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Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 2 March 2017

Priority 1 Air Rescue debuts Helicopter Hoist Rescue SAR Training Simulator at Heli-Expo 2017.

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will be demonstrating an operational model of their Virtual Hoist SAR simulator at booth #2417 during the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli Expo in Dallas March 7th through the 9th.  P1AR created this smaller transportable version of their Virtual Hoist Simulator specifically for Heli-Expo 2017 to present its advanced mission training capabilities and provide a compact replica of the synthetic devices that are currently employed at Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) located in Mesa, Arizona and Nimes-Garons, France.

“A number of our customers tell us that we should be doing more to inform the SAR community and promote how we integrate our standardized hoist mission training programs and optimise safety by employing our virtual hoist simulators, so we listened”, stated Brad Matheson President of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “As we have operational SAR crews out there performing actual rescue missions, we genuinely understand the array of challenges end users face, and consequently, how to create the most effective, safe, and high cost saving solution. We are not a simulator company selling simulators, we are an integrated training and operations provider offering a complete spectrum of mission performance solutions for end users”.   

Attendees will be available to view ‘live’ hoist and SAR mission demonstrations conducted by P1AR instructors showing the realistic hoist cable physics using multiple aircraft types, including the Bell 412/429, AW139/169/189, UH60, NH90, H135/ H225, and CH47s, operating in multiple working environments and weather conditions, day and night, unaided and with Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).

For more information about scheduling a hands on hoist simulation demonstration with the VHS at our booth at HAI 2017 or additional information about our SAR/Tactical Mission Training and Operations please contact: info@priority1airrescue.com

For more information: Contact us at info@Priority1AirRescue.com

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PRESS RELEASE – HAI Heli-Expo 2017

Era Search and Rescue Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award.
Alexandria, Va. (January 11, 2017) – Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Era Search and Rescue, a service line of Era Group Inc., is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas.
Era pioneered the first U.S. commercial search-and-rescue (SAR) program, in partnership with Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR). Era’s SAR program has responded to more than 1,050 emergency calls from more than 70 companies in the Gulf of Mexico. Operating three SAR-equipped AW139 medium helicopters from Houma, La., and Galveston, Texas, Era was the first emergency flight services provider to configure the AW139 for full SAR mission capabilities. As the only search and rescue provider that is medically licensed in Texas and Louisiana, Era’s SAR program provides 24-hour offshore advanced life support medical care on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The SAR program is supported by four Era dispatchers certified as Emergency Medical Dispatchers; 18 pilots qualified in instrument flight rules, night-vision goggles, air ambulance, and hoist rescues; and 36 P1AR medically qualified rescue specialists — making it the most comprehensive program serving the OCS. Era’s SAR program can support local, state and federal crisis emergency response efforts for various emergency situations.
Era SAR is considered one of the world’s premier search and rescue operations, able to conduct emergency response in extreme environments. Era participated in the Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue Exercise on Alaska’s North Slope to identify the benefits to search and rescue missions of the integration of manned and unmanned aerial systems. This exercise showed the capabilities and expertise of participants in support of arctic SAR efforts and other such missions. Era AW139 SAR pilots worked with P1AR crews to establish interoperability among marine and aviation assets during recovery at the rescue scene.
The award will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, March 6–9, with the exhibit hall open March 7–9. For more information on HAI HELI-EXPO 2017, visit heliexpo.rotor.org.

PRESS RELEASE – 29 May 2016

Era Group Inc. (Era) has announced its Search-and-Rescue (SAR) Program has
successfully completed 1,000 missions in the Gulf of Mexico.

Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), an internationally recognized leader of
SAR services, Era pioneered the establishment of its commercial air
ambulance and search-and-rescue offering in the United States in 2010.
Three SAR-equipped Leonardo AW139 (formerly AgustaWestland) medium
helicopters operating from Era’s new super base in Houma, Louisiana and
Galveston, Texas, support the SAR Program and provide operational coverage
throughout the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf significantly
improving offshore safety. As the world’s largest civilian operator of
Leonardo-Finmeccanica helicopters, Era was the first company to operate the
AW139 in a SAR configuration in North America.
Era’s aircraft can operate under instrument flight rules (IFR) and offer
full SAR capabilities such as a Goodrich dual hoist system, night vision,
and integrated auto hover with search pattern modes, high intensity
searchlight and a forward looking infrared system. The dedicated aircraft
feature complete advanced life support (ALS) medical care packages,
including critical care, fluid resuscitation, advanced airway, pain
management and cardiac monitoring, providing unparalleled medical response
capability.
P1AR’s multi-disciplined hoist operators, rescue swimmers and paramedics
integrate ALS patient care with helicopter hoisting operations. The P1AR
crew members are also capable of providing technical rescue for workers in
remote access and confined spaces on oil-and-gas production platforms,
drilling rigs and other installations, including offshore support vessels,
ocean freighters and cruise ships.
Combining ALS air ambulance and SAR capabilities with the highest level of
pre-hospital medical care available facilitates the provision of medical
treatment to locations previously unreachable. The SAR Program is supported
by four engineering and manufacturing development-certified medical
dispatchers, 18 IFR, night vision goggles, air ambulance and hoist-qualified
pilots and 36 P1AR medically-qualified rescue specialists.
“The 1,000 mission milestone is a testament to the status of Era’s partnered
SAR Program as the go-to solution for companies and their employees in the
Gulf of Mexico,” said Paul White, senior vice president, Commercial. “Though
we never wish the need for our services to arise, our SAR Program has become
an important component of offshore safety assurance, and we see additional
SAR opportunities both here and abroad. We take great pride in helping our
customers rest easy knowing that our SAR Program is standing by and at the
ready to assist as necessary.”
“The driving force behind the SAR Program is the passion and commitment of
everyone involved,” said Brad Matheson, president of P1AR. “The successful
completion of the 1,000th SAR mission clearly demonstrates the importance of
the offering made possible through the Era and P1AR partnership.
“The success of the SAR Program reflects the safety commitment of the
subscribers and other customers to ensure their staff, clients and community
are afforded the best possible response in the event of an emergency. The
capabilities of the SAR Program are built upon innovation and training that
will provide further opportunities for continued growth in this highly
specialized sector of the helicopter industry.”

