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REVA Opens New Ireland Base

REVA continues to expand its award-winning global services with a new full-service base of operations in County Clare, Ireland, at the Shannon International Airport (EINN).

The Ireland base, first announced in 2020, received its final approvals in early February and is now fully operational with a full-time Ireland-based crew.

“I am very confident in the skill of our clinical crews based at Shannon, led by Dr. Adrian Murphy, a leader in pre-hospital medicine, we have some of the most capable critical care crews in the air ambulance world,” said Steve Williams, Global Director of Medical Operations.

REVA’s newest base addresses clients’ needs for both long-range and regional providers in the market. The company saw the ability to leverage the Shannon Ireland base to speed up transatlantic operations between the Americas and Europe offering a quicker patient transport time, providing fewer delays for crew repositioning and overnights, and ultimately minimizing the hospitalization costs at the treating facility.

Until now, REVA’s base in Schenectady, NY (KSCH) served Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The new base in Ireland is strategically positioned to serve Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, providing the company a foothold in a part of the world with fewer air-ambulance and medical transport service options.

“Our latest expansion into the EMEA region reflects REVA’s commitment to delivering customized aero-medical solutions to meet our clients’ needs. We look forward to offering fast, reliable, and cost-effective services our clients have grown to trust over the years,” said Douglas Weisz, Senior Account Executive.

The Shannon Ireland operation features, a company-owned Hawker 800XP, operated through a strategic partnership with Gainjet Ireland. The Hawker 800XP offers a spacious stand-up cabin, enclosed lavatory, and room to accommodate up to three or four family members.

“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new base in Ireland. We have had excellent support from the Irish Development Agency (IDA) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) in setting up our base. We look forward to our partnership with Gainjet Ireland Ltd and working with health care professionals across Ireland and throughout the EMEA region to provide high-quality critical care and aviation services.” said Shannon Schell, President, and CEO of REVA, Inc.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with satellite operations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Schenectady, N.Y., the Ireland operation increases the number of global bases to four with more than 350 employees worldwide. REVA flights operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering onboard medical staff that utilizes fixed-wing aircraft that serve as air ambulances.

 

 

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New Managing Director At Air Alliance

As of 1 March, Dr. Michael Bitzer will join Air Alliance as managing director.

He will strengthen the team of the two managing directors Felix von Waldow and René Petersen. His main focus will be strategy, sales/business development and medical services. This puts the Air Alliance management in an excellent position for further growth.

Dr. Bitzer studied medicine and business administration and brings with him extensive experience in the areas of healthcare, insurance and international sales, particularly in the important strategic growth market Middle East, where he worked for over 20 years in the United Arab Emirates and the entire Gulf region on behalf of global corporations.

Air ambulance flights are not a new territory for Dr. Bitzer. As longterm medical officer with the German Armed Forces, he coordinated evacuation flights in former Yugoslavia as part of the IFOR mission.

Air Alliance has mastered the challenges of 2020 very well. The successful long-haul air ambulance segment, the company's own state-of-the-art maintenance facility with support for its own aircraft fleet and the rapidly growing aircraft sales, based upon the long-term partnership with aircraft manufacturer Pilatus, all form a solid foundation on a strong capital base.

Air Alliance is continuously focussing on the growth of the international ambulance and repatriation business: With the acquisition of the first Learjet 45 XR, investments have already been made in expanding and modernising the fleet. Medicine as a core competence and the international contract business are also being expanded.

 

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Airlec Air Espace Achieves Successful Primary EURAMI Accreditation

Airlec Air Espace of Bordeaux, France is delighted to announce that it has successfully achieved its first Accreditation by the European Aero-Medical Institute (EURAMI).

Airlec Air Espace was awarded accreditation in the following categories:

  • Regional Fixed Wing Air Ambulance
  • Long-range / Intercontinental Fixed Wing Air Ambulance

Airlec has also successfully achieved following medical endorsements:

  • Adult Critical Care
  • Advanced Adult Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care

This accreditation demonstrates Airlec’s continuous commitment to professional excellence and leading edge medical transport worldwide.

Airlec Managing Director Paul Tiba comments on this prestigious achievement, “We are extremely proud to have successfully completed the EURAMI primary accreditation and look forward to continuing to demonstrate our excellent care and dedication to safety & quality in alignment with the EURAMI philosophy and standards”.

