Helicopter Stuff and Things

Jim37F

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Hmm... interesting.

So my Department currently has 3 helicopters, all 3 MD520 NOTAR (basically single engine Little Birds with the ducted fan instead of a tail rotor).

We currently have 2 pilots (the third bird allows for maintenance to be done while still keeping 2 aircraft available.) Air 1 is available 24/7, Air 2 is eventually supposed to be that way too, but I believe is still currently daytime only.

They just put out an internal Special Notice recruiting for a new pilot.

Rumor circulating right now is also that they're looking at buying a "twin engine" helicopter... do those MD500 series have a twin engine option? I don't suppose we'd actually get something like a Firehawk as cool as that would be lol

Guess time will tell if anything actually comes out of that...
 

DesertMedic66

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Hmm... interesting.

So my Department currently has 3 helicopters, all 3 MD520 NOTAR (basically single engine Little Birds with the ducted fan instead of a tail rotor).

We currently have 2 pilots (the third bird allows for maintenance to be done while still keeping 2 aircraft available.) Air 1 is available 24/7, Air 2 is eventually supposed to be that way too, but I believe is still currently daytime only.

They just put out an internal Special Notice recruiting for a new pilot.

Rumor circulating right now is also that they're looking at buying a "twin engine" helicopter... do those MD500 series have a twin engine option? I don't suppose we'd actually get something like a Firehawk as cool as that would be lol

Guess time will tell if anything actually comes out of that...
The twin engines are typically in larger helicopters. Your typical ones that fire uses can be EC135, EC145, Bell 212/412, Agusta 139/169, and the S-76.
 
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Hmm... interesting.

So my Department currently has 3 helicopters, all 3 MD520 NOTAR (basically single engine Little Birds with the ducted fan instead of a tail rotor).

We currently have 2 pilots (the third bird allows for maintenance to be done while still keeping 2 aircraft available.) Air 1 is available 24/7, Air 2 is eventually supposed to be that way too, but I believe is still currently daytime only.

They just put out an internal Special Notice recruiting for a new pilot.

Rumor circulating right now is also that they're looking at buying a "twin engine" helicopter... do those MD500 series have a twin engine option? I don't suppose we'd actually get something like a Firehawk as cool as that would be lol

Guess time will tell if anything actually comes out of that...

If they want to stick with MD it would likely be a MD902

 

PotatoMedic

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You better put in for the pilot position. LIVE MY DREAM!!!
 

Jim37F

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You better put in for the pilot position. LIVE MY DREAM!!!
That's definitely the dream lol. Especially if that rumored twin engine comes to pass, we might actually start MEDEVAC flights (with our MD520s we're limited to only sling loading litter off a mountainside to a waiting ground ambulance).

But yeah I'm already seriously thinking or Re-enlisting Guard or Reserves specifically for Warrant Officer Flight School which would then be a shoe in for future pilot positions, especially when I'm too old for dragging hoses (which is still plenty of fun at the moment, give it 5-10 years lol)
 

Fezman92

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I’m considering being a flight medic as my end goal for EMS. How busy are flight medics? Also how would you use a Chinook for HEMS? Those things are big.
 

Carlos Danger

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I’m considering being a flight medic as my end goal for EMS. How busy are flight medics? Also how would you use a Chinook for HEMS? Those things are big.
How busy you are just depends on your service, just like ground EMS.

Chinooks aren’t used for civilian HEMS. Way too big and way too expensive.
 

PotatoMedic

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How busy you are just depends on your service, just like ground EMS.

Chinooks aren’t used for civilian HEMS. Way too big and way too expensive.
They have federal grants for ambu-busses. I bet someone could write a grant for a ambu-bus chinook!
 

Fezman92

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Blackhawks aren’t that big.
 

DesertMedic66

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Blackhawks aren’t that big.
They are far bigger than the vast majority of HEMS models. They also weigh more than 3 times as much. May not be an issue on a ground level pad however if you land that on a rooftop pad not designed for that much weight, you and a lot of people can have a very bad day.

Not to mention the distance between the front and rear gears wouldn’t allow it to fit on some of the pads I have been on.
 

CALEMT

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Not to mention the distance between the front and rear gears wouldn’t allow it to fit on some of the pads I have been on.

Just short haul them to the pad. Duh.
 

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Good luck finding a hospital helipad that can handle that
Lots of trauma centers have parks/ sport fields/freeways basically next to them. Not an elevator ride to the OR but in that kind of event, better than any alternative...it's a good idea...
 

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