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Appeal for pilots to take part in 24 hour charity 'Flyathon'

A business is appealing for pilots to depart for NCL for a 24 hour 'Flyathon'.

The Flight Sim Centre, which is based by Newcastle Airport, is staging the event on October 24 - 25 to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

It is being held in their Boeing 737 simulator, where the pilots and the public can donate to 'fly' for an hour or more.

Similar events around the world have proved very popular and generated thousands of pounds for their respective charities


Motorcyclist on A167 Ferryhill airlifted to James Cook

Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 53-year-old motorcyclist from Newton Aycliffe has suffered potential spinal and pelvic fractures after colliding with a van on the A167 Ferryhill this afternoon, Friday 21st November.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew the man to the major trauma centre in James Cook hospital for further treatment.

He was said to be stable condition on arrival to the hospital.

Durham Police say the van driver was unhurt.

Report into death of Great North Air Ambulance pilot

Peter Barnes died when his helicopter crashed into a crane Credit: ITV Meridian

A report is due to be published into a helicopter crash in London which claimed the life of a former pilot with the Great North Air Ambulance.

Peter Barnes, who worked for years on the Great North Air Ambulance, died from multiple injuries when the aircraft he was flying clipped a high-rise crane on The Tower at St George Wharf in Vauxhall.

Leaked copies of the Civil Aviation Authority report suggests that the pilot may have been unaware of the existence of large cranes in the area as he flew at low altitude in foggy conditions.

Read More: Helicopter tribute at pilot's funeral

Air ambulance lands at Durham Cathedral to help stricken pedestrian

The Great North Air Ambulance landed at Durham Cathedral to treat a man who had been hit by a bus. It happened close to the North Road bus station in the city shortly before 3pm today (July 28).

The man, who has critical, possibly life-threatening injuries to his chest and abdomen, was airlifted to the RVI.

GNAA lands outside Durham Cathedral airlift critically ill patient. Credit: GNAA
Great North Air Ambulance in operation. Credit: GNAA


Air Ambulance gets new home at Newcastle Airport

The Great North Air Ambulance has been given a new base at Newcastle Airport.
The move will dramatically improve response times for emergencies in Northumberland.

The Great North Air Ambulance has been given a new base at Newcastle Airport.

It will be its second base in the North East and will mean a much quicker response time when it is called out to emergencies in Northumberland.

Several people taken to hospital after A174 crash

Several people have been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash near Saltburn.

The A174 Brotton bypass is currently closed at the junction with North Skelton to the Kilton Lane roundabout after the incident at around 5pm this evening.

The Great North Air Ambulance was sent to the scene along with several ambulances and paramedics.

The injured people have been taken to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough.

More to follow.

Police raise funds for two charities

Cheque presentation to Zoe's Place Credit: Cleveland Police

Two charities have benefitted from a road safety event organised by Cleveland Police's Motorcycle section.

The Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place were presented with cheques for £500 each from the proceeds raised at Ridewell 2013, which was held at Preston Park on Sunday 11th August.

Ridewell, which held its twelfth event this year, continues in its efforts to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities on the county’s roads.

Cheque presentation to the Great North Air Ambuance Credit: Cleveland Police

Assistant Chief Constable Sean White said: “We are very pleased to be able to present the Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place with this money, which will hopefully go some way in continuing with their incredible work.”

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