Founded in 1992 the European Aero-Medical Institute e.V. – commonly known as EURAMI – is a nonprofit organization, with its base in Cologne, Germany. EURAMI has established itself as an indicator for Excellence, Quality and Safety in Aero-Medical Transportation. Founded by the leading aeromedical providers in the world it has since developed into a globally recognized institution with more than 50 accredited providers worldwide.

EURAMI strives to increase and promote the best patient care by creating and publishing standards in the field of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance, Rotary Wing Air Ambulance as well as Commercial Airline Medical Escort.

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Massive Demand For FAI Air Ambulance’s COVID-19 Transport

FAIs air ambulance division has been operating at maximum capacity to meet the high number of requests for repatriation and medevac flights.

Since March FAI has performed almost 70 flights of covid-19 patients in 47 countries with the single patient isolation and transport system EpiShuttle.

FAI is one of the world’s leading global provider of aviation services, logging far above 10,000 hours per year flying air ambulance missions. In the month of April FAI did nearly 800 hours of flying on mostly medevac missions. So far FAI has transported patients with the EpiShuttle in 47 countries, including difficult destinations as Iraq, China and South Sudan.

"I am immensely proud of the way FAI Air Ambulance and our talented team of professionals responded to the immense challenges of the pandemic. We have collaborated with EpiGuard in on further development in safe isolation and transport. Our investments in the EpiShuttle has increased our efficiency in covid-19 transport and we have had flights with CBRN patients with the EpiShuttle as well" says Volker Lemke who heads up FAI´s Air Ambulance Division.

To this date, FAI has been to 69 airports all over the world with the EpiShuttle. The The EpiShuttle opens up for transport of covid-19 patients by air. Airflow inside a helicopter or a fixed wing aircraft can easily cause virus to flow from the patient to the pilots. Operating an aircraft wearing personal protection accessories may not be an option, and transport of contagious patients can put an entire crew on the ground.

"Collaborating with a professional partner as FAI gives us firsthand information on the use of the EpiShuttle as well as insight to practicalities you only experience in the field of duty" says Ellen Cathrine Andersen, CEO in EpiGuard.

The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector is enormous and the industry has been to massive changes the last few months. FAI is now nominated as the Air Ambulance Company of the Year category in this year’s International Travel & Health Insurance Journal´s (ITIJ) Industry Awards.

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Universal Air Evac Acquire And Implement A Portable Negative Pressure Isolation Unit

Universal Air Evac is pleased to announce the expansion of our capabilities in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic through the acquisition and implementation of a portable negative pressure isolation unit.

This allows us to transport most infectious patients while maintaining the safety of our crew, providers and patients at the forefront of our operational priorities. The portable isolation unit allows for the rapid setup of a biologically isolated area from the environment outside of the chamber allowing our crew to continue providing emergency medical transport while maintaining maximum protection.

Other measures implemented to ensure the highest levels of safety include:

  • Comprehensive screening and ongoing monitoring of all our crew;

  • Quarantining of crew between duty periods;

  • Pre-flight patient screening and assessment before departure from home base;

  • Vaporized disinfection of aircraft interiors and equipment in addition to our standard cleaning procedures.

Medical evacuation of patients across borders has become extremely complicated due to varying restrictions imposed by governments in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Universal Air Evac remains available to assist you with these movements and encourage you to make contact that we help you navigate through the challenges of moving your patient or insured to an upgraded level of care.

For further information please visit: www.uniairevac.com

 

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Tyrol Air Ambulance Now Transports COVID-19 Patients

Tyrol Air Ambulance can now also transport patients suffering from most infectious diseases, e.g. COVID-19.

Isolation units especially adapted by Air Ambulance Technology (https://www.airambulancetechnology.com) for our ambulance fleet of Citation Bravo and Gulfstream 100 aircraft is used for these transports. The insulation system works with negative pressure, which reduce the germ load and minimizes the risk of a contamination of the environment.

Everyone, from small to large can be safely transported in this isolation chamber, including intensive care patients. In the isolation unit even babies and infants in an incubator can also be transferred safely and without medical restrictions. The company's incubator is used for such pediatric transports.

"With the possibility of transporting infectious patients, we are well prepared for the summer now that travel restrictions are lifted", says Manfred Helldoppler, Managing Director of Tyrol Air Ambulance. "The need for repatriations of COVID-19 patients is very likely to increase with the rising volume of travel activities," Helldoppler continues.

