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Boston MedFlight Upgrades Fleet

January 28, 2024 | Bedford, Massachusetts

On December 21, 2023 – N246NE arrived in Bedford from Shreveport, LA. The arrival of this new aircraft  continues the BFM fleet moderization. Our records now show their fleet being comprised of:

  1. N141NE: D2 with 5 blade retro
  2. N142NE: D3
  3. N143NE: presently at Grand Prairie for 5 blade retro
  4. N144NE: D2 with 5 blade retro
  5. N145NE: D2 with 5 blade retro
  6. N246NE: D3
  7. N273NE: C2 – unconfirmed reports this aircraft has been purchased by Air Methods
Boston MedFlight has the most modern fleet of EMS Helicopters in the NE USA. Starting in 1984 with a BK117, BMF has also operated Dauphin and S76 aircraft alongside the BK117s.  

Photo from BMF “X” feed.

Air Evac Lifeteam 122 crash takes 3 lives

January 22, 2024 | Air Evac Lifeteam Facebook Post | Weatherford, Oklahoma

We are heartbroken to report that three crew members have perished in an accident that occurred on Saturday, January 20. At 11:23 pm local time AEL’s Operations Control Center (OCC) lost contact with the aircraft, a Bell 206L3 with call sign N295AE. The crew is based out of Weatherford, OK, and was returning to base after completing a patient care transport in Oklahoma City when the OCC lost contact with them. Nearby AEL teams assisted local law enforcement with the search.

Our primary focus is on supporting the families and our team members. CISM teams have been sent to assist our team members during this time.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the names of our three colleagues. Pilot Russell Haslam, Flight Nurse Adam Tebben and Flight Paramedic Steven FitzGerald. We continue to hold their families in our hearts.

AEL has turned over the scene and investigation to the NTSB.

MetroHealth, ProMedica unveil new Helipad on Main Campus

November 13, 2023 | MetroHealth Press Release | Cleveland, Ohio

MetroHealth officials and community partners celebrated the opening of the new helipad on Main Campus with a special ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 14.

The new helipad, located on the roof of MetroHealth’s Critical Care Pavilion, is the latest piece of a $1 billion transformation of our Main Campus in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

“This new helipad is like MetroHealth itself: The best place to land in an emergency,” said MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, MBA, FACHE, during her remarks. “A safe and solid place. A welcoming place. A place where patients get the best emergency and trauma care in the region. Landing here means landing in the outstretched hands of healing.”

The new helipad is more than a slab of concrete. This state-of-the-art space includes technologies that automatically remove snow and ice. It is also engineered to reduce the impact of noise and vibration, so patients and caregivers inside the hospital won’t notice when a helicopter is landing or taking off. 

It also provides rapid access to our Emergency Department, our trauma bays and our operating rooms.

The event also served as an opportunity to celebrate the deepening partnership between MetroHealth and ProMedica in Toledo. Last year, MetroHealth and ProMedica forged a partnership that created one of the most experienced non-profit air medical transport teams in the nation.

And because of the ongoing collaboration, ProMedica Air is adding two upgraded helicopters to its fleet.

In October, ProMedica Air welcomed a new EC145e into service and is expected to add another in December. The new helicopters are equipped with the latest life-saving technology and are operated with two fully qualified pilots for additional safety. The aircraft also boast cutting-edge avionics to assist with navigation and communication.

Since August of 2022, MetroHealth and its experienced Metro Life Flight team have managed all operations for ProMedica Air, which has served Northwestern Ohio and Southern Michigan for 35 years. This partnership resulted in a system with four air bases – in Lorain, Sandusky, Wayne and Lucas counties – with four helicopters. Over the last year, ProMedica Air, with MetroHealth’s support, has conducted nearly a thousand transports.

“For more than 40 years, Metro Life Flight has set standard for aviation medical support,” said Jacqueline Spence, Executive Director, Pre-hospital & Business Development, at MetroHealth. “By working so closely with ProMedica Air, we are elevating the already-impressive level of care provided across Northern Ohio. Over this last year, we have learned a tremendous amount from each other, and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

“ProMedica Air is excited to be part of an innovative partnership with Metro Life Flight. Our mission to serve our communities is strong, and we have found a way to deliver critical care air transport to our regional communities more effectively,” said Andrea Donahue, MSN, RN, EMT-B, Associate Vice President, ProMedica Transportation Network. “This partnership is unique, and we are leading the way for other air programs to partner together. Now is the time for thinking outside of the box, and we together are proving that these types of partnerships can work.”

ProMedica Air and Metro Life Flight’s aircraft are operated by Metro Aviation Inc.

