HE­LI­COPTER AM­BU­LANCE SER­VICES

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Per­sons liv­ing in South In­dia will now be able to avail of he­li­copter am­bu­lance ser­vices to be air­lifted to a health hub in a med­i­cal emer­gency. Ben­galuru-based Avi­a­tors Air Res­cue is of­fer­ing the ser­vice for an an­nual sub­scrip­tion of 9,000 for in­di­vid­u­als and up to 18,000 for fam­i­lies. The firm has pro­cured three he­li­copters from Air­bus to cover Kar­nataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Te­lan­gana and Ker­ala. The ser­vice will be in­au­gu­rated in the near fu­ture. It plans to add seven more he­li­copters to its fleet by April 2017 to ex­tend its cov­er­age to the en­tire coun­try. Apart from pro­vid­ing he­li­copters, Air­bus will also pro­vide train­ing for pi­lots and paramedics. Avi­a­tors Air Res­cue is the first firm in In­dia to of­fer such a ser­vice, un­der the newly no­ti­fied He­li­copter Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (HEMS) guide­lines. The Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) granted ap­proval on May 1, 2016.

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