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April 17, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Emergency medical helicopters are certainly dramatic (especially on TV shows like “ER” and “Grey's Anatomy”), but are they really so much better than ambulances that they're worth the extra cost? A new study says the answer is yes. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine culled data from the National Trauma Data Bank on 61,909 patients who were transported to a hospital via helicopter between 2007 and 2009 and compared them with 161,566 patients who were taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
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NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community's time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a dozen people stranded in their cars and in medical need. There was the pregnant woman and her young son desperately seeking to get home; the sick man who needed a ride from work and a woman who needed a lift home from a hospital. At 52, Upton, co-owner of a company called Cranweorks, is used to using big equipment to help people out of professional jams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said. A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Division. He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said.  Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said. Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We've seen a lot of strange things on the Internet, but this dead cat turned into a remote-control flying helicopter may be the strangest yet. The cat helicopter was conceived by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, and debuted for the public at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam that ended Sunday. Jansen calls his creation the Orvillecopter and describes it as "half-cat, half-machine. " The Orvillecopter is exactly what it looks like: A taxidermied cat with a plastic propeller attached to each paw. No animals were harmed for this project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man awaits sentencing after pleading guilty this week to pointing a green laser at two helicopters in Los Angeles, officials said. The man, Isaias Gonzalez, is the second to be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Central District of California office under new a federal law that President Obama approved in 2012, which made it a federal crime to deliberately point a laser at aircraft, according to an FBI news release. In March, a North Hollywood teenager was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison after he shined a green laser beam at a private jet and a Pasadena Police Department helicopter.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
TheU.S. Navyhas grounded a fleet of helicopter drones after two of the aircraft crashed overseas within a week. Known as MQ-8B Fire Scouts, the robotic spy choppers were developed by Northrop Grumman Corp.engineers in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Armed with high-powered cameras, radars and sensors, they were first deployed to war zones in Afghanistan and Libya last year. On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that it had temporarily suspended flight operations for its 14 remaining Fire Scouts while system performance and operational procedures are reviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1994 | PEGGY Y. LEE
A military helicopter that took off from Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station on Tuesday night was forced to land about an hour later near Pyramid Lake after the aircraft began having problems, authorities said. According to preliminary reports, none of the seven people aboard the UH-1 Huey helicopter was injured, said Phillis Thrower, spokeswoman for Point Mugu. The helicopter left Point Mugu about 6:05 p.m., Thrower said. It began having trouble about 7 p.m. and landed about two miles southwest of Pyramid Lake.
NEWS
April 13, 2011 | By Valli Herman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Leave it to a luxury resort to redefine "alternate route. " To the Post Ranch Inn in California's Big Sur area, a 15-minute helicopter ride is the best way to avoid an hours-long detour. And starting Wednesday, you can book a package that includes the scenic flight. Since March 16, when a section of Highway 1 collapsed north of Big Sur, about 13 miles south of Carmel, the California Department of Transportation has advised motorists to find different routes into this popular stretch of Central California . Travelers driving up from Los Angeles and other points south of Big Sur are not affected by the slide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2012 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A former Glendale police officer will receive a $450,000 settlement from the city after alleging in a lawsuit that he faced retaliation for raising concerns over officials allegedly auctioning rides in the department's helicopter to charity groups. David Gillispie's lawsuit was dismissed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court after both parties agreed to the deal, which also requires the city to destroy and seal flight training logs, complaint information, internal memos, two performance evaluations and information regarding his transfer.
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