Magpas Ends 2017 With Highest Medical Flight Callout Rate Till Date

Magpas Air Ambulance saw an increase in demand for their 24/7 service during 2017. Their highly-trained medical flight team had to respond to more than 1,600 life-threatening emergencies in all the countries located east of England. That’s an increase of more than 100 in the callout rate, compared to their rate in 2016.

Magpas Called Out 155 Times in December Alone

In the month of December alone, Magpas had to respond to 155 emergency calls, out of which 55 of them took place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For all the responses, doctors and paramedics working for the charity were able to treat a wide variety of medical emergencies with their expert skills and knowledge.

During this period, the medical flight team had to attend to patients facing cardiac arrests and injuries from accidents such as road traffic collision and falls as well as assaults. Magpas saw a significant increase in the number of these incidents for 2017, compared to the previous year.

Need For Magpas Medical Flight Demonstrated by Increase in Callout Rate

The substantial increase in callout rate demonstrates that there is an increasing demand for the service provided by Magpas Air Ambulance. During the festive season, theirs was the only service of its kind to operate 24/7 in east England.

Magpas has made a prediction that the need for their service will also increase in 2018. This means they will need to raise nearly £5 million to ensure that their operations stay on track to save lives of seriously ill and injured residents of the region.

The air ambulance runs on donations from the communities that they provide their service to. They hope to be able to gather the necessary funds to continue their operations in 2018.

A.L.E.R.T Program Seeking Help in Raising Money for New Medical Flight Helicopter

The A.L.E.R.T air ambulance program of Kalispell Regional Medical Center has upgraded to a new medical flight helicopter with the help of a loan. This new helicopter has replaced their 17-year-old helicopter, which managed to log 6,500 hours during its service. Now the program is looking to raise funds so it can pay back the loan.

New Helicopter Offers Increased Safety and Speed

The new helicopter acquired by the program is a Bell 407, which is fully equipped with high-end systems to improve the quality of service with better safety and speed. It has an autopilot and an avionics system. The improved speed of the helicopter will help the program in transporting patients quickly to hospitals to receive emergency medical care.

The A.L.E.R.T program had to spend $4 million on the new medical flight helicopter. And since they required it immediately, they had to take out a loan to purchase it before they could raise the money.

Thousands of Lives Saved Through the Medical Flight Program

Since it began in 1975, the A.L.E.R.T program has managed to save 1,500 lives by being in the air about 500 times each year. But instead of selling the old helicopter, the program has decided to use it as a backup. This is necessary since the contracted helicopters they once used as backup are no longer qualified for carrying out emergency medical services per the latest FAA requirements.

Now that the program won’t have to spend on contracted helicopters, having the old helicopter as backup will help in cutting down costs. Having an additional aircraft also gives the program the ability to provide additional training to their crew without the need to be non-operational.  In the long run, this could help in improving the overall quality of service.

Two Private Air Ambulances in Quebec Announce Alliance

The two private air ambulances in Quebec have announced that they will be joining forces to expand their services. This allied effort will ensure that residents of the region will be transported to the hospital faster than before regardless of where they’re located.

Alliance to Benefit Both Companies

Skyservice and Airmedic made the announcement during the first week of October. In their announcement, they stated that their alliance would be beneficial for both companies. Each has their unique geographical needs that the other cannot meet. But with their partnership, they will be able to meet those challenges.

The two air ambulances each carry out approximately 600 patient transfers per year. However, the main focus for Skyservice is on long-range transfers that take place internationally. Airmedic’s specialty lies in short-range to medium-range patient transfers, mainly fulfilling local air ambulance needs.

Enhanced Support by Two Air Ambulances

There are a few similarities and some differences in how the two companies operate. Both of them have pilots and nurses as well as paramedics on board their flights. They also have doctors who are on-call and can fly as necessary.

In addition to crew members, Skyservice can accommodate two patients and a family member each in one of their jets. They use portable medical equipment that enables them to carry out intensive care procedures on board their flights.

Airmedic carries out patient transfers in remote areas within the region. They have advanced equipment including night vision equipment for their pilots to safely navigate and land in remote locations.

So they both have some similarities but also offer unique benefits that make the alliance highly productive. The services provided by Skyservice and Airmedic are not covered by Medicare. There may be variations in the coverage provided for these services by private insurers. Airmedic, however, offers memberships for residents.

Air Methods Partners with Rico Aviation to Provide Quality Air Ambulance Service

Air Methods has struck up a partnership with Rico Aviation to expand their critical care reach. The partnership has resulted in the adoption of a new Bell 407 helicopter to provide quality air ambulance service. With rotor wing capabilities, the new helicopter will help Rico Aviation in providing better service to residents in the Texas Panhandle as well as Eastern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Texas-based Air Ambulance Service to Create 15 New Jobs

The helicopter air ambulance is based at Dalhart in Texas. Rico Aviation provides the clinical staff including flight paramedics and flight nurses. The Air Methods emergency medical services provide staffing for pilots and mechanics. This base has created 15 new jobs.