Since its founding in 1982, Metro Life Flight has been committed to providing the highest level of care while implementing the highest safety standards in the industry. In addition to air transport, the team includes a robust ground unit that transported nearly 3,300 patients in 2022.

Promedica Air places EC145 into service

October 06, 2023 | Promedica Air and Mobile Press Release | Toldeo, Ohio
 
This week ProMedica Air and Metro Life Flight held a ribbon cutting at Sandusky Regional Airport to launch its new EC145 helicopter into service. The new helicopter will be replacing one of the fleet’s EC135 helicopters.

The EC145 is upgraded with the latest life-saving technology and will assist the crew with emergency situations and patient transport needs. A few upgraded features include superior flight capabilities and cutting-edge avionics to assist with navigation and communication.

The other ProMedica Air EC135 helicopter is expected to be upgraded to an EC145 in November. The EC145 helicopter upgrades were made possible by a partnership with Metro Life Flight.

Since January 1, 2023, ProMedica Air has completed 712 flights. The helicopter upgrades will expand the inclusion criteria for patient transports by air, enabling the partnership to serve more people in the community.

N811LV enters service as WellFlight 4-90

July 26, 2023 |Roger Buck | Stevens, PA

This week N811LV , sporting a new Wellspan livery, entered service as WellFlight 4-90 based at the Stevens Fire Department in Stevens, Pennsylvania. N811LV replaces N341AM, the temporary Air Methods aircraft brought in to start up the base in March 2023. 

The seasoned enthusiast will recognize N811LV as the previous LVHN MedEvac 1 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Air Methods will be changing the N # soon. Once the change occurs, the N811LV registration will be reassigned to the EC135 now serving with LVHN MedEvac 1 in Kutztown.

Photo by Roger Buck.

MFC places first AW119 in service

July 17, 2023 | Mercy Flight Press Release | Canandaigua, NY

Mercy Flight Central is celebrating an exciting milestone as the first of their four new AW119 helicopters goes into service on Monday, July 17, 2023. The state-of-the-art helicopter will be in service at the Canandaigua base, with their Marcellus and Rome bases next to be equipped with the new airframe. 

The fleet of AW119 helicopter will support Mercy Flight Central’s mission of providing high quality care to the critically ill or injured. As MFC is in their 31st year of dedicated service to their community, this new helicopter represents not only a historic moment for MFC, but also a renewed commitment to the communities that they serve.  

President & CEO Erin Reese stated “­­­I am proud of my team’s dedication to bringing these new aircraft into service. They have embraced change while learning new skills. Our new helicopters will help us continue to serve our community, being there for them when they need us most.”

Photo by MFC.F

UMASS LifeFlight opens base at Fitchburg Municipal Airport

Fitchburg, MA – April 5, 2023 – Providing decades of service throughout the Nation, Air Methods—the leading air medical service provider in the U.S.—is thrilled to announce a new location providing critical emergency air medical service to northern Worcester County and beyond. The base will be located at Fitchburg Municipal Airport. The City of Fitchburg recognizes the importance of fast, reliable air medical services in the event of an emergency.

“We value the partnership we’ve established with Air Methods,” said Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. “We know in emergent situations Air Methods’ local air medical program is ready to answer the call and provide the highest level of critical care to our residents and visitors.”

The new base offers the community access to critical lifesaving services 24/7/365, responding to emergency medical and trauma events including heart attacks and strokes, pediatric emergencies, burns, and other incidents. Additionally, the team provides critical interfacility transports when patients need to move between hospitals for specialized care. Equipped with industry-leading equipment and medical devices, the team carries and has the ability to administer blood in flight, provide advanced airway intervention; cardiac and blood flow monitoring; ventilator management; medication administration and titration (monitoring potential side effects); and other advanced surgical procedures—essentially bringing in-flight emergency and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capabilities directly to the patient’s side.  

By establishing a partnership with the City of Fitchburg, Air Methods is positioned to not only improve access to emergency services but improve response times. Additionally, as a community-centered service, this investment positively impacts the local economy.

“In addition to a flying emergency department and ICU, our goal is to invest in the communities we serve by providing an economic footprint that includes rent, fuel, food, hotels, and adding numerous fulltime positions,” said Air Methods’ Vice President of Customer Experience Steve Konold.

Air Methods is committed to providing air medical services to all residents and visitors of the communities they serve.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Mayor DiNatale, the Airport Commission, and Airport Manager Peter Kettle on this lifesaving investment. This strategic location will ensure our ability to help treat and transport critically ill and injured patients when minutes matter most,” said Konold.