CareFlight renames as LifeFlight

Careflight has been renamed to LifeFlight. (LifeFlight/Twitter)

A Careflight AW139 helicopter repainted in LifeFlight livery. (LifeFlight/Twitter)

Queensland’s CareFlight Group, operators of helicopter rescue and aeromedical jet retrieval services throughout the state, has been renamed LifeFlight to reflect the company’s current growth and renewal phase while helping to further delineate itself between a service in NSW with a similar name.

LifeFlight chairman Rob Borbidge made the renaming announcement in Brisbane on July 11 ahead of a special flypast over of the city and surrounding areas by three of its brand new AW139 helicopters wearing the updated LifeFlight brand to mark the occasion.

“LifeFlight was chosen because saving lives is what we’re all about and our patient focus and dedication to a total blanket of care for people in their hour of need all around the state won’t change,” said Borbidge.

“The change of name is also necessary to reduce confusion in the community and the market place with CareFlight New South Wales, which started around the same time as us, but which is a totally separate organisation and different charity from CareFlight Queensland.”

 

Now into its 35th year of operations, the group’s training and jet retrieval arms are now known as LifeFlight, while its community helicopter rescue services will continue to be known as RACQ LifeFlight, prefixed with its long-standing naming rights sponsor.

LifeFlight chief executive Ashley van de Velde, the driving force behind the creation and growth of CareFlight after starting as the company’s first aircrewman with the Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service in 1981, said the renaming comes as the group has seen a significant increase in mission responses.

“In 2015-16, CareFlight flew 1,864 missions from all of its Queensland community helicopter rescue bases, that’s a 32 per cent increase on 2014-15,” said van de Velde.

“Since 1981, we have flown 44,000 critical care missions and our core mission of saving lives and caring for people won’t miss a beat. Aside from the name, nothing else changes at LifeFlight.”

On April 8, the then CareFlight Queensland Group launched StarFlight Australia to provide EMS, SAR and firefighting helicopter services throughout Australasia in partnership with Kaan Air, a European utility operator and Finmeccanica Helicopters and Russian Helicopters distributor.

LifeFlight has published a video with Borbidge explaining the rebranding.

 

Australian Aviation

First Royal Australian Air Force F-35 squadron CO named

Wing Commander Darren Clare (left) and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC with the F-35A during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

No. 33 Squadron's KC-30A at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

 

Australia’s first commanding officer of an F-35A Lightning II squadron has seen the F-35 up close for the first time at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Wing Commander Darren Clare, who is currently posted to the UK to complete the Advanced Command and Staff Course, said that he is looking forward to commencing his appointment as commanding officer of 3 Squadron next year.

“I am incredibly proud and humbled to be selected to lead Number 3 Squadron when it receives our first F-35A into Australian service,” he said. “It is a big responsibility but one that I am excited to have.”

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies commented: “The aircraft will bring a new capability to the Royal Australian Air Force, and Darren will have a lot of responsibility to develop the tactics, techniques and procedures for the F-35A to the Australian context and ensure the F-35A is integrated into our fleet through Plan Jericho.”

A KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport from 33 Squadron visited the Royal International Air Tattoo, marking Air Force’s first appearance at the Air Tattoo since 2006. The KC-30 has also visited air-to-air refuelling bases in Italy and France.

 

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Virgin Australia’s freighter aircraft take off

Convair CV-580 VH-PDW, operated by Pionair on behalf of Virgin Australia. (Gordon Reid)

Convair CV-580 VH-PDW, operated by Pionair on behalf of Virgin Australia. (Gordon Reid)

Virgin Australia has commenced its cargo operations with dedicated freighter aircraft ferrying parcels, food, documents and machinery for its major customer TNT and other clients.

The airline’s cargo business was launched in July 2015, when its eight-year contract with Toll ended and was not renewed. As a result, the selling and managing of the belly space in its passenger fleet of domestic and short-haul international aircraft was brought back in-house.

Its cargo unit was boosted with a five-year deal with TNT signed earlier in 2016 that has led to a fleet of dedicated freighter aircraft flown on behalf of Virgin by other operators and the opening of a cargo shed at Sydney Airport.

