Newer, faster STARS Air Ambulance moves from Calgary to Edmonton

Posted September 24th, 2019 by admin and filed in 长沙夜网
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STARS Air Ambulance has moved its fastest helicopter from Calgary to Edmonton, partly in an effort to save money in challenging economic times.

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All flights out of the Calgary base now use one of two older helicopters.

STARS says the decision to stop flying one of each out of Calgary was mostly made to reduce risk.

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    They said it’s challenging for pilots to switch back and forth between two aircraft with different technology, plus it saves about $500,000 on training and maintenance costs.

    STARS officials said the decision to base both newer helicopters in Edmonton was also because of geography and reach, as there are more remote missions in northern Alberta than in the southern part of the province.

    In addition, STARS training captains–who have the most experience flying the newer helicopters operationally–are based in Alberta’s capital.

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    The new helicopter was purchased with money raised in a capital campaign, not through the STARS lottery.

    Officials acknowledge that moving the newer aircraft to Edmonton could raise questions for its donors.

    STARS says while the older helicopters are slightly slower, the difference in flying times is almost negligible and offset by less logistical decision-making required at deployment.

    The medical care provided on board both types of helicopters is identical, STARS said.

    Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to say the changes save about $500,000 on training and maintenance costs. The article originally said it saved $500 million. We regret the error.

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