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.
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.
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:
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.
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).