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Pilots Say Trash, Birds will Endanger Aircraft at LaGuardia Airport

Pilots Say Trash, Birds will Endanger Aircraft at LaGuardia Airport

A proposed garbage transfer facility that would be built less than half a mile from the end of one of America’s busiest runways is drawing strong criticism. The site is to be constructed just just 2,206 feet – much, much lower than the FAA’s normal minimum distance of 10,000 feet – from LaGuardia Airport’s Runway 13/31.

Coincidentally, the waterside facility that would sit 2,200 feet away from Runway 13/31 would handle 2,200 tons of trash a day, as it transfers New York City’s garbage from trucks to barges. Although the trash will be stored in sealed containers and the overall area is designed to be enclosed, detractors say birds will be able to see and smell the garbage passing through, and are much more likely to be drawn into the path of aircraft taking off and landing.

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TN Considers Requiring A/C on Air Ambulances after Death of Heat Stroke Patient

TN Considers Requiring A/C on Air Ambulances after Death of Heat Stroke Patient

According to a recent article by Tom Wilemon from The Tennessean, it’s a common procedure in Tennessee for medical helicopters without air conditioning systems to fly critically-ill patients to their destinations, despite all ground ambulances in the state being required to have functional air conditioning systems installed.

Chris Yoder, a 24-year old mechanical engineer from North Carolina, suffered an apparent heat stroke during the Bonnaroo indie music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. He was transported to a Chattanooga-area hospital by air ambulance, where he passed away hours later. Evidence shows that the helicopter that transported him to the hospital was, possibly, not equipped with air conditioning.

His passing has opened up a debate on whether or not air ambulances in Tennessee should be mandated to have climate control systems installed. If the proposed new mandate passes, any existing air ambulances without A/C could be required to upgrade in order to continue operations in the state.

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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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