The first flights with those dedicated cargo aircraft kicked off on Monday, July 4, with VH-PDW, a Convair CV-580, operating up and down Australia’s east coast and to Adelaide on behalf of Virgin by Pionair Australia.

At the same time, a Boeing 737-300F ZK-TLE from Airwork also started flying between Melbourne and Perth. Some overnight freighter services have also been flown by Virgin’s Airbus A330-200 fleet in the past week.

A BAe 146-200QC, VH-SIF, flown by Pionair, is due to start operating later this week, a Virgin spokesperson said on Monday, while a second BAe 146-200 was due to arrive from Europe in the next couple of months.

The Virgin spokesperson added ZK-TLE would be operated until August, when it would be replaced with another Boeing 737 freighter, also to be flown by Airwork.

Virgin hoped its cargo division would bring in between $150 million and $200 million in annual revenue by 2017.

Meanwhile, Qantas’s dedicated freighter fleet of six aircraft for its new contract with Australia Post began flying on July 1. The Australian reported the aircraft, comprising two Boeing 737-300Fs, three BAe 146-300Fs and one Boeing 737-400F, have been repainted into StarTrack livery.BAe 146-200QC VH-SIF operated by Pionair Australia on behalf of Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport. (Lance Broad)

Australian Aviation

Conheça os personagens de Aracy Balabanian e Francisco Cuoco na novela Sol Nascente

Faz assim

Primeiro registro do casal Geppina (Aracy Balabanian) e Gaetano (Francisco Cuoco), para “Sol Nascente”, substituta de “Êta Mundo Bom!” que estreia dia 29 de agosto.

Eles são patriarcas italianos da família De Angeli.

No detalhe, o diretor Leonardo Nogueira passando instruções aos atores.

 Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Marcelo Cardoso mal chegou à TV Record e já enfrenta baixa popularidade

 

O responsável pelas mudanças internas na Record-SP que provocaram o fim de lojas e a farmácia é o novo diretor administrativo Marcelo Cardoso…
Há pouco tempo ele está em São Paulo, depois de ter trabalhado em Londres…
… Pessoal de lá se queixa muito do jeito de ele trabalhar…
… A informação é que o Sindicato dos Jornalistas está para entrar com uma representação no Ministério Público denunciando o que vem acontecendo.

 

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Comitê Rio 2016 tem déficit entre R$ 400 mi e R$ 500 mi, diz fonte

Notícia Publicada em 11/07/2016 20:15

Segundo o contrato dos Jogos, União, Estado e município devem ratear o rombo

RIO DE JANEIRO – A 25 dias dos Jogos Olímpicos do Rio de Janeiro, o comitê organizador tem que encontrar formas de reverter um déficit nas contas estimado entre 400 milhões e 500 milhões de reais, informou nesta segunda-feira uma fonte próxima à organização do evento.

“Cortamos tudo que era possível, mas mesmo assim não está cabendo no orçamento”, disse à Reuters a fonte, sob condição de anonimato. “Houve até problemas com o pessoal do COI (Comitê Olímpico Internacional) porque cortamos algumas regalias vistas em outros Jogos.”

O orçamento dos Jogos Olímpicos é de cerca de 40 bilhões de reais, sendo a maior parte (24,6 bilhões de reais) para obras de infraestrutura. Pouco mais de 7 bilhões de reais foram para a construção de arenas esportivas, e outros 7,5 bilhões de reais, de origem privada, são do comitê organizador Rio 2016.

De acordo com a proposta de candidatura dos Jogos do Rio, qualquer eventual déficit nas contas do comitê organizador terá que ser dividido entre os três níveis de governo e compartilhado em partes iguais.

Apesar da conta no vermelho, os organizadores do evento ainda consideram os Jogos do Rio uma referência, não só pelo volume de gastos envolvidos, como pelas parcerias público-privadas que reduziram a necessidade de investimento público na Olimpíada.

“Se pensar em 7,5 bilhões de orçamento, um déficit de 400 milhões a 500 milhões (de reais) representa cerca de 6 por cento, muito pouco para um projeto desse tamanho. São os Jogos mais baratos da história”, declarou a fonte.

Um porta-voz do comitê organizador, Phil Wilkinson, não quis fazer comentário sobre as contas. “Estamos no caminho para entregar um orçamento equilibrado para os Jogos”, disse à Reuters.

