March 2017 New Look Airway



A very warm welcome to the first issue of the new-look Airway.

Airway is the AAA’s primary tool for communicating with the HEMS and air ambulance pre-hospital care community. It will now be distributed to both Members and Non-Members and is full of news and articles from the UK HEMS and air ambulance sector. Everything from clinical advancements, new aviation equipment, government policy and charity news can be found inside.


Seahouses Lifeboat Call Out 25 March 2017 – Holy Island Causeway (again)


At 13.44hr on Saturday 25th February 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to go to the assistance of two persons trapped in their vehicle by the tide on Holy Island Causeway. UK Coastguard reported that the two persons were panicking as the water was up to their waists. Holy Island Coastguard Officers had also been mobilised.

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers assist local Scalloper at the end of a busy week

PR180317 Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn towing Scalloper in difficulty.

At 5pm on Thursday 16 March, volunteers on a Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS) training exercise were diverted to assist a local fishing vessel with a rope wrapped around its propeller at the entrance to the river Exe.

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Fiancée of Master-Corporal Alfred Barr Issues Statement


March 13, 2017

“Alfred Barr was the most amazing man I have ever known. He was incredibly kind and thoughtful, someone who always put others before himself. He was continually encouraging and positive, even in difficult circumstances, and motivated me and others to be hardworking and try different things. He valued his family immensely and also became an integral member of my family.

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Roke has successfully demonstrated that its autoland technology could significantly aid search and rescue missions by landing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) autonomously onto a moving Land Rover Discovery. In collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, the trial that took place last month in Erzberg Mine, Austria, in conjunction with the Austrian Red Cross opens the way to UAVs protecting and saving their human counterparts in dangerous situations. Roke’s autoland technology uses cameras and image processing to enable a UAV to operate and land autonomously. Where most UAVs need an operator to land or depend on communications infrastructure to land autonomously, Roke’s technology requires neither. Instead, the technology intelligently identifies and avoids obstacles to land safely, even on a moving platform. The lack of reliance on communications infrastructure means it can operate in the most remote places in the world and in areas that have suffered natural or man-made disasters. Combining UAV and autoland technology with the all-terrain Land Rover Discovery, has the potential to bring off-grid and off-road capability to a number of new applications; from mountain rescue to targeting poachers in the wilds of Africa. Dean Thomas, Roke’s expert on Intelligent Sensors and Autonomous Systems, commented: “The technology is already proven at sea but the challenge here was that the landing pad on the Discovery is much smaller and means we have just millimetres of ‘wriggle-room’. “But it’s not just the precision of the landing that we’ve now cracked. We’ve also worked with Jaguar Land Rover to develop specialist retractable legs to allow the UAV to ‘sink down’, align and secure itself into the roof box for storage. Our next step is to allow the batteries to charge through the magnetic securing system – ensuring the UAV is always ready to fly.”

Roke has successfully demonstrated that its autoland technology could significantly aid search and rescue missions by landing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) autonomously onto a moving Land Rover Discovery.

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Cypress Code Alpha Avalanche Response


North Shore Rescue has a pre-plan referred to as our “Code Alpha” Avalanche Response plan. This plan is put into motion when NSR receives a tasking for a known or suspected burial of a person (or persons) in an Avalanche. This pre-plan rapidly brings together professionals with expertise in  avalanche rescue, avalanche forecasting, avalanche control, and advanced medical care. It ensures a  rapid response, while also ensuring that rescuer safety is the foremost consideration. When an NSR team member sees “Code Alpha” on a tasking, they know it is extremely serious. This weekend, the Code Alpha pre-plan was put to the test.

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