• Keeping Up To Date With The Latest Transport News

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    Air Transportation

    Boeing Introduces the Next Generation 737

    This airplane is a modified 737-700C, Boeing C-40 Clipper that will accommodate air transport for the United States Navy. This version is incredibly popular for military and commercial customers due to its proven reliability and efficiency.

    Using the commercial platform for the 737 makes use of the performance, manufacturing processes and proven efficiencies of the current ‘Next Generation 737’ production  system. The ‘Airborne Early Warning and Control, C-40 and ‘ Boeing’s P-8 maritime patrol aircraft’ are amongst these military derivatives for the 737.

    The dependability and quality of the aircrafts are linked directly to the hardworking women and men who design and build them. To date, the orders stand at around 6,804 for the Next Generation 737’s and around 2,109 for the 737 MAXs. The total on the 737 orders have now passed 12,000 that include the Classics and over a 100 orders have been made for the military derivatives. With over 280 customers it becomes evident that the 737 is known to be the bestseller airplane worldwide.

    Trucking and Freighting News

    Statistics, Trends and Reports

    The industry for trucking is one of the main lifeblood’s of the United States economy and almost 70% of freight tonnage moved around the U.S is transported by trucks. Without this important industry along with the truck drivers the economy would stop. In order to transport over 9.2 billion of freight tons in a year, it requires around three million truck drivers along with 3 million ‘heavy duty’ Class-8 trucks. In addition it takes more around 37 billion in gallons of fuel to transport this massive amount of freight. To put it simply America would come to a halt without trucks.

    The latest trends for American trucking confirms that trucking is indeed the dominant factor for freight mode. The ATA invites every private and for-hire motor carrier to participate in the upcoming ‘Driver Compensation Study’ for 2014.
    The TRAC ( Trucking Activity Report) publishes a monthly publication along with to up to date information that is based on ongoing surveys for less-than-truckload and truckload carriers. In addition the ATA provides a monthly report on truck tonnage for banking or investment analysts. This report tracks trucking trends for business purposes.

    Rail Transportation

    San Fransisco is Said to Replace the LRV Fleet

    The ‘San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’ has suggested a purchase of around 260 S200 ‘ light rail vehicles’ from the Siemens Industry. This 15 year contract has a worth potential of around 1.2 billion once the SFMTA board grants approval.

    Siemens beat the rival bid placed by the CAF. These vehicles are set to be built at the Sacramento factory for the purpose of replacing the current Muni fleet of the Breda LRV’s and at the same time increase on the current capacity. The delivery for the first twenty four cars has been set to be released between 2016 to 2018. This will be around the time of the ‘Central Subway’ extension for the Muni’s T-Third line set for 2019. These new vehicles will be used for this line.

    The next 151 vehicles are set to be delivered between the year 2021 up to 2028 and an option for 85 more for the year 2040. These cars will have a life span of around 30 years.

    Air Medical Transport News

    International and National Air Ambulances, Choosing The Right One

    Many individuals tend to think that most air ambulance firms are all alike. However, this is far from the truth. Certain smaller service, usually operate on a part-time basis and do not own the high quality jets or even have their own staff. These smaller corporations rely on contract medical staff and pilots. They lease jets from specific leasing companies.
    Unfortunately, you are not guaranteed on the services offered by these types of companies. Patients may be seen to by either inexperience or drowsy medical professionals who may have just completed a shift at another facility. The pilots may also not have the experience in the medical transport field, which means they are not familiar with commonly used medical routes. In addition, the leased aircraft may not be up to standard.

    Professional Air Ambulance Corporations Will Own Their Own Medical Jets

    lear jet on runway 300x200 Keeping Up To Date With The Latest Transport NewsThese jets are in general business class jets and are of higher quality that usually fly CEO’s and world leaders all over the world. These types of jets have names such as Gulfstream or Lear.
    These jets are designed for efficiency, comfort and safety. Patients who fly on these jets will be treated with the utmost care. This is due to the health and comfort of the patient being the most important element for these air ambulance services. These luxury jets are really nothing like some of the amateur prop planes used.

    Two other notable advantages in working with these service providers that are critical for safer medical flights. The first would be that these companies always keep their cabins fully supplied and stocks with supplies, medication and support equipment. The second would be that these companies only employ the best professional medical staff.



  • What Role Does a Flight Paramedic Play on an Air Ambulance?

    What is a Flight Paramedic?

    A flight paramedic works in the aero-medical field. He or she works for an air ambulance company, which transports ill or injured patients on medical flights. Air ambulance companies fly patients in medical helicopters or in fixed-wing aircraft. Flight paramedics work with flight nurses aboard these aircraft, providing care for the patient. Typically, air ambulance helicopters are utilized for more emergent patients, such as a medical evacuation from the scene of an automobile accident. Fixed-wing aircraft are generally used for longer distance air medical transports of more stable patients.

    The Road to becoming a Flight Paramedics?

    Flight paramedics usually have at least five years of experience as ground paramedics before they can work as flight paramedics. First flight paramedics go through training and certification to become ground paramedics. This process involves getting a certification as a ground paramedic. Then the ground paramedic must serve time working for a ground ambulance company or fire department. The experience in emergency medicine that they receive during these years, working as a ground paramedic, is the type of experience air ambulance companies require. Flight paramedics need to go through additional training and obtain additional certifications. Hospitals and air ambulance companies look for only the best, most educated and experienced paramedics to work as flight paramedics.

    Flight Paramedics Role in the Air

    flight paramedics nurses 300x225 What Role Does a Flight Paramedic Play on an Air Ambulance?Flight paramedics may work for a hospital to respond to crisis situations where a patient needs to be transported to an emergency facility due to a severe injury or illness. The role of the flight paramedic is to try to stabilize the patient and provide life support on the flight to the hospital. Flight paramedics need to rely on their emergency skills, and they generally work with a flight nurse as a team to transport a patient from one medical facility to another. For example, they may provide care for a cardiac, cancer or brain injury patient who is stable but needs to be moved, and cannot be transported by land.

    Flight paramedics are well trained to use defibrillators, ventilators, heart monitors, IV pumps and other necessary lifesaving equipment. They are trained to handle any type of patient transfer, from premature infants to traumatic brain injury patients or heart attack and stroke victims. Whether they work as emergency flight paramedics on helicopters or on fixed-wing aircraft for an air ambulance company, they play a vital role in air medical transport.