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Life Flight Network Becomes First Air Medical Program In The World To Achieve Dual HAI-APS And IS-BAO Accreditation

Life Flight Network HAS received recognition for earning two distinguished safety accreditations. LFN is the first air medical operator in the world to receive the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) designation for helicopter air ambulance operations. Simultaneously, LFN received International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO) accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

HAI-APS is a voluntary program to assist helicopter operators reduce accident and incident rates by helping to ensure the program’s safety culture is where it should be. HAI, the trade association for the international helicopter community, developed HAI-APS to help participating businesses “fly to a higher standard” of safety and professionalism. To become an HAI-APS accredited operator, programs need to demonstrate their operations are in compliance with internationally accepted standards of safety and professionalism for helicopter operations.

IBAC is an international, non-governmental association which represents, promotes, and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory forums. IBAC introduced the IS-BAO program after recognizing the need for the business aviation community to take a lead role in fostering harmonization of operating procedures and requirements. IS-BAO’s fundamental purpose is to foster standardized, safe, and highly professional aircraft operations.

“We owe it to our employees, our patients, and to the communities we serve to conduct air ambulance operations as safely as possible,” stated Michael Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of LFN. Griffiths adds, “Becoming the first air ambulance operator in the world to achieve dual HAI-APS and IS-BAO accreditations is further demonstration of our commitment to operating medically configured helicopters in the safest manner possible.”

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International Air Ambulance Owner Operator Broker Round Table

Welcome to the most recent International Private Medical Insurance Magazine exclusive air ambulance medical transportation round table business forum. In this exclusive debate we talk about the international medical transportation sector of the business. With a focus on fleet capabilities, on-board technology, medication and payor-provider relations the round table takes a closer look at the global providers assisting iPMI insurers and insureds.

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AirMed UK Receives CAMTS Accreditation To Become One Of Only Four Operators Worldwide With Both EURAMI And CAMTS Accreditation

THIS WEEK AIRMED BECAME THE FIRST EVER EUROPEAN AIR AMBULANCE OPERATOR TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR AND GAIN CAMTS (COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF MEDICAL TRANSPORT SYSTEMS) ACCREDITATION.

“This is a huge achievement” says David Quayle, Chief Flight Nurse of AirMed who led the accreditation process. “We are one of only two operators situated outside North America who have received this accreditation and on top of that we are one of only 4 operators worldwide who have achieved dual accreditation from both CAMTS and EURAMI (European Aeromedical Institute)”.

AirMed decided to prepare and apply for CAMTS in 2013. This decision was driven mainly by the U.S. insurance and assistance market which more readily recognises CAMTS accreditation standards. “Following discussions with prospective new U.S based clients, it became clear that there was a growing need that their air ambulance providers had to not only have accreditation, but specifically CAMTS accreditation. We therefore took the decision to start the application process.”Explains Jane Topliss, Director of Business Development.

“One of the major difficulties that we had to face when going through this process is the fact that the CAMTS standards are derived from the U.S. healthcare and aviation regulatory system. Despite the feeling that the UK is closely aligned with the U.S., when it comes to both of these complex areas we are actually more closely aligned with continental Europe” confirms Mr Quayle. “We had to adapt the criteria of each aspect of the CAMTS standards to our UK system in a way that still demonstrated clear compliance”.

CAMTS standards and auditing procedures are extremely rigorous with two auditors examining all of the required documentary evidence and speaking directly to many members of the team over the course of at least two days – they really do leave no stones unturned. Clients and patients can be assured that Air Ambulance companies which comply really do work to the very highest worldwide standards.

The comprehensive application and auditing process of CAMTS looks at every aspect of a company’s operation including aircraft maintenance, flight and ground operations, training across the organisation and, of course, patient management and clinical governance. Our Safety Management System is an example of this and an area where AirMed excelled. Unlike the U.S. it has been a legal requirement from an aviation operations perspective in Europe to have a Safety Management System in place for several years. AirMed’s companywide system is extremely advanced and well established and it is upon this risk management system that all company decisions are made; for example, the implementation of multi-crew operations across the entire fleet of aircraft in 2014.

“We are absolutely delighted to have achieved this accreditation. The team work extremely hard every day to ensure that a high quality service is provided to our clients and most importantly to our patients. To be able to have this great teamwork recognised is the perfect tribute to their dedication” concludes Ms Topliss.

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New Northwest MedStar Helicopter In The Greater Spokane Skies

Northwest MedStar received an Airbus H135 (formerly EC135) helicopter adding to their expansive fleet of twenty-one critical care transportation units serving a multi-state territory.

