Helicopter Stuff and Things

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FiremanMike

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Took a trip to Nashville a few weekends ago just for a fun getaway..

My wife bought us one of those "helicopter tours", just a little R44 and a quick trip around Nasvhille.

As soon as we started lifting, I was like "ohp.. yeah I missed that feeling"
 

GMCmedic

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Took a trip to Nashville a few weekends ago just for a fun getaway..

My wife bought us one of those "helicopter tours", just a little R44 and a quick trip around Nasvhille.

As soon as we started lifting, I was like "ohp.. yeah I missed that feeling"
I actually recommend to a lot of my patients that are experiencing their first helicopter ride in HEMS, to go down to Nashville or St Louis when they're healthy and take those tours for the view.

Nashville is one of my favorites to fly into at night.
 

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I actually recommend to a lot of my patients that are experiencing their first helicopter ride in HEMS, to go down to Nashville or St Louis when they're healthy and take those tours for the view.

Nashville is one of my favorites to fly into at night.
It was a decent trip, obviously way too short for my liking, but nice views for sure!
 

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Local News ran a story, complete with an interview with one of our Battalion Chiefs, about how the Department wants to buy a new $12 Million helicopter.

Aaaand all they say said is its a twin engine, big enough to load a patient inside (vs the sling load we have to do with our current MD520...)

No other details on what model though 😭

 

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Local News ran a story, complete with an interview with one of our Battalion Chiefs, about how the Department wants to buy a new $12 Million helicopter.

Aaaand all they say said is its a twin engine, big enough to load a patient inside (vs the sling load we have to do with our current MD520...)

No other details on what model though 😭

I would imagine HEMS has a much more prevalent mission in Hawaii? Probably justifies spending more for a better aircraft?
 

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Local News ran a story, complete with an interview with one of our Battalion Chiefs, about how the Department wants to buy a new $12 Million helicopter.

Aaaand all they say said is its a twin engine, big enough to load a patient inside (vs the sling load we have to do with our current MD520...)

No other details on what model though 😭


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That's a cute helicopter and all, but I think something bigger would suit you guys better.
 

Jim37F

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I would imagine HEMS has a much more prevalent mission in Hawaii? Probably justifies spending more for a better aircraft?
I know there's a fair bit of Fixed Wing and the like bringing patients in from the outer islands to the main hospital here at Queens for example.

But as far as regular 911 responses here, its pretty much all ground ambulance based. The helicopter mostly picks up people off the mountains or out of the ocean and then flies them to an ambulance waiting at the LZ for transport to the hospital.

I know Queens (the main hospital) does have a helipad as the Coast Guard, when they pick someone up can/will fly straight there, and back in the day we used to have arrangements with the military where they'd actually provide MEDEVAC helicopters for 911 HEMS usage, but that ended like 10, 20 years ago.
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That's a cute helicopter and all, but I think something bigger would suit you guys better.
I wish! That would be super awesome to have here... Even discounting MEDEVAC we could use that water tank capability, way better than our current Bambi buckets for Brush fire water drops haha

Though I half suspect we'll end up getting something more like an MD 902, basically just a slightly larger version of our 520, especially since they can keep the NOTAR feature
 

Jim37F

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Maui Fire Department is getting a brand new helicopter. A BK117-850D2.

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I wonder if this is the unnamed twin engine model our Dept is looking at as well. Maui also flies the MD520 same as ours, although they have conventional tail rotors, ours have NOTAR, so I wonder if we'll stick with that or not, haven't heard anything specific
 
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