January 4, 2010
The Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport in Fort Worth, Texas, has taken delivery of a new EC145 helicopter.
In keeping with the holiday season the new helicopter arrived with Santa Claus on board. Adults and children came out to greet and see the $7.1 million helicopter as it landed on the grounds outside the hospital.
“Happy new helicopter, the elves enjoyed making it,” Santa said. Cook Children’s Medical Center President Nancy Cychol added, “The new helicopter is one nice little toy. The EC145’s large size is an important factor as now parents can stay with their child; before we didn’t have enough room.”
Outfitted by Air Methods Corporation (a large provider of air ambulance services) the new helicopter will allow the hospital to take advantage of modern technology available to assist in transporting children. For example, night vision goggle technology and a terrain awareness warning system for safety and a DVD player for patients.
The EC145 joins ground ambulance and fixed-wing airlift support services. Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport brings about 2,000 critically ill children to the Fort Worth medical facility annually.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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