It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people each year are transported by air ambulance. For some people experiencing a medical emergency, being airlifted to a hospital can mean the difference between life and death. However, for many, emergency transport by air is unnecessary, especially when the astronomical price of the often short ride is taken into account. In many instances, a ground ambulance could do the job just as quickly and at a fraction of the cost. Continue reading
A Eurocopter AS350 helicopter crashed last Friday (July 3) in Frisco, Colorado, shortly after taking off from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, killing the pilot and injuring the other two crew members. This is a “classic post-crash fire crashworthiness case and demonstrates that the fuel system is defective because the tank ruptured and caused injury in an otherwise survivable crash,” said helicopter pilot and Slack & Davis aviation attorney Ladd Sanger. Continue reading
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has plans for a busy 2015. Posting its goals for the New Year comes in the form of a “Most Wanted List.” The NTSB plans to use the list as a road map for navigating its advocacy priorities. While the safety agency’s goals may seem lofty to some, the statistics support the need for objective intervention.
Due to the urgent and often dangerous nature of the flight, helicopter air ambulance pilots are a unique brand of aircraft operators who take risks every day in order to help or rescue patients. In fact, the job has earned top ranking as one of the most dangerous professions. Because of this, air ambulance pilots are a small and close-knit community – one which will now include Prince William. Continue reading