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt stating that they often receive complaints that medevac helicopters – rotor aircraft carrying patients in need of urgent, life-saving medical care – often fly directly over the Beacon Hill area rather than following the designated flight routes along the river. The chairman of the BHCA, Jon Achatz, claims that he is often woken up by the helicopters in the morning and that his fellow residents complain about the aircraft flying at too low an altitude.

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