The Bell 407 helicopter has been equipped with all the essential supplies to provide critical care just as they would in the intensive care unit of a hospital. This means the helicopter carries everything from oxygen and air resuscitation equipment to heart monitor/defibrillator and suction. It also carries the essentials like IV pump, fluids, ventilators, emergency medications, and specialized monitoring and testing equipment.

Largest Air Ambulance Provider has Catered to 2 Million Patients

Air Methods is currently the largest air ambulance provider in the United States. With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, they have provided valuable air ambulance service to more than 2 million patients. The provider’s reputation and core values are among the reasons why Rico Aviation wanted to partner with Air Methods.

The new helicopter is the fourth among the Rico Aviation fleet. Aside from it, they carry out their operations using two fixed wing air ambulance aircrafts and one charter jet. And they will continue to operate under the same Rico Aviation team that has carried out operations in Amarillo since the past 21 years.

FAI Yields Record Figures in 2016 through Air Ambulances

FAI rent-a-jet AG, a German special mission operator has yielded record revenues in 2016 from its air ambulance division. The operator’s air ambulances have generated well over $47 million in revenues for the first time in their history. The division has not only experienced growth in terms of revenue but also in terms of operations with two new aircrafts added to their fleet.

7% Increase in Revenues from 2015

The division’s revenues for 2016 have increased by 7% compared to the previous year’s revenues. During the year, the company’s 11 air ambulances carried out several missions that amounted to over 10,000 flying hours combined. The division is based at the FAI Headquarters in Nuremberg’s Albrecht Durer International Airport with around 190 staff members working full time.

In addition to these full-time staff workers, the division also has 50 part-time employees like physicians and paramedics. In terms of revenue, Fai is the biggest fixed wing air ambulance operator in the world and also has a satellite office based in Dubai.

New Air Ambulances Added to Fleet

FAI had also bolstered the air ambulance division’s operations by adding two new aircrafts to its fleet; one is a Challenger 604 and the other is a Learjet 60. The division now operates with four Challenger 604s and seven Learjet 55/60’s.

With these 11 aircrafts, the division performed 892 missions. More than 1,000 patients were airlifted from 329 destinations, all of which were carried out in 123 countries. The total distance traveled by the division’s aircrafts was 4,704,887 km.

According to Siegfried Axtmann, the company’s chairman, Fai expects to grow 10% further in 2017. He also stated their intentions to add another aircraft to their fleet. Axtmann commented that despite the Middle East oil and gas crisis, the company has had a productive 2016.

International Air Ambulance Market Expected to Grow

A new report published by Research and Markets has revealed that the international air ambulance market should expect to see a compound annual growth rate of 9.97% by 2020. The report, known as Global Air Ambulance Market 2016-2020, has forecasted the growth to occur during the period between 2016 and 2020. This news is highly welcomed considering previous reports stating the saturation of the air ambulance market globally.

How the Report was Prepared

The Global Air Ambulance Market 2016-2020 report was prepared according to an in-depth market analysis combined with inputs from experts in the industry. The report takes into consideration the overall market revenue generation to calculate the market size. It covers the present scenario while also presenting the growth prospects of the international air ambulance market between 2016 and 2020.

It also covers the market landscape and even includes a discussion about some of the key vendors who are operating in the air ambulance market. While there were previous statements made by key vendors about how the air ambulance market is quite saturated, the report showcases an expected CAGR of 9.97%.

Questions Answered in the International Air Ambulance Market Report

Some important questions were answered by the Global Air Ambulance Market 2016-2020 report. First of all, it showcases the predicted market size for 2020 and the expected growth rate. It also showcases other key aspects like the key market trends, the market’s driving factor, and the challenges standing in the way of market growth.

The Global Air Ambulance Market 2016-2020 report also covers the market opportunities while showcasing the threats that key vendors face. It even showcases the strengths and weaknesses of those key vendors. Some of the key vendors mentioned in this report include Air Ambulance Specialists, REVA Air Ambulance, PHI Air Medical, AIR Methods, Express AirMed Transport, and Native American Air Ambulance.

Cornwall’s Air Ambulance Carries Out 55 Medical Flight Missions in One Month

The Air Ambulance crew of Cornwall flew a record of more than 50 medical flight missions within a period of one month. For the month of May, the air ambulance chopper conducted a total of 55 flights, which brought the total flights for the year up to 246 so far. This impressive performance by the Cornwall air ambulance crew is consistent with their previous record of performance.

Details of the Medical Flight Missions

During the month, Cornwall’s Air Ambulance flew 21 patients to the Royal Cornwall Hospital located in Turro. They also flew 14 patients to the Derriford hospital located in Plymouth. It seems that the need for air ambulance for the month was extremely high, with only this service being able to carry out the missions.

In fact, the air ambulance chopper was called for service four times in a single day. This happened not once but twice, which clearly shows that the demand for such medical flight missions is really high in the region. The Liskeard area and the Isles of Scilly were the regions most visited by the air ambulance chopper. In both locations, there was a call for the air ambulance six times each. Both locations also required two visits carried out on the same day.

Air Ambulance Missions Tended to Various Types of Emergencies

Two of the patients from Liskeard required the air ambulance as a result of their injury from road traffic collisions. Out of the six patients from the Isles of Scilly, one was a woman who had an infected knee and another was a teenager with appendicitis.