"This is an additional, long-term investment in Northwest MedStar's critical care operations," said Nancy Vorhees, Chief Administrative Office for Inland Northwest Health Services, Northwest MedStar's parent company. "For decades our critical care teams have worked with health care professionals to provide life-saving services, and that commitment will continue for years to come."

The Airbus H135 helicopter includes the next generation of avionics and enhanced situational awareness for pilots. Northwest MedStar purchased the helicopter and had it modified for air medical services.  The aircraft, based in Spokane, provides services throughout the Inland Northwest.

Northwest MedStar's fleet is comprised of eight helicopters, five airplanes (fixed wings) and eight critical care ground units located at six base locations including Missoula, Mont., Spokane, Moses Lake, Brewster, Tri-Cities and Palouse region.

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Air Ambulance Market To Grow At A CAGR Of 9.57% During 2014-2019

Air ambulance services are sophisticated and advanced medical services provided in a mobile environment. These services have become an essential component of the modern healthcare system. The medical critical care transport saves lives as it is an effective way to shift or carry critical patients to healthcare facilities. The air ambulance transport services are used in war-torn regions, during natural disasters, outburst of epidemics and road accidents.

Global Air Ambulance market to grow at a CAGR of 9.57 percent over the period 2014-2019.

Covered in this Report

This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Air Ambulance market for the period 2015-2019. The market size is based on the medical services provided through air ambulances.

The report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top four vendors in the Global Air Ambulance market. In addition, the report discusses the major drivers that influence the growth of the market and also outlines the challenges faced by the vendors and the market at large, as well as the key trends that are emerging in the market.

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Global Air Ambulance Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years.

The report also includes a discussion on the key vendors operating in this market.

Key Vendors

  • Air Ambulance Specialists
  • Air Methods
  • PHI
  • Scandinavian Air Ambulance

Other Prominent Vendors

  • IAS Medical
  • Lifeguard Air Ambulance
  • Native American Air Ambulance
  • REVA Air Ambulance

Key Market Driver

  • Reach to Remote Areas
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key Market Challenge

  • Communication
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report


Key Market Trend

  • Advances in Technology
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. List of Abbreviations

3. Scope of the Report
3.1 Market Overview
3.2 Service Offerings

4. Market Research Methodology
4.1 Market Research Process
4.2 Research Methodology

5. Introduction

6. Market Landscape
6.1 Market Overview
6.1.1 Depiction of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Service
6.1.2 Certification Specification
6.1.3 STC Process Duration
6.1.4 Key Air Ambulance Associations
6.2 Market Size and Forecast
6.3 Five Forces Analysis

7. Buying Criteria

8. Market Growth Drivers

9. Drivers and their Impact

10. Market Challenges

11. Impact of Drivers and Challenges

12. Market Trends

13. Trends and their Impact

14. Vendor Landscape
14.1 Competitive Scenario
14.2 Other Prominent Vendors

15. Key Vendor Analysis
15.1 Air Ambulance Specialists
15.1.1 Key Facts
15.1.2 Business Overview
15.1.3 Service Segmentation
15.1.4 Aircrafts
15.1.5 SWOT Analysis
15.2 Air Methods
15.2.1 Key Facts
15.2.2 Business Overview
15.2.3 Business Segmentation by Revenue 2013
15.2.4 Business Segmentation by Revenue 2012 and 2013
15.2.5 Business Strategy
15.2.6 Recent Developments
15.2.7 SWOT Analysis
15.3 PHI
15.3.1 Key Facts
15.3.2 Business Overview
15.3.3 Business Segmentation by Revenue 2013
15.3.4 Business Segmentation by Revenue 2012 and 2013
15.3.5 Geographical Segmentation by Revenue 2013
15.3.6 Business Strategy
15.3.7 Recent Developments
15.3.8 SWOT Analysis
15.4 Scandinavian Air Ambulance
15.4.1 Key Facts
15.4.2 Business Overview
15.4.3 Business Operations
15.4.4 Geographical Segmentation by Revenue 2014
15.4.5 Business Strategy
15.4.6 SWOT Analysis

16. Other Reports in this Series

List of Exhibits:

