ANSA News – 22 Febbraio 2018.

ANSA News – Elisoccorso in Sardegna dall’1 luglio. Servizio per 8 anni a Airgreen, tre velivoli e tre basi.

(ANSA) – CAGLIARI, 22 FEB – Anche la Sardegna avrà l’elisoccorso. Il servizio – presente in quasi tutte le altre regioni d’Italia – sarà operativo a partire dall’1 luglio prossimo e sarà gestito da un delle principali società elicotteristiche del paese, la Airgreen, già impiegata in attività di Hems in Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta. Airgreen si è aggiudicata la gara offrendo il 12,4% in meno rispetto alla base d’asta di 73,1 milioni, quindi 58,5 milioni al netto di Iva, ovvero 7,3 milioni all’anno per otto anni.

Il servizio sarà effettuato da tre elicotteri su tre basi individuate nei tre aeroporti sardi: Cagliari Elmas (Airbus H12), Alghero Fertilia (Airbus H12), Olbia Costa Smeralda (Leonardo H24). L’equipaggio sarà costituito da cinque persone: due piloti, un medico, un infermiere e l’addetto al verricello che sarà un tecnico del Soccorso alpino.

“Con il ribasso d’asta avremo il più basso prezzo di volo in Italia”, spiega il direttore generale dell’Azienda per la Tutela della Salute (Ats), Fulvio Moirano. Al direttore generale di Areus, l’Azienda di emergenza urgenza, Giorgio Lenzotti, spetterà il compito di avviare il servizio, che “cambierà il modo di fare soccorso in Sardegna”. “Questo è il terzo tassello della riforma sanitaria dopo la Asl Unica e la rete ospedaliera”, sottolinea l’assessore alla Sanità Luigi Arru.

“Finalmente – dice il governatore Francesco Pigliaru – entreremo in un sistema di sanità ragionevole, dove chiunque potrà essere portato all’eccellenza con pari diritti”.

(ANSA)

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The February 2018 issue of the Human Factors Recurrent Training newsletter is now made available for download in the RESOURCES area of www.iflyaviation.aero website.

For your convenience, the direct link is attached hereafter: NewsletterHF_Feb2018.pdf

Your feedback is more than welcome. Emanuele Ghiroldi

ANSA News – 21 Febbraio 2018

Elisoccorso, verso aggiudicazione bando. Gara da 93mln per tre basi, due le imprese rimaste in corsa.

(ANSA) – Il Tar della Sardegna ha dichiarato inammissibile e respinto il ricorso promosso dalla società Elitaliana spa contro il bando da 93 milioni di euro per l’assegnazione del servizio di elisoccorso in Sardegna, portato avanti dalla Assl di Olbia. La Ats, quindi, sta procedendo in queste ore ad aggiudicare la gara per la quale erano rimaste in piedi le offerte di due aziende italiane, la Airgreen srl e la Babcock mission critical service Italia spa. 

I dettagli della aggiudicazione saranno resi noti domani, nel corso di una conferenza stampa a Villa Devoto con il presidente della Regione, Francesco Pigliaru, l’assessore della Sanità, Luigi Arru, i direttori generali dell’Ats e dell’Areus, Fulvio Moirano e Giorgio Lenzotti.

“Sono sempre stato certo del buon lavoro di tutto il personale Ats impegnato nella stesura del capitolato di gara, nonché dell’attività da parte della commissione che si è occupata dell’assegnazione – dice Moirano – L’esito della sentenza di oggi lo dimostra”. “Finalmente – aggiunge – possiamo dire con soddisfazione che i cittadini sardi avranno a disposizione un fondamentale servizio di altissima qualità”.

Il servizio sarà effettuato su tre basi: Cagliari Elmas ed Alghero Fertilia (entrambe operative per 12 ore) e Olbia Costa Smeralda (attiva nelle 24 ore). L’aggiudicatario dovrà fornire tre elicotteri tecnicamente attrezzati e il personale di volo e tecnico dotato di adeguata competenza ed esperienza, mentre il personale medico e sanitario sarà a carico del Servizio Sanitario isolano.

(ANSA)

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HELI-EXPO 2018 – PRESS RELEASE – 21 February 2018

The H160 lands in Las Vegas, kicking off Airbus’ presence at Heli-Expo. H160 prototype, H145, H135 and H125 alongside a full range of updated HCare digital solutions.

Las Vegas, USA, 21 February 2018 – The H160 prototype has landed in Las Vegas and will be headlining Airbus Helicopters’ presence for the first time ever at an international airshow at this year’s Heli-Expo from 27 Feb – 1 March at the Las Vegas convention centre.

Showgoers will be able see for themselves the #H160ReasonsWhy the H160 is raising the bar in the industry. “We are proud to be bringing the H160 prototype to Heli-Expo for the first time”, said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President for Global Business. “This aircraft is emblematic of the company’s transformation in every domain from concept and design, to the revamped industrial production model enabling enhanced industrial maturity from entry into service, and capitalizing on key digital technologies for greater customer support and maintenance.

All of this has been done with our customers’ priorities in mind, and we are excited that they will get to experience the H160 shortly with the US demo tour kicking off after the show,” he added. Maintenance demos on the H160 will be performed daily to show how maintenance has been optimized and facilitated thanks to its unique design and new processes like the “Operator Zero” campaign.

Alongside the second prototype of the H160, on booth N1915, Airbus Helicopters will be displaying its HGeneration range of mission enablers including HCare services that allow customers to focus on their operations safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. On display will be an H125 in a law enforcement configuration, the H135 equipped with Helionix, and the H145 in a private and business aviation configuration. In its on-going commitment to innovation and the future of flight, Airbus Helicopters is incorporating new digital and electrical technologies into products and services alike. A great example of this is CityAirbus, Airbus’ self-piloted battery powered aircraft designed with the latest safety standards to transport four passengers for inner-city flights.