(Por Rodrigo Viga Gaier, com reportagem adicional de Brad Brooks)

 

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Governo insistirá em fim de limite a estrangeiro em companhias aéreas, diz ministro

Notícia Publicada em 11/07/2016 20:29

Derrubar o limite de 20% é prioridade, diz Maurício Quintella, dos Transportes

Essa medida poderia ter salvo a vida de muitas empresas aéreas como a Varig

BRASÍLIA – O governo interino de Michel Temer vê como prioridade reapresentar ao Congresso Nacional a proposta de derrubar a restrição à participação de capital estrangeiro em aéreas brasileiras, disse à Reuters o ministro dos Transportes, Portos e Aviação Civil, Maurício Quintella.

Após acordo com os senadores, em que se comprometeu a vetar a proposta de fim do limite de 20 por cento que já havia passado na Câmara, o governo se prepara para reapresentar a abertura do mercado por meio de nova Medida Provisória ou Projeto de Lei com regime de urgência, disse o ministro.

Quintella explicou que o compromisso de vetar a liberação dos 100 por cento se deu para atender ao pleito dos senadores, que queriam discutir melhor o assunto, sem perder o conteúdo total da MP, tratava também de temas como a operação da Infraero, e que poderiam ser perdidos se a MP perdesse sua validade. A MP chegou ao Senado às vésperas de caducar.

“Tenho conversado com os senadores a respeito disso e queremos fazer um trabalho e informação, com audiências públicas no Senado, assim teremos boas chances de ter êxito na abertura (do capital das aéreas a estrangeiros)”, disse o ministro.

Segundo Quintella, como a MP não foi rejeitada, é possível reapresentar o tema dos 100 por cento em uma nova MP, ou via projeto de lei com urgência, para tramitar mais rápido. “Isso a gente ainda tem de trabalhar com o Senado”, disse.

O ministro afirmou que, entre as aéreas que operam no país, apenas a Azul é contra o fim dos limites aos estrangeiros. “A TAM é favorável, a Gol é favorável, a Avianca não se opõe, a única contrária é a Azul”, disse.

PRIMEIRAS CONCESSÕES

Quintella disse que no fim de julho haverá a primeira reunião do conselho do Programa de Parcerias de Investimentos (PPI), que decidirá sobre o primeiro lote de concessões do governo Temer e também de mudanças no modelo dos leilões.

Segundo o ministro, garantidos nesse primeiro lote estão as concessões de quatro aeroportos – Fortaleza (CE), Salvador (BA), Florianópolis (SC) e Porto Alegre (RS) – e dos terminais de passageiros nos portos de Recife (PE) e Fortaleza (CE).

Outros projetos que poderiam entrar no certame, como a ferrovia Norte-Sul e o trecho entre Goiás e Minas Gerais das BRs 364 e 365, dependem de ajustes e de conversas com investidores.

Quintella defendeu que esse primeiro lote contenha apenas projetos já prontos, “para evitar falsas expectativas”, disse.

LEILÃO DE AEROPORTOS

O leilão de concessão de aeroportos está mais adiantado e, segundo o ministro, estará no anúncio do fim do mês. O certame propriamente dito deve ocorrer 90 dias depois, entre o fim de outubro e começo de novembro.

O governo, porém, vai fará algumas mudanças no edital, após sugestões recebidas durante o processo de audiência pública. O documento vai prever que o vencedor pague o equivalente a 25 por cento do valor do preço mínimo da outorga fixado no leilão, além do ágio oferecido no certame.

Por exemplo, se um determinado aeroporto tiver preço mínimo de 1 bilhão de reais, e o lance vencedor for de 1,5 bilhão de reais, o futuro concessionário pagará, ao assinar o contrato, 250 milhões de reais (25 por cento do preço mínimo de 1 bilhão de reais) mais os 500 milhões de reais do ágio.

Os 75 por cento do preço mínimo é que serão parcelados ao longo da concessão, com carência de 5 anos após a assinatura do contrato, para dar fôlego durante os anos iniciais de concessão, quando os investimentos são mais pesados.

Quintella estima que somente os 25 por cento do preço inicial dos quatro aeroportos renda ao governo cerca de 1 bilhão de reais em outorgas, recursos que entrariam nas contas do Tesouro no ano que vem, quando os contratos devem ser assinados.