Exhibit 1: Market Research Methodology
Exhibit 2: Depiction of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Service
Exhibit 3: Certification Specification (Approval - Europe)
Exhibit 4: Certification Specification (No Approval - Europe)
Exhibit 5: STC Process Duration
Exhibit 6: Global Air Ambulance Market 2014-2019 (US$ billion)
Exhibit 7: FAA Rules for Commercial Helicopters and Air Ambulances
Exhibit 8: Air Ambulance Specialists: Service Segmentation
Exhibit 9: Air Ambulance Specialists: Aircrafts
Exhibit 10: Air Methods: Business Segmentation by Revenue 2013
Exhibit 11: Air Methods: Business Segmentation by Revenue 2012 and 2013 (US$ million)
Exhibit 12: PHI: Business Segmentation by Revenue 2013
Exhibit 13: PHI: Business Segmentation by Revenue 2012 and 2013 (US$ million)
Exhibit 14: PHI: Geographical Segmentation by Revenue 2013
Exhibit 15: Scandinavian Air Ambulance: Business Operations
Exhibit 16: Scandinavian Air Ambulance: Geographical Segmentation by Revenue 2014

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Star Navigation Receives Operational Transport Canada STC for Learjet 45

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. is very pleased to announce that Transport Canada has granted it a final Supplemental Type Certificate ("STC") with respect to the installation of its STAR-A.D.S. ™ system on a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Skyservice Business Aviation Inc. (Skyservice").

STC's are required when changes (such as the installation of the STAR-A.D.S. ™ system) are made to an aircraft. This full STC again results from the hard work of Star's recently formed internal STC Group. Viraf S. Kapadia, Chairman and CEO of Star said, "The granting of this operational STC is further validation of our strategic operational plan. By developing our own internal resources instead of relying on external suppliers, we save time, significantly lower our costs and expand our ability to service our customers in the most efficient way possible. We look forward to serving our first North American customer, Skyservice. In the near future, we hope to be able to enhance the service currently offered by the STAR-A.D.S.™ system by providing real time monitoring and reporting of critical medical information of patients in air ambulances while in flight. (see Press Release December 2, 2014). We are excited about the possibilities that we can bring to air ambulance operations, The granting of this certificate can assist us in the penetration of the General Aviation and VIP jets market."

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AirLink Ambulance joins International Assistance Group as Preferred Provider in Mexico

International Assistance Group’s unique Partnership Program has significantly increased its network of companies within the assistance industry, in the last two years, and has experienced an unexpected success in America. AirLink Ambulance has been accredited as its Preferred Provider in Mexico. This company has been nominated for three times in a row for the “Air Ambulance of the Year” Award given by the International Travel Insurance Journal.

AirLink Ambulance, established in the USA in 1998, is a full service air ambulance company, with corporate offices and aircrafts operating from Guadalajara, Mexico. With 65 medical, aviation professionals, and support staff, the company provides world-class air ambulance evacuations within or from Mexico, or any other Central and South American country, and the Caribbean- including Cuba. Under its direct operation, AirLink Ambulance controls all of the human and material resources and protocols required to provide the highest quality air ambulance service, and has completed over 2000 air ambulance flights. They have undergone thorough on-site inspections various times, and have been accepted as a preferred provider by some of the major insurance and assistance companies, embassies, and cruise lines in the world, now including International Assistance Group. The air ambulance company offers international and national bedside-to-bedside services, as well as ground ambulance services and medical escorts. AirLink is the only Mexican air ambulance company that has the permits to legally fly to Canada.

“IAG is proud to complement its worldwide map of Air Ambulances Preferred Providers with Airlink Ambulance in Mexico. Airlink has been used for many years by IAG; the new Partnership will undoubtedly tighten up our relationship and enhance our knowledge of the challenges faced by air ambulances within that region,” expressed Cécile Hermetz, General Manager of International Assistance Group.

The company is the first air ambulance company, in this zone, that received the European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI) accreditation. AirLink´s standard team on their missions is always a doctor and a paramedic, however they add medical crew if required by the condition of the patient. Operational area, a meaningful asset AirLink Ambulance offers neonatal air ambulance services, in addition to pediatric service.

The company has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and specialized personnel to care for the transport of babies of any age in critical condition, including premature babies weighing less than 1 kilo. In addtion, they employ highly trained air medical teams. They provide doctors, and paramedics, at least one of each on all flights, along with additional specialized medical staff required by the patient’s condition, including ER physicians, cardiac specialists, orthopedists, pediatric specialists, surgeons, neonatal specialists and neurologists. The company flies approximately 60% adults and 40% children. Cases are divided as follows: 40% critical stable; 30% stable; 20% very stable; 10% critical instable.