The air ambulance received three calls to St. Minver throughout the month and two of them occurred in one day. While the service sent the air ambulance chopper, they even used critical care cars in two of the cases for providing extra medical support.

New Air Ambulance Service Chopper a Possibility for TraumaStar

With a growing demand of air ambulance rescues service, Monroe County in the Florida Keys may soon be on the lookout for a new rescue helicopter. Currently, the county owns a TraumaStar helicopter that was built in 1982. According to comments from county Sheriff Rick Ramsay, this air ambulance service chopper will need to be replaced at some point especially since there’s a higher demand of the service of late.

High Maintenance May Compel the Need for Smaller Choppers

Ramsay commented that the increase in flying time for their TraumaStar service chopper has led to an increase in the maintenance costs and demand for the aircraft. Jointly operated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Rescue team, the TraumaStar program has been considering its future needs. In the near future, they might see their current Sikorsky S-764++ replaced by two smaller choppers whose operational costs are lower.

According to Ramsay, a group of 15-20 people comprising of county staff has been carrying out preliminary discussions about the possible changes. They acquired the current aircraft for $3.24 million back in 2006. The aircraft is designed to carry four caregivers and two patients along with two pilots. However, the TraumaStar air ambulance service seldom carries more than one patient at a time. This makes it a possibility to acquire two smaller, low-maintenance aircrafts instead.

Two Smaller Aircrafts Likely to Prove More Efficient for the Air Ambulance Service

Two smaller choppers equipped for medical emergencies could cost somewhere around $1.5 to $2.5 million each. By acquiring two aircrafts, TraumaStar could have a backup helicopter in case the other is grounded for maintenance. Last year, the service accounted for about 400 flights and is on track for 500 flights. Ramsay commented that the program is flying a lot more than expected. This makes it crucial for TraumaStar to have one more helicopter on hand in case of emergencies.

Worldwide Air Ambulance Demand Churns Revenue for FAI Rent-A-Jet

In 2015, there was a rise in the worldwide air ambulance demand, which resulted in increased revenue for many companies. One of the most notable companies to profit from this demand is FAI Rent-A-Jet, a German-based business aircraft services provider.

How Worldwide Air Ambulance Demand Affected FAI’s Revenue

In the past year, FAI experienced a revenue increase of almost 9% to $87million. Out of this, the revenue brought in by the air ambulance section of the company was about $46.5million. This is a massive increase from the $33.9million it accounted for in the previous year. The rise in revenue is due to the fact that FAI’s air ambulance section experienced a 37% increase in activity.

During 2015, FAI also ran special mission services operations for non-governmental organizations worldwide. Its revenues from these operations increased by 24% to $24.5million as compared to the $19.8million it raked in during 2014. The special mission services operations seem to account for a large part of the air ambulance revenue of FAI Rent-A-Jet.

More about FAI and its Operations

FAI is a company based in Nuremberg, Germany and is one of the largest business aircraft operators in Europe. In 2015, the company’s air ambulance fleet performed 747 missions, which were spread out over 400 destinations in 125 countries. The fleet flew a total of 3.7million kilometers, which means that they flew an equivalent of approximately 100 times around the world.

It was the same year that Axtmann Holding of Germany took full ownership of the company after the exit of MIG Aviation Holdings, its cash-strapped Greek partner. FAI’s fleet comprises of 20 Bombardier business jets ranging from the Learjet 35 to the Global Express. After Luxaviation, the company is the second largest operator of business aircrafts and fulfills a large part of the worldwide air ambulance demand.

US Air Ambulance Company, Life Flight Network, Takes Over Northwest MedStar

Recently, Life Flight Network made it in the news for becoming the first air ambulance company to receive dual certification for IS-BAO and HAI-APS. The US air ambulance company seems to be making a lot of headlines lately with it now making an acquisition of another company, Northwest MedStar. This take-over will create a large air ambulance network across states like Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

What the Acquisition Means for the US Air Ambulance Company

With the acquisition of Northwest MedStar, Life Fight Network will expand its reach in providing medical transport via air. Eventually, it will end up operating an air ambulance network made up of 22 bases, 27 helicopters, and 12 small airplanes providing service across the four states. This takeover will make Life Flight Network the largest nonprofit air ambulance program throughout the nation.

While Life Flight Network is currently dispatching all its aircrafts out of Boise, Idaho, the expansion will result in growth with respect to dispatch centers as well. MedStar has its dispatch centers located at Felts Field in Spokane. These will remain open after the acquisition is finalized.

Based in Aurora, Oregon, Life Flight Network is also planning to expand its reach by opening new helicopter bases in Colville and Walla Walla in Washington. After the acquisition, the US air ambulance company will take over all six of MedStar’s existing bases – five in Washington and one in Missoula, Montana.

Growing Demand for Air Ambulance Programs Prompted the Acquisition

The deal to acquire Northwest MedStar by Life Flight Network is a result of the growing demand for air ambulance programs. Both companies have experienced rapid growth for many years. The rise in demand is prompted by the discontinuation of such transportation services by rural hospitals due to rising costs.