I was beginning to think it was a white elephant too. I wonder how much of a kickback STARS got.
Having said that, it might be that STARS has been double-checking the issues AW has had with the tail frame - 5 reported crashes in the past year with a total of 14 dead could bring that kind of response.
As posted in Wikipedia:
Notable accidents and incidents
3 June 2008, ADA, A6-BBB Abu Dhabi Aviation, UAE. CFIT.
25 August 2009, Gulf Helicopters, A7-GHC Doha, Qatar. Tail boom failure on ground.
2010 Spanish Maritime Safety Agency AW139 crash: On 21 January 2010, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency AW-139SAR (registration EC-KYR), crashed into the sea close to Almeria. 3 people died.
3 July 2010, B-MHJ Hong Kong, ditched into Hong Kong harbour after technical problems.
23 February 2011, South Korean Coast Guard AW139 went missing off the southern island of Jeju. 5 people died.
2 May 2011, Gulf Helicopters, Doha, Qatar, Tail rotor failure on ground.
30 June 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Weststar Aviation AW139 made a hard landing.
17 August 2011, Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau AW139 aircraft went missing into a reservoir in a northern suburb of Beijing (China), with five people aboard.Two confirmed fatalities, two missing.
August 2011, a Petrobras-chartered AW139 helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all four people on board the aircraft.
I am looking forward to seeing STARS' new equipment in our area. Unfortunately, the calls themselves are not good news (particularly for the patients), but the crews and operations are top-notch!
Yeah, which makes it even less accountable to the public, and that's worse. I still can't figure out how STARS can need 27 million to run 3 helos when a private contractor in BC could do it for 17.5 million and be profitable. Now that STARS is hiring Ex-ORNGE managers, they're looking more and more suspect.SmokyMark wrote:FlyGy, remember that STARS is NOT a government-run agency like ORNGE. It is a non-profit Society, and depends on the public's donations to run its operations. If there was any money available for 'kickbacks', it would be easier for them to hire staff.
HeliJet just flys their aircraft for their 97 million over 8 years. So, give or take $12 million a year. They just supply and fly the aircraft.
STARS provides the paramedics, doctors and infrastructure to do that work. They have all sorts of base and overhead costs that are not accounted for in the BC model.
They are two separt models of service delivery. Both are excellent in their own way.
STARS promised an operational AW139 in EMS configuration in 2008. They BOUGHT that one in 2007. This helicopter was on display with EMS interior in 2008. Then STARS had to scrap the EMS interior they had built by a US outfitter because it could not be certified through TCCA.
Then they traded the AW139 in and BOUGHT new 139s with ice protection system this time. STARS promised to have these helicopters operational in 2010 then 2011, now in late 2012.
These AW139s are in flyable condition and are on the STARS books! All that is missing to go operational is a certified EMS interior.
At least the ones Ontario bought are flying and serving their community every day!!!
I want my own loottery. $#@!#^*
STARS obtains revenue from NFP, individual and corporate donations and government contracts (Alberta, BC, Sask and Manitoba)
- a home base (dispatch, STARS Academy, patient sim training centre, fundraising and administration) plus 6 heli bases that combine operations and maintenance to one degree or another.
- a large scale training academy to provide advanced medivac training for nurses and paramedics
- 2 BKs each in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina and Saskatoon plus one in Winnipeg.
- the first AW139 is in training mode and will soon be deployed.
All operational staff are paid market competitive wages and benefits.
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Paul will make a boat load of cash and good for him...
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In manitoba is appears to be a sole source contract/agreement with STARS
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