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Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for these images of the ERA RESCUE Helicopters operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

PRESS RELEASE – 2 MARCH 2016

PT INDOPELITA AIRCRAFT SERVICES, A SUBSIDIARY COMPANY OF PT. PELITA AIR SERVICE, HAD SUCCESSFULLY ASSEMBLED NEW BASARNAS HELICOPTER.

South Tangerang – On Monday, February 22nd, 2016, located in the hangar of PT Indopelita Aircraft Services in Pondok Cabe Airfield, was introduced the new helicopter AW 139 SAR belongs to BASARNAS.

This helicopter was produced in Italy, and had completed the assembly process which was fully carried out by subsidiary of PT. Pelita Air Service (PT PAS), namely PT Indopelita Aircraft Services (PT IAS).
It is an honor, where PT IAS managed to assemble a helicopter, which had undergone numerous tests and flight test and also got the military certification. PT IAS also cooperates with Finmeccanica in the maintenance of the aircraft.

The cooperation between both companies began in March 2015, when BASARNAS had signed a contract with Finmeccanica, an Agusta Westland helicopter manufacturing company, for the purchase of AW139 helicopters for search and rescue operational purposes. This agreement covers the training of air crews and technicians, as well as initial support package including rescue hoist, radar, cabin console and other rescue equipment.

SAR Helicopter AW139 is a medium class helicopter that is reliable and has twin-engines, which will strengthen the search and rescue operations in difficult terrain to reach both on land and at sea. With the ability to Search and Rescue (SAR) best-in-class, AW139 SAR has a passenger capacity of up to 15 people or 5 stretchers, and is capable of flying at speeds up to 310 kilometers per/hour, a distance of up to 1,250 kilometers with a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet, and endurance to fly up 6 hours to cope with the long search time.

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PRESS RELEASE – January 2015.
AAR Awarded 10-Year Search & Rescue Contract in the Falkland Islands by UK MOD.
Company leveraging its defense experience and diversifying its Airlift operations.
WOOD DALE, Illinois, January 19, 2015 – AAR (NYSE:AIR) announces its Airlift division hasbeen awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands. The 10-year contract is valued at approximately £180 million (approximately $275 million).
AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), will provide a combined SAR and Support Helicopter service to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) operations. The program will include AgustaWestland AW-189 SAR helicopters, Sikorsky S-61 support helicopters, flight operations, maintenance, logistics, and facilities support at the Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime region.
The mission includes all-weather SAR, helicopter emergency medical services, rescue hoist operations, passenger and cargo transfers, and night vision imaging systems. Readiness states vary from 15-60 minutes response and require a 24/7/365 alert posture. Performance on the 10-year contract will begin on 1 April 2016.
“This award presents a tremendous opportunity for AAR Airlift’s business as part of our strategy to diversify our capabilities and customer base,” said Randy J. Martinez, President & CEO, AAR Airlift Group. “We are thrilled that our exemplary record of safety, reliability, and operational performance has earned us the confidence of the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver this critical service.” Ian Craddock, Head of Helicopters 2 in the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support department, said: “I have every confidence that AAR Airlift has the capability and experience to provide a search and rescue service that maintains the high standards set by the Royal Air Force, who we must thank for the service they have delivered to date. “We will work closely with AAR through the period of transition, with the RAF continuing to provide search and rescue cover until the new service starts. I am also pleased that AAR will be sub-contracting British International Helicopters, who is already successfully providing support helicopter services in the Falkland Islands, to support delivery of the combined service.” “We are delighted to be working with AAR, a first class aviation services company with a commitment to excellence, best practice, and delivery that closely matches our own,” said Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman & Founder of BIH owners Rigby Group PLC. “Backed by BIH’s twenty years’ experience assisting UKMOD operations in the Falklands, I’m extremely confident in our combined ability to provide all the vital military helicopter services for the Islands.” AAR Airlift provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The Company provides passenger and cargo transport, aeromedical services, night vision operations, search and rescue (SAR), airdrop and other special mission services. AAR Airlift’s fleet of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft serves defense customers in Afghanistan, Africa, the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and the Western Pacific.
… pre-delivery flights for this Search & Rescue variant of the AW189 that will be operated in the Falkland Islands.

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