Jonathan Roebuck. Photo courtesy of Helicopter Association International
The Remote Access Project created 120 remote access landing zones in Maine to assist emergency medical operations. For his work on the project, Jonathan “JR” Roebuck — remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm — has received Helicopter Association International’s (HAI’s) Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award.
“With an extensive Atlantic shoreline, hundreds of coastal islands, dense forests, mountains, and extreme temperature, LifeFlight of Maine operates in one of the most complex aviation environments in the country,” HAI said. “In many cases, it previously took up to eight hours for a patient to reach a hospital.”
All 120 landing zones are located on private land and give helicopters access to remote areas. In one instance, a woman had crashed her snowmobile into a 40-foot ravine and sustained critical injuries, HAI said. Thanks to a landing zone created as part of the project, a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter was able to land 50 yards from the patient. According to HAI, the patient survived and returned to work and snowmobiling.
The award will be formally presented during HAI’s Heli-Expo 2018 in Las Vegas.