Tyrol Air Ambulance operates a fleet of seven ambulance jets for worldwide medical repatriations and runs a 24-hour Operations Control Center at Innsbruck Airport.

Photo credits: Copyright Tyrol Air Ambulance.

Photo 1: Isolation unit of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

Photo 2: Isolation unit on board the air ambulance jet of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

 

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REVA Accomplishes Complex Mission To Transport COVID-19 Patients Home

On the morning of April 17th, REVA successfully delivered the last of 15 passengers to their respective homes from Aurora Expedition’s cruise ship in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Of the passengers, six were US citizens, three from Great Britain, two from Sweden, and the remainder were citizens of Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. These individuals required medevac transport after their cruise ship, the Greg Mortimer, was required to anchor in Montevideo, Uruguay. The REVA team worked very closely with the ship owner and cruise company Aurora Expeditions to ensure that the guests and staff were comfortable and cared for during the entire journey home.

The passengers were on an Antarctica expedition, following the trail of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Its 16-day Antarctic cruise was cut short due to the spread of coronavirus on the vessel and had been at anchor since March 27. The ship had spent more than two weeks off the port of Montevideo with more than 200 people aboard, among whom more than 100 cases of coronavirus infection were detected.

This complex charter posed many unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more than half of the passengers had tested positive for the virus. This required cooperation with the CDC, local Quarantine Officers, and REVA's Medical Team to ensure all passengers were transported safely, with limited exposure to crew and the public. During this global pandemic, the rules for international travel and medical transport have changed drastically and require extensive planning.

Steve Williams, Director of Medical Operations stated, "This was certainly a logistical challenge more from an operational perspective than a medical one, but we have an amazing support team in our Dispatch Department who coordinated the multiple agency approvals".

REVA's Operations Team in conjunction with Aurora Expeditions coordinated the charter of a Boeing 737 to transport the passengers from Berisso International Airport (SUMU) to Miami International Airport (KMIA).

Upon arrival at Miami International Airport, the U.S and Canadian Citizens were transferred to a REVA Learjet 35 and REVA Learjet 45XR. The two aircraft then continued on to Phoenix, Chicago, and Vancouver. The remaining eight passengers on the 737 aircraft, EU citizens, continued on to East Midlands Airport (EGNX). Upon arrival in the UK, the 737 aircraft was met by a REVA Hawker 800XP. REVA conducted a wing to wing operation with the passengers and safely transported the EU citizens on the final leg of their journey.

Each flight was staffed with a REVA Medical professional to ensure their safety and comfort, “It’s important that we as medical providers be there for these individuals. Offering reassurance to those who have COVID-19 and their families, will help alleviate fear, panic and anxiety. We have a duty to comfort and be there for all of these passengers," said Sean Bryan, Assistant Director of Medical Operations at REVA.

“This was an extremely complex mission that was conducted with unwavering focus and care. The REVA team is trained and prepared to handle these situations. We are glad that we were able to facilitate the safe transport of these 15 individuals back to their homes. It has been a truly rewarding experience for our team” said Shannon Schell, President and CEO at REVA.

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ACC Aviation Partners With Air Ambulance Systems Specialist AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Group, has this week announced a commercial agreement with US-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical.

Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organisation has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built air ambulance systems.

The partnership will see ACC act as AeroMedical’s commercial representative, utilising their worldwide presence and established airline and industry relationships to capitalise on new market opportunities.

ACC’s President – Americas, Jamie Harris, comments: “With the on-going situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen an increase in demand for air ambulance capabilities, with a number of operators transitioning aircraft to support critical medevac and patient transportation efforts during the pandemic.

“AeroMedical’s engineering and medical expertise, combined with ACC’s global footprint and established relationships, will enable the two organisations to help meet the demand for airborne emergency medical capabilities worldwide.”

AeroMedical’s Global Sales Manager, Jerry Lee, comments: “AeroMedical has been a world leader in the manufacture of modular life support units and dedicated EMS systems for more than 40 years.

“This partnership with ACC Aviation Group provides a platform from which to accelerate our business and we look forward to working with the ACC team and embracing the new opportunities that this relationship presents.”