Quintella disse que o governo concordou, mediante pagamento de multa de 2 por cento mais Selic, com o adiamento para o fim do ano do pagamento de 2016 das outorgas de aeroportos concedidos, no valor de cerca de 2,4 bilhões de reais.

“Essa concordância se dá por dois motivos: houve problemas nos empréstimos, que dificultaram para as concessionárias efetivarem o valor. Para o governo também é interessante, pois havendo o pagamento da outorga o governo também tem de pagar sua parte via Infraero”, disse, lembrando que a Infraero tem 49 por cento na maior parte das concessões licitadas.

(Por Leonardo Goy e Alonso Soto)

 

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Brazilian government will insist on order limit foreign capital in airlines, says minister

News Posted on 11.07.2016 20:29

Overthrowing the 20% limit is priority, says Maurício Quintella, Transport

This measure could have saved the lives of many airlines like TransBrasil

BRASILIA – The interim government of Michel Temer sees as priority reintroduce the proposal to Congress to overturn the restriction on the participation of foreign capital in Brazilian airline, told Reuters the Minister of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation, Mauritius Quintella.

After according to the senators, and pledged to veto the proposed end of the 20 percent limit that had passed in the House, the government is preparing to restate the opening of the market through new Provisional or Bill with urgently, the minister said.

Quintella explained that the commitment to veto the release of 100 percent was given to meet the election of senators who wanted to better discuss it without losing the entire contents of the MP, also dealt with issues such as the operation of Infraero, which could be lost if the MP lost its validity. The MP came to the Senate on the eve of expiry.

“I’ve talked to the senators about it and want to do a job and information, with public hearings in the Senate, so we will have a good chance of succeeding in opening (the capital of air to foreigners),” said the minister.

According Quintella, as the MP was not rejected, you can restate the theme of 100 percent in a new MP, or via urgently bill, to process faster. “That we still have to work with the Senate,” he said.

The minister said that among the airlines operating in the country, only the Blue is against the order of the limits to foreigners. “TAM is favorable, Gol is favorable, Avianca does not, the only opposite is the Blue,” he said.

FIRST CONCESSIONS

Quintella said in late July will be the first meeting of the board of the Investment Partnership Program (IPP), which will decide on the first batch of Temer government grants and also changes in the auction model.

According to the minister, secured in this first batch are the four airports concessions – Fortaleza (CE), Salvador (BA), Florianópolis (SC) and Porto Alegre (RS) – and passenger terminals in the ports of Recife (PE) and Fortaleza (EC).

Other projects that could enter the contest, as the North-South railway and the stretch between Goiás and Minas Gerais of BRs 364 and 365, depend on settings and conversations with investors.

Quintella argued that this first batch contains only ready-made projects, “to avoid false expectations,” he said.

AIRPORTS AUCTION

The airport concession auction is more advanced and, according to the minister, will be the announcement of the end of the month. The event itself should occur 90 days between the end of October and early November.

The government, however, will make some changes in the announcement, after suggestions received during the public hearing process. The document will stipulate that the winner pays the equivalent of 25 percent of the minimum price value of the grant set in the auction, plus the goodwill offered at the event.

For example, if a particular airport has a minimum price of $ 1 billion, and the winning bid is 1.5 billion reais, the future concessionaire will pay, by signing the contract, 250 million reais (25 percent of the minimum price 1 billion reais) plus 500 million reais of goodwill.

75 percent of the minimum price is to be paid in installments over the concession, with a grace period of 5 years after the signing of the contract, to give breath during the early years of the concession, when investments are heavier.

Quintella estimates that only 25 percent of the initial price of the four airports income to the government about $ 1 billion in grants, resources that would go on Treasury bills next year, when contracts are to be signed.

Quintella said the government agreed, paying a penalty of 2 percent more Selic, with the postponement to the end of the year the payment of 2016 grants awarded to airports, worth about 2.4 billion reais.

“This agreement occurs for two reasons. There were problems in loans, which made it difficult for utilities actualize the value to the government is also interesting because there is the payment of grants the government also has to pay their share via Infraero,” he said, remembering that Infraero has 49 percent in most bid concessions.

(By Leonardo Goy and Alonso Soto)

 

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