A mock-up of this innovative project will be showcased at Heli-Expo as the project team is busy maturing technologies that will allow a demonstrator to fly at the end of this year. However Urban Air Mobility for Airbus Helicopters does not stop at the aircraft itself and as part of its new customer services offer, Airbus Helicopters intends to provide travellers with on-demand helicopter services to escape urban congestion by taking to the skies, as the recently integrated Voom project exemplifies.

PRESS RELEASE – 15 February 2018

NEW HELICOPTER SERVICE FROM LAND’S END AIRPORT TO THE ISLES OF SCILLY.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly from May this year.

Called Island Helicopters it will operate year-round up to six days a week from Land’s End Airport, with up to eight return flights a day. Fares start from £215 for a return. The flight time will be approximately 15 minutes.

Tickets will go on sale in April and passengers can register their interest now at www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/islesofscillyhelicopter or by calling the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre on 01736 334240.

Island Helicopters will be operated by Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) in partnership with the Steamship Group using a brand new 10-seater AW169 aircraft. SAS is no stranger to Cornwall.

Passengers can park at Land’s End Airport or a new park and ride service will chauffer them from Penzance train station or their accommodation to and from Land’s End Airport in just 15 minutes.

Island Helicopters will complement and integrate with the existing Skybus fixed wing flights from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter Airports, and the seasonal Scillonian III ferry which sails from Penzance. Together they carried 214,000 passengers last year.

Andrew May, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Island Helicopters to Land’s End Airport and look forward to sharing our modern facilities, which already handle more than 60,000 passengers a year. We know there is demand from thousands of people who have really missed the helicopter since it stopped in 2012.

“We’ve listened to that demand, investigated what we believe can work, and have partnered with SAS to make it happen. This gives visitors and islanders more choice over how they travel and makes the transport network more resilient, which is exactly what our customers say they want.”

Andrew added: “We plan to fly to St Mary’s Airport and Tresco, subject to agreement with both. We know how important a direct high quality helicopter link is to Tresco’s customers and we are renewing our offer to Tresco to work with us to make the service a success for all of the islands.”

Henk Schaeken, managing director of SAS, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Steamship Group to provide the aircraft and crews for these new helicopter flights from Land’s End Airport. The AW169 is a state-of-the-art helicopter and we’ll be providing a brand new aircraft straight off the production line, offering passengers a speedy and comfortable service. We look forward to expanding our operations in Cornwall.”

The announcement has been welcomed by business leaders in Cornwall. Kim Conchie, chief executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The visitor economy is crucial to the Isles of Scilly and any sustainable development that strengthens transport links has got to be welcomed. This new service will offer more choice year-round, and that’s great news.”

And business leader Chris Pomfret, former chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “When the previous helicopter service to Scilly ceased for financial reasons, I was Chair of the LEP and know only too well what a blow that was. I am therefore delighted for those who love the islands – whether residents, visitors or local businesses – that a new service is being put in place using a latest generation helicopter. I am sure this will be welcomed by everyone involved with the Islands and hope it proves a commercial success.”

Land’s End Airport handles over 60,000 passengers and more than 10,000 aircraft movements a year, and is just over a mile from the A30 and only seven miles from Penzance.

In recent years the Steamship Group has completely upgraded Land’s End Airport to include a new £1 million terminal building, extra car parking and a £2.6m project to replace the main grass runways with asphalt, which was part-funded by the European Union.

The company has recently completed a £260,000 investment in equipping all eight of its Skybus aircraft with a new GPS-based landing system to improve resilience and reliability.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group was founded by islanders almost 100 years ago to provide lifeline passenger and freight services to the Isles of Scilly.

The £17-million turnover business employs 228 staff and returns more than £1.1 million a year to local communities through subsidised travel, freight, sponsorships and grants.

PRESS RELEASE – 14 February 2018

Era Group celebrates 70 years of service.

Era Group Inc., one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the United States, has commenced a year-long celebration of 70 years of service beginning in 1948.

Era’s founder, Carl Brady, learned to fly helicopters in Washington State where he formed Economy Pest Control. In 1948, Brady renamed his company Economy Helicopters and moved his Bell 47B helicopter to Alaska to support the U.S. Government’s mapping of the territory — the first use of a commercial helicopter in Alaska. By 1950, Brady’s Alaska-based company had moved into the petroleum support business and in 1958 merged with Rotor Aids, Inc. The first letters of Economy and Rotor Aids were combined, and the company became ERA Helicopters, Inc.

Rowan Companies, Inc. purchased Era Helicopters in 1967, and by 1970 the company was operating in the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East and Africa. In 2004, SEACOR Holdings Inc. purchased then-named Era Aviation Inc. from Rowan to complement its existing aviation business, Tex-Air. On Feb. 1, 2013, Era Group Inc. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as an independent public company following a spin-off from SEACOR. 

With a current fleet of more than 130 helicopters, Era has emerged as a leader in the helicopter industry providing an array of services including offshore personnel transport, emergency air medical, search-and-rescue, firefighting, utility, VIP transport and flightseeing services. Era also provides a variety of operating lease solutions and technical fleet support to third party operators.

“As we celebrate Era’s 70-year history as a pioneer in the aviation industry, we will continue our contribution to Era’s rich legacy by focusing on the company’s mission to provide safe, efficient and reliable helicopter services,” said Chris Bradshaw, Era’s president and chief executive officer. “I want to thank all of the Era team members, both past and present, for their contributions in making Era one of the global leaders in our industry.”