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Air Alliance Joins International Assistance Group As Accredited Service Provider

Reflecting the needs of travel insurers and their medical assistance providers, with three strategically placed European bases in Germany, the UK and Austria, Air Alliance provide technically supported platforms for their impressive fleet of 11 pre-configured air ambulances.

A variety of Learjets forms a core which quickly covers Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. An experienced planning team and availability of pilots will extend the range to North and South America, the Caribbean, southern Africa and Asia.

Rarely found in Europe are two dedicated Challenger 604s air ambulance aircraft with a maximum capacity of up to three stretchers. These modern ultra-long-haul with a range of some 3,700 nm (6,850 km) are deployed where distance demands or additional medical personnel required due to the complexity of care needs, such as delicate spinal injuries or ECMO. The Challenger 604 is also used for the transport of bariatric (“XXL”) cases with more than 130 kg body weight and patients with heavy infections. As part of their ongoing transport solutions development, Air Alliance is currently preparing the launch of their PMIU “epishuttle, a hi-tech, solid-shell isolation chamber which can also be used for COVID-19 patients on the Challenger 604.

Winning the coveted Air Ambulance of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018 from the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ), Air Alliance also maintains ongoing auditable accreditations with EURAMI, the European Air Safety Agency and the UK’s Care Quality Commission. The focus on delivering excellence is drawn together with IQSMS, their bespoke cloud-based quality and safety management system.

Delivering care at all levels to every group is a pool of 120 medics, covering Advanced Life Support, ECMO, bariatric and neonatal, amongst other disciplines. Three medical directors lead on quality and governance, with the remarkable combined experience and current relevance in senior hospital roles as part of their professional portfolios.

Licensed to provide aero medical training, Air Alliance openly shares its extensive experience through an Aeromedical Academy. Access by other companies and organisations is currently planned.

Quick Air Alliance Facts

Aircraft fleet

  • Challenger 604 x 2

  • Learjet 35 x 7

  • Learjet 31 x 1

  • Learjet 45 x 1 (Coming soon)

Staff total of 127

  • Pilots 43

  • Management/administration/medical 46

  • Technical 38 

Operational 2019

  • Flight hours 7000

  • Missions 925

  • Countries covered 103

Awards and accreditations

  • ITIJ Air Ambulance of the Year 2017 and 2018

  • EURAMI

  • EASA (European Air Safety Agency): Part 145 and Part 21 J

  • CQC (Care Quality Commission, UK Regulator and Auditor)

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Fox Flight Air Ambulance Expands Lear 40-XR Fleet

Fox Flight Air Ambulance, a Canadian company specializing in international medical repatriation, recently welcomed a third Lear 40-XR to its fleet of specially configured air ambulances. This aircraft features state-of-the-art avionics and has been customfitted for dedicated aeromedical operation.

It joins two other Lear 40-XRs that were added to the fleet in April of 2019. Company president David Fox says the addition of the third Lear 40- XR completes the company’s planned overhaul of its equipment.

“Just over a year ago we made a decision to update our aircraft and move on from our old Lear 35s and Lear 36,” Fox explains. “After researching our options, we determined that the best aircraft for us was the Lear 40-XR. The longer fuselage has room for a washroom and extra baggage, which means more comfort and convenience for the patient, their companions and our crew. Plus the taller and wider cabin makes it easier for the medical crew to load and unload the patient and provide in-flight care.”

In addition to improved cabin amenities, flight crews on Fox Flight’s new Lear 40-XRs have benefitted from a roomier cockpit, the up-to-date cockpit display and the latest aviation technology.

“Our pilots are really enjoying flying the Lear 40-XR for a lot of reasons; it’s a big step up from our old fleet and takes our standard of service to the next level,” says Katrina Rankine, Fox Flight’s director of operations and chief pilot.

In addition to improving the repatriation experience for patients, companions and crews, Fox says the impetus to move to the Lear 40-XR was also driven by the ongoing maintenance demands of older aircraft. Says Fox: “Newer planes are just more reliable, and they are easier to fix if you do have a problem because there are abundant replacement parts available; that means it’s easier for us to keep our planes in the air and available for our clients.”

The latest Fox Flight air ambulance will operate under the tail designation C-FEMT, which stands for “Emergency Medical Transfer.” It joins C-FEMF (Emergency Medical Flight) and C-FEMC (Emergency Medical Care) to round out the fleet.

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