A giant step toward improved safety in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations is in the offing with the announcement by Hickok & Associates of FAA approval of the first instrument flight procedures (IFP) employing a wide area augmentation system (WAAS) and localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) for a helicopter. Three such procedures have been formulated for California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) of Ukiah, Cal., which in April became the first helicopter ...

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