“Most of the patients transported in or from Latin America need intensive care (in our case around 80%). Especially in Mexico and Latin America, it is sometimes hard to trust medical reports or comments of treading doctors, since experience tells that the conditions of patients are often quite different from the initial statements when the air ambulance crew arrives. That is also one of the reasons why we always send a doctor in our mission,” explained Dr. Blanca Garcia, Director of Medical Operations, AirLink Ambulance.

As an organization working with Mexican communities to improve their health, AirLink has always been involved in fighting against the problem of burnt children in Latin America. Hence, they work closely together with the Michou y Mau Foundation for Burnt Children in Mexico and with Shriners Burn hospitals in the US, where their team receives continuous Advanced Burn Life Support training.

For the Foundation, AirLink provides reduced price transport for more than 50 burnt children a year. AirLink performs to maintain a balance between the economic development of the business, but also the welfare of its employees, the society, and environment. For AirLink, social responsibility means sustaining the equilibrium between those two.

The role of AirLink´s business is to create and deliver services in a way that treats people fairly, meets individuals’ needs and aspirations globally, and encourages market and policy frameworks that enable a sustainable future. AirLink´s commitment is both passive, by avoiding engaging in socially harmful acts, and active, by performing activities that directly advance social goals.

Cultural diversity

AirLink is global in mindset, staffing, and activities. For a relatively small company located in a so called “uni-cultural” city, AirLink´s stands out for its cultural diversity. Employees from all over the globe (currently from the USA, The Netherlands, Canada, Colombia, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, and Mexico) work together and provide the organization with different views on the world, which makes thinking out-of-the-box easy.

Not only cultural diversity is remarkable, but diversity is notable in different ways in the organization such as: welcoming female pilots and maintenance workers, possibilities and solutions to take babies and children to the corporate offices and space for the practice of different religions are a few examples. AirLink´s employees are stimulated to participate in social activities.

The company has been recognized in numerous testimonials for the caring and compassionate service extended by its experienced, trained medical, flight, and customer service professionals.

About AirLink Ambulance

AirLink Ambulance is a full service air ambulance company, operating from Mexico. AirLink Ambulance provides air ambulance and medical escort services within or from Mexico, and any other Central and South American country including the Caribbean. AirLink operates and maintains its own fleet of aircrafts, which, as well as our corporate offices, are located in Guadalajara, Mexico, right in the middle of the American continent. Their geographical location gives them the advantage to serve the entire American continent, moving our airplanes from South to North or the other way around. AirLink provides their services mostly for expatriates and travelers, being contracted directly by the major insurance and assistance companies, embassies, and cruise lines located worldwide.

About International Assistance Group

International Assistance Group is a limited incorporated company in Paris (France) regulated under the French law and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning all the links in the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other offer quality assistance. The group’s success has attracted accredited companies around the world and it now boasts 62 Partners and Preferred Providers (31 Core Partners, 13 Assistance Partners, and 18 Preferred Providers) and a turnover of over €1.3 billion. More than 6,700 employees take care of 138 million end users. Last year, International Assistance Group® handled over 6.0 million cases and 37,000 repatriations.

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Angel MedFlight's Innovative Approach to Employee Training

As an innovative industry leader, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance implements a world-class training and development program to ensure every employee is equipped with the necessary tools to excel in his or her job function.

This requires remaining on the cutting edge of technology and education in two ever-evolving industries: aviation and healthcare.

Matt Greenwell, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P, FP-C, Angel MedFlight's Director of Clinical Operations teaches a Flight Physiology training course. He explains how pressure and altitude affect patients and the medical flight crew alike. Everything is measured in pressure and how it affects people differently; a patient is going to react differently at sea level than at 40,000 feet. "It's very important that the patient's history and condition is taken into consideration when the flight coordinators plan the flight," said Greenwell, adding, "Altitude and air density, cabin pressure and the condition of the patient all play a role in coordinating a flight and determining the correct altitude and cabin pressure."

Angel MedFlight's training curriculum is comprised of specialized instruction from each department including aviation, aviation maintenance, safety, operations, flight coordination, medical, quality management, legal, claims, human resources, IT and business development.

Employees are trained to understand the role of each job function and how they integrate; streamlining the overall communication process.

Employee training is an ongoing process; with continuing education requirements. An important part of Angel MedFlight's training program is a course designed for Flight Coordinators. It is imperative for Flight Coordinators to know how flights operate, the medical and technical aspects involved to accurately determine each patient's medical needs.

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Belgium Travel Advice: Take Out Comprehensive Travel And Medical Insurance Before You Travel

Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you need to contact the emergency services in Belgium call 112.

Theft and pick pocketing is a problem in crowded areas.

Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. 

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