LifeNet 7-14 (NY) relocates to Westernville, NY

February 28, 2024 | Air Methods Press Release | Westernville, New York

LifeNet 7-14 announced its official relocation from its sister location in Watertown, NY to Westernville, NY—where life-saving service continues to the Mohawk Valley region and beyond. The LifeNet team partnered with the Town of Western and the Fire Company to break ground on the new location in October 2023. The newly built helicopter pad, hangar, and living quarters for the flight crew are adjacent to the Fire Company.

Without skipping a beat in service, the relocation to Westernville marks LifeNet 7-14’s permanent base location.

“Final operational preparations and move to our new home went very well,” said LifeNet of New York Account Executive Colleen Gleeson. “We are excited to be home, and we look forward to continuing to serve the region and be a critical resource to the community.

”This community resource—operating 24/7/365—has a crew consisting of a pilot, flight paramedic, and flight nurse. Not only has LifeNet 7-14 been serving the area for a year, but most of the crew is from Central New York and the Midstate region, establishing long-standing relationships and partnerships. Additionally, the seasoned crew collectively has more than 100 years of aviation and medical experience among them.

“For many of the crew members, this is home. We grew up here. We know the area, the culture, and the people.” said David Sandbrook, a native and LifeNet 7-14 flight paramedic/clinical base lead. “We come to work every day honored to serve the Mohawk Valley region because we want to ensure that everyone can trust that in an emergency, they’ll have access to the highest level of critical care.”

The entire LifeNet of York program has been serving upstate New York for more than 30 years and has transported over 65,000 patients. The program’s air medical services are often referred to as flying ERs and intensive care units (ICUs) as each clinical crew carries the critical resources needed to provide ICU-level care while in flight, including the ability to carry and administer blood products in flight. The clinical team is extensively trained through Air Methods Ascend, an in-person and online training program that allows clinicians to perform at the top of their licensure, providing the highest level of prehospital care, and enabling clinicians to work in lockstep across the region no matter the community they are serving. Ascend is also available to medical personnel across the nation.

All LifeNet of New York programs offers ‘Air Medical Utilization and Landing Zone Safety Courses’ for local first response agencies. In addition, the crew enjoys the opportunity to attend local events to bring the aircraft when available for community members to see services upfront. Anyone can request these offerings, visit the LifeNet of New York website to submit a request.

In the coming months, LifeNet 7-14 will be hosting a ceremonious event for the community, marking the opening of the new location. In the meantime, the dedicated critical-care crew stands ready to serve when called upon by contacting emergency dispatch at 1-800-435-3822.

Photo from LifeNet 7-14 Facebook Feed.

HealthNet Aeromedical Services expands fleet with order of four Airbus H135 helicopters

February 27, 2024 | Airbus Press Release | Anaheim, California

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, will soon expand its all-Airbus fleet with the addition of four H135 helicopters. As one of the largest hospital-based air medical programmes in the country, the helicopters will be used to serve adult, pediatric and neonatal patients across the state of West Virginia.

“HealthNet has been a valued partner of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. since 1986, and we look forward to supporting their mission as they elevate their fleet with the addition of four new H135s,” said Bart Reijnen, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the North America region. “These helicopters will be the first in their fleet equipped with Helionix avionics, allowing for increased mission flexibility and safety that benefits their employees and the communities they serve.”

Airbus’ light, twin-engine H135 incorporates the most advanced technologies available, including Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite, which, in addition to the 4-axis autopilot, offers an innovative cockpit layout to enhance situational awareness. Designed with three large electronic displays, the H135’s cockpit is night vision goggle compatible and includes a First Limit Indicator, which highlights the appropriate engine instrument data for the pilot in one indicator.

“HealthNet Aeromedical Services and our three owner health systems are proud to continue to partner with Airbus to enhance our helicopter fleet,” said Clinton Burley, President and CEO. “The purchase of these aircraft exemplifies our programme’s commitment to advancing the delivery of safe and high-quality transport medicine to those we serve.”

HealthNet has exclusively operated Airbus helicopters since the programme’s inception nearly four decades ago, caring for more than 100,000 patients during that time. Their current fleet of eleven aircraft is comprised of H130, H135 and EC145 helicopters.

The H135 is the helicopter of reference for helicopter emergency medical service operators worldwide. It combines a wide, unobstructed cabin with excellent performance, range and payload capacity, as well as low sound levels. The oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading/unloading of patients, with additional safety during ground operations provided by Airbus’ signature shrouded Fenestron tail rotor. The H135 is the global market leader for helicopter emergency medical services with more than 700 helicopters all around the world being used for life-saving missions.

To date, more than 1,500 helicopters of the H135 family have been delivered worldwide, all mission segments included, clocking in more than 7 million flight hours.

Photo from HealthNet Facebook Feed.

Boston MedFlight N143NE Upgrade

February 24, 2024 | Bedford, Massachusetts

On February 24, 2024 – N143NE arrived in Bedford from Grand Prairie, Texas after undergoing a 5 blade upgrade. N143NE left Bedford back in August 2023 for the Airbus facility, taking almost 6 months to complete the upgrade. On the flight back to Bedford, the aircraft spent the night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at KAGC (Allegheny County Airport), our friend Matt Skelton was able to capture this awesome photo.