More than 75,000 life-saving search and rescue cases have been processed by the U.S. Coast Guard using Rescue 21 since 2009.

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FAIRFAX, Va., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Coast Guard is declaring ‘Sea Area A1′ service in certain areas off the coast of the United States based on the performance of the General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system. The declaration is in accordance with provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and follows testing and analysis by the Coast Guard, validating that Rescue 21 provides more than 90 percent coverage for Very High Frequency (VHF) radio distress communications and digital selective calling.

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Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories Brand Expands Line of Bell 429 and Bell 407 Product Offerings

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Fort Worth, TX (February 27, 2015) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand has been issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for multiple aftermarket product offerings for the Bell 429 and a portable crane for the Bell 407.

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Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

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The aircraft will perform EMS operations in New South Wales

Deliveries to start later this year and be completed early 2016
Order confirms extraordinary success of the AW139 in Australia with 24 units ordered in the last 12 months

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Australia’s Toll Group are pleased to announce the purchase of eight AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The aircraft will be operated to perform Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from newly constructed bases in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra as part of the newly established Helicopter Retrieval Network in New South Wales. The contract was signed today during the Australian International Air Show at Avalon, southwest of Melbourne.

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New Bell 407GXs Assist in Security and Humanitarian Efforts in the Middle East

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Steve Suttles, John Garrison, president & CEO of Bell Helicopter, Amer Smailbegovic, Philip Bardawil, Patrick Moulay

BBM Inc. takes delivery of 16 Bell 407GXs

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (February 25, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale and delivery of 16 new Bell 407GXs to BBM Inc. of Reno, Nevada. The aircraft will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance.

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First Bell 429s Configured for HEMS in the Middle East to be Operated by the Kuwait Ministry of Health

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Fort Worth, TX (February 26, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the Ministry of Health in Kuwait will be operating the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the Middle East. The purchase agreement for the aircraft was announced at the end of last year, and is a milestone win for the region.

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Get Together this Mother’s Day

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CELEBRATE MUMS WITH US

Every mum’s a hero. They’re there for us, day in, day out. So this spring, we’re celebrating mums by asking everyone to host their own Get Together. At your Get Together just ask your guests for donations to The Children’s Air Ambulance to help keep us flying critically ill children to the care they desperately need.

You could Get Together with your mum, or with your friends, or in celebration of a special mum.

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Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its First AW139 Helicopter

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The aircraft will perform EMS operations

First of six units ordered in 2014
Final delivery planned at the end of the year to enter service beginning 2016

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Australian Helicopters are pleased to announce the delivery of the first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in EMS configuration for Ambulance Victoria. The fleet of six helicopters will soon start to replace the existing Ambulance Victoria helicopters with the transition being completed in early 2016.

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The Joint Aviation Command of UAE Takes Delivery of the next Three AW139 SAR Helicopters

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Expanding the success of the AW139 in the United Arab Emirates

Three additional helicopters expected to be delivered later this year
More than 60 AW139s have been delivered in the UAE to various customers and for many roles

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today the delivery of the next batch of three AW139 intermediate twin helicopters to the Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates (JAC). These aircrafts will be used to perform search and rescue missions in UAE. Additional three AW139s are expected to be delivered later this year. The delivery of the three units was announced during an official ceremony held at IDEX (Abu Dhabi) yesterday.

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Calling on satellites in alpine rescues

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Released 24/02/2015 11:11 am
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ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotions programme has helped TeleConsult Austria to develop and validate the Sarontar system, short for Situational Awareness and Command & Control of Rescue Forces in Alpine Regions.

The system uses satellite communication and navigation data to provide mountain rescue teams and the coordination centre with the information they need in a fast, coordinated response to an emergency.
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24 February 2015

Emergency services rescued 1780 people in the Austrian Alps last year. They can now count on satellites to access maps, send messages, give warnings and stay in contact.

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Oshkosh Defense Debuts M-ATV Tactical Ambulance at IDEX 2015

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M-ATV extended wheel base provides MRAP-level protection for medics and patients in-theater

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Feb. 22, 2015) — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today introduced its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Extended Wheel Base Medical (EXM) variant at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015, taking place Feb. 22-26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV EXM to provide off-road mobility and MRAP-level protection to military medics on ambulatory missions in high